No-'sugar' no-flour brownies

slices of fruit brownie

Going on a caveman diet was more life-changing than expected. I've been asked a few times about it, so will write more later. We're not Primal any more, but learned heaps about food. Most pertinent here - ingredient substitution.

Purely Fruit Sweetened Brownies is the second recipe I've tried from Elana Amsterdam (the first being her cake-like gluten-free bread). We couldn't find unsweetened cooking chocolate, so this is kind of cheating - but the idea here is to combine the flavour of chocolate with the sweet stickiness of dates to get a choc-fudge kind of thing.

I don't know if I'd go as far as to call these healthy. There are a lot of dates, and sugar is still sugar - but if we're gonna gorge on brownie, we may as well do it this way.

They turned out tasting and texturing like proper brownies. :) In addition to the listed ingredients, I tossed in a handful of dried cranberries and topped with desiccated coconut.

desiccated coconut on chocolate brownie

This is an easy and straightforward recipe, but I have the cooking equivalent of not-a-green-thumb. It ended up taking me 2 hours to prep this cos I fucked up so much.

So, in the spirit of learning from mistakes:

  • If you smell burning while blending, it means sticky bits are getting lodged around the blades, causing the motor to work extra hard.
  • Use a sturdy chopstick for dislodging sticky bits from blender crevices.
  • Chop everything before blending. Chocolate and dates are worse than stodgy when they get together.
  • If you didn't chop before blending, keep a damp wiping cloth and a dry hand towel nearby, as chopping mid-blend makes a huge mess.

Finally, when you use a cake tin, you get something cake-shaped. Next time, I will use a proper brownie tray.

slices of brownie cake

#baketober has been great incentive to think about oven things. As soon as the house stops smelling of chocolate, I'll figure out what savoury snack we might try next.