Updated: Feb 21, 2019
Sometimes you just want chocolate...and sometimes you want it in a chocolate brownie! Yes, a chocolate, rich and gooey, delectably creamy, and oh so chocolaty brownie! And if you are anything like me that is when you start searching your recipe archives for the perfect brownie recipe that will not only fill your house with a delectable aroma, but also allow you to indulge sooner than later! Now I must admit I have a fair amount of brownie recipes in my card file - from pumpkin to sweet potato and everything in between (many of which are posted on my blog!), but now that we are in full holiday swing I thought it would be great to mix it up a bit with some seasonal flavor, hence these Gingerbread Brownie Bites! A brownie with all the rich and creamy flavor and none of the empty calorie guilt. I love that I can indulge in these tasty bars and enjoy their rich and creamy flavor so much that I'll forget I am actually eating something healthy!
1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
1/2 C pumpkin puree
3/4 C creamy peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1 Tbsp. molasses
3 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 tsp. ginger, ground
1/4 tsp. cloves, ground
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 C mini chocolate chips (or carob chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Warm creamy peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) on low for 20-30seconds in the microwave.
Add applesauce, pumpkin, molasses, honey and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
Add warmed nut butter and stir well (by hand).
Add cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and baking soda. Stir well.
Fold in mini chocolate chips and spread batter into a lightly coated 8x8 baking dish (I like to use a spritz of olive or coconut oil spray).
Bake for approximately 30min (or until toothpick comes out clean).
Cool for 10-15mintues before cutting into squares and serving.
Eat and Enjoy!