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These Fudgy Flourless Date Brownies are the perfect way to satisfy your brownie craving in a healthy way. These gluten-free, vegan, naturally sweetened brownies are made with just 5 simple ingredients using dates as the main ingredient!
If you love fudgy, chewy brownies I think you’re going to find these Fudgy Flourless Date Brownies absolutely scrumptious! They are easy to make, only require 5 simple ingredients and are ready to sink your teeth into in no time!
I’m still on a date kick… if you read my Almond Flour Date Cookie Dough Bar blog post, you’ll know that I received over 18 pounds of dates in the mail 😆. I ordered one box and then more just kept showing up! So I took that as a sign I needed to create allllll the date recipes!
Is it really possible you only need 5 ingredients to make these flourless brownies?! Why yes, and not only are these brownies flourless, but they are gluten-free, vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, grain-free, and plant-based! Let me prove it to you…
Dates. You will need 4 cups of the freshest dates you can find. I like to buy dates that still have the pits in them, as I find they stay fresher for longer. Remove the pits, slice them in half and add them to a large microwave safe bowl. Cover with water and microwave for 3 minutes. Let them stand while you measure the other ingredients.
* Be sure to reserve about 1/4 cup of the date water as you’ll add 1-2 tablespoons of that into the brownie batter.
Cacao Powder. I like to use unsweetened cacao powder, the rawest, most unprocessed form of cocoa powder. If you can’t find it (I buy mine on Amazon) unsweetened cocoa powder will work just fine.
Sunflower seed butter. Using sunflower seed butter acts not only as a binder, but also allows these brownies to retain their gooey, fudgy texture. Sunflower seed butter is also allergy-friendly and keeps these brownies nut-free, but feel free to swap with another nut/seed butter if desired (just note, the taste will vary slightly).
Baking soda. You’ll only need to add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to help the brownies rise.
Pure vanilla extract. Make sure you use pure vanilla extract to keep these brownies gluten-free.
Simply blend everything together in a food processor until you achieve a smooth brownie batter, adding 1-2 tablespoons of the water you microwaved the dates in to help it along.
Spread the dough into a parchment lined 8×8 baking pan the beat you can. The dough is VERY sticky, so to help you can spray the back of a spatula or a separate piece of parchment paper with coconut oil and spread it that way.
Bake the brownies in the oven for 20-25 minutes, cool, slice into squares and devour 😋.
Let me know what you think about these Fudgy Flourless Brownies down below in the comments section, as well as giving it a five rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so that others can discover this easy, healthy brownie recipe! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest if you make them!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. If the dates have pits in them, remove the pits and then add to a large microwave safe bowl. Cover with water and place in the microwave for 3 minutes to soften the dates.
Drain the dates, but reserve some of the water you cooked the dates in, enough for 2 tablespoons worth.
Add the dates and the rest of the ingredients to a food processor, and add 1 tablespoon of the reserved date water to start with. Blend the batter until smooth, adding the other tablespoon of water only if needed.
Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and then spoon the brownie batter into the baking pan. Smooth the batter out until it's evenly spread in the pan. The batter is VERY sticky, so to help, I sprayed a piece of parchment paper with coconut oil and used that to spread the batter.
Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool and slice.*
*if you like the dates a little less chewy you can bake an additional 5 minutes.
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