I’m very enthusiastic about taking some of my favourite sweet treats and finding healthier recipes for them, so I can still have what I enjoy but don’t need to feel guilty about the choices I’m making. It’s all very well eating healthy, but unless you enjoy eating those dishes, then where’s the fun in mealtimes?! It’s great the kinds of alternatives you can find to sugar, flour or other regular ingredients you find in dessert items. This recipe, from Eating Well Made Easy uses dates, cocoa butter and almond milk as alternatives to the more traditional ingredients associated with brownies. They do still contain butter, so if you’re being super-duper healthy, these may not be ideal, but they’re perfect for me! These, of course, don’t taste exactly like their unhealthy alternatives, but they are still yummy and I highly recommend them. I made 12 from this recipe.
- 75g oats
- 200g medjool dates, pitted
- 125g unsalted butter, melted
- 75g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 75ml unsweetened almond milk
- 2 free range eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius / 350 fahrenheit. Line a 18cm square baking tin with baking paper and set aside.
- Pop the oats into a food processor and blitz until they form a powder like substance. Add the dates, butter, cocoa powder, almond milk, eggs, baking powder and vanilla and blitz again until the mixture is smooth.
- Spoon the mixture into the tin, smoothing the top with a knife or spoon. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the top is mostly firm.
- Leave to cool, cut into 12 pieces and enjoy.