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Low-Sugar Date Brownies

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"Using dates in place of sugar makes for a very fudgey and chocolaty-tasting brownie with no added sugar. These brownies are slightly cakey; if you prefer a denser brownie, use only 1 egg instead of 2."
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50 m servings 130
Original recipe yields 16 servings (16 brownies)


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  1. Place dates in a small bowl and pour in hot water. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving enough paper to hang over the sides of the dish.
  3. Drain dates and transfer to a food processor. Pulse until dates are completely smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. If date paste is too thick, add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until completely pureed.
  4. Add softened butter to the food processor and pulse to combine, about 30 seconds. Add eggs and vanilla extract and process until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Pulse until mixture is just combined, about 30 seconds. Gently stir in chocolate chips by hand. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges just begin to set, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove brownies from pan by gently lifting up edges of parchment paper. Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack. Cut into 16 pieces.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 130 calories; 8.3 14.6 2 39 87 Full nutrition

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Better the next day. Followed exactly and turned out really well. May need to add a bit less cocoa for those who prefer a sweeter chocolate taste.

I was looking for dessert recipes without refined sugar, and this one uses dates, which is a nice substitute. I followed the recipe exactly, baking times and all, and these brownies were fragile...

I followed the directions exactly except that I used spelt flour instead of wheat flour. Came out beautifully! I decided to top it with a homemade caramel sauce: 1/4c maple syrup and 1/4 c cocon...

I found it messy to make in my food processor. The flavor is great, but the middle of the brownies weren't done when the edges were dry. I should have baked them longer. I used rice flour ins...

These were very yummy. I used 2 eggs but will use 1 next time because they were very cakey. I only have unsweetened chocolate in my house (so I do not snack on it) so I drizzled a little honey...