Delicious vegan brownies with dates made in only 15 minutes!

vegan brownies with dates

Here is a recipe for delicious brownies that are not only vegan but also sugar-free! It is a perfectly nutritious snack for all hours, as cocoa powder, nuts, and dates have a very high nutritional value, providing the energy we need for our demanding everyday lives.

It's like a classic brownie, but it's better

Chocolatey and nutritious, without burdening us with extra calories, these brownies are ideal for vegans, those fasting, or those following a special diet for personal reasons (e.g. medical, etc.) since it does not contain eggs, dairy products, sugar or flour.

It's also very quick, as it only takes 1/3rd of the time compared to a classic brownie. It is made without complicated procedures, just simply mixing and shaping the ingredients.

Cut it into delicious fluffy pieces and take it to work, on a picnic, or walk around town.

Ingredients for 12 servings:

1½ cups. royal dates
One cup of almond/walnut/macadamia milk
One cup walnuts
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup espresso
1/2 tsp. salt

For serving (optional)

1/4 cup cocoa

Procedure

Remove the pits from the dates. Soak them in a bowl of hot water for 15 minutes if they are a bit dry. Then, put all the ingredients in the blender and mix. When the mixture is ready, squeeze it without it dissolving. If it is not solid, add 1-2 tsp. of hot water and blend again for a few seconds or add an extra date.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Pour in the brownie mixture and spread it evenly with a spatula. Add cocoa powder and more walnuts (grated or cut into pieces). Finally, cut the brownies into squares and enjoy!

Tips

1. Pan size: The brownies will come out thicker or thinner depending on the size of the pan you use. If you only have one large pan, spread the mixture on half of it, pressing it to the side with a spatula.

2. Espresso: Coffee surprisingly enhances the taste of cocoa. But if you are not a fan of the popular drink, replace the espresso in the recipe with oat milk or any other vegan drink (keeping the same amount used for coffee).

3. Serving: In addition to cocoa powder and walnuts, let your imagination run wild by adding melted couverture, various nuts (almonds and hazelnuts are a unique match with chocolate) or even grated coconut that will add an exotic touch.

4. Storage: The brownies can be kept airtight in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or preserved in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Evi Tsitopoulou is a columnist for Olive Magazine. Translated by Paul Antonopoulos

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