Photo of Cat Cora's toasted pistachio brownie bites by WW

Cat Cora's toasted pistachio brownie bites

Total Time
1 hr 30 min
30 min
30 min
This recipe by Cat Cora has been modified and reprinted by WW with permission.


Shelled pistachio nuts

36 kernel(s)

Sea salt

2 tsp, flaked variety

Coconut oil

2 Tbsp

Maple syrup

¼ tsp

Almond butter

2 Tbsp

Vanilla extract

1 tsp

Sea salt

2 tsp, flaked variety

All-purpose flour

¾ cup(s)

Unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp

Kosher salt

½ tsp

Plain fat free Greek yogurt

½ cup(s)

70-85% dark chocolate

6 oz, coarsely chopped (72% recommended)

Stevia leaf herbal extract

1½ tsp


2 large egg(s)

Canned black beans

½ cup(s), rinsed, drained, mashed

Unsweetened applesauce


Vanilla extract

1 tsp

Cooking spray

10 spray(s)

Mixed berries

18 cup(s)

Plain fat free Greek yogurt

2 cup(s), (for garnish)

Lemon zest

½ cup(s), cut in thin strips (for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 ̊F. Spread pistachios on a baking pan. Bake about 10 minutes until toasted. Season with 2 tsp sea salt while still warm (optional); set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350 ̊F.
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil and maple syrup together over low heat. Whisk in almond butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 tsp sea salt until fully incorporated; set aside.
  3. In a large metal mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. Whisk until thoroughly combined; set aside.
  4. Over a double boiler (heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water), melt together yogurt and chocolate, stirring to combine. Whisk in stevia; remove bowl from heat.
  5. Next, whisk eggs in a separate large bowl. Slowly add in some heated chocolate mixture in small additions, whisking constantly, so as not to cook eggs. Repeat until all chocolate mixture has been incorporated to eggs. Add beans and applesauce to bowl; fold in 1 tsp vanilla using a spatula.
  6. Gently fold reserved dry ingredients into egg mixture until just combined.
  7. Coat a 36-hole muffin pan with cooking spray. Pour about 1 Tbsp batter into each hole. Bake about 6-8 minutes (batter will still be somewhat liquidy); remove pan from oven and carefully place 1 pistachio on top of each brownie. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a brownie comes out clean, about 3-4 more minutes. Remove brownie bites from pan to a cooling rack; let sit a few minutes to cool slightly.
  8. Spoon 1 cup fruit into a small bowl; top with 2 warm brownies and a heaping Tbsp yogurt. Drizzle with 1 tsp reserved caramel (reheat a bit if it won't drizzle) and a few strips of lemon zest.
  9. Serving size: 1 cup fruit with 2 brownie bites