Date Brownies (Whole30 Approved)

Recipes

Date Brownies

Total Time: 15 min

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What You’ll Need
Food processor or blender
Spatula
Glass or metal pan (8×8 or something similar)
2 cups fresh medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews
1 tbsp vanilla extract
⅓  cup cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder), can add more to taste
¼ cup maple syrup (optional)

Are you like me and crave something sweet after just about every meal? Guilty! I’m always grazing the pantry for something sweet and of course I’ve learned to not even have anything on hand because I can’t keep it in the house long. I’m all for a giant chocolate chip cookie or gelato once in awhile, but in between those splurges, I try to opt something a bit healthier.

This recipe is as EASY as it gets. There is no baking involved and if you really don’t want to, you don’t even have to measure anything. One of the most fun things about cooking for me is experimenting with ingredients and measurements- following a recipe to the tee (while sometimes necessary) is kind of boring IMO. In fact, I rarely measure. Only when I need to write up a recipe do I think through how much went into it. Woops! So if you ever find yourself wondering what a recipe would taste like if you just added ‘this’, or didn’t include ‘that’, DO IT. Why not? Especially when no baking is involved and you can only enhance a dish with, say…. chocolate chips 😉

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Directions

  1. Add dates, cashews and almonds to food processor. Blend until finely chopped. If it seems very nutty, add a couple more dates (pitted, of course).
  2. Add vanilla and maple syrup if you choose. Blend.
  3. Add cacao powder. This may need some assistance from a spatula to fold in the powder to the mix. Blend.
  4. Scoop ‘dough’ into pan and flatten. Sprinkle with cacao powder. Cut and serve!
  5. Store in an airtight container on the countertop (they’ll go fast!) or in the fridge for up to 5 days. You could try the freezer, too.

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Whole30, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

 

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