Ever wonder why you crave chocolate in the afternoon? Something sweet right around 3pm? Well, lets just say most of us do; studies show that low blood sugar is a common occurence for most people between the hours of 12pm – 4pm (give or take depending on the person). That long stretch in between meals, right? It’s because our brains are looking for a serotonin lift. The best way to keep this craving at bay is to eat these scrumptious brownies! hahaha, I know. My head gets a little big sometimes.
Dark, high quality chocolate combined with coconut butter (just shredded coconut blended up), protein packed eggs and low glycemic dates are the simple (yet high quality) ingredients that make for a scrumptious mid after noon slump-lifter.
The texture of this brownie is dense, moist, rich and all around satisfying.
Now, I’m not going to lie and say these are low in calories, because, lets face it, low in calories means less of something and it’s usually substituted with a water base veggie or fruit. I won’t say that putting those lighter ingredients in brownies is not a good idea, but for this brownie I was looking to satisfy someone (particularly my husband) who loves fudgy dense “real” (as he calls them) brownies.
The key ingredient in these brownies is Coconut butter. Coconut butter is the meat of the coconut ground up to a paste. The butter makes these brownies so rich, you really only need a bit and you’ll be completely satisfied. I love that about them.
After his first bite, I knew they were a success. As he bit in, the sides of his mouth started to lift into a smile, before he even left contact with it. I couldn’t help but smile back.
He said, “Ohhh…these are good…. really good.”
Now, that coming out of his mouth is something to remember. He’s a hot sauce, cheddar, bacon lover, and does’nt have much of a sweet tooth.
- 8 ounces unsweetened shredded coconut (or 2⅔ cups) I used Let's Do Organic 8 ounce bag
- 10 medjool dates (pits removed)
- 3.5 ounces 70% dark chocolate (or darker) I used TJ's 73% organic dark chocolate which is soy free
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- optional - a sprinkle of sea salt before going into the oven
- In a food processor add shredded coconut. Blend for 7 minutes or until you have the consistency of coconut butter
- Add pitted dates. Blend for 1 minute
- Break up chocolate bar and add the pieces to the processor. Blend for 1 minute
- Add eggs, vanilla, baking soda and sea salt. Blend for 30 seconds
- Transfer batter to a greased 8x8 baking dish
- Smooth batter with a spatula
- Bake at 350 for 20 - 22 minutes
- Let cool for 1 hour before serving
Store brownies in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge and a month in the freezer. If you prefer them soft and like they were after baking and cooling then leave the brownies out for 20-30 minutes at room temp, then serve.