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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This sounds amazing! Can liquid coconut oil be used rather than melting solid?
There is a difference, you want to replace a solid fat with a solid fat where you can. The liquid coconut oil has removed the fatty acids so that it does not solidify at room temperature. That being said I have not tested it sorry. But that is why I say to replace it with butter rather than oil.
Mary scouler says
I made these so yummy
Can you freeze this?
Amazing, delicious ,light and fluffy brownies. I was surprised how well it turned out without any kind of flour. Wanted to add a photo but not sure how
You can send it to me on FB or Instagram. So glad you enjoyed it.
Absolutely beautiful and so satisfying, just wondering how many calories in a serving if you divide it into 16 serves
Glad you enjoyed it. I’m not sure sorry but possibly you could run it through a nutrition calculator online. ☺️
This is a regular dessert feature in our house due to me not eating sugar. We love frozen raspberries and walnuts on the top ❤. So simple and very quick to make and minimal dishes?
Lovely to hear ☺️
Deb Ogilvie says
Yummo! I made this last night. Super easy ?
Looking forward to giving this a go. Keep in mind if dairy is a problem there are dairy free chocolates available .. Mainly dark chocolate :). Just got myself a jar of coconut oil so this will be my first go with it I think 🙂
That is good to know Katt. I also have Bliss Ball recipes on here where you can use the Coconut Oil as well, but it is such an amazing product health wise there are hundreds of uses! Even on your skin! Happy Baking ?
Thank you for responding so quickly! And thank you for the information!! I will definitely let you know how it goes!
My pleasure, happy baking, Anna 🙂
What is a 20×20 slice pan. I’ve never seen or heard of one in Arizona. Is there a substitute sized pan that can be used? I really want to make these for friends & family!
Hi, sorry that is a centimetre measurement as I am in New Zealand! It is the equivalent to just under 8 inches, so any normal small brownie or slice tin will be great. Let me know how you get on! 🙂
Lauren @ Create Bake Make says
A great reminder that I still need to give these a go! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, have a great weekend 🙂
Thanks Lauren – odd mix of ingredients but works together beautifully! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages says
I love having healthier versions of old favourites – thanks for sharing !
You are welcome, thanks for stopping by 🙂
Yep – that is the one – by Elana Amsterdam – so delicious! 🙂
Fiona Clayton says
Sorry – I meant the same recipe and I can vouch that it is delicious. I had an even smoother result when I soaked the dates overnight in a little water then melted the chocolate into it very gently.
Jacqui Jago says
CAn I use butter instead of coconut oil?
Hi Jacqui – I have not tried an alternative in this recipe – but if you were to try I would use either butter or lard as they are closest to the consistency of coconut oil. However, as I have not tried it I cannot be 100% sure of the outcome – but give it a try and let me know! 😀
Yes, please come back and let us know!
Thanks for the sugar free recipe, my 4 yr old daughter, has been diagnosed with Diabetes recently and although they say to give her everything other kids have I would rather that we all went as healthy as possible.
Hi Kylie. Imagine that has been hard for her and you to adjust. I wonder if you know of a chocolate you can use that is as low in sugar as possible. I also have some recipes for Bliss Balls, made with dried fruit and I am making up more today. They are delicious and the kids don’t realise they are good for them too! 🙂
Really looking forward to trying these. My daughter is allergic to dairy and we’ve just discovered coconut oil ourselves so this looks like a great recipe!! I do have a request though – is there anyway you could list all the ingredients in metric format – I have no idea what 1/4 cup of coconut oil looks like. HELP!!
Many thanks in advance
Sure, will have a play with quantities and get back to you! 🙂
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil is 56 grams according to google! 🙂
Lauren @ Create Bake Make says
I enjoy cooking with coconut oil, it adds such great flavour and is a good alternative to other oils. I must admit my jar of oil stays in a permanent liquid state for much of the year! Looking forward to seeing what other recipes you come up with 🙂
Oh my word, so so yummy and very easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
Yum! These look really nice and so easy to make! Pinning 🙂