Brownie bites + salted caramel frosting – gluten free, grain free, wheat free, dairy free, clean and Paleo friendly.
I’d never eaten brownies before until I started experimenting with chocolate recipes for my Naked Chocolate Breakfasts, Treats & Dessert e-cookbook.
In fact, I initially had no idea what texture they were supposed to be. I knew later from researching brownies on Google that some are cakey, others are dense and chewy and some are fudgy.
These brownie bites are a cross between cakey and fudgy I guess you could say. However, it also depends on how long you bake them for. Less cooking time = more fudgy.
I had to rely heavily on a self confessed brownie connoisseur to taste test these brownies. This meant I had to make them a number of times before they were given the thumbs up.
These brownie bites are packed full of body loving ingredients and are made with sweet potato. Don’t let this put you off as you cannot detect it.
You also won’t find the crackling at the top as you usually find with regular refined brownies but this matters not as they are smeared with a wonderfully moreish salted caramel frosting made from medjool dates. You don’t want to miss this step if you want to take them to next level status!
In fact, these brownie bites are so full of goodness you could get away with eating these for breakfast. Yes – breakfast!! That’s a dream come true for a chocolate lover!
Although small, they are more filling than regular refined brownies. Another bonus as you won’t over-eat.
I’ve used 1 ingredient peanut butter here (Mayvers brand found in the health food section of major supermarkets or in health foods shops). If you can’t only get your hands on 1 ingredient peanut butter you can use 1 ingredient almond butter or 1 ingredient cashew butter. (Please note, these nut butters are wetter than the refined nut butters in the supermarket).
I hope you give these a go.
With love & gratitude,
Why this is so good for you
Sweet potato lowers blood pressure, supports a healthy digestive system, protects against colon cancer, helps provide relief from rheumatism and helps reduce inflammation.
Raw cacao powder (pronounced ka-kow) is full of antioxidants and protects against the ravages of aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
Free range eggs are high in protein which helps keep you full and most of the nutrients are found in the yolk. Eggs help prevent macular degeneration and prevent cataracts, blood clots, stroke, heart disease and breast cancer, promote the growth of healthy hair and nails, and aid in the brain development of a growing foetus.
Arrowroot (starch) helps prevent neural-tube defect and other congenital malformation in offspring, helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure, aids in fat metabolism in the body, aids in digestion and regulates bowel movement, can relieve nausea and replaces nutrients that are lost due to diarrhea and vomiting.
Himalayan Salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body, helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.
Raw cacao powder protects against aging and cancer, improves digestion, give energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
Coconut oil speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti-bacterial, anti-vira, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Coconut sugar aids in digestive health and is low GI so it won’t spike your blood sugar levels and make you feel lethargic later on.
Organic peanuts reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of stroke, help prevent colon and stomach cancer, reduce the development of gallstones and provide protection against Alzheimer’s Disease.
Dates help protect against macular degeneration, help maintain healthy skin and mucus membranes, help relieve constipation, reduce risk of colon cancer, colitis and hemorrhoids, help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and reduce blood pressure.
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup crunchy peanut butter (or smooth) – no salt added
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup pecan halves plus a few extra, chopped into pieces for decoration.
- 1 packed cup whole medjool dates (about 12 large), soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- ¾ teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt
- Optional: ¼ cup arrowroot (starch) or tapioca (starch)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Place all ingredients in a bowl except for the pecans. Mix well then fold through the pecans.
- Pour mixture into a baking paper lined regular square baking tray. Smooth top with back of spoon.
- Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
- Cool completely before frosting.
- Set arrowroot starch aside. Remove pits from dates, gently squeeze out excess water and place in food processor or high speed blender along with remaining ingredients.
- Blitz until smooth and creamy.Chill.
- Once cold, place back in food processor again with the optional starch and pulse a few times until starch has been fully incorporated and mixture looks more like a frosting. Don’t over-blitz or the heat from the blades will melt the mixture.
- Immediately frost your cooled brownie and sprinkle chopped pecans over the top. Yum!