Memorial Day Vegan BBQ Jackfruit

There is a newish trend of using Jackfruit for a meat substitute. It’s really rather brilliant. Texturally it is the closest thing I have tried to actual meat, but you get another vegetable into your diet! This is a super easy and delightful way to mix up your Memorial Day BBQ plans. I like this as is or with a little honey mustard coleslaw. It would also be good on a veggie burger or topped with a fried egg if vegan isn’t your thing.



  • 1 20oz can green jackfruit, drained, rinsed, and dried (I used a clean kitchen towel to dry it)
  • 1 TBL brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • oil for cooking
  • 1 cup prepared BBQ sauce plus more for serving


  1. Drain, rinse, and dry your jackfruit. I used a clean kitchen towel to dry it.
  2. Mix together the brown sugar, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. a large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. When pan is hot add a few tablespoons of oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add the dried jackfruit, sprinkle with brown sugar and spice mixture and stir to coat the jakefruit.
  6. Cook 5-7 minutes stirring frequently until the jackfruit starts to brown.
  7. Add 1 cup bbq sauce and stir to combine. Continue cooking over medium low heat for 7-10 minutes more until sauce is absorbed and jackfruit is flavorful.
  8. Serve hot on buns topped with mustard slaw and more BBQ sauce as desired.

Vegan Chocolate Aqufaba Brownies with a Cheesecake Swirl

Vegan Chocolate Aquafaba Brownies with Cheesecake Swirl
Vegan Chocolate Aquafaba Brownies with Cheesecake Swirl

I saw this lovely recipe on the Aquafaba facebook page and had to try it out. Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough along and had to change things up just a bit. The brownie recipe is from Fried Dandelions ( I just reduced the sugar and added more chocolate) and the inspiration and cheesecake recipe is from Vegan Lass (I added a bit more flavor from extracts). I arranged my fruit into a flag just for Memorial Day. This part is optional, eating these brownies is not. I can’t even describe how amazingly fudgy these are. The cheesecake and fruit is just enough to balance the chocolate so you want to keep eating them. I especially recommend them at room temperature as that is when the fudge really stands out. Any fruit will do here as long as you like the combination of the fruit with the chocolate.

Vegan Chocolate Aquafaba Brownies with Cheesecake Swirl


For the Brownies

  • 1/4 cup coconut or mild oil, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup aquafaba -liquid from a can of beans (white, garbonzo or black beans all work)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c flour

For the Cheesecake Swirl

  • 4 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 1 tsp good-quality vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries, or whole raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×6 or 8×8 inch baking pan and set aside. I used parchment paper also, but that is optional.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt the chocolate chips and oil together. When melted, remove from heat. Add in brown sugar, maple syrup and the salt and whisk together.
  3. Whisk the black bean liquid in the measuring cup for about 1 minute until slightly foamy (bubble all around). Pour into the chocolate mix and whisk together. Add vanilla, cocoa powder and whisk to incorporate.
  4. Add the flour to the chocolate mixture and mix well.
  5. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and set aside.
  6. In a bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer.
  7. Add the milk, vanilla, almond, and bourbon, and lemon juice and beat until light and smooth.
  8. Dot the brownie batter with spoonfuls of the cheesecake mixture.
  9. Gently swirl the mixtures together using a knife or similar.
  10. Distribute the fruit according to your plan, then place in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes. The brownies should be mostly firm, with just a slight wobble in the middle when shaken.