These gluten-free brownie bites are a delicious way to get you that little chocolate fix you crave. Their petite size also makes them a fun lunch box treat.
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OK, so I admit, these little brownie bites came to be as a result of my love for the two-bite brownies from Whole Foods. But knowing I could easily make them suitable for my friends with gluten and dairy intolerances, I decided to try and make my own version.
(Or maybe I was just looking for an excuse to bake something chocolatey?)
And bake I did. I think I made 5 batches before finally settling on this one. I made each batch with varying combinations of white whole wheat flour, oat flour, almond flour, mashed bananas, sucanat sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, canola oil, and coconut oil! Wow! So many fun ingredients to play around with.
While they were all delicious–seriously, I think it may be hard to go wrong with the combination of cocoa + sugar + fat–this “Gluten-Free Brownie Bites” recipe was the winner.These gluten-free, dairy-free bite-sized brownies are the answer to your chocolate craving! Click To Tweet
Here are the key ingredients, plus substitutions that would work.
- Almond flour – You could sub hazelnut flour or all-purpose flour (gluten-free if needed). (Note, if using a non-nut flour add an extra 2 tablespoons of fat).
- Coconut oil – You could substitute avocado, canola, or grapeseed oil, or good-old butter, if not dairy-free.
- Maple syrup – You could substitute granulated sugar or brown sugar.
- Cocoa (or cacao) – No substitutions for this one! Look for real cocoa that is unsweetened and has not been Dutch-processed.
- Eggs – If you are vegan (or out of eggs!), you could try making these brownie bites with flax eggs. Simply mix together 1 tablespoon of flax meal and 2.5 tablespoons of water for each egg. Let sit for a few minutes before using.
Time to Get Baking
Bottom line, if you are looking for cute, little brownie bites that will leave both your taste buds and belly happy, give these a try! Enjoy!
If you want more cocoa-filled recipes, give the following a try:
- whole grain cocoa cookies
- chocolate energy bites
- cocoa-coconut bliss balls
- cranberry cocoa bliss balls
- hot cocoa
- Nonstick spray
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ⅔ cup maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray regular muffin pans with cooking spray. (Makes 24).
- In a large bowl, mix together melted coconut oil and maple syrup. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine.
- To the same bowl, stir in flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix until smooth.
- Portion into 24 regular sized muffin tins. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!
Add coconut flakes or chopped nuts to the tops before baking.