A delicious rich and fudgy gluten free brownie, that is both easy to make and healthy!
I am so excited to share this Flour Free, Sugar Free recipe with all my readers. It tastes as rich and moist as it looks! I love sharing recipes of any description as long as they are delicious and easy, and this one is no exception – but the best bit is NO SUGAR, NO BUTTER, NO FLOUR! Yep you got that right, there are only 6 ingredients in this brownie and all of them are mostly dare I say it healthy!!!
Now I will put in a little disclaimer: We could spend all day debating that if it using Dark Chocolate & naturally sweet dates then it is not technically sugar-free and you are right, dark chocolate does contain sugar & dates of course natural fructose.
However it does not contain any added sugar and that surely is so much better than the alternative for those cautious of their sugar intake – and of course the best thing is no flour – so lovely for all those who are gluten free or reducing their wheat intake. I realise some brands of chocolate contain gluten but steer clear of those and you could be onto a winner!
I used these gorgeous pitted dried dates. You can soak them first if you wish as without a strong food processor or blender these can be tough to break down – I didn’t so the weight is purely dried fruit weight not liquid soaked so you get more taste and texture!
I have spent a lot of time researching sugar alternatives, I get asked often to come up with some recipes that are reduced or sugar free. That is all good and well but I also want to make sure that I am comfortable sharing the alternative with you, that it is something I actually use and of course that it does not replace sugar simply with something else that makes the recipe unpalatable or uses sugar replacements that are controversial. One of the alternatives is of course dried fruit – it is a REAL FOOD, it is available at your local supermarket and something we feel safe using and of course reasonably priced!
So you can imagine my delight when I came across this recipe by Elana Amsterdam where not only does it not contain any sugar it uses no flour and actually rises and looks like a genuine brownie and tastes delicious and chocolatey. And of course so many health nuts love to claim the health benefits of 70% Dark Chocolate so I knew I was onto a winner.
You will see I have used a product I have not tried before which is Coconut Oil – it is actually a solid mass which you melt down to use in recipes, I am excited to have a lot of recipes using this product to share with you over the coming weeks. Coconut Oil is definitely the latest and greatest thing in cooking with a long list of apparent health benefits – I will leave you to Google as I have done, but in short it provides benefits based on the combination of fatty acids and of course the fact that coconuts themselves are healthy little things!
Have a look in the oil section of your supermarket, health shop or online. They saying getting virgin coconut oil is better than refined stuff, see what you can get however. A little goes a long way. If you do not have Coconut oil – the best replacement for this is Butter or Lard – to keep the similar properties go with a solid fat.
You will also need a food processor or similar to blitz up the ingredients.
The best feedback I get on this recipe is from parents who’s kids love it and think its divine, without realising its a healthy version!
If you love preparing food with dates, then check out these delicious Cranberry Date & Cashew Bliss Balls!
So without further ado – here is the recipe – six ingredients, real food and real delicious! Gluten Free, Dairy Free Brownie.
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