These mini bite-size brownies are a real yummy chocolate treat that I’ve made and tested five times before today, each time it got the thumbs up from eager taste testers. When you want a bite-sized chocolate treat, these brownies are one scrumptious option.
Serve these brownies plain or you can get creative with toppings and garnish. The very first time I made these brownies [last year] I topped them off with shaved cacao and chopped fresh strawberries. I introduced this recipe in the November 2009 newsletter. If you receive my newsletter and have tried this recipe, I would love to hear your feedback. Also, I can believe I didn’t snap a photo of the more elaborately embellished brownies. This is unusual but leaves me with an excuse to make this recipe yet again.
The second and third time I made these, I left them plain. The fourth time they were topped with coconut flakes. The fifth time I spread a thin layer of chocolate sauce over each brownie, like a delicious adhesive that held the crushed almonds that topped off this treat. Today, I choose soaked goji berries as a topping, one goji per square. You can also try topping each square with a dusting of cinnamon, cacao or carob powder, or a thick raw version of whipped cream.
Bite-Size Chocolate Brownies
You can certainly replace the cacao powder with carob powder, if you prefer.
1 1/2 cups raw almonds [soaked for 2-4 hours or longer]
1 1/2 cups walnuts
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil [suggestions here and here
8 Medjool dates, pits removed
1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
Place the almonds and walnuts in a food processor and process into a fine meal-like consistency. Add the remaining ingredients and process until well incorporated and it processes into a ball. Fill each square of a silicone mold [suggestion: Wilton Bite-Size Brownie Squares 24-Cavity Silicone Mold Pan] with the brownie mixture [or form into the shape/size you prefer]. Turn the mold over and carefully pop out the brownie squares.
Stored brownies [if there’s any left over] in the refrigerator.