Mini Grain-Free, GF, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan Chocolate Brownie Bites

I wanted to make something…..a brownie but way healthier…and while I was at it, why not make it grain-free, sugar-free, gf, dairy-free, etc? Why not? I know, I’m a little crazy. :) I like challenges though. :) March 2010 (Winter 2010 Semester) 001 So I used this fabulous recipe as a reference and then made changes as I needed/wanted. And these beautiful brownie bites (who look just like those heavy calorie and overpriced and over refined ones from your local grocery store are the result. The one with orange on top is a  mini brownie bite with “orange sorbet” (or, better known as a “scoop” (or teaspoon) of frozen orange juice concentrate.  They came out well, my only complaint was that they took a long time to cook and weren’t really very sweet (even for me.) Next time, I’d add in stevia or more agave and reduce some of the milk. Let me know if you try this and what you do. For now, I will include the changes you can make to make it better, too. :) (And next time I feel up to a challenge will experiment some more…and update you if I get better results.) Don’t let this discourage you from trying or experimenting with these though…..they are so close to perfect…especially since they are almost free of everything. but still full of goodness and of course, chocolate. :) Are you ready for the recipe? Ok, here it goes:

Mini Grain-Free, GF, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan Chocolate Brownie Bites

Ingredients:

1/2 c. +  sweet milk or dairy free sweet milk (Reduce to 1/4 c. if wanting a sweet brownie, and add 1/4. c. agave in it’s place)

1/8 t. xanthum gum

1/4 t. baking powder (Kelly’s recipe is grain-free)

1/4 t. baking soda

3.5 T. cocoa

1/2 c. peanut butter or other nut butter or seed butter (tip: if you want a peanut buttery taste, use peanut butter or sunflower seed butter. If you want something that will blend in better and not overwhelm the chocolate flavor, try almond butter or a seed butter etc.)

1/8 t. salt

1 T. agave (or eliminate and add 1/4 t. stevia extract if you want a sweeter brownie)

Combine the above ingredients. Grease mini muffin tins and spoon dough/batter into tin. Baked it at 350 for about 20-30 minutes. Time will vary depending on your oven and if you use the alterations or not.  Also, these are best cold or right out of the the freezer (just be sure to remove them from the pan first because it’s harder to get them out frozen!) You can also try with them with a sweeter ice-cream or something…like I mentioned I used orange fruit concentrate for sorbet…but for most people, I’m guessing another flavor of fruit juice concentrate would be sweeter and more complimentary…like…raspberry. Yum! :) Anyways, whatever wahy you make it, be sure to comment here or email me and let me know how you did it…I’d sure love to know! (even if it doesn’t work out for you…let me know and we’ll see what we can do.) I decided that this recipe had too much of a potential to not post!!! Enjoy and Experiment and let me know all about it! :)

March 2010 (Winter 2010 Semester) 003March 2010 (Winter 2010 Semester) 002

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12 Comments

  1. This is very creative! I want to try it with the stevia and sweet milk, sounds like the perfect treat for after a meal! (and smaller sizes are important for someone like me who could eat all day if the guilty conscience didn’t kick in :))

    ~Aubree Cherie

    • Aubree—aww thanks! :) You will definitely have to let me know how it goes! Shirley @GFE wants to try it too so I look forward to hearing about both of your trys!!! :) Email me when you have tried it! :)

  2. They look terrific to me! I think I’ll try them without xanthan gum and maybe with agave or honey. I like how you post possibility recipes, Ari! :-) We can all work on them. As you know I’ve already loved using the “sweet milk” concept that you shared!

    Thanks!
    Shirley

    • Oh why thank you Shirley! :) Thanks so much for the help too! That’s exactly why I post them! :) I though, hey, this is a pretty good base, I wonder what someone else could do with it? :) -Ari

  3. These look really yummy! I love the idea of a teaspoon of OJ concentrate – chocolate and orange together is the best! Thanks for sharing the recipe. (I came over from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free).

    • Natalie! Thanks for coming on over! :) I hope you come by again! :)

  4. Hey Ari,

    So I know I already commented about how I want to try these ( I can’t believe I haven’t yet!), but I wanted to let you know that I linked it to My Fav (Top 10) Recipes from Last Week!

    ~Aubree Cherie

  5. gijayneaston

    Those look fabulous!
    Hi
    I have started a yahoo group for allergy bloggers to network, and share information, ideas, links and recipes.
    Come join us!http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/allergybloggers

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