If you've been following this blog for a while, you may already be familiar with my vegan caramel brownies recipe from a couple of years back. They consist of a delicious no-bake brownie that's smothered with homemade salted date caramel making them irresistibly delicious. But just when I thought brownies couldn't get any better, the addition of a layer of marshmallow fluff in the form of vegan Italian meringue frosting goes and tops them.

Everyone loves marshmallows right? And the Italian meringue recipe from a couple of weeks back has found yet another use and way to take a classic recipe up a notch. These caramel marshmallow brownies remind me of s'mores without the graham cracker!

If like me, you love to combine different flavors and textures, then I think you'll adore these brownies.

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THE LAYERS OF A CARAMEL MARSHMALLOW BROWNIE

NO-BAKE BROWNIE

The base for these brownies is my standard no-bake brownie recipes which consist of walnuts, Medjool dates cacao powder, salt, and cashew butter. Being no-bake makes these brownies nice and fudgy but also helps to give them a better nutritional value by using whole nuts and fruits as the base. You could also substitute the walnuts for pecans or almonds if you prefer, and the cashew butter can be interchanged for other nut butter such as almond, peanut, or seed butter such as tahini or sunflower seed.

SALTED CARAMEL

This salted caramel recipe is a staple in my house. It's perfect for many recipes as well as working as a dip for fruits or a topping for smoothies or oatmeal - the possibilities are endless! The caramel layer consists of Medjool dates, maple syrup, cashew butter, coconut milk and coconut oil, salt, and vanilla extract.

MARSHMALLOW FROSTING

The "marshmallow" frosting for these brownies comes in the form of my Vegan Italian Meringue recipe. The stability and silkiness of this meringue make it perfect to use as a frosting for brownies and cakes. It holds its shape for several days in the fridge and it's light and fluffy just like real marshmallow fluff.

For this recipe, I've added a little vanilla to the original recipe in order to bring out that marshmallow flavor as much as possible. Finished off gently with the blow torch to give that "toasted marshmallow" effect.

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HOW TO MAKE CARAMEL MARSHMALLOW BROWNIES

BROWNIE LAYER

To make the base begin by adding the dry ingredients (walnuts and salt) to your food processor and blitz until they form a light crumb consistency. Then add in the cacao powder and blend for another minute to combine until you reach an even consistency.

Lastly, add wet ingredients (the dates and cashew butter) and blend further for a couple of minutes until the mixture starts to stick together to form a dough. The dough should hold its shape when you press a section of it together between your fingers.

Line an 8 x 8" cake tin with parchment paper and press the brownie dough evenly into the base of the pan. Alternatively, you can roll the brownie dough out between 2 sheets of parchment paper using a rolling pin. Set aside in the fridge whilst you prepare the caramel layer.

SALTED CARAMEL

For the caramel, it's as simple as blending all of the ingredients in your high-speed blender until smooth. Add all the ingredients to your high-speed blender and blitz until creamy without any lumps. Be patient with the consistency, if your blender isn't the strongest, it may take some time to get the right consistency - you don't want any lumps of pieces of dates left in the caramel.

Use a spatula to evenly spread the caramel over the brownie base. Place the brownies in the freezer to set for 45 minutes.

MARSHMALLOW FROSTING

Meanwhile, prepare the Italian meringue frosting. You can read more in-depth here about making Italian meringue.

Take a large clean bowl, making sure it's completely dry and free of grease. Add the aquafaba and cream of tartar to a large bowl and whisk on high heat for 10 minutes until soft peaks form.

Meanwhile, add the caster sugar and water to a saucepan, gently stir and allow the mixture to sit for a minute until the sugar dissolves into a paste.

Place the saucepan on medium-high heat and allow the mixture to come to a simmer and bubble. DO NOT STIR throughout the entire process. Place your candy thermometer into the syrup and continue to simmer until the mixture reaches 116°C (240°F) - about 10-12 minutes.

Once the sugar syrup has reached the correct temperature begin to add it to the whipped aquafaba. Slowly drizzle in a little at a time while continuing to whisk until the mixture is incorporated.

Lastly, add some flavor with the vanilla extract and whisk the aquafaba mixture for another 5 minutes before transferring it to a piping bag fitted with a nozzle of choice.

