Chocolate. Sometimes I just gotta have it. Usually I’ll reach for a piece of dark chocolate to satisfy my craving, but lately I’ve had the urge to bake. Blame it on winter or the holidays, for whatever reason my small condo kitchen has become a vegan bakeshop.
I’ve been creating vegan versions of old favorites like cookies, pies and desserts…like this small batch recipe for vegan mini brownies. They are sweet, rich and chocolatey.
To make brownies vegan I used applesauce in place of egg and unrefined coconut oil in place of butter. (The coconut oil gives the brownies a subtle coconut flavor.) Topping with hazelnuts adds flavor and crunch.
Vegan Chocolate Brownie Bites
1/2 cup organic evaporated cane sugar
1/3 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate bar (100% cacao), chopped
1/4 cup unrefined virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch fine sea salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 18 mini muffin cups.
In a medium bowl stir together sugar, applesauce and vanilla; set aside.
In a small saucepan combine chocolate and coconut oil. Heat over low heat until melted and smooth, stirring often. Stir melted chocolate mixture into sugar-applesauce mixture. Add flour, baking powder and salt; mix well.
Divide brownie batter among muffin cups, about 1 tablespoon per cup. Top each brownie with a hazelnut. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool completely in pan. (Brownies are fragile when warm. Be sure to cool in the pan.) Once cool, loosen edges of brownies and remove from pan.
Makes 18 brownie bites