I wasn't sure if I wanted to call these natural brownies, gluten free brownies, detox brownies, food cleanse brownies or paleo brownies. I'm going with 'detox' because they are made with natural, minimally processed ingredients. I've been making an effort recently to eat better but I still need a sweet treat every now and again.
These are moist, almost cake like brownies that have a mild coconut flavor. There's no added sugar, the medjool dates and dark chocolate provide enough sweetness.
Almond meal/flour is made from almonds and can be found in most natural food and well stocked grocery stores. Bob's Red Mill is probably the most easy to find brand and Trader Joe's carries one of their own as well.
Makes 16 squares. (117 calories each)
7 mendjool dates, pitted
pinch baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 oz dark chocolate, 85% of higher
1/3 cup coconut oil, warmed
3/4 cup almond meal/flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8" x 8" baking pan. I like to line mine with lightly greased parchemnt paper for easy clean up.
Place dates in small bowl and sprinkle with the pinch of baking soda. Pour in hot water and let dates soak for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Melt chocolate and process with softened dates in a food processor 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs, process 1 minute. Add coconut oil, process 1 minute. Add almond meal/flour, salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, process 2 minutes.
Pour into prepared pan and spread around with a spatula to even out surface. Place in oven and bake about 16 minutes. A toothpick poked into the center will come out clean. Cool about 1 hour.