I’m not a huge brownie fan (even though I love chocolate). This is most likely due to the fact that they contain white flour (which I can’t eat) and are packed with butter, sugar…and unnecessary calories!
The other “problem” with brownies is that you usually can’t eat just one! What’s great about THESE brownies is that you CAN eat one or two (or a few more) guilt-free! They are the perfect-gluten free treat, even for those who don’t eat guten-free!
The almond flour gives a nutty flavour and the dates give the brownies their chewy bite and sweet flavour. Not only are these delicious, they aren’t laden with refined sugar and butter…meaning they’re healthier for kids AND they won’t go directly to moms’ hips (FYI moms, you WILL become addicted to these yourself!)
*I doubled the recipe and cut 8 large (about 2 x 4″) brownies for my husband and I and another 16 smaller (about 1 x 2″) brownies for my son.
(Quantity depends on desired size)
1 cup almond flour
1 cup Medjool dates
3 large eggs
*I used two and replaced one egg white with 1 tbsp. flax seed + 3 tbsp. warm water
1/4 cup raw honey (or sweetener of choice)
1/4 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
*I used a food processor 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 to the mix.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place all ingredients in a large food processor (except for the eggs) 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 will be very crumbly…and tasty! (I suggest sneaking a spoonful before adding the eggs!)
Add eggs, one at a time, pulsing each time for about 30 seconds to thoroughly combine them into the mix.
Line a large baking dish (or any dish/pan of choice) with parchment paper then pour in the mix. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center just about comes out clean.
Remove the brownies immediately from the oven, let cool then cut into desired size.
Store them in the fridge for up to 5 days (My guess is they’ll be gone way before then!).
These are also freezer-friendly so make extra and store a batch in the freezer for a quick ready-to-eat treat!