GARNISHING THE BROWNIES

Take the brownies out of the freezer and remove the cake tin. Cut them into 16 serving portions (you can make larger portions if preferred) and pipe with the Italian meringue marshmallow frosting on top of each brownie.

Use a blow torch to gently brown the tops of the frosting, a little goes a long way so be careful not to burn them.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge, they are best when consumed within 1-3 days but can be stored for up to 5-7 days.

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?

  • I use an 8x8" square springform cake pan as the vessel for making these brownies and lots of other desserts such as ganache bars and cheesecakes.
  • I've been using my Magimix 3200 XL for the past 2.5 years and it never lets me down.
  • For making the Italian meringue, I’d highly recommend a handheld electric whisk.
  • For that perfect “toasted marshmallow” effect, a blow torch is a must. 
  • Another important piece of equipment for making the sugar syrup for the meringue is a candy thermometer.

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WHY MAKE THIS RECIPE?

  • Plant-based and Vegan-friendly
  • Delicious "toasted marshmallow" topping
  • Easy to make
  • No-bake
  • Egg-free
  • Dairy-free
  • They keep in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week.
  • Free from animal-derived products
  • Can be easily adapted as Gluten-free (check labels of ingredients if you have a severe allergy/intolerance)
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Vegan Caramel Marshmallow Brownies (No-Bake)

5 from 6 votes
PREP TIME: 40 mins
COOK TIME: 1 hr
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 16
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Description

Layers of gluten-free no-bake brownie, salted date caramel, and Italian meringue marshmallow fluff. These brownies taste like heaven!

EQUIPMENT

  • Electric whisk or stand mixer
  • Candy thermometer
  • 8x8" springform pan
  • food processor
  • Blow torch

Ingredients

BROWNIE BASE

  • 2 cups (234 g) walnuts
  • ½ cup (43 g) cacao powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 g) sea salt
  • 12 (288 g) medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp (15 g) cashew butter

SALTED CARAMEL

  • 10 (240 g) medjool dates
  • cup (78 ml) maple syrup
  • cup (85 g) cashew butter
  • 1 400ml can chilled coconut milk, use only the thick part from the top of the can
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) coconut oil, solid
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) sea salt

ITALIAN MERINGUE (MARSHMALLOW FROSTING)

  • 1 cup (200 g) caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) water
  • 6 ½ tablespoons (100 g) aquafaba
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 g) cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract

Instructions

  • To make the base begin by adding the walnuts and salt to your food processor and blitz until they form a light crumb consistency. Add the cacao powder and blend for another minute to combine.
  • Lastly, add the dates and cashew butter and blend further for a couple of minutes until the mixture starts to stick together to form a dough.
  • Line an 8x8" cake tin with parchment paper and press the brownie dough evenly into the base of the pan. Alternatively, you can roll the brownie dough out between 2 sheets of parchment paper using a rolling pin. Set the brownie dough aside in the fridge.
  • For the caramel, add all the ingredients to your high-speed blender and blitz until smooth and creamy without any lumps.
  • Use a spatula to evenly spread the caramel over the brownie base. Place the brownies in the freezer to set for 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the Italian meringue frosting. Take a large clean bowl, making sure it's completely dry and free of grease. Add the aquafaba and cream of tartar to a large bowl and whisk on high heat for 10 minutes until soft peaks form.
  • Add the caster sugar and water to a saucepan, gently stir and allow the mixture to sit for a minute until the sugar dissolves into a paste.
  • Place the saucepan on medium-high heat and allow the mixture to come to a simmer and bubble. DO NOT STIR throughout the entire process. Place your candy thermometer into the syrup and continue to simmer until the mixture reaches 116°C (240°F) - about 10-12 minutes.
  • Once the sugar syrup has reached the correct temperature begin to add it to the whipped aquafaba. Slowly drizzle in a little at a time and continue to whisk until the mixture is incorporated.
  • Add the vanilla extract and whisk the aquafaba mixture for another 5 minutes before transferring it to a piping bag fitted with a nozzle of choice.
  • Take the brownies out of the freezer and remove the cake tin. Cut them into serving portions and pipe them with the Italian meringue marshmallow frosting.
  • Use a blow torch to gently brown the tops of the frosting.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge, they are best when consumed within 1-3 days but can be stored for up to 5-7 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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