Double Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

That’s a mouthful…vegan double chocolate chip peanut butter brownie bites. A mouthful to say and quite the delicious mouthful to eat. Nobody could tell they were vegan brownies or that they were missing the traditional eggs, butter or oil. I created this recipe today for my mom’s birthday. I decided to do something different than the traditional cake and being that she is always conscientious of her weight, brownie “bites” I decided would work beautifully. After I cut them I just put them into these decorative cupcake holders. Portion Control! (I’m sure you could also bake them in the mini cupcake holders but I like the rustic nature of these.)

I had to literally just wing this recipe today. I have a 9 1/2 month old beautiful baby girl who is quite the pleader of my attention. Trying to whip up a batch of brownies while keeping her entertained, then from crying, was just plain crazy!

Recipe:  Makes about 20 bites  Prep time: 10 mins  Cook time: 20 mins  

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/4 cup dark unsweetened cocoa (deeper chocolate flavor than regular cocoa, Hershey’s “Special Dark

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (no additives at all)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

3 tablespoons almond butter

1/2 cup almond milk

1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

1 teaspoon Madagascar bourbon vanilla (incredible flavor…or use 2 teaspoons regular vanilla)

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (gives it a nice gooey goodness)

Zest from 1 lemon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder and whisk to incorporate well. Add the sugar and cocoa and whisk again. In a separate bowl, add the peanut butter, vanilla, almond butter, milk and lemon zest. With an electric mixer, beat on medium speed for a few minutes until smooth and there are no more lumps from the peanut butter. Pour the wet into the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon just until combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Lightly spray an 8 inch square pan with olive oil nonstick spray and dust some cocoa powder on it. Turn and rotate the pan so the flour coats all the sides. Shake any excess flour off by tapping the bottom. Pour the batter into the pan and tilt it to make sure the batter spreads evenly around. Add the maple syrup to the batter and swirl it around with a butter knife.

Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center. Mine was perfect at exactly 20 minutes but every oven varies, so check at 15 minutes. Let the brownies cool in the pan for 10 minutes then slide a sharp knife around the edges of the pan to loosen for easier release later. Let them completely cool (an hour) before removing or they will fall apart! Make sure to use a very sharp knife when slicing them or they could fall apart because they are delicate. I sliced mine into about 20 brownie bites. Enjoy!

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Categories: Chocolate, Gift Ideas, Party Platters, Snacks, Sweet Treats, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN

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8 Comments on “Double Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownie Bites”

  1. July 22, 2012 at 5:12 AM #

    Love the addition of the lemon zest. What a nice twist to a brownie bite!

  2. July 22, 2012 at 6:58 AM #

    Thank you Lauren! I love, love lemon and always am using it in my recipes…especially baking. It pulls out a freshness without detecting the actual lemon flavor. It’s a great flavor enhancer kind of like salt, but healthier, and it wakes up the food 🙂

  3. July 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM #

    these look very decadent 🙂

  4. July 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM #

    Thank you!! My family loved them and they’re sooo easy to make 🙂

  5. August 17, 2012 at 4:05 PM #

    Yummies!! Can’t go wrong with peanut butter, I.M.O. I will be trying this 🙂

  6. August 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM #

    Thank you Christina! I agree…the combo of chocolate and peanut butter is so classic and perfect. I hope you like them. The chocolate chips and maple syrup make them nice and gooey which I love in a brownie! 🙂

  7. petit4chocolatier
    September 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM #

    Great recipe!

    Love the applesauce, maple syrup, and the bourbon vanilla!

    Kindly,
    judy

    • September 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM #

      Thank you Judy!! Yes, the applesauce and maple syrup gives them that yummy gooey fudgy brownie yumminess! 🙂

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