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.

Kim
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place dates in a small bowl and pour in hot water. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

130 calories; 8.3 g total fat; 39 mg cholesterol; 87 mg sodium. 14.6 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2018
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 while still warm (be careful!). The brownies were rich and delicious--rich texture and excellent chocolate flavor. I also made a simple icing to go on top (1/4 c. maple syrup 1/4 c. melted coconut oil and 1/2 t. vanilla) but they would be perfect without a topping too. I'll be making these again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/15/2019
These were okay but a little tasteless. I added a ganache icing to make it better. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2018
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 while still warm (be careful!). The brownies were rich and delicious--rich texture and excellent chocolate flavor. I also made a simple icing to go on top (1/4 c. maple syrup 1/4 c. melted coconut oil and 1/2 t. vanilla) but they would be perfect without a topping too. I'll be making these again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2018
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 while still warm (be careful!). The brownies were rich and delicious--rich texture and excellent chocolate flavor. I also made a simple icing to go on top (1/4 c. maple syrup 1/4 c. melted coconut oil and 1/2 t. vanilla) but they would be perfect without a topping too. I'll be making these again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2019
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 coconut oil melted for 1 min in the microwave; add in 2 T almond butter and a pinch of salt. OMG. Delicious! UPDATE: Months later this has become one of my favorite recipes. I often replace an egg with flax or chia to give a little nutritional boost and make them even more moist and delicious. Really amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2019
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/15/2019
These were okay but a little tasteless. I added a ganache icing to make it better. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2019
I added a dollop of peanut butter and less salt than called for due to the peanut butter. My four year old licked his plate to get all of the crumbs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2020
I was skeptical at first to try these brownies but I'm very glad that I did . They turned out very rich and moist and tasted wonderful, no one will ever know these are a healthy alternative to brownies?? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2019
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 instead of wheat flour. Will try them again but will use conventional mixing.. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2020
For extra richness and nutrition I chopped and soaked the dates overnight in 1/2C milk and blended that to make the paste instead of doing the boiling water soak. I only had salted butter so after calculating the sodium in a stick of my brand vs what s called for in the recipe I omitted salt (the butter itself had a tad more than what s called for). Used 1T vanilla added about 1/2t espresso powder a pinch cinnamon folded in 1/2C chopped pecans at the end. Only used 1 egg the 2nd time making this because I wanted a denser brownie. I failed to adjust for cooking in glass so they were more done than I wanted at 22-23 mins but once adjusted they should be perfect and probably less fragile too (they are pretty fragile like some others mentioned). Everyone really enjoyed them! The perfect amount of chocolatiness and sweetness for me. The only crazy thing I d say I could do to improve them would be to brown the butter then let it cool and use it. Only tricky part to doing that would be to add in the right amount of liquid (like 1-2T milk probably) to account for the moisture lost in the browning process Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2020
Just made this. Such a simple & easy recipe. I added walnuts and a layer of dark chocolate on top. Turned out soo yummy. Thank you so much. Love from India Read More