For Christmas this year, my youngest son bought me this awesome silicone brownie bites pan. I wanted to make smaller sweet treats that would be the perfect size for my grandson (and for a bite-sized treat for us from time to time!). This pan is perfect for that purpose! These brownie bites popped right out of the pan, and after a few minutes of soaking in water, most of the remaining bits floated up to the top of each compartment, making clean-up a snap!I made up this recipe, using healthier ingredients. It's not completely sugar-free, but you could make the recipe without the chocolate chips or use unsweetened Santa Barbara Cacao Chips, if you prefer. This is not a super sweet brownie without the chips, so they give them just the right amount of sweetness to feel like you are eating something very decadent!
- Brownie Bites Pan
- 9 large Medjool dates pitted
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup white whole wheat or other whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup well-mixed almond butter
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 T ground flaxseed + 3 T water
- 1 t vanilla extract alcohol-free, if possible
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/4 c vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix the ground flaxseed with 3 T of water and set aside while you are adding of the other ingredients to the food processor. Add all ingredient to the processor bowl (don’t forget the flax “egg”) except the chocolate chips. Process until smooth and combined well. You may need to use a spatula to scrap the batter off the sides. Then, continue processing. Add in the chocolate chips, and process for a few rounds until they are distributed well. This is a sticky batter, so don’t try to handle it. In each brownie bite compartment, add a heaping tablespoon of batter with a small cookie scoop. It’s OK if the batter is above the pan line. The batter should be the right amount to fill in all of the compartments. Pull out the oven rack. Carefully hold both ends of the pan while placing on the oven rack (because this pan is flexible). Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven with oven mitts and let the brownie bites cool a bit on a trivet before removing them from the pan.
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