It’s nearing spring break and I couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate this exciting time (I know… lame but true), I’ve made some delicious, fudgy, orange-hinted brownie bites that are vegan, oil-free and added sugar free!
These are a bit different from my other bakes because they aren’t at all fluffy. I guess that’s what brownies are supposed to be like… Anyway, these brownies are incredibly fudgy and really healthy. They have healthy fats (from the chocolate if you use a good one), no added sugar, vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free.
The flavor of these brownies are awesome. Instead of just plain chocolate, I decided to add some orange zest to embolden the chocolate and liven up the rich brownies. I was worried it would taste bad but oh gosh… They are amazing!
I was a little worried about the texture because there is no added fat. Well, there is nothing to worry about. Just note that these brownies do not hold their shape straight out the oven. You need to let them cool in the fridge for a couple hours or even overnight before enjoying them. Without cooling them, they taste like paste…
For these brownies, I used a mixture of 96% chocolate with pure maple syrup to add sweetness. I would recommend using chocolate that is around 75% and not adding any other sweetener. This will make the brownie bites have an even better texture than the ones I made.
If you love brownies and want to eat them all the time, make some of these and you will love them!
5 Word Summary:
Chocolate Orange Brownies Bites (no added sugar)
These brownies do not just combine chocolate with orange but also are super fudgy and packed full of good ingredients.
Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and oil-free.
- 225 g semi-sweet chocolate 1
- 1 cup applesauce 2
- 1/2 cup oat flour 3
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- zest from a small orange
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with parchment paper liners or grease it with oil.
Melt the chocolate in a microwave, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn. It takes about 1-2 minutes.
Combine all the ingredients and mix just to combine. Do not over-mix.
Fill each cup all the way with batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The center just be a little squishy.
Let cool completely and then let it set in the fridge. This is key to the texture. They are best eaten cold.
- I used 80% chocolate. Use any kind of chocolate you want. 80% will not be as sweet as you may like.
- If you want to use homemade applesauce, I have a recipe here.
- You can make your own oat flour by grinding rolled oats in a food processor until it forms a fine meal.