I am so excited to share today's date sweetened brownie recipe with you all! This probably goes without saying, but my favorite vegan dessert has got to be brownies. I have not always been obsessed with brownies. However I quickly realized how easy they were to make healthy and vegan and I was hooked! I have made plenty of healthy vegan brownies throughout the years, but I simply can not stop making these date sweetened brownies.
Now, don't get me wrong I still absolutely love my other plant based brownie recipes! They are all so unique. Therefore I love switching it up and making them based on what I am craving. I also love that the other natural vegan brownie recipes on my blog feature hidden vegetables (aside from my red velvet cheesecake brownies). It's amazing that these recipes are all so delicious and healthy at the same time!
My favorite naturally sweetened vegan brownies:
- Eggplant Mesquite Brownies
- Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies
- Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
- Best Vegan Mint Chocolate Brownies
How to make the date sweetened brownies that taste like fudge:
I always find (especially with healthy/plant based vegan brownie recipes) that the brownies always come out too fluffy and cake like. However I am a firm believer that brownies should be thick and dense. And that's exactly what these date sweetened vegan brownies are: FUDGY.
How do you make fudge brownies? This required a bit of thought, but immediately seemed obvious: use fresher ingredients. When you use fresher ingredients like raw almonds instead of almond flour you are retaining the natural oils and moisture and making your brownies more like fudge I also like doing this because it makes these date sweetened brownies healthier, because they do not contain any processed ingredients whatsoever!
Lastly, it is important to make sure that your batter is not super thick. You want to be able to pour the brownie batter into the pan so that it firms up in the oven. I have played around with the measurements in this recipe a lot, but I truly believe this date sweetened brownie recipe is perfect. Make sure to follow the recipe measurements as listed!
What makes these vegan brownies so healthy:
What is it about these date sweetened brownies that makes them so healthy? It is actually a couple things. Like I touched on in the last paragraph, these healthy plant based brownies do not contain a single processed ingredient. This whole foods plant based brownie recipe is also rich in fiber! They're brownies sweetened with dates which is a great plant based source of fiber!
Gut health is a big trend right now and one of the best ways to improve your gut health is to eat more fiber. You can eat brownies to improve your gut health; dreams do come true. Who would have thought! I love this about dates, because they're so delicious you wouldn't think that they're healthy. However it turns out they are! They are truly nature's candy!
Do these brownies get dry?
These date sweetened brownies do not get dry at all! Since I am pretty much always developing new recipes, some recipes like these naturally sweetened brownies sit in my fridge for a couple days. I can only eat so many brownies at once! This works out though, because it lets me know how long a recipe can stay in my fridge before it goes bad. These date sweetened vegan brownies kept their moist fudge texture for days! I honestly prefer chilled brownies over warm brownies, and these taste amazing when cooled as well.
Can I make these date sweetened brownies in other flavors?
One of the main reasons I love this date sweetened brownie recipe so much is because it is because it is a basic recipe. What do I mean by basic? These plant based brownies are sweetened with dates and flavored with vanilla, therefore the flavor is, well vanilla! I find that dates have a flavor that is very subtle. Therefore you can make date sweetened recipes that complements a lot of other flavors. These brownies sweetened with dates are the perfect recipe to play around with. For example my Mint Chocolate Brownies use the same base as these date sweetened brownies. The only difference is that recipe uses peppermint extract, and this one uses vanilla.
There is truly an endless amount of ways to customize these date brownies, so have fun playing around with it! I have so many exciting brownie recipes coming so make sure to subscribe to my email list so that you are the first to know when the next recipe drops!
Ingredients for these Date Sweetened Brownies:
- Vanilla extract
- Apple cider vinegar
- Plant based milk
Date Sweetened Brownies
- Preheat your oven to 350. Blend your oats into a flour if you have not already.
- Combine almonds, dates, plant milk, and vanilla to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add to a bowl with remaining ingredients. Pour into a nonstick brownie pan and bake in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes, top with flaky salt, and enjoy!