January 20, 2012

Chocolate Banana Brownie Bites

Chocolate.. My mouth starts watering just at the word. No seriously. I can honestly say I love chocolate. Chocolate cake, chocolate pie, chocolate ice cream, and just a small square of dove chocolate. But this year we have decided to make our best attempts at living and eating a life that is fulfilling and life giving, so needless to say chocolate is not on that list (at least not every night).  I have done A LOT of researching of recipes that are gluten/grain and refined sugar free, and it is not easy to find food, especially desserts that meet these standards. Luckily there are a few blogs I follow (like Roostblog) who cook according to these guidelines.  Baking is a challenge. I have been experimenting with almond flour desserts for about 7 months now, and have come to really love baked goods made with it. Toby however has been harder to convince. But, and this is a big but, these brownie bites are the first dessert I have made that he loves! Yes! Huge victory for me, his wife, who tries very hard to cook the healthiest foods but keep them exciting and tasty, and I finally did it. 

These brownie bites could not be easier to make, and are made with ingredients that digest well in your body, and keep you thriving (aka no sugar rush). Me and Emory have a little brownie bite every afternoon with my coffee break. He loves them, and as his mom I could not be more happy to see him eating foods that are going to help fuel him for his day. I would encourage you to try them out, even if you think you would not like sweets made without refined sugars and flours. They are quite delicious!

Chocolate Banana Brownie Bites 
Gluten/Grain/Refined Sugar Free
I adapted this recipe from This blog

2 ripe bananas
5 eggs (preferrably cage free and brown)
3/4 cup coconut oil, liquified ( I like to use unrefined)
1/2 cup Pure maple syrup (I like to use grade B)
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat all wet ingredients on medium speed until well mixed. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. You can make mini muffins, big muffins, mini loafs, or a large loaf. I made 4 dozen mini muffins and baked them for ten minutes. Make sure to spray pan, or use muffin liners, and bake until they feel set when touched. For mini muffins it was 10 minutes.

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