Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chocolate Waterfall Brownie Bites (Recipe ReDux)

You know what's coming in three days?  The Oscars!

And you know what the Recipe ReDux theme for this month is?  A healthy recipe inspired by your favorite food scene/featured food in a movie!

Now, I'm not really a movie person, but there is one film that popped into my head right away...

Anyone want to guess what it was?  (Hint: There's a whole lot of chocolate involved)

Charlie/Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

Whether you prefer the version from the 1970's or 2000's, you can't deny that the above movie is definitely a mouth watering one.  Please tell me I'm not the only one who has dreams containing that completely edible room!

Or, more specifically, the chocolate waterfall.

That rich, decadent, thick stream of water pouring down from the sky nearly has me drooling every single time I see it (until Augustus Gloop falls in, that is, after that it's somehow less appealing).

I had the waterfall in mind as I was making these brownies.  I was going for rich, fudgy, and mega chocolatey.  And you know what?  I totally accomplished my goal.  When you try one of these delicious brownies, it's like biting right into a waterfall!

Chocolate Waterfall Brownie Bites
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (dutch processed if possible)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 tbsp date paste (or replace with more honey)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (greek, soy, coconut, etc)
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix together all dry ingredients (not in frosting) in a large bowl.  Add wet (again, not ingredients in frosting) and mix again until a thick batter forms.  Scoop into greased donut hole/mini muffin pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix together all frosting ingreidents in a small bowl.  When brownies are done, remove from oven and let cool completely.  When cool, remove from pan. It's time to add the frosting.

First, use a fork to poke a small hole on top of the brownie.

Use your finger to deepen the hole a bit so that a decent amount of frosting can fit inside.  Then use a the same fork to place some of the frosting in the hole.

Top the brownie with a bit more frosting, and voila, you're done!  Repeat with all the brownie bites and place in the fridge until serving (frosting will harden the longer it's left to sit).  Recipes makes 24 brownie bites.

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  1. such a unique idea for frosting- never thought of using banana. I love any dessert with chocolate- brownies, mousse, cake you name it, i love it.

    1. Bananas are great in frosting! They add great texture and act as a sweetener.

      Chocolate is also a love of mine. Have you noticed how much chocolate is featured on this blog? Multiply that by 3 and you have a slight idea of how much I eat :)

  2. Yum! I love your photo of the 'bitten' brownie - really shows off how gooey and decadent they are. I personally always wanted to try the lickable wallpaper or the 3 course meal gum from Charlie and Chocolate Factory!

    1. Oh, thank you! It's always great when the pictures capture how yummy the food actually is!

      Lickable wallpaper sounds good to me in theory (especially in chocolate flavor!), but I'm not sure it's a product I would ever buy. I wouldn't want everyone going around my house and licking the walls! The gum, however, sounds amazing. A perfect on-the-go meal!

  3. So creative - look the movie connection! Never thought to use banana in a frosting - looking forward to trying out this recipe!

    1. Thanks Deanna. You should really try bananas in frosting - it's great!

  4. Chocolate waterfall indeed! This recipe is perfect! Love all the creative ingredients...with whole wheat flour, datss, bananas....these are totally guilt-free AND look delicious! Im a fan of the 1970s original! (: -Serena

    1. Isn't it wonderful when something is good for you as looks delicious? I love it! If you get around to trying the recipe, make sure to tell me what you think!

      My dad is totally a fan of the 1970's version. He is ALWAYS trying to get me to watch it, saying the newer one does the story line no justice. Personally, I like both versions.

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