Here is a recipe for brownies that are healthy and delicious. There is no sacrifice in taste or texture, and it is fairly simple to make. In fact, I prefer these to conventional brownies.
Most of the kids enjoyed this recipe, except of course for Noah who didn’t even give it a try. Some day he will learn the joys of trying new things, or at least that’s what we’re holding out for. His loss, more for me.
We have a lot of mouths to feed, so this recipe is for a 9×13 pan. For smaller amounts use a 9×9, and half the recipe.
This recipe is gluten free, sugar free and paleo.
4 c chopped deglet noor dates
4 tbsp hot water
1 c unpasteurized honey
4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp baking soda
2 ½ c unsweetened cocoa
½ tsp sea salt
1 c unsweetened apple sauce
1 c coconut flakes
- Combine dates and water. Stir together.
- Add honey and vanilla, let sit 15-20 mins. (steps 1-2 softens the dates)
- Combine cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, coconut flakes.
- Mix eggs and apple sauce.
- Mix date mixture to egg mixture. Use a blender not a hand mixer, then return to the bowl.
- Slowly mix in dry ingredients, stir with a spatula.
- Grease a 9×13 pan or line with parchment paper, pour in mixture and spread evenly.
- Bake at 350 F for roughly 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool, cut, devour.
You can add dark chocolate chunks with the dry ingredients as well.
The type of dates doesn’t really matter. Deglet noor has 20 cals per date, while medjool has 66 cals. Medjools are sweeter than noors, you won’t need medjools.
Dates are high in fibre, so eat in moderation. We did not.