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Fudgy Date Almond Butter Brownies

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Dairy Free, Featured, Gluten Free, Healthy Snacks, Recipes, Sweet Treats, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Elizabeth Finch

 

I’ve learned over the years that I can have the occasional bite of something sweet and still maintain a healthy, balanced diet.

Health coaches call this the 90/10 rule.

But for the most part, I prefer to indulge in sweet treats that I’ve made myself. I love making delicious, homemade treats at home with my daughters, with clean ingredients that won’t derail my sensitive digestive system, or spike my blood sugar. 

Unsweetened, dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and falls under both the “superfoods” and “good mood foods” categories. It’s been shown to increase serotonin levels in the brain (which is one of our “feel-good” hormones).

Dates are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are a good source of natural energy and sweetness. 

Almond butter is of course full of good fats and some protein, which helps slow the absorption to the bloodstream from the dates. 

These brownies are, in a word…heavenly. 

Fudgy Date Almond Butter Brownies

Prep time: 20 minutes. Bake time: 20 minutes. Makes 12 brownies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of pitted medjool dates (about 6 dates)
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 3/4 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of almond butter (I used Whole Foods 365 brand crunchy almond butter to test)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the hot water over the dates in a bowl and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the water from the dates and place the dates in the bowl of a food processor. Process the dates until they are smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food dates. Process again until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Spread the mixture into an 8×8 inch pan, greased with coconut oil. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.
  5. Cut brownies into 12 pieces. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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