September 27, 2017 MariaCantillonMurphy 10Comment

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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.

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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!

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* You can make this recipe dairy-free and Paleo by substituting the butter for coconut oil.

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Almost Chocolate Brownies
Delicious "almost chocolate brownies" free from: gluten, grains and refined sugar. SCD-friendly and adaptable to Paleo.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 10 Medjool dates, halved and pitted and soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 cup (240g) Almond butter
  • 1/2 cup (50g) Cacao butter
  • 1/3 cup (70g) Butter (unsalted) OR coconut oil for dairy-free and Paleo
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 Free range eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea salt
  • To decorate Shredded coconut
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 10 Medjool dates, halved and pitted and soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 cup (240g) Almond butter
  • 1/2 cup (50g) Cacao butter
  • 1/3 cup (70g) Butter (unsalted) OR coconut oil for dairy-free and Paleo
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 Free range eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea salt
  • To decorate Shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to: 160°C Fan, 180°C electric, 350°F or gas mark 4.
  2. Drain the soaked dates and add them to a blender with the almond butter. Process until smooth.
  3. Melt the butter in a cup in the microwave for 30 seconds. Melt the cacao butter using a glass bowl or jug over a pot with hot water on the stove.
  4. Add the butter or coconut oil and cacao butter to the blender with the rest of the ingredients (except for the shredded coconut). Process until smooth.
  5. Pour the smooth batter into an oven safe dish lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Don't leave it longer as the brownies will dry out too much.
  7. Cut into brownie squares. These will keep for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge. They won't last longer than that, trust me!
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10 thoughts on “Almost Chocolate Brownies

  1. I miss chocolate dearly – I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m wondering 1) if another nut butter would work (I have cashew), and 2) if the brownies freeze well (lest I eat them all in a day). Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Jen, these are soooo good. I promise they won’t disappoint especially if you are having a chocolate craving. They are the next best thing! You can definitely substitute another nut butter – cashew would work great! I haven’t tried freezing them yet but I imagine they would freeze fine. If you make them, let me know what you think!

    1. Hi Doreen,

      I use a large rectangular ceramic dish 38 x 26 cm. I line it with parchment paper before pouring in the batter, then bake!

      Hope this helps!

      Maria

  2. Mine came out just a little dry but I think I left them in too long. I am definitely going to make them again & cut the bake time by 5 minutes. Even though they turned out a bit more like cake, they are still DELICIOUS and this is a recipe I will keep.
    Many thanks Maria!

    1. Hi Doreen, Sorry to hear they were a little dry. I’m going to change the cook time as even a minute over seems to affect them. Many thanks for the feedback!

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