GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, REFINED SUGAR-FREE, SPECIFIC CARBOHYDRATE DIET (SCD), PALEO
It might seem strange to call these “almost chocolate brownies”. If you are following the SCD diet, by now you’ll know that chocolate is not allowable. Even healthy ingredients such as cocoa powder or carob are illegal. I was never the biggest chocolate fan in the world. That said, I have to admit when I learned I couldn’t eat chocolate, I cried a little. The inspiration for this recipe came from Marilyn’s chocolate cake but I have changed it quite a bit as I wanted a lighter brownie texture.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I have used cacao butter in lots of my snack recipes. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. The day I found out that cacao butter was allowable on SCD was a good day. Cacao butter is legal because it is simply the fat extracted from the cacao. On its own, it is bitter but when melted and sweetened tastes delicious and similar to white chocolate.
I was experimenting with these brownies for quite some time. Some attempts were too dry, others too moist. When I finally got this recipe right and I could not wait to share this with you. These will become your new favourite snack, I promise.
Medjool dates make these brownies decadent, delicious and taste like “REAL” chocolate brownies. So I guess I would get away with calling these chocolate brownies rather than “almost chocolate brownies”. My daughter definitely thinks these are the real deal. She’s quite honest when she doesn’t like something too so I take her praise as a really good sign!
* You can make this recipe dairy-free and Paleo by substituting the butter for coconut oil.