I don’t know about you, but when I think of “Chunky Monkey” I think of the great combination of chocolate, peanut butter and bananas. Die-hard Chunky Monkey fans might disagree, and say that the true Chunky Monkey taste has walnuts instead of peanut butter. But when peanut butter + chocolate go so well together, why mess with something good? I made this delicious Chunky Monkey brownie bite recipe (did I mention that it was also egg-free with no added sugar?) and I’d love to share it with you today!
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These Chunky Monkey brownie bites are dense and moist – and you’ll definitely want to have a glass of milk handy go with all the good chocolate and peanut butter flavour explosions happening in your mouth!
I made individual brownie bites using my mini-muffin pans, but you can always make a “normal” batch of brownies in a square pan instead. (See the different baking options below)
Ready to dive into the recipe how-to? You’ll need:
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
- 1 cup peanut butter (I used low-fat / less sugar)
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Optional: 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Optional: 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
Start off by melting your chocolate chips, peanut butter and margarine on a double-boiler (or using the microwave and heating for a minute then stirring, then a minute, then stir, etc.).
In the meantime, mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl; and mash a ripe banana and mix with the vanilla in another bowl. I also prepped my mini-muffin pans by rubbing the insides with coconut oil using my powder-free gloves. You can always grease them with spray, margarine or butter – but I like the teensy bit of added coconut flavour.
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Once all your chocolate + peanut butter goodness is melted, you can remove it from the heat. You’ll first mix in the mashed banana mix, then once that is all incorporated, slowly add the flour and stir as you go.
Scoop the batter (I use a regular ice cream scooper) into your greased mini-muffin pans and make sure they are all level. I was able to get 24 good sized Chunky Monkey brownie bites into my pan, and I probably had another 1 or 2 I could have made extra (but I decided to eat the leftover batter… because hey there are no raw eggs in it haha!).
Your oven should now be ready.
Baking Option 1:
If you have the extra chocolate chips + peanut butter chips, you’ll want to mix them up together in a bowl while you place your Chunky Monkey brownie bites in the oven for about 12 minutes.
Carefully remove them (they will still be mushy and not fully cooked), and sprinkle a few of the mixed chips on top, and lightly push them in.
Remember, you’re working with hot brownie bites here – so try not to touch the batter or the pan :)
You could always add your chips at the starting before you put them in, but I was afraid they might sink through to the bottom – and I didn’t want another super hidden mini-eggs fiasco on my hands.
Once they’re evenly coated with a few chips, return them to the oven for another 7-9 minutes (or until an inserted toothpick comes out crumbly, but not wet).
Let them sit for a minute or two, then carefully remove them from the pan and let cool on a wire rack.
Baking Option 2:
If you don’t want to add the chips in halfway (or at all), simply leave the Chunky Monkey brownie bites in the oven for 20-22 minutes (remember to test them with the toothpick to see if they are ready).
Baking Option 3:
If you don’t have a mini-muffin pan, you can instead spread your batter evenly in a square 8×8 or 9×9 greased pan. You’ll want to add at least another 5 minutes to the overall baking time when going with this method though. (I didn’t make them like this so I can’t commit to an exact time).
You should now have a nice batch of ooey-gooey delicious Chunky Monkey brownie bites (or just regular Chunky Monkey brownies for you square pan people) ready to eat! Using one ripe banana still gives these brownie bites a nice banana flavour, but you could always try adding another one if you really want to go all out!
Although, the Husband did ask “are there bananas in these?” after he had one – so it’s up to you how banana-y you want to go :) Now, I mentioned there were no added eggs (the benefits of using bananas and peanut butter, because they both act as binders) and no added white sugar – but they are super sweet anyways from the loads of chocolate included!
You can pretend they’re healthy… but I don’t want to lie to you :)
So there’s my simple recipe for some delicious Chunky Monkey brownie bites! What do you think? Are you a true “Chunky Monkey” die-hard fan and would have preferred to see some walnuts added? You could always sprinkle some on top instead of the chips… but why mess with the goodness of peanut butter + chocolate?
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil a mini muffin pan Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and margarine together Mash a ripe banana and mix with the vanilla in a medium sized bowl Mix the flour and baking powder together in a small bowl Pour and stir the melted mixture into the mashed banana Slowly incorporate the flour Scoop even amounts into the greased muffin pan Optional: spread the peanut butter and chocolate chips evenly across the top of each Bake for 18-22 minutes Cool and eat!
Chunky Monkey Brownie Bites
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil a mini muffin pan
Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and margarine together
Mash a ripe banana and mix with the vanilla in a medium sized bowl
Mix the flour and baking powder together in a small bowl
Pour and stir the melted mixture into the mashed banana
Slowly incorporate the flour
Scoop even amounts into the greased muffin pan
Optional: spread the peanut butter and chocolate chips evenly across the top of each
Bake for 18-22 minutes
Cool and eat!
I only have a few left of these from my batch… maybe I’ll go finish them off before the Husband wakes up :)
See you next time!