We all know the need for chocolate. Doctors and health professionals may tell us chocolate is bad, but every now and then you need to have it. Usually a chocolate corn flake cake or a square from a chocolate bar will do. Sometimes though you need a fudgy brownie. There will be that odd time that you throw caution to the wind and devour a very naughty high calorie and sugar laden brownie. Most of the time though, you want to eat one and not feel like you need to go give a confession to the Pope. My take on the flourless brownie includes gooey peanut butter and plenty of strong coconut flavour. I’m not giving you a golden ticket here, but I am giving you an opportunity to make a very simple flourless brownie that is fudgy, has no added sugar and is flourless. Huzzah!
This is a bit of a lengthy recipe in that the brownies need to cook for a half hour and cool before you can eat them, pushing the total time from mixing to gobbling to around an hour. These are worth it though, trust me. My recipe calls for dark chocolate cocoa powder. Mainly because I love it but also because dark chocolate is ever so slightly better for you than plain or milk chocolate. However, if you don’t like the taste of dark chocolate you will want to change what cocoa powder you use. I am a huge fan of the bitter taste that comes from dark chocolate and these brownies really channel in on that. You’ll be surprised to find as well that the main flavour in these brownies is coconut and not peanut butter! Yes, I’m not ill, it’s fine. As much as I love peanut butter, it is high in calories and in fat. It is fantastic health wise in small quantities, however to keep these as healthy as possible I needed to rein in my love for the peanut butter. Don’t worry, there is plenty in there and you get a subtle hint of it. More than anything, the peanut butter gives the brownies the fudgy consistency that makes these so enjoyable to eat.
Each of these brownie bites comes in at 115 calories each and because they are flourless they are low carb as well! It just keeps getting better doesn’t it? Now these are by no means healthy brownies. They are however low enough on the naughty scale that if you’ve had a good day food wise, you can have a nibble on these and not feel guilty at all. Do keep in mind though that these are bites so they are not massive brownies. Due to being flourless, the brownies are on the dense side so one or two brownie bites is more than enough! Alright then, go grab your bowl, your whisk and lets get baking.
Flourless Peanut Butter & Coconut Brownie Bites – serves 16
60g dark cocoa powder (I use Cadbury Bournville, oosh!)
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
4 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tbsp flaxseed
100g reduced fat peanut butter, slightly melted and cooled
12g desiccated coconut
10g raw cacao nibs
2 tsp vanilla extract
40g Truvia or other low cal sweetener
Preheat your oven to 170c and line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper (I use a reusable cooking liner, you can get one here for £1!). In a large mixing bowl add the coconut oil, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined and smooth.
Next add in the cocoa powder, flaxseed, sweetener and cacao nibs and mix slowly. If you are too vigorous with the mixing you’ll end up covered in cocoa powder! Continue to mix until a thick batter is formed. Don’t worry if it isn’t completely smooth.
Spoon the batter into your baking dish. Be mindful of the parchment paper/liner and that the batter does not spill off of it. Once all the batter is in the dish, sprinkle the desiccated coconut over the top and lightly press into the batter. Now lick the batter off your fingers. You’re welcome.
Pop the baking dish into the oven and bake for around 30 minutes. When the brownies are done, allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before removing them from the dish. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling completely before cutting into 16 squares. If you want a clean cut and finish, place the brownies in the fridge and cut when cooled.
Mind you, I didn’t transfer mine to the wire rack to cool and I cut mine when still a little warm simply because I could not wait. It’s not the end of the world, but for best results I would recommend allowing them to cool fully on a wire rack. Make yourself a nice hot brew, take a bite and enjoy!