Everyone loves treats! And kids sometimes need treats to be “encouraged” to do something.
However, most treats are not healthy–and some are pretty bad–loaded with refined sugar. Even the ones that claim to be healthy usually use concentrated sugar (like maple syrup or honey), and although those are “natural” they are still sugar without fiber and have the same health issues as the refined sugar!
What if something as decadent as a brownie had no added sugar AND tasted as good as (if not better!) than an unhealthy brownie?
These fruit sweetened brownies are my solution! My kids LOVE them! I served these brownies at my kids’ Halloween party (23 three year olds!) and the other kids (and moms) could not tell a difference!
A rich fudgy brownie sweetened completely with fruit!
8 oz dates, pitted
1 c applesauce
½ c butter/ghee (coconut oil or avocado oil for dairy free)
1 T vanilla
½ c dutched cocoa
1 c flour (Gluten Free see notes)
½ t baking soda
¾ t salt
In a large bowl, combine flour (and xanthan gum if gluten free), baking soda and salt, set aside
Check dates for pits
In a food processor or blender, add dates, applesauce, butter/ghee, eggs, vanilla, and cocoa. Blend until combined and dates are in small pieces
Add mixture to dry ingredients in large bowl and gently mix until just combined
Pour mixture into a greased oven safe baking dish, bake at 350° for 20-35 minutes or until desired doneness.
Gluten free: needs more flour and xanthan gum for structure, and I like using plain oat flour * 1½ c oat flour * 1 t xanthan gum
Dairy Free: use your favorite butter substitute, coconut oil, or avocado oil
Whole30: use paleo flour and ghee
Keywords: healthy brownies, gluten free brownies, fruit sweetened brownies
Why these Fruit Sweetened Brownies are HEALTHY!
No Added Sugar
These brownies are sweetened with dates and applesauce. There is NO added, refined or concentrated sugar!!! Added sugar spikes blood sugar and overwhelms the liver and is stored as fat.
Cocoa, dates and apples have powerful anti-oxidants that neutralize free radicals and reactive oxygen species which damage cells and DNA.
These brownies contain no gluten if using gluten free flour.
Gluten is a sticky protein that can cause Leaky Gut and promotes inflammation! Too much inflammation is like lighting your body on fire!!!
Supports a Healthy Microbiome
The cocoa, dates and applesauce in these brownies support a healthy microbiome! Our microbiome is all the good bacteria in our gut–it does amazing things like providing protection, helping to digest food, supporting our immune system and making neurotransmitters (and MUCH more!). The good bacteria LOVES fruits and veggies!
Healthy Fat: Butterfat
Butterfat or ghee is actually not an unhealthy fat as we had been told for years–especially if it is from grass-fed cows… It is low in omega-6 fatty acids which promote inflammation and has omega-3 fatty acids which lower inflammation, and it is heat stable so it does not break down when cooking!
These brownies contain health-promoting micronutrients. Fruits like dates and apples are packed with micronutrients–these are more than just vitamins and minerals but powerful plant compounds that improve health!
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