Santa Hat Brownies **VEGAN GLUTEN FREE**

Ho ho ho! I’m dropping in today to help take some stress out of this silly season by sharing with you this easy-to-assemble and cute-as-can-be holiday treat 🎄 You’ve probably seen them around before — the idea is nothing new. However, my execution is. Using my go-to brownie recipe and super fluffy cream, this recipe has been elevated with good-for-you ingredients giving your body just what it’s craving without all the junk.

What are you waiting for? Let’s dive in:

Vegan, gluten-free and grain-free Santa Hat Brownie Bites. Made with whole food, natural and plant-based ingredients, these treats are simply the best way to spread Christmas cheer!

Vegan, gluten-free and grain-free Santa Hat Brownie Bites. Made with whole food, natural and plant-based ingredients, these treats are simply the best way to spread Christmas cheer!

Vegan and Gluten- Free Santa Hat Brownies

(inspired by Annie Lawless’ Brownies Done Better from her SUJA Cookbook. Alternately, to sneak in some veggies, you can use my breakup brownies found here)

1 cup creamy nut butter (I used 1/2 cashew, 1/2 almond but you could even use sunflower seed butter to keep it nut free!)

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 flax egg (combine 1 tbsp flaxseed meal with 3 tbsp water and set to side to thicken)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup cacao powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

pinch of sea salt

coconut oil, for oiling pan

16 hat-shaped strawberries

16 toothpicks

16 vegan mini marshmallows

vegan marshmallow fluff (recipe here or suitable store-bought alternative)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325F

  2. Combine wet ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  3. Add dry ingredients and mix until well combined

  4. Gently fold in chocolate chips

  5. Generously coat a mini muffin tin with coconut oil

  6. Scoop batter into the tin

  7. Place in preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes

  8. Remove from oven when baked and set aside to cool

  9. Make my vegan marshmallow fluff recipe here (alternately, to save time, buy coconut whip cream at your local health food shop)

  10. slice the tops off of 16 hat-shape strawberries

  11. Assemble! First attach one mini marshmallow to the top of each strawberry using a toothpick. Then “frost” each brownie with the marshmallow fluff. Gently place the strawberry hats on top and Voila! You’re done! Repeat for the next 15. xx

Bonus easy-to-assemble Rudolph Brownie Bites. Yum!

Bonus easy-to-assemble Rudolph Brownie Bites. Yum!

TIP: If you’re like me and didn’t grease your pan perfectly and your brownies stuck, turn lemons into lemonade! I scooped the stuck part from the pan and added to a mixing bowl (I had A LOT that stuck — baking fail!) and squish it together into little balls. Emma Kate and I turned the balls into little brownie ball Rudolphs with the help of some gluten-free, vegan pretzels and vegan red m&ms. They were divine!

What’s your favorite holiday treat? Want me to tackle remaking your favorite recipe healthier? Just add it to the comments below, and I’ll see what I can do :) Hope you enjoy making these little Santa Hats with your little helper elves too xx, Julie