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Super Fudgy Fruit-Sweetened Brownies – Made in Your Food Processor

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Yep! You read that right! 100% fruit-sweetened brownies… Made in your food processor. Does life get any better?

Since starting my whole food, no refined-sugar journey I’ve craved brownies. I kept looking longingly at my brownie recipe and wishing there was a way.

Collage of a pan and a stack of brownies with text overlay.

In 2013 I started sweetening all my baked goods with dates. I have no idea why it took me so long to develop this recipe. But, I’m so glad I finally did. Not only is it refined-sugar free but it doesn’t taste like it. These brownies are fudgy and sweet with enough chocolate to satisfy your craving. They so closely resemble brownies made with sugar that I doubt anyone would know the difference if you didn’t tell them. But, YOU SHOULD TELL THEM! Because now we can ALL have brownies without the sugar overload. This is an indulgent treat that comes guilt-free for yourself and your family. So have a fruit-sweetened brownie or two, enjoy them, you deserve it!

A close-up of several cut brownies.

Fruit-Sweetened Brownies in 5 Easy Steps

Recipe yields one 8 by 8-inch pan, or 9 to 12 servings.

12 ounces pitted dates (about 2 cups, I like Medjool dates)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
10 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup walnuts, lightly chopped

Preheat your oven to 325°F.

  1. Add the pitted dates, flour, cocoa, and salt to your food processor and process them until they are fine and sandy

Dates and dry ingredients in a food processor bowl.

2. In a bowl or large measuring cup whisk together the eggs, cream, and vanilla. Slowly add the melted butter to the egg mixture while whisking.

Dry ingredients mixed in a food processor bowl with a cup of wet ingredients ready to add.

3. Pulse the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture. When it is fully combined and smooth the batter is done!

A bowl of brownie batter.

4. Grease an 8 by 8-inch baking pan and smooth the batter into it. Top with the walnuts and gently press them into the batter.

A pan of baked brownies with walnuts on top.

5. Bake the brownies for 25 minutes. Let them cool completely before cutting. Store them in the refrigerator for an even more fudgy texture.

I like to eat my brownies with raw whipped cream on top. Try it, you won’t be sorry!

Martha Baxter

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Courtney actually made these yummy Brownies with dates when I was there, the best I've ever had. I have to a admit, I have never been a big Brownie fan, but these were wonderful and are fudgy! I mentioned to Courtney these are so fudgy and she mentioned that is what they should be... I did not know that. What a great recipe and the raw whipped cream is yummy too...not bad for a bite in the am or anytime of the day(which we indulged).

Butter For All

Sunday 26th of March 2017

Hi Martha! I'm so glad I was able to change your opinion on brownies! Come back for more soon!