Date Brownies

One can never have enough dessert recipes. One can never have enough brownie recipes. One can never have enough brownie recipes that are sort of healthy. Here is another one:  there is no added sugar as it is sweetenend with dates and a little honey/agave. It is low fat as fat is replaced by unsweetened applesauce.It is made with whole wheat flour.
You can surely play around with the amount of dried dates. I find one cup of dried dates in the recipe very sweet, but decided to give you the recipe with that amount as you can still scale down according to your taste.
These brownies are very fudgy. The flavor of the dates is very strong. I am sure it can be nicely supplemented by adding a teaspoon of instant coffee powder to the batter. I am sure they freeze well too, although I didn't have chance to try this yet. They are always gone before...

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1 cup dried dates, finely chopped
2oz (50g) dark chocolate (80% cocoa) or unsweetened baking chocolate
2 eggs

2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 milk (low fat is fine)

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Yields 12-15 squares
Preheat oven to 180C.

Put the chocolate into a medium sized bowl. Melt the chocolate in a hot water bath. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time. In a small bowl, combine apple sauce, milk and honey/agave. Add the mixture to the chocolate egg mixture.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Combine wet ingredients and dry ingredients. Stir in the finely chopped dates, making sure they are spread evenly in the batter. Pour batter into greased 8 inch baking tin. Bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.