I love chocolate. My dad loves chocolate. We both admittedly have a little problem with chocolate portion control…so we love any recipe for a treat that is small and bite-sized (and therefore “naturally” portion controlled) but still packs a satisfying punch!
This year for Father’s Day I made a variation of this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food and it was a huge hit. It’s rich and chocolatey and one (ok, maybe two) will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth. We have had an unusual few weeks here in Colorado Springs with the Waldo Canyon Fire and my parents have been staying with me due to the evacuations…we decided we needed a sweet treat and these babies fit the bill perfectly…we could enjoy without over-indulging!
Now, when I say “naturally” portion-controlled…that statement can only be true if you don’t eat all of them in one sitting…I’m proud to say that I made these on June 30th and we still have four in the fridge!
Almond Butter Brownie Bites (makes 16)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup almond butter
3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4 tsp. liquid stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 Tbsp. coconut palm sugar
2 Tbsp. cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 oz cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp. almond butter
2 Tbsp. heavy cream
2 packets stevia (or 2 Tbsp. maple syrup or coconut sugar)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
For the cakes, preheat the oven to 280F and grease 16 cups of a mini-muffin pan.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter, almond butter and chocolate together over low heat and stir until smooth. Add stevia and vanilla extracts and stir until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together coconut flour, coconut palm sugar and cocoa, breaking up clumps with the back of a fork. Add the chocolate mixture and stir to combine (will be very thick). Stir in eggs, one at a time, and then coconut milk until mixture thins out somewhat and becomes a smooth batter.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins. Because the batter is quite thick, you will need to press the batter into the cups using the back of a spoon. Smooth the tops.
Bake for 20 minutes, until the cakes are just set and the middle is firm to the touch. Allow to cool in the tins.
For the frosting, beat cream cheese, almond butter and cream together until smooth. Stir in vanilla and stevia. Pipe or spread onto brownie bites.
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