I make a pretty mean traditional brownie. I’ve been using the same trusty recipe for yonks, and it’s made me a pretty popular poppet with my siblings and colleagues. Now, I have no problem digging in occasionally, but these bad boys come in at over 300kcal a pop. Delicious? Yes. Gentle on the ol’ waistline? …No.
I like to have dessert as often as possible (can I get an ‘Amen’?!) but I’d rather not sabotage my health and / or efforts in the gym in the process. I want to have my cake and eat it. Literally.
So, I set to whipping up a healthy alternative – not the tragic dull / dry / bland ‘clean brownie’ you’re thinking of.
My Rich Chocolate Brownie Bites were born.
This painfully simple recipe calls for zero butter, traditional flour or sugar. Wizardry?! Nope. Bananas, oat flour and this truly game-changing brown sugar alternative. It’ll also take you less than 30 minutes to prep and bake these.
The resulting brownies are dense and fudgey, and I honestly think they hold their own against the real deal. Not bloody bad at a measly 97kcals per serving.
CHERRY CLOSE UP!
If, like me, you have a massive sweet tooth, you should most definitely give these a bash. I promise they’ll fill any dessert-shaped holes in your day nicely.
There are endless variations you could try if you’re not into cherries / dark chocolate: white chocolate and cranberry, walnut and date, pecan, pistachio… okay, I’m on a nut tangent.
Serve on their own, or with this, like I did, and be so very happy.
Rich Brownie Bites
- 1 cup oat flour (ground oats)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup Sukrin Gold Brown sugar alternative (sub. for any granulated sweetener)
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 ripe bananas, roughly mashed
- 1/4 cup glace cheries, halved (optional)
- 100 g 70% dark chocolate, chopped (optional)
Preheat your oven to 160°C (fan).
I loathe preparing tins, so I used a silicone one. If you don’t have one, sadly you’ll need to grease and line a 20x20cm brownie tin.
Combine your dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract, stirring in carefully.
Mix in your banana, followed by the chocolate and cherries.
Tip the resulting thick / hideous / lumpy batter into your tin. If it looks too thick, add a little more almond milk to loosen it up first.
Bung into the oven for 15-20 minutes (depending on how powerful / weedy your oven is). Remove them when the top is just firm to the touch.
Leave to cool, then divvy up into 25 portions.
Store in an air-tight container for up to a week, or freeze for up to a month.
Delicious served warm - blast for 10-20 seconds in the microwave until lovely and gooey.
Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories: 97 / Protein: 3g / Carbohydrate: 14g / Fat: 4g
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