These Instant Pot brownie bites are gooey, chocolate-y, and so easy to make in the Instant Pot in an egg mold in just 20 minutes.
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If you like soft, gooey brownies, then this recipe is for you. Thanks to the Instant Pot, the bites turn out perfectly moist and don’t have any crust on them like traditional brownies do. Each brownie bite tastes like a center piece of oven baked brownies – soft and chewy perfection.
These are just small bites, so you can enjoy them as a snack, or serve them at a party. Serve them warm with a lovely scoop of ice cream or whipped cream for a truly decadent experience. Or just keep them in the fridge so you can grab one when you have a sweet tooth.
Ingredients You Need
- Melted Butter: It’s better to use real butter and not replace it with margarine. I always use salted butter in these brownies because the salt really boosts the flavor.
- Sugar: I use regular white granulated sugar. To make a no-sugar or low-carb version, replace the sugar with a sugar substitute like allulose or Swerve.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: You can’t have brownies with cocoa powder! Make sure to use unsweetened powder. The best kind to buy is Dutch processed.
- Eggs: Eggs act as a binding agent, and will give the brownies a lot of moisture.
- Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract will give a better flavor than imitation vanilla.
- Flour: Use all purpose flour and sift it if you want perfectly smooth brownies with no lumps.
- Baking Powder: This ingredient helps the brownie bites to rise.
- Salt: Adding a bit of salt to desserts actually brings out the sweet flavors, so don’t skip the salt.
- Water: You need water to build pressure in the Instant Pot – this doesn’t go in the brownies, but in the inner pot below.
- Egg Mold: It’s best to use silicone molds as the brownie bites will be easier to remove. Use this mold for pancake bites, egg bites, and mini meatloaves.
- Trivet: a trivet is a round wire rack that egg mold will go on top. It will give space between the bottom of the instant pot and the molds.
- Instant Pot: this recipe is for a 6-quart instant pot.
This is the egg mold that I use. I bought it on Amazon. Two of them came in the order, which is great because you can make two or three batches at a time just by stacking the mold on top of each other. If you’re going to stack them, you’ll need to use the lids.
How to Make Instant Pot Brownie Bites
Mix together the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl. Once they are well combined, add the dry ingredients and stir to combine everything together into a smooth batter.
Lightly spray the egg mold with cooking spray or use your fingers to rub a light coating of oil around the inside of each well. Pour or spoon the brownie mixture into the wells. You want to fill them about 3/4 of the way. Any higher and the brownies will swell too much, overflow, or not cook completely. This recipe will make 14-21 brownie bites depending on how full you get the mold.
Pour the water into the inner pot. For a 6-quart pot, use 1 cup of water. For an 8-quart, use 1 1/2 cups of water. Place the trivet inside the pot. Set the filled egg mold onto the trivet.
Close the lid and set the valve to sealing. Press the pressure cook or manual button and set the cook time to 20 minutes. It will take about 5 minutes to come up to pressure. When the cook time is up, allow for a 10 minute natural pressure release before releasing any remaining pressure and removing the lid carefully so as not to dump water on your brownies.
Remove the egg mold and let it cool completely on a wire rack before removing the brownies. If you remove them too early, before they are completely cooled, they might crumble. So be sure to wait, even though I know it’s hard!
You can serve them as is, or serve them with ice cream, or whipped cream, or even with a drizzle of chocolate sauce over them.
Substitutions & Variations
- Nutty: Chop up some nuts like walnuts or pecans and mix them into the brownie batter. It will add a lovely crunch and flavor to the instant pot brownie bites. You can also top the brownie bites with a couple chopped nuts for a nice appearance.
- Chocolate-y: Fold in some chocolate chips or butterscotch chips into the batter for an extra layer of chocolate-y goodness.
- Dark chocolate: Use unsweetened dark cocoa powder if you prefer dark chocolate brownies.
Questions About the Recipe
Can I use instant brownie mix?
Yes. This recipe uses homemade brownie mix, but you can use instant brownie mix. The cooking times will be the same as for this recipe.
Can I make the batter ahead of time?
Kind of. You can make the batter ahead of time, but don’t leave it out too long. There are raw eggs in the batter, so it’s best to use the batter within a few hours of making it. It’s always better to continue the process and make the brownies, then store them for later use.
Why Use An Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.
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Delicious Instant Pot Brownie Bites
Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot
- 1 cup melted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- Mix together the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Lightly spray the egg mold with cooking spray. Pour the brownie mixture into the wells, filling them 3/4 of the way.
- Pour water into the inner pot. Place the trivet inside the pot. Place the filled egg mold onto the trivet.
- Close the lid and set the valve to sealing. Press the pressure cook or manual button and set the time to 20 minutes. It will take about 5 minutes to come up to pressure. When done, allow for a 10 minute natural pressure release before releasing any remaining pressure.
- Remove the egg mold and let it cool completely before removing the brownies.
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