Healthy Date Brownies

Healthy Date Brownies

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.

Healthy Date Brownies

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!

Healthy Date Brownies

2013-06-05
: Depends on desired portion size
: 5 min
: 25 min

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 …

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Ingredients
    1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 3 large organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Directions

*A food processor works best to prepare these, but you can also use a stand mixer or hand mixer. If you use the latter, you will need to process the dates in a small food processor or chop them very finely before adding them to the batter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients (except for the eggs) in a large food processor and pulse for a minute or so until well combined. Be sure to check that there are no large pieces of unprocessed dates. The mix should be very crumbly but still hold together well.

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Add the eggs, one at a time, pulsing each time for about 30 seconds to thoroughly combine them into the batter.

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Line a large baking dish (of choice, depending on desired thickness) with parchment paper then pour in the batter. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean but somewhat moist. Remove the brownies immediately from the oven, let cool then cut into desired size. Store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. These are also freezer-friendly so make an extra batch and store some in the freezer.

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