What could be better than these rich, dense (portion-controlled) brownie bites? I needed an easy dessert for a Sunday lunch AND a little treat for my husband to take into work with him for a birthday celebration. These dark chocolate brownie bites hit all the right marks, and they had the added bonus of being super easy to make and they’re dairy free!
Makes 12 muffin-tin sized brownie bites.
1 cup (divided) dairy-free dark chocolate chips, I use Ghirardelli’s 60% cacoa
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon powdered espresso or instant coffee
2 large eggs
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 cup muffin tin
12 tin liners, these are my favorite (If you Care)
Preheat oven to 350 F, check to ensure rack is in the middle of your oven. Place muffin/cupcake liners in your 12 cup muffin tin, set aside.
In a microwave-safe medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup chocolate chips with the coconut oil. Microwave in 30 second increments until both ingredients are melted. Whisk until smooth. To the melted chocolate mixture, whisk in the brown sugar, vanilla and instant espresso until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Gently fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until just combined. Fold in the 1/2 cup reserved chocolate chips.
Using an ice cream scoop, or spoon, equally portion the brownie mixture into the 12 muffin tin cups.
Bake for 20-24 minutes until just set. My batch takes 21 minutes. Do not over bake! I had a hint of par-baked batter remaining on my toothpick tester. Slightly under-baking the brownie bites gives the insides a super moist, dense crumb. The brownies will continue to bake once you pull them from the oven. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then serve warm, or at room temperature. Will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
For my keto-friends, I have listed the macros for just one of these beauties. Swapping the Ghirardelli chips with Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate chips ups the fiber content, but they are still high in carbs. Still, these brownie bites are a nice treat every once in a while!
Macros, for one brownie bite: