Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Healthier But Ultra Chocolaty Brownie Recipe.


A couple of months ago I set myself an 'eight weeks no refined sugar' challenge. It just so happened to be my sister's birthday right in the middle of those eight weeks. Consequently, I was looking for a recipe to use for a sugar-free cake/cookie or anything baked so I won't be the only one eating some fruits while others stuff their face with baked goodies. I read through a couple and I quickly realized that a lot of them are quite complicated or have pretty bad reviews. But I did learn a few things.. substituting a lot of the sugar with dates seems to be the main idea. Also, there are quite a few recipes requiring no flour and coconut oil instead of butter. Well, that sounds at least healthy-ish, doesn't it?

On my sister's birthday, I started my little experiment and just combined all the tips I have read online to a recipe which I, admittedly, was pretty sceptical about. But you know what? It turned out absolutely delicious. Yes, the calories for these brownies are still quite high but they are sugar, dairy and flourless... a good start to healthier baking if you ask me. 
Even my family enjoyed them so much that they reached for more even though there were other, and most importantly sweeter, alternatives available. 

Before I go into the recipe you should consider that even though they are delish, if you do not like dark chocolate and you prefer the taste of really sweet milk chocolate you should maybe add some sugar. Of course, this is optional though.


You will need:

  • 250g pitted dates
  • 4 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 80 ml of coconut oil 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 200g of unsweetened baking chocolate or sugarfree chocolate 
  • (I used a German brand called Xucker)
First, you should preheat the oven to around 180°C. While it is preheating pulse the chocolate, cocoa powder and the baking powder in a (strong) blender or food processor. Afterwards, you pulse the dates together with the eggs and coconut oil until everything is pretty much blended. Mix these two parts and place the batter into a brownie baking dish which should be around 20x20cm. 
The brownies should bake around 20 minutes but it depends on your oven. Try not to overbake them though. And enjoy!

x Lisa
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104 comments

  1. Wow eight weeks of no refined sugar, that is awesome and sounds like my worst nightmare alike! :D Congrats for keeping up with it!
    These look absolutely delishes, thanks so much for sharing!
    xx Janine
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    1. Haha thank you so much Janine! It was tough!

      x Lisa

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  2. YES Lisa!! Wowza, these sound incredibly NOM!! (yes, the caps were necessary - I did a poll) ;)

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    1. Haha thank you Rebecca... they really were NOM!

      x Lisa

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  3. These brownies look so good! I love dark chocolate, and it's definitely healthier to have no refined sugar in there. It makes you feel better eating a lot of it haha!

    Julia x
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  4. These brownies looks so good Lisa!
    I didn't know you could substitute pitted dates for sugar but I'm glad I know now for future recipes :)

    Xx
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  5. Oh i love chocolate damn this looks so yummy <3
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  6. Wow they look delicious! Thanks for sharing :)
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  7. Omg how good do these look? I need to make them xx

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  8. the brownies look so yummy!! I would definitely try this out since my man is a fan of dark chocolate. thanks for sharing it, Lisa! x
    have a wonderful day!

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  9. Wow, that looks very good!
    xx
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  10. Yummy looks so delicious.
    I bet it will tasty even better
    Thanks for sharing.
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  11. OMG thanks for sharing this recipe! I'm always opting for healthy alternatives since the older I get, I'm just generally becoming more health-conscious. These chocolate brownies look soooo utterly delicious! I would love to try and make this ourself.

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  12. This looks sooo delish dear! I gotta try this recipe, thanks for sharing!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  13. your sis must be happy, besides it looks really nice.
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  14. These look delicious! Love that they are healthy. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. There's nothing better than a good brownie! Yours look very divine, got to try your recipe.

    xx Simone
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  16. Oh wow this seriously looks incredible - well done on creating such a tasty recipe!

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  17. omgggg this looks SO GOOD!! I need to create it this weekend hehe
    xx jen
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  18. Count me in for healthy brownies . These look delicious. I am going to try
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  19. I don't know if I'd survive eight weeks of no refined sugar! These look so good and I love that they are a healthy option!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  20. This recipe looks so gorgeous ohhhh I'm hungry nowww! I need to try this recipe out soon Hun, gorgeous post :) x

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  21. These look so delicious!!

    xx Chelsea
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  22. These brownies look delicious! I have got to try this recipe - I'm too obsessed with chocolate.

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    1. Girl let me know how you liked them :)

      x Lisa

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  23. Wooww! it looks great!!
    Have a lovely day! xx

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  24. These looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Wow, these look so bloody delicious!

    Danielle xx
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  26. Oh these look so good!!! I need to try them out this Christmas!

    Wishing you all the best,
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  27. Klasse Beitrag! Sieht sehr sehr lecker aus ♥

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  28. Ooh yum! I'm always looking for 'healthier' versions of sweet things so this is a perfect post for me! It's always fun to experiment with alternatives. P.s I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award :)

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  29. Oh yum, these look delicious! I like dark chocolate too so I think I'd love these as is! :)

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  30. Yummy!! Certainly a tasty moist brownie, wonderful for a chocolate lover like me...

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  31. they look so sooo good and I will surely try to make them.
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  32. Wow this looks so delicious! Have a great weekend.

    Gemma x
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  33. I dont know why I always choose this time of year to have a health kick its the best time of the year to indulge in food lol! and these brownies look bloody delicious plus they're healthier so let me indulge away!!! - x

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  34. Yum! I am all for healthy tasty options, especially this time of year! These look and sound delicious:)

    Laura
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  35. These look so yummy, OMG!! Thanks much for this recipe. My son is thankful! Ha!

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  36. OMG! I really need to try your recipe. Those brownies look so appetizing!

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  37. Love this recipe! I’ve been having s thing for dates lately (food version, lol) so I will try these!

    Angela | www.lenorth.com

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  38. I love chocolate. Turning chocolate into a healthy choice is a yes for me! I have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing, Lisa! x

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  39. This recipe sounds delicious...and bonus points for it being so healthy. Thanks for sharing. I need to try out the no refined sugar challenge, I try to keep my sugar intake low but I'm curious about what going sugarless would be like.

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  40. They look so yummy!
    Love your blog, I'm following you (:

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  41. These brownies are my all time favorite. You can't beat these with any other brownie recipe on the planet.

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  42. Ohmygoodness. These look super decadent! The fact that they are healthier, and not just brownies in a box makes it even better, ha!

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  43. these brownies look so dreamy, I love everything with dates and combined with chocolate would make the perfect combo x

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  44. These look delicious. I've made things before using natural dates instead of sugar and they come out really good. I love how moist and fudgy they look.
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  45. Amazing! I need to try these. Thank you for sharing.

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  46. Thanks you for sharing this recipe with us.

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Thank you! xx