These date brownies are paleo, sugar-free, and made with four simple ingredients: dates, bananas, cocoa powder, and almond butter. They will satisfy your dessert craving without the guilt. They're chocolate-y, chewy, and so so easy.
We've been trying to eat a little cleaner this month, and these date brownies have gotten us through. If you're looking for an easy, paleo brownie recipe, look no further (the ingredients are also Whole30 compliant, but a truly Whole30 brownie doesn't exist). They come together in a few minutes, and they're a lot better than your average no-sugar-added and gluten-free brownie recipe. I love them with a cold glass of almond milk.
These date brownies are also a great way to get extra dates in your diet if you're in the final stretch of your pregnancy and trying to naturally induce labor (this was Mollie a few months ago).
Looking for other healthy desserts? Try our confetti cookie dough bites.
- Bananas- You want to use ripe bananas, similar to how you'd use ripe bananas in banana bread or cake.
- Dates- We use medjool dates. We usually buy ours at Sam's club or Costco in big containers.
- Cocoa powder
- Almond butter
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Step 2: Combine bananas, dates, cocoa powder, and almond butter in a food processor. Process until smooth.
Step 3: Add brownie batter to a greased 8" or 9" square cake pan, or 8"x9" rectangular cake pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Step 4: Let your brownies cool for 15 minutes--they firm up a little bit once they're not hot. Then enjoy! We cut ours into 9 brownies and top them with flakey sea salt.
Frequently asked questions
These brownies don't contain any flour, so they're a little more gooey and unstructured than your average brownie. If they seem undercooked, just let them cool. They firm up a bit when they're not hot.
These brownies don't have any added sugar, so they are sweetened with the dates and bananas. Dates are super sweet on their own, so you actually don't need any added sugar or sweetener in these!
Not exactly. If you're expecting a normal brownie, you might be disappointed. If you're looking for a healthy substitute that still tastes really good, you'll love these.