Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Chocolate Brownie Bites

Well I don't know about the rest of you, but I think Wednesday is as good of a day as any to be tempted by a little sweet treat! I have been posting a lot of dinner recipes lately and I do prefer to focus on whole foods, vegetables, fruits, lean meats etc, however this would not be my blog without a bit of sweetness!

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a wicked sweet tooth - one that I really struggle to keep in check. This has probably been the hardest part for me in making the decision to go clean... and I am often coming up with ways that I can enjoy something a little bit sweet without going against what works best for our health. I must write a serious post about why we embarked on this journey in the first place - mostly down to digestive issues, but I'll save that for another day...tonight the focus is on chocolate and making hump day a little sweeter, not the internal workings of a crazy little family!

A wee while back, hubby and I were sitting down after a huge day, and we decided that we simply MUST have something sweet and chocolatey (ever had that feeling?...good!). There was nothing in the house, and I wasn't in the mood for getting too creative, so I looked through my recipe archives and found this divine coconutty, chocolatey treat. I made a half batch, which turned out to be a wise choice, otherwise we may have made ourselves a little sick, as they were kind of addictive, but I will post the full recipe should you be making these for more than 2 people. These take mere minutes to make, and could not be easier to whip up when the sweet cravings take hold!




Chocolate Brownie Cake Bites 

(Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free)
(recipe adapted from http://www.health-bent.com/treats/paleo-brownie-cake-bites)

Ingredients:


200g coconut butter also known as creamed coconut (see note below)
3/4 cup chocolate chips 
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 180C. Line a 24 hole mini muffin pan with liners.
2. In a large bowl, over a pot of simmering water, melt the coconut butter and chocolate chips together, whisking occasionally, until smooth. At this point you must use every ounce of willpower in your being to not just stop at here and eat this bowl of goodness. The melted chocolate and coconut together is quite possibly the closest thing to heaven!
3. Remove the bowl from over the heat. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients. There is no sugar used in this recipe other than in the chocolate (depending on the type of chocolate you choose to use). If you have a super sweet tooth you may like to add a little honey or maple syrup, but I really don't think it's necessary. 
4. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin liners. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.


Notes:




  • You can choose sugar free chocolate if you would prefer to not have any refined sugar in the baking. There are a number of different brands available, varying in quality and ingredients. Try to find one that doesn't just substitute sugar for a whole raft of other nasties. 


Enjoy

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