Healthy Santa Hat Brownies!

This time of year is full of baked goodies, which can make it hard to stick to your diet. Luckily for you, I have come up with a fun and festive holiday treat that is suitable for any diet! These santa hat brownies aren't just cute, they're also vegan, gluten free & bite sized so that you can treat yourself without going overboard.

Healthy Santa Hat Brownies

Makes about 24 bite-sized brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can (~ 1 3/4 cups) black beans,  rinsed and drained
  • 2 large flax eggs (2 tbs flax meal + 5 tbs water)
  • 3 T coconut oil, melted 
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups vegan white chocolate, I prefer King David brand
  • 24 small strawberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease one mini-muffin pan.
  2. Prepare flax egg in the bowl of a food processor. Add remaining ingredients and puree - about 3 minutes - scraping down sides as needed.
  3. If the batter appears too thick, add a Tbsp or two of water and pulse again. It should be slightly less thick than chocolate frosting but nowhere close to runny.
  4. Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin tins and smooth the tops with a spoon or your finger.
  5. Bake for 20-26 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides. 
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan.
  7. Use this time to hull and clean strawberries.
  8. Once cool, place strawberries upside down onto brownie bites.
  9. Melt white chocolate in a double broiler and pour into a piping bag.
  10. Pipe a ring around the base of each strawberry and a dot on the top.

And there you have it! A healthy and adorable treat for the holidays. Enjoy :)

~Mandy