Sunday, September 8, 2013

"I Need A Date" Brownies (Paleo)

So it was a warm Saturday night when these were made... and although there was contentment in being in the kitchen making something wonderful, there came the realization that perhaps a date would be a better way to spend the evening. Oh solo we-oooo....

But there was no date in sight... except the ones used to sweeten these brownies! That's right.... who can resist a fudgy pile of chocolate (or a tall, handsome cowboy)? I know we can't!

(and now we're dreaming of a tall, handsome cowboy with a pile of these brownies....)

These can be made more fudgy by under-cooking slightly - so if you like them that way, cook for the lower of the times (but check before the time is up, because all ovens are different!)

Disclaimer here: Yes, these are made from whole foods. Yes, there is no "processed sugar" anywhere in the recipe. Yes, dates are full of natural sugar. No, you shouldn't eat ten of these and think you'll be healthier afterwards. These are treats and won't help you towards fat loss goals. But, they may make someone re-think this business that Paleo people are deprived. Because we know that isn't true at all...

Now on to the chocolate!

I Need A Date Brownies (Paleo)

2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cocoa/cacao powder
12 Medjool dates, pits removed
1/4 cup water
6 large eggs
1 cup coconut oil, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put the pitted dates and water in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes or in a saucepan over medium head until soft. In a food processor, pulse together almond flour, salt, baking soda, and cacao/cocoa powder. Add in the dates (with the water) and process until dates are well blended. Finally, add in the eggs and coconut oil and mix until smooth. Transfer to an 8x8" baking dish and smooth the top with a spatula as the mixture will be VERY thick and sticky (this means it might get on your fingers and we don't see a problem with that!).

Bake for about 18-22 minutes - and if you can manage to let them cool a bit before you slice into them, then you are amazing and deserve two!