Here is a Valentine’s Day-inspired variation of my Paleo brownies. I pressed the batter/dough into a heart-shaped mold to make these super cute.
These have a mild berry flavor, but if you are a cherry fanatic, try these tips for making the cherry flavor stronger (without adding artificial flavors):
- replace the milk with sweet cherry juice
- replace the applesauce with pureed fresh cherries
- replace the chocolate chips with chocolate covered dried cherries (chopped)
- Get creative and have fun!
If you try any of these variations, let me know how they turn out : )
Black Forest Brownie Hearts
Makes 6 brownie hearts
Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-free; Free of: eggs, soy, gluten, corn, nuts
1/2 cup dried bing cherries
1/2 cup applesauce (room temperature)
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/3 cup non-dairy milk of choice (rice, coconut, almond, etc.)
1/3 cup chocolate chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 ˚ F and spray a heart-shaped tin or silicone mold with spray oil. If you don’t have a heart shaped mold, you can cook these in an 8″ x 8″ pan and use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out heart shapes once they have cooled completely.
- Put the dried cherries and the applesauce into a food processor and process until pureed. Add in the coconut oil and vanilla and process again until well blended.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add in the pureed fruit and mix together with a hand blender. Slowly add in the milk while blending until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips if using.
- Fill the heart shapes full (there is no need for liners with these). The batter is quite thick, so you will have to press the batter/dough into the shaped tin.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the brownies have set well (in an 8″ x 8″ pan, these would cook for about 30 minutes). Let cool for a bit before removing from the pan. These hold together better and taste the best when they have cooled for several hours (sometimes overnight). It takes a bit for these to set up completely, so they will be wet inside if you dig in too soon! Enjoy!
You can cook the batter in an 8×8” pan instead; these will cook for @ 35 minutes at 350˚ F.