Paleo Brownies

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I haven’t done much cooking or baking lately but last night I was really wanting some dessert so I decided to make some no-bake brownie bites. But at the last minute I decided to make a few changes ’cause I wanted real, baked brownies!

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine they would turn out so perfect, I was just making stuff up as I went along! They turned out soft, a tiny bit gooey, and had a crackly crust.

While I love my ultimate grain free brownie recipe, which has an earthy, dark chocolate kind of taste,  these are more similar to the boxed brownies I grew up on and they were pretty much the best brownies ever! They were such a huge hit that the 4 of us ate the whole batch last night (probably not the best idea) and they asked me to make more :)

*While I love these brownies, they are soft and cake-like. HERE is my recipe for dense, fudgy brownies :)

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Ingredients
  • ½ C Whole Pitted Dates, soaked in hot water 15 minutes if hard (I used 7 pitted medjool dates)
  • ¼ Tsp. Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 C Blanched Almond Flour
  • ¼ C Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ½ C Smooth Almond Butter
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. Melted Coconut Oil (or preferred oil)
  • ¼ C Dairy Free Chocolate Chips (I prefer the Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line and grease an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 in pan with foil and set aside.
  3. Add the almond flour, soda, salt, and cocoa powder to the bowl of a food processor and process until all the dry ingredients are well blended.
  4. Add the dates, eggs, almond butter, honey, and coconut oil. Process until well blended, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  5. Pulse in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Batter will be thick. Use a wet spatchula or wet hands to smooth into pan.
  7. Bake 20 - 30 minutes.

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Comments

  1. These look fantastic! I’m wondering if you think they would turn out texture-wise if I subbed the dates with a combo of honey and coconut sugar. Thanks! Shannon

  2. Tasted Fantastic!!

  3. What can you use instead of dates?

  4. Can you substitute prunes?

  5. Hi everyone!

    I really don’t know what would work instead of dates. If I try them with anything else I will post an update.

    Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, I just don’t know without tying it.

    BTW- Dates are easy to find, I found mine next to the grapes at walmart!

    Thanks,
    Cassidy

  6. Cassidy, Cassidy, CASSIDY!!!! These look divine! It’s on my recipe plan for the weekend and I have a friend (non-grain-free taste tester) who’s also dying to try them! You’re a genius! I LOVE that you used dates to sweeten. I call dates God’s candy because they are so moist and sweet but not overpowering. You rock. Thanks for another great post!

    XO
    Jen

  7. PS – Costco sells Medjool dates for a great price…

  8. Cassidy – my food processor is on the fritz and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive. Could I make this in a Vitamix? Or, could I process the dates and liquid stuff in a mini-processor or blender and then mix dry ingredients by hand? I don’t think I can wait to make these…

  9. Wow! These look fantastic! I wish I had some cocoa powder so I could make them right now!!!

  10. Super Yummy! Thank you!
    Didn’t have any eggs so I used flax eggs instead. Still worked! Hope my family gets home soon so I don’t eat them all.

  11. Hi Jen-

    Eeessh… I just don’t know. Maybe the mini processor would work best and then add in the dry ingredients? I don’t know if the vitamix would work or not. Sorry I’m not more help. Let me know what you do and how it turns out!

    Cassidy

  12. THESE PUPPIES ARE KILLER!!!! I ended up making them with my mini food processor and just poured the liquid stuff into the dry ingredients. They are sooooooo delicious! Perfectly sweetened (not too much nor too little) and the texture is spot on!

    Thanks so much! This is going into our “regulars” file…

    XO
    Jen

  13. Jen-

    YAY!!!

    I’m so happy you liked them. I’m making your cinnamon bread this week, and I can’t wait :)

    M Kay-

    Thanks for letting us know that flax eggs work in this recipe :) It’s hard not to eat them all! Glad you like them too!

    Cassidy

  14. Wow, made these last night and they were a big hit! I think my 15 yo celiac son ate half the pan :) I used dark chocolate chips…mmmm mmmm good.

  15. I have got to use dates in my baking! YUM

  16. Lisa-
    I’m so happy you and your family liked them, I always think of a recipe as a success if the fam likes it :)

    Cindy Gordon-
    I don’t bake a lot with dates but I am trying to use them more. As Jen from My Big Fat Grain Free Life says “dates are Gods candy!”

    Cassidy

  17. I love that you used dates in this recipe. I can’t wait to bake these!

  18. I made these tonight! They were perfect! Made my own Almond flour, and used cashew butter instead of almond. These came out perfect! I will definitely be making these again!!!!

  19. Coming back again for another look at this awesome recipe!
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  20. Love the dates as sweetener and have everything on hand to make these! It must be meant to be!

  21. These look super yummy. Must try. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Jaime Buzzard says:

    These brownies are amazing! My kids love them! Do you think they will freeze well?

    • I’m so happy you liked them Jaime!!! I’ve never tried freezing them, but I’d imagine they would freeze well :)

      -Cassidy

  23. Hi! I manage a gluten-free bakery-cafe in Vancouver, and am looking for a paleo brownie recipe! This might be it… thank-you!

    I’m wondering what kind of pan you used. Did they puff up and form a crust along the edges? That keeps happening to me when I try other recipes…

    Also, do you know the shelf life and do they stay fresh out of the fridge for a day or more?

    Thanks so much!!! I can’t wait to try them ;)

    • Hi Lisa!

      To make these I use a 7 x 7 inch baking dish, and no they don’t puff up and form an edge. They are soft & chewy throughout with a slight crust. I can’t really say how long the shelf life is as we always eat them right away, sorry!

      I hope you like them!!!

      -Cassidy

  24. I so just made these and watched all 3 of my kids scarf them down! This will be a favorite for sure!

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