With Christmas fast approaching, I am getting a lot of requests for healthier chocolate recipes, that no-one would ever know were healthier. I fully intend to enjoy Christmas and eat things that are far from what I would normally eat, but if I can make a healthier alternative to something and for it to taste pretty much the same, then that it what I am going to do. It is so easy to go completely off track over Christmas, but by making some small changes, you can stay on track and enjoy what you eat too. These would also make a really nice homemade gift if you wrapped them up nicely.
The brownie recipes on the blog are some of the most popular, so I thought it was time to experiment with some new and even healthier ones that are once again only sweetened with fruit. If you wanted, you could add some fruit into the mix, with chopped cherries, or you could add some chocolate chips – obviously that would change the nutritional information at the bottom though.
With a swirl of your favourite nut butter on top, it makes these bite sized treats even more delicious.
Ingredients – serves 12:
- 90g/1 cup oats
- 50g/ 0.5 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon or ginger (depends what flavour your prefer)
- 60ml/0.25 cup skimmed milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 150g/0.75 cup plain yoghurt
- 100g almonds
- 150g pitted dates
- 8 tbsp water
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
1) Use the 100g of almonds to make almond butter using this method. Alternatively, if you don’t want to make your own almond butter (it is very easy), then measure out around 4 tbsp of almond butter, or nut butter of your choice, and set aside.
2) Put the dates and water into a food processor and blend until a syrup has formed.
3) Add all the rest of the ingredients (except the nut butter) to the food processor that has the date syrup in and blend until smooth.
4) Grease a brownie tin and then pour the brownie mix in. Take the nut butter and drop it onto the top of the mixture and then gently swirl it in. Don’t completely mix it though, as you are looking for a marble affect.
5) Put in a preheated oven at 220C/400F for 40 minutes.
6) Allow to cool completely and then cut into 12 pieces.
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