My Favourite Brownie Recipe – Healthified

Date Sweetened Brownies

I used to bake all the time. I would use bleached gluten free flour, hydrogenated vegetable margarine, and white refined sugar. And while I still indulge like that sometimes, I am much more wary about the ingredients that I use. After years of cutting out this and that, I have come to a point where I don’t deny myself anything. The allergens and bad things are an occasional treat now. I find it much easy to stick to a generally healthy diet if I don’t deny myself of the things that I want. My stomach troubles remind me when to stop anyway!

I bought some medjool dates, fresh not dried, as snacks for work, but I found them too sweet on their own. After sitting in my fridge for a day or two, I decided I would bake with them and had a craving for brownies.

Date & Coconut Oil Brownies

If you have read much of my blog, you will also know that I love coconut oil, so I used it in place of butter or margarine. It is these little swaps that can make a big difference without you noticing too much. That goes for the ingredients I have used here too. If you are low FODMAP and don’t want to use dates, try a suitable sugar or something like brown rice syrup. If you don’t have a food processor and like dates, try a date syrup or puree. You could even swap the flour for ground almonds or the eggs for egg replacement. Just give it a go!

Date and Coconut Oil Brownies

5oz Pitted Medjool Dates
3oz Coconut Oil (weighed while solid)
3oz Brown Rice Flour
1tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder
1.5oz Cocoa Power (or Raw Cacao)
2 Eggs
2tbsp Almond Milk (Unsweetened)
1tsp Vanilla Extract
Optional: Chocolate Chips, Chopped Nuts, Dried Fruit

Note: If you want to use dried dates, soak them in hot water for about half an hour to help them blend easier.

Put the dates and cocoa power in a food processor and blend until you get a flour like consistency. Melt the coconut oil and add to the food processor. Blend until well combined. Empty the contents into a large bowl and mix in the eggs or egg replacement, along with the vanilla. Mix in the flour and baking powder, along with any optional extras. I just sprinkled a few dark chocolate chips on mine before baking as more of a decoration than anything. They held their shape pretty well.

Put the mix into a medium pyrex baking dish and flatten with a spatula. Bake in a preheated oven at 180c/160c fan for 10 to 15 minutes. I did mine for about 15 and missed out on the gooey centre so I would suggest 10 minutes if you like that. Allow to cool before cutting.

Healthy Brownies

I really hope you guys like this recipe as brownies are very close to my heart. My next challenge is to come up with a recipe using beans instead of flour so sorry to all the low FODMAP readers! I have been occasionally having FODMAPs and I am still feeling ok with just a little bit of discomfort, but I know it would get worse if I had more. It’s all about balance and listening to your body!


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4 thoughts on “My Favourite Brownie Recipe – Healthified

  1. joiedevivrebypia September 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm Reply

    These look so delicious! I’ve been trying to find a good brownie recipe and I think this one is going on my to-bake list:)

  2. Sophie33 December 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm Reply

    Mmmmmmmmm,….your brownies look utterly delicious!

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