Normally I’m not all that into healthy treats, but these Healthier Brownies are totally dreamy! Now you don’t have to feel like you have to resist the chocolate temptations. These are the perfect indulgence that you can feel fine about eating.
I could have called these Healthier “Date” Brownies but then like 99% of you wouldn’t be wanting to try them right? So instead if we leave out the “date” and just think of them as a healthier brownie that tastes amazing and don’t focus on the dates in them then aren’t we all in :)?
I recently bought a date sweetened brownie at the store and loved it so I decided to do a homemade version.
Surprisingly enough you don’t really taste the dates and you don’t notice that these are healthier. They’re still super fudgy, amazingly chocolatey, so rich, and they have a perfect texture.
So what makes these healthier from a normal brownie??
No white sugar, instead these use Medjool dates to sweeten them and honey.
No butter, instead there’s coconut oil and about 1/2 the amount of fat you’d normally add to brownies.
And no white flour. Here we go with almond flour and no one will notice.
Then if you are in for a little extra decadence add the mini chocolate chips. Really I just added the chocolate sauce for looks but feel free to add that too if you’d like, I listed it in the notes at the bottom.
Or sprinkle with a hint of powdered sugar that’s always a good brownie topping.
These will be your new January best friend. Because January is all about those resolutions that are so hard to keep but these decadent brownies make it that much easier!
Note that I cut them into 9 servings here but I thought 12 was more fitting and next time I’ll cut them into 12. The calories listed are based off of my package labels and 12 servings (including chocolate chips but without chocolate sauce).
They aren’t really intended to be a low calorie dessert but rather a smarter choice made with healthier ingredients versus that of your traditional brownie.
Believe it or not my family actually loved these brownies. That’s proof that these are so good because my husband and kids… and who are we kidding I MYSELF, can be picky and we all approved.
You just can’t go wrong with a healthier chocolate treat! Hope you love them!
A healthier brownie made without white flour, butter and refined sugar. Still perfectly decadent and deliciously satisfying. Sure to curb those chocolatey cravings!
- 1 cup + 2 Tbsp (110g) super fine almond flour (spoon and level to measure)
- 1/2 cup (43g) unsweetened cocoa powder (spoon and level)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup (170g) pitted Medjool dates (about 11)
- 1/4 cup (80g) honey
- 1/4 cup (60g) coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup (42g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 by 8 inch baking dish with coconut oil (you can also line with parchment if you want to be able to easily lift them from pan).
Add almond flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, dates, honey, coconut oil and vanilla to a food processor.
Process until well blended and dates have been finely ground down, about 1 minute.
Add in one egg and pulse about 15 times (or as needed) to blend then repeat with second eggs. Stir in chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
Spread mixture evenly into prepared baking dish. Bake in preheated oven until brownies are set (a toothpick will still come out with crumbs), about 20 - 25 minutes.
Let cool about 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Once cool store in an airtight container.
If you want the optional chocolate syrup, in a microwave safe bowl heat 1 Tbsp coconut oil and 1 Tbsp honey in microwave until coconut oil is melted. Stir in cocoa. Let cool slightly for a thicker consistency.
Recipe source: inspired by Bites for Foodies