Better for You! 3 ingredient Brownie Bites
I’m going to preface this by telling you that the making of this post involved TORTURE of the worst kind. (I kid, I kid). I’m doing the 21 Day Fix right now, and even though these Brownie Bites are better for you than traditional brownies, they’re still not “Fix Approved.” So this is for you, all for you. (And for Tomas. He’s pretty happy about them). I wanted to share because with Super Bowl this weekend and Valentine’s Day next weekend, you have plenty of opportunities to whip up a batch of these for the party or for your loved ones. Best part is, they require all of 3 ingredients and about an hour, and I promise nobody will know they’re better for them because they're still delicious.
Let’s jump in… face first into a pile of brownies. (The sugar withdrawal is real, y’all).
These are crazy simple, and like I said, 3 ingredients (+ some water, so 4 I guess?)
- Brownie mix (my fav is Ghirardelli, by far. It’s delicious and you can get it in bulk at Costco.
- A very ripe avocado (yes, avocado. Unfurrow your brow please.)
- ½ cup of water.
- Chocolate. Or butterscotch. Or caramel. Something you can melt and drizzle over the top.
You don’t need the eggs or oil typically needed for the brownies. Now, these aren’t health food by any means, but the avocado instead of the oil cuts the calories in the pan by over 300 (!!!) and replaces the processed fat with healthy fat. So, I’d say it’s a win!
- Preheat your oven to 325.
- Mix together the water, the brownie mix, and the avocado.
- Once mixed, pour into a pan and bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes.
Note: You want these to be a little under-done! Not liquid-y on the inside, but definitely pretty darn moist.
Then, once they’ve cooked. Take them out and let them cool completely.
Once cooled completely, crumble it all up.
Then take some and form into little balls. This is why you want them to slightly gooey. If they’re not, they won’t hold. If you cooked yours too long, add a couple tablespoons of water to help them stick together. My mix made about 2 dozen brownie bites.
Pop those in the freezer to set up a little and meanwhile, melt some chocolate. I used some chocolate I had in the pantry. Use whatever you have. The best way is to pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds, mix, pop in for another 30 seconds, then mix it and mix it until the heat distributes and it’s all melted evenly and ribbons when you lift the spoon.
Then, you have two options. You can, A, dip the whole ball into the chocolate. Or, B, which I chose, drizzle chocolate over the top so they still look like brownies, but with a little bit of fun on top. :D Either way, put some chocolate on those babies. Then pop it in the fridge to set up.
After about 30 minutes, you should have perfectly delicious, better for you, but still ridiculously rich and indulgent brownie bites.
So – what do you think? I think these would be a great addition to any football party this weekend and people will never suspect they’re better for you than the traditional stuff. And your honey will feel extra special with homemade goodies for Valentine’s Day this year. Or you know, it’s Friday. And that deserves chocolate too.
And on that note – happy Friday, friends! I hope you have an awesome, fun weekend. And Go Broncos!!