The eternal optimist, I have created a solution to those brownies that you hate to love, or love to hate – that fine line, often one in the same. Smaller bites, packed with chocolate flavour, but lower fat, and not to mention gluten and dairy free, these will take out all the hate so that you can’t live without ’em.
Small Brownie Bites, Big Chocolate Flavour!
You will need…
* For this recipe it is important all ingredients are at room temp.
1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1.5 Tblsp almond milk
2 egg yolks, plus 1 egg
1 tsp coffee extract, or 1 Tblsp espresso
100g dark chocolate (1 bar)
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used sweetened, add 1/4 cup more sugar if unsweetened)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup whole hazelnuts
coarse sea salt to top
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper (grease the sides with coconut oil).
Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in the microwave. Set aside to cool.
In a stand-mixer, or manually, beat the coconut oil and light brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg yolks and egg, then the almond milk, and coffee extract, and beat until smooth. Finally add the melted chocolate to the mixture and beat until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until combined (don’t over beat). The mixture will be wet and sticky.
Finally stir in the whole hazelnuts to the mixture.
Scoop the mixture into the baking pan and bake for 30-35mins.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt to bring out the bold chocolate flavour!
Make about 24 brownie bites.
This week I’m going for a bold look that’s still easy enough to work into the every day. Instead of bold colours, I’m using stand-out prints and textures (think embroidery and snake skin) to get the same effect. I can’t live without my prints this season!
vintage Emilio Pucci top, Zara skirt, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps, vintage bag