Healthier Brownies

01.13.2018

Healthier Brownies are made with almond flour instead of white flour, coconut oil instead of butter and they’re sweetened with honey and dates instead of sugar. So 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.

Healthier Brownies

Brownies Made Healthy

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.

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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.

Healthier Brownies Recipe

Ingredients for This Recipe

  • Almond flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Medjool dates
  • Honey
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Healthier Brownies Recipe

How to Make These Brownies

  • 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.

So if you are in for a little extra decadence add the mini chocolate chips, they aren’t healthy but they add in some decadence.

Then for the chocolate sauce I mostly just added that  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.

Healthier Brownies Recipe

A Smarter Choice

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.

Healthier Brownies

A Family Friendly 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.

So delicious!

You just can’t go wrong with a healthier chocolate treat! Hope you love them!

Healthier Brownies

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Healthy Brownies

4.67 from 3 votes

A healthier brownie made without white flour, butter and refined sugar. Still perfectly decadent and deliciously satisfying. Sure to curb those chocolatey cravings!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies, Healthy Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 215 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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). 

  2. Add almond flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, dates, honey, coconut oil and vanilla to a food processor. 

  3. Process until well blended and dates have been finely ground down, about 1 minute. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 

  6. Let cool about 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Once cool store in an airtight container.

  7. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe source: inspired by Bites for Foodies

23 comments

  • Aga: Very nice flavour but very dry as well. November 8, 2018 at 12:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry to hear that, I’d try baking for a shorter period of time maybe because they shouldn’t come out dry. November 8, 2018 at 3:00pm Reply

  • Amy: I would love to make these for school lunch treats but the school is 100% nut free. What could I swap the almond flour out with?
    Cheers! Can’t wait to get baking March 18, 2018 at 2:28am Reply

  • Hallie Thompson: I think might actually work! February 27, 2018 at 2:22am Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Such a perfect stack of brownies – I need these in my life! :) January 22, 2018 at 10:43pm Reply

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