Sometimes, I like chocolate. And when I say “like”, what I really mean is “need”. And sometimes I’m sort of lazy. This sugar free brownie batter bites recipe is my prescription for such times of dire need.Not only is the batter very quick to mix up for an instant chocolate fix, but it’s SO rich & satisfying that I just enjoy it in bites here and there. So I scooped the batter into little serving size portions. Aren’t they the cutest things ever?
And they’re REALLY decadent when dipped in the simple sugar free chocolate coating (click here for a printable of the simple chocolate coating recipe & directions from the equally delicious sugar free almond buckeye recipe.)
or just enjoy it straight from the mixing bowl. It’s all cool.
This recipe was posted by my buddy White Rock. She’s like the super hero of creating lazy chocolate dessert, but I know her secret identity. Here are some of the ingredients she used to whip up this brownie batter treat that she calls brownie butter:
You’ll need cocoa, some sort of butter (coconut is what I used, but I also want to try almond & peanut butter versions), real butter…the kind from a cow, my sugar free brown sugar, a sprinkle of nutmeg, a pinch of salt, and vanilla extract. And nuts if you’re in the mood.
Really all it takes is to swirl it all together in a cup. I doubled the recipe, and I made my own coconut butter from unsweetened coconut that I ground in my food processor for about 20 minutes.
This is what it should look like.
And you can add nuts too if that floats your boat!Now, clearly, this can be dangerous stuff. But guess what…for me, I find that enjoying *real* fats like this makes it very filling and hard for me to overindulge. It’s super satisfying- not like the really sugary treats that just seem to get my appetite more revved. If you know that portion size is a big deal for you, then try them scooped into little bites, and just savor one or two at a time.
This is a sugar free “S” for all of you that are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan. I doubled the recipe that White Rock shared, and then used my smallest stainless steel cookie dough scoop that holds a tablespoon of batter, and dropped them onto a plate & chilled. I got about 18-20 Brownie Batter Bites, in a fun portion size.
I think it tastes a lot like brownie batter. Unless you’re 14, and are used to eating real sugar and your Mom makes you taste some brown goop that’s sugar free…then it’s not as impressive. But I’m totally loving on it.
Next week, I’ll show you another fun trick with this recipe!
Enjoy this printable recipe for Brownie Batter Bites!
- ½ c. coconut butter (I want to try almond butter or peanut butter versions)
- 3 T. cocoa
- ½ c. butter, softened
- ¼ c. sugar free brown sugar
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 1/16 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- If you already have coconut butter or manna, then you're in luck. If you have just plain unsweetened coconut, it only takes 20 minutes in a food processor. 2 cups of shredded coconut yielded ½ cup of coconut butter for me.
- Blend coconut, cocoa, butter, and all other ingredients in a small cup or bowl.
- Enjoy the rich taste of brownie batter a bite at a time when a chocolate craving hits, OR portion out with a small cookie scoop and chill into bites.
Thanks so much for the linkup Gwen- I’m going to make the Brownie Batter bites now and have them ready!
I have done a chocolate & peanut butter version before by replacing the (dairy) butter in this recipe with peanut butter. It is yummy too. And it makes it dairy free, for those who have dairy allergies.
Ooh! Fabulous idea!
Gwen I think you’ve been reading my mind! Yesterday after having an E lunch and a few hours later I needed fat and chocolate!! Thank you so much for this recipe
Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it! – A fellow chocoholic 🙂
Melissa Taylor says
I just made this, just now. It’s like you knew I ‘needed’ it. 😉 And the batter might not get made into bites… I’m liking it as is.
Yay! Glad you like it, Melissa. And there are all kinds of possibilities for riffs and variations.
Quick question- you say making the coconut butter takes only 20 minutes in a food processor? Is that a typo and supposed to say 2 minutes? or do you really keep the processor running for 20 minutes? I’m thinking that might blow the motor 🙂 Thanks in advance.
Not a typo…it does take twenty minutes to go from flakes to butter. You can check out the link I put in to the recipe. 🙂
My old Cuisinart food processor was pleasantly warm when it was done.
I should have read it more carefully. Sorry.
I just made these and they are very good. I would have definitely stopped before the time was up in making the coconut butter if I hadn’t read about it on your blog.
I tried my Ninja Blender first, but it was too hard to keep scraping it down. So I switched over to my trusty Hamilton Beach FP didn’t even break into a sweat 🙂
sharon gibbons says
How much coconut do you use to turn that into coconut butter for the brownie bites recipe thank you in advance
Gwen Brown says
Ooh…I didn’t write it down and I don’t remember now. If you test it, can you come jot a note so that others will know the answer?
Tamara Frost says
Can I use coconut oil instead of butter? I can’t find that very easily around here.
No, coconut oil wouldn’t work. But you could do as Gwen did and make your own coconut butter.
Just made these and they are soooo good! BUT…mine are sugar crunchy. Did I do it right and they will just be a bit gritty?
The only way I can think of to prevent that is to grind your sugar substitute to a powder, or to dissolve it in a little water before adding it. (I am not on THM so I just use honey.)
How many would be wise for an S snack? If I paired it with some FP greek yogurt, how many for a quick S lunch?
They’re so rich that 1 or 2 is plenty for me. I try to get veggies in for lunch & dinner. My fave is a salad with grilled chicken or crispy salmon & other veggie toppings, olive oil, and then I’d have one of these for a dessert. 🙂
sharon gibbons says
Can these brownie bites be frozen?
Gwen Brown says
I’ve not tried them frozen. They may be too hard to bite. I bet they’d be good in the fridge though!
Just made these with the almond butter option instead of the coconut… Delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!
Delene Taylor says
Just made this with almond butter and it is almost too salty to eat. I made the recipe exactly the same otherwise, with 1/8 t. Salt. Trying to figure out what to do to salvage it. Definitely has potential!
Eva Worthing says
Gwen, these look super delicious! I can’t wait to try them!
I am wondering what can go in place of the coconut butter. Any other nut butter? Probably not the canned coconut milk, thickened in the fridge either?
Hmmm…I would imagine a nut butter would work here if you wanted a peanut butter or almond brownie flavor. Sounds yummy to me!
I’ll be trying these w/out telling my audience what “they” are. Be sure though, my youngest aka Picky-Pete, will ask “is this Trim Healthy Mama?”
Grace Elise says
OMGoodness! I CANNOT believe i just now stumbled upon this. I am officially going to make these. now. 😉
Can I use swerve in place of the brown sugar. I don’t have any.
Do you store these in the fridge? I’m guessing but wanted to make sure before making them.
Natalie Jackson says
How do I make coconut butter?
Gwen Brown says
You grind unsweetened coconut in a food processor until it’s creamy. 🙂
Rena (An Ordinary Housewife) says
I just made these and they are pretty good! I used almond butter instead of coconut and added a pinch of stevia. Maybe a “doonk”? Tasted really similar to regular brownie batter. 🙂
I just made these, and the batter is not very thick! I dont know how I can make these into pieces…I may have to just eat it as batter! What did I do wrong???
Gwen Brown says
Cool it down in the fridge for a bit…coconut oil can turns to a liquid at a warm room temp. After chilling them, you should be able to scoop them into shapes. 🙂
Miriam Berman says
This brownie batter looks AMAZING!!!!! I can’t wait to try it!Quick question though, would it count as a Deep S for the THM Fuel Cycle?
Gwen Brown says
Ooh, not sure. I’ve never done a Fuel Cycle. I bet you could ask on one of the Fuel Cycle groups on Facebook! 🙂