Friday, May 10, 2013

Chocolate Glazed Apricot Brownie Bites (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

I'm totally cheating right now. I'm only posting this recipe to get your attention. And if I know anything about you, it's that the word chocolate gets your attention. So if I have to bribe you with chocolate, I am perfectly okay with that.

Before I share the recipe with you, I want to tell you a few things. You're not allowed to scroll down to the recipe until you've read this. I'm totally serious. I can control your computer with my mind:
  1. The Anti-Diet 30 Day Spring Challenge starts on Sunday. Saturday at 10pm EST is your last chance to register! If you're on the fence, jump in! You have very little to lose and the chance to gain energy, renewed faith, and a better understanding of your purpose in life. And since it's Mother's Day, register for your mom too. You can keep each other motivated during the challenge. Register here.
  2. I posted the podcast of my webinar, Beyond Gluten Free: What's Next in Your Health Journey. It's available here. It includes a meditation on listening to your body, which starts about 20 minutes in. I've received amazing feedback on the meditation. My friend Kelly told me: "Thank you, thank you, a thousand times THANK YOU for such a beautiful and informative podcast! I learned so much about myself, my purpose, and what I need to do to let go of negativity and live the life I was intended to. You are truly awe inspiring! ♥" 
  3. This is an excerpt from my article in the latest copy of GF Magazine. "Through all of this searching for the perfect diet, a few ideas became glaringly clear to me. One, I was listening to everyone else and completely ignoring my own intelligence. Two, I was becoming so stressed over what I ate that I would literally break down crying when I didn’t eat “perfectly.” I was being told that if I didn’t follow a specific diet to the T, I would never get better and have only myself to blame. Just like someone on a weight loss diet, I blamed myself for lack of willpower and struggled with guilt and shame. The third thing I realized was that by focusing solely on diet as the answer, I was ignoring a lot of other factors in my life." You can download the free magazine and read the full article here.  
  4. I've received 3 entries into the Gluten Free Health Challenge already, and I'm very excited! It is going to be so hard to pick the winners. Good thing I don't have to do it. That's all on you... Just to clarify, you do not need to be new to the gluten free diet in order to enter. Our journey to health doesn't stop when we become gluten free. For many of us, it's just starting. The Gluten Free Health Challenge focuses on all aspects of health, not just being gluten free.
  5. Only one person left a comment on my post about no longer blogging here (Natalie, I love you!). I'm a little hurt. Sure, you'll comment when I talk about Blue Eyes but nothing when I'm just talking about myself. Where's the love, people? 
Okay, you've listened to me. I will now release my hold on your computer and you may have the recipe. 

Chocolate Glazed Apricot Brownie Bites Print-Me
These brownie bites make an elegant dessert. A rich and dense brownie ball is covered with a layer of chocolate, then cooled in the fridge for the perfect bite-sized treat. Make sure you have room in your fridge for them!

Yield: Four dozen brownie bites

1 ½ cups dried apricots
¾ cup full fat canned coconut milk
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
¾ cup coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

132 grams buckwheat flour (1 cup plus 1 tablespoon)
60 grams tapioca starch (1/2 cup)
40 grams unsweetened cocoa powder (1/2 cup)
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt

Chocolate Glaze: (All ingredients need to be at room temperature ahead of time or the glaze will not be smooth)
½ cup full fat canned coconut milk
6 tablespoons maple syrup OR 4 tablespoons coconut nectar plus 40 drops liquid stevia
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 dried apricots, finely chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease four 12-cup mini-muffin tins.
2. Blend the apricots and coconut milk in a blender for about 30 seconds, just until the apricots are chopped but not completely pureed. Pour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the applesauce, sugar, and vanilla extract.
3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the buckwheat flour, tapioca starch, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until completely mixed.
4. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins about halfway Dip your fingers in water and use them to spread the batter evenly. Bake for 14 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack.
5. Once the brownie bites have cooled, heat coconut milk in a small pan over low heat. Stir in sweetener and vanilla extract for a minute. Add chocolate and stir until smooth. Dip brownies in chocolate completely, shaking a bit to get excess chocolate off when you take them out. Place on wax or parchment paper. 
6. Once you’ve dipped all of the brownies, top them with chopped apricots and place in the fridge to chill. This only takes about ten minutes. Once you can touch the coating without it sticking completely to your fingers, you’re golden! Eat away!

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze for later use.


Ashley said...

I was a little sad to hear that you will not be doing this blog as much anymore. This is one of my favorites because of your honesty when writing and I relate to a lot of the health issues you've dealt with all too well (not just with food intolerances and migraines, but with bingeing as well). It's nice to know that someone knows what I went/am going through and aren't judging me, and all the while giving advice.

With that being said, I am so happy and excited for you! I think it is great that you are starting a new chapter of your life. The way I see it is you aren't leaving this part of your life completely, but are only exploring other parts in more detail...sometimes you have to leave one thing you love in order to do another thing you love for a while. It's like having a best friend that you haven't seen in a really long time, and when you finally see them it's like you were never gone. I am also very excited to see/hear/read everything over on your other FB page and website, as well as with the other 6 woman who will be posting on this blog. I am sure they will all do wicked awesome job with it! I am proud of you for listening to your gut and going for it...that is hard to do and can be scary! I have faith that you will do splendidly well in your new ventures and am very excited for your future! You go, Iris!! And thank you for the many fabulous years you devoted to this blog!

StlGal said...

The brownies definitely worked on me! I am very excited for you, and have already Liked you're facebook page. You are on a fabulous adventure, and I am grateful you will continue to share and inspire. Thank you for all the amazing posts over the years. But mostly, just thanks for being you. The world can use more of you. _ Aileen in Pacific, Mo.

Alexandra said...

So delicious I am going to have to give them a go this weekend. I made some super healthy gluten free brownies and they turned out really tasty. Here is the link to the recipe


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