Growing up, my mother always packed my lunch for school. The usual suspects were always in there, a sandwich, crackers, and fruit. However, on special days I usually had an extra treat. My favorite of these lunchbox treats were brownie bites. Small and conveniently packaged brownies were sold by Hostess and several other companies. Now that I understand the dangers of food preservatives, my days of eating these processed baked goods are a thing of the past. However, I still crave these tasty bites, so into the kitchen I went in hopes of recreating these with a new, healthy twist. The base of these brownies is so simple and uses ingredients that you probably already have in your house; bananas, peanut butter, and cocoa powder. From there you can add anything you like. My idea was to make a black forest variety with mini chocolate chips and dried cherries.
Desserts don’t have to be something that you limit yourself to only once or twice a week. If you make them right, out of real, plant-based ingredients, you can treat yourself daily. When eaten alongside a cup of coffee or tea, these brownie bites are perfection!
Black Forest Brownie Bites
- 4 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used minis)
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 2 tablespoons soy milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients.
3. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and fill halfway with the batter.
4. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
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