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Today’s Vegan a Friendly Find is – Betty Crocker’s Fudge Brownie Mix
Ok so Betty Crocker products are a bit of a staple for vegans…I’ve done a few on the blog before, but every time I find a new one I have to test and tell you all about it!
Betty Crocker Mixes are designed to just add milk, eggs and butter and bake, so when you’re trying to find out if this product, thats designed to be used with animal products is vegan, it can be tricky – however the Betty Crocker website was tres helpful:
Basically just double up on oil, or use a banana as an egg substitute as we do.
For this one I added 3/4 a cup veg oil and one banana mushed. But I found that even after an hour, it wasn’t cooked and there was loads of yucky excess oil! So I whipped it out the oven and stirred in around 50gms plain flour and a tsp of baking soda. This seemed to firm it up and I cooked for another 40 mins.
Even after all that the brownie is gooey – but almost to the point of being raw! I’ve now microwaved it for 5 mins! (Desperate measures I know!)
Would love to know how you guys get on and if you used a different technique that worked – let me know please!
After finding out that the folic acid used was from vegetable origin (it says suitable for vegetarians on the packet) it was just a case of a lot of googling! (Lots of long ingredient names I had to check to see where they derived from). But yes. I cant find anything that I wouldn’t class a s vegan – with possibly the exception of the sugar source (which I still have an ongoing reply waiting from the company for).
PLEASE NOTE: There are undoubtedly more options available out on the market that are vegan friendly, and as Betty’s range and flavours widen – its only good news for us! Just make sure you google the E numbers if the packet does not say vegetarian, or if theres a ingredient you haven’t heard of look it up!
Plus! Betty Crocker (or General Mills) are one of the first big commercial companies to cave into our demands and publicly address the issue of palm oil saying that:
“The company’s new policy respects Indigenous rights, protects rainforests and peatlands and sets a goal for sourcing 100 percent environmentally responsible palm oil by 2015.”
So no need to shy away from palm oil laced ingredients!