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Date Brownie Recipe

Written with Love by Shai Annette Hill:



A study posted in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded that women eating six dates a day in the four weeks leading up to their guess date had significantly quicker labors! Awesome, right? Dates are also high in fiber and Vitamin K! If all that doesn't put you on the Date bandwagon, I don't know what will!


The dilemma with dates is that so many people do not like them! I know I don’t! I think for me its the stringy texture the dates have. And when I was pregnant trying to get those things down were a NO-GO! Sometimes the tiny little baby inside of you hates the food you eat more than you do! So instead of forcing the dates down my throat and hoping to God I didn't throw it back up I searched for recipes I could hide the Dates in instead!


After some extensive searching, and making endless recipes. I finally found the perfect recipe to hide the flavor and texture of the dates, and satisfy my pregnancy sweet tooth!

I’m happy to share with you my Date Brownie recipe!


Ingredients:


For The Brownies!

• 2½ cups loosely packed pitted dates

• 1 1/2 cups walnuts or almonds (optional)

• 6 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder

• 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

• 2 tsp water

• 1/2 tsp salt


For the Icing!

• 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder

• ¼ cup pure maple syrup (or agave)

• 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients for the brownies in a food processor; process until completely smooth. The brownie dough will need to be occasionally scraped from the edges of the food processor to be blended completely. The brownie dough may seem dry, but don't add any extra water. Lightly grease an 8-inch baking pan, or line the pan with wax paper. Transfer the brownie dough to the pan you have prepared and press down firmly until the dough is evenly distributed.


In a mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients for the icing and stir until it forms a paste. Spread the paste evenly across the brownie dough.


Refrigerate brownies for at least two hours, to set.


Left over brownies can stay covered at room temperature for a day, up to 2 weeks in the fridge, or 1-2 months in the freezer.


Let me know in the comments what you think of this recipe! Happy Eating!

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