Looking for a healthy brownie recipe? These healthy date brownies are just as rich and decadent as traditional brownies, yet they’re gluten-free and refined sugar-free. A healthy treat you can feel good about indulging in!
I’m constantly looking for innovative ways to make traditional recipes healthier, ones that lend well to a clean eating diet. I’ve tried (purchased and homemade) a variety of gluten-free flour combinations. Some were successful, and others not-so much. At the moment, I’m loving the simple combination of gluten-free oats and rice flour however, sometimes I like to splurge (because it IS expensive) on almond flour. There’s just something about almond flour that makes baked goods taste so, well, nutty. And creamy. And rich. And moist. And dense. I could go on.
These wholesome almond flour brownies have a rich nutty flavour, and a dense, slightly spongey texture, similar to that of traditional brownies. The other key ingredient in these brownies are plump Medjool dates which give a super rich, chewy texture to these brownies, with just the right touch of sweetness.
Let’s talk brownies. Some people prefer them chewy while others prefer that crumbly, crunchy exterior. It’s all about personal preference. On that note, while these are decadent, they are not super sweet. The honey adds a subtle sweetness-which I don’t mind because I love the flavour and richness of the dark cocoa. If you do prefer a super sweet brownie, you might want to add a few tablespoons of white sugar as a substitute for the honey.
The problem with brownies is not necessarily the fact that they’re prepared with refined ingredients, but rather the fact that you can’t eat just one-at least without feeling guilty about it! Now, these healthy date brownies? What’s there to feel guilty about? The dates? The almonds? The honey? I can attest to fact that if you eat more than one of these, you won’t feel guilty about it. I know because I did…and the guilt has yet to set in!
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!