17 July, 2010

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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DATE BROWNIES

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
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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.

15 comments:

  1. Are these a fudgy type brownie?

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  2. These sounds great! I have a date brownie recipe too; it's a bit different than yours but same idea of not using refined sugar. I just love dates, I use them a lot in my baking.

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  3. I love this recipe, as always, will try it soon...

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  4. Wow they look awesome! I'm going to try them this week... my father in-law loves dates and figs... can't wait!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Happy baking!
    LeeYong rolfmester@yahoo.com

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  5. Martha Stewart has a date brownie recipe that I adore! It uses date puree instead. These look so fudgy though. :)

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  6. Help. I love love LOVE your blog, and since finding it, have attempted to make several recipes.
    I'd like to think of myself as anything but a beginner....but while making your Strawberry Lemon Buttermilk Cake, well, lets just say its no longer. I baked it for the appropriate amount of time, and in ADDITION to that time baked it for nearly 2 more hours (covered). It STILL was not cooked in the center.
    Any suggestions? Is there a way you include the conversions on your recipes. I'm using Fahrenheit, can, and you are Celsius. Help.

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  7. Help. I love love LOVE your blog, and since finding it, have attempted to make several recipes.
    I'd like to think of myself as anything but a beginner....but while making your Strawberry Lemon Buttermilk Cake, well, lets just say its no longer. I baked it for the appropriate amount of time, and in ADDITION to that time baked it for nearly 2 more hours (covered). It STILL was not cooked in the center.
    Any suggestions? Is there a way you include the conversions on your recipes. I'm using Fahrenheit, can, and you are Celsius. Help.

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  8. Jackie,

    I am sorry to hear this. I can't think of anything that could go wrong with this cake. Did you use a smaller tin, so that the cake batter was thicker in the end? But even that wouldn't justify another two hours of baking...
    The cake is baked at a slightly higher temperature, 200C or 390F. But you surely found this out yourself.
    I'll try and remember to put the Fahrenheit conversions into my recipes in future.

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  9. i am just now learning to use dates for a substitute for sugar. This looks like a great recipe! I really can't wait to try it.

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  10. Do you think I could substitute the dates for prunes?

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  11. Damaris
    I can imagine these with prunes. The brownies might not turn as sweet, but the prunes will surely add some deep flavor. Let me know how they turn out, if you try it. I might give it a go with prunes too.

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  12. Hello! Lovely idea...just a doubt is the applesauce a substitute for the butter? If yes, can u use prune purée instead of apple sauce?

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  13. Yes, apple sauce is generally used to replace butter/oil. Not sure if it can be replaced by prune puree, as apple sauce can't really be tasted whereas I think Prune puree has got quite a strong flavor and is probably thicker in consistency.

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  14. Thank you for your amazing recipe!My whole family loved it and I used NO sugar and half the dates and it still tasted sweet and amazing. I also did a bit of instant coffee granules. Tasted like a rich, chewy, dark chocolate treat!

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