Mini Muffin Baby Brownies Bites with Green Frosting- Refined Sugar-Free

These healthy brownie bite muffins are sweetened with BANANAS!!!! Not a pinch of sugar but still so moist and yummy! The frosting is lightly sweetened with a tiny bit of natural maple syrup and the GREEN part is all-natural too! This is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day recipe for your little ones! 

Healthy Brownie Bites for Baby Led Weaning. Refined sugar-free naturally sweetened with bananas! Vegan frosting naturally sweetened and colored! Healthy St. Patrick's Day recipe for kids! #irish #stpatricksday #browniebites #refinedsugarfree #bananas #babyledweaning #babyledfeeding #babyfood #fingerfood #partyfood #makeahead

The Mini Muffin Brownie Bites

One word, chocolate. I love chocolate, Oscar loves chocolate. There’s just something about a chewy brownie that is irresistible right? The challenge is that it can be difficult to find a brownie recipe that is not loaded in oil and sugar. I’m not here to shame anyone for eating a chewy sugary brownie every now and again, but I like to do my best to make swaps so that my kids have healthier versions of traditional treats. Bonus, I eat them too 🙂

So the superpower ingredient here is BANANAS. In baking, a nice overripe banana (think brown spots or even mostly brown peel but no runny slimy spots inside) is an amazing sugar swap. As bananas age, their starches turn to natural sugar, making them an excellent natural sweetener. 

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The second BANANA superpower it’s the ability to reduce oil in recipes. Like most fruits, bananas are super moist. This natural moisture works great in adding softness to baked goods like healthy brownie bites! When you add bananas, you can reduce the amount of fat in a recipe like oil and butter. 

  • FAT= Moisture
  • BANANAS= Moisture

Note: Your baked goods will come out a bit more on the fluffy side with bananas.

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The Green Frosting

Healthier frosting can be a big challenge. Let’s face it, basically, nothing resembles the frosting made with butter all fluffed up with sugar and its definitely NOT something I like to serve babies or toddlers. On that note, I’ve created this much healthier version of frosting. It’s a vegan frosting, too!

To make the frosting, start by soaking cashews overnight in water. This method makes them blend into a beautifully creamy mixture that resembles frosting as you probably know it (made with whipped butter). Cashews are WAY better for you than the fats contained in traditional butter and contain heart-healthy unsaturated fat.

All of the other ingredients in the vegan frosting for the tops of your healthy brownie bites are natural. Like the green colouring, ready for this… I used fresh spinach! Yes I kid you not, this is a veggie-loaded frosting and you’d NEVER know it (neither will your picky eaters). It’s sweetened with just a tiny bit of maple syrup and when you add a bit of vanilla it tastes even sweeter. 

That’s it!

Healthy Brownie Bites for Baby Led Weaning. Refined sugar-free naturally sweetened with bananas! Vegan frosting naturally sweetened and colored! Healthy St. Patrick's Day recipe for kids! #irish #stpatricksday #browniebites #refinedsugarfree #bananas #babyledweaning #babyledfeeding #babyfood #fingerfood #partyfood

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from this Irish Country Girl to you!

Aileen

xoxo

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Healthy Brownie Bites for Baby Led Weaning. Refined sugar-free naturally sweetened with bananas! Vegan frosting naturally sweetened and colored! Healthy St. Patrick's Day recipe for kids! #irish #stpatricksday #browniebites #refinedsugarfree #bananas #babyledweaning #babyledfeeding #babyfood #fingerfood #partyfood #makeahead

      • PREP TIME
      • 15 minutes
      • COOK TIME
      • 25 minutes
      • TOTAL TIME
      • 35 minutes
      • SERVES
      • 24 Brownie Bites

What goes in...

  • Brownies
  • 2 eggs
  • 375ml (1 1/2 cups) milk of your choice
  • 60ml rapeseed oil
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 small bananas
  • 4tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 300g (2 cups) flour
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  • Frosting
  • 200g (1 1/2 cups) cashew nuts (soaked overnight)
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) milk of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Large handful of spinach leaves
  •  
  • Finely chopped mint leaves to serve (optional)

How to make it...

1. Pre-heat oven to 170ºC. (340ºF)

2. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder to a mixing bowl and stir well.

3. Blend together the eggs, rapeseed oil, vanilla, milk, and bananas, then pour in the flour mixture one scoop at a time and blend until it forms a smooth batter.

4. Pour the batter into a lightly oiled mini muffin tin and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack fully.

5. To make the frosting, add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until the leaves have completely broken up and the mixture is a smooth green paste. Pour into a bowl then leave in the fridge for about 2 hours to set.

6.  Spoon the mixture into a piping bag, then pipe a little to the top of each muffin. Sprinkle over the chopped mint leaves to serve.

  • HELPFUL TIP - Freezer Tip

    After brownie bites are completely cooled, place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw naturally at room temperature.

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