I don't know about you, but with me inspiration in the kitchen really ebbs and flows. There will be weeks on end where I barely turn on the stove and when my husband asks what's for dinner after we've each come home from a long day of work I should daggers at him, feeling unmotivated and bothered by the idea of coming up with something. Usually these periods follow holidays like Thanksgiving, where I have a bad habit of taking on way too much.
Then there are times when there are literally not enough hours in the day to make everything I want to make. Where I feel like I could cook till 3am, filling the freezer with future meals for a lazier self, where it feels like inspiration is everywhere I look, and I can't wait to go back to my kitchen and play mad scientist until the wee hours of the morning.
In case your wondering, I'm currently going through the latter, in a big way. Yesterday, I willingly went to three grocery stores in 12 hours, then re-organized the pantry, made vegetable curry, a giant vat of black beans, apple & brie sandwiches, and these brownies all in one afternoon. I think I am just so damn excited to be back home in my kitchen after so many weeks of travel.
And today I am so flipping excited to share these brownies with you! So you know the gooey, rich, undercooked and deeply chocolatey center of a brownie? Well these are that in one perfectly decadent I-dare-you-to-just-eat-one bite. To be honest, they are straight up brownie batter (with enough coconut oil that the batter hardens when refrigerated) rolled into bite-sized balls and bathed in cocoa powder. Oh and they are vegan AND gluten-free, only required 1-bowl, and no baking! Guys, I know I've said this before, but these brownies might be the best thing I've ever made. I literally made out with the batter-covered whisk after I made them.
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites
Adapted from The Kitchn
Makes 24 pieces
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup coconut oil
7 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (1 heaping cup) - vegan if needed
2 tablespoons cane sugar
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 heaping tablespoons all-natural peanut butter
1/2 cup almond meal
In a small prep bowl, mix the flax seed meal with water and let sit for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, fit a heat-proof glass bowl over a pot of simmering water - making sure the water doesn't touch the bowl. Combine the coconut oil, chocolate, and sugar in the bowl and stir until the mixture is completely incorporated and the chocolate is melted. Remove the bowl and whisk in instant coffee, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, flax, and peanut butter until smooth. Mix in almond meal until incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.
Prepare a small ramekin with the remaining 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Use a cookie scoop (mine was about 1 tablespoon) to shape the batter into balls, I then rolled them in my bowl to smooth out the edges, then toss the bites into the cocoa until completely covered. Try to work quickly as they melt at room-temperature. Store in the refrigerator.