Paleo Black Forest Brownies (Vegan)

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These cherry-packed Paleo Black Forest Brownies make the perfect treat for a Valentine or a sweet treat any time! These brownies are paleo and vegan – great for anyone with food allergies

These cherry-packed Paleo Black Forest Brownies make the perfect treat for a Valentine or a sweet treat any time! These brownies are paleo and vegan - great for anyone with food allergies - @TheFitCookie #dairyfree #paleo #glutenfree #vegan

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 : )

Paleo Black Forest Brownies (Vegan)

These cherry-packed Paleo Black Forest Brownies make the perfect treat for a Valentine or a sweet treat any time! These brownies are paleo and vegan - great for anyone with food allergies
Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-free; Free of: eggs, soy, gluten, corn, nuts
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Course: Bars
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black forest brownies, paleo brownies, vegan brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 brownie hearts
Calories: 188kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

You can cook the batter in an 8×8” pan instead; these will cook for @ 35 minutes at 350˚ F.

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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