Sinless Brownies: a battle against sugar cravings

I am waging a war.

I don’t know when my love of dessert turned from occasional to shockingly often, but for some reason a meal just doesn’t feel complete without a little something sweet at the end. The problem with the craving lies in the desire to consume processed sugar, which has extremely addictive qualities. Studies have even show that the human body hormonally responds to sugar like it would to drugs like cocaine! Scary stuff.

Now before you set down that cookie or throw your homemade pie out the window, you should know that there are ways to get some sweetness in your life. As much as the effects of excessive sugar intake alarm me, I truly believe that in moderation (and moderation is key), sugar can really enhance one’s health. The proof: the health benefits of chocolate.

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With this in mind, I have been consciously trying to find recipes that allow for my love for dessert without fueling my addiction to sugary stuff. Don’t you worry sugar-lovering readers: I still have a whole bag of sugar that I am certain I will bake delicious goodies with. I just figure I should balance it out with some guiltless treats too!

The trick to these brownies is utilizing the naturally sweetness of dates. Dates are nature’s candy, and their sticky-sweetness is perfect for desserts.

Sinless Brownies (makes 1 8×8 inch pan)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces baking chocolate (100% cacao)
  • 7 Medjool dates (1/2-2/3 cup) pits removed
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla stevia (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor or Vitamix blender, pulse together  flour, salt and baking soda
  2. Pulse in chocolate until the texture resembles coarse sand
  3. Pulse in dates until the texture resembles coarse sand
  4. Pulse in eggs
  5. Pulse in coconut oil and stevia (optional) until mixture is smooth
  6. Transfer mixture to a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  7. Mixture will be very thick, so be sure to smooth it with a spatula
  8. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes
  9. Cool for 2 hours, then serve

Question for all of you: Do you have a go-to healthy dessert? If so, I would love to hear about it! In the battle against sugar, one can never have too much ammo.

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