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Paleo Chocolate Brownies with Prunes & Dates

These paleo brownies don’t taste like conventional brownies because they are far less sweet but they are still delicious and satisfying (and most of us have less of a sweet tooth anyway after adopting a paleo diet) and great if you have a chocolate craving. It’s always best to try to and avoid any form of added sugar in baking when possible so always try sweetening with dried fruit instead of coconut sugar/honey/maple syrup if you can, so that you get some fibre and vitamins/minerals too.

 

It is also easy to overeat nuts and seeds when following a paleo diet, and since nuts and seeds are high in omega-6 fats try to avoid basing ALL baking recipes on nuts and nut butters, even though nuts are delicious! It’s nice to have a nut-free recipe sometimes!

 

These paleo brownies contain no gut-irritating ingredients, and are also nut-free and refined-sugar free, being sweetened only with the dried fruit. You can actually leave out the prunes if you want and just use dates, both ways work. If you use coconut oil instead of butter they are dairy-free too, and of course they are grain/gluten-free.

The Method

  1. Place 200g dates and 100g prunes in a bowl and add boiling water, just enough to cover. Leave to soak for 1 hour to soften. You could leave overnight in the fridge.
  2. Grease and line a brownie tin or a square ovenproof dish (mine is 20cm x 20cm) with greaseproof paper and preheat your oven to 180 degrees/350F/gas mark 4. For baking I do not recommend using fan assist.
  3. Place the soaked dates and prunes in a food processor or blender, with the soak water. Add the 3 eggs and blend.
  4. In a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt the 100g chocolate and the butter or coconut oil. Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and coconut flour. Mix to form a paste.
  5. Add the chocolate mixture to the dates/egg mixture in the blender along with the baking soda and bicarbonate of soda. Blend until you have a smooth mixture.
  6. Add the mixture to the brownie tin and make sure you smooth the surface with a knife. This step makes sure your brownies come out looking nice! Bake for 25 minutes. Check if they are cooked by inserting a skewer into the centre – if it comes out clean, they are done. If not, bake for another 5-10 minutes. Leave to cool and turn out onto a wire cooling rack. Cut into 12 squares.

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