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:
- Medjool dates
- Raw Almonds "VEGAN10" for $10 off!
- Cacao Powder
- Oat flour
- Baking soda
- Vanilla extract
- Apple cider vinegar
- Plant based milk
Date Sweetened Brownies
- 1 cup medjool dates packed
- 1 cup cacao powder
- ¾ cup oat flour
- 3 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2 cups Plant based milk of choice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- pinch salt
- 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!
I love the sound of these Date Sweetened Brownies. I've been so surprised at how lovely date-sweetened recipes are that I've tried recently and can't wait to try these. Thank you for sharing.
All vegan and naturally sweetened brownies? Yes, please! These looks absolutely delicious and so healthy for you. Love all the simple ingredients in it.
i love dates and this recipe is a keeper! pinned
I love all these wholesome ingredients in this recipe! It’s easy to make and they turn out so delish.
Ohh my gawwwwd, these fare so fudgy! Will be making them again!
this makes me run more, I like how dense this brownies are and all the ingredients in it. Best sweet brownies.
this chocolate brownie is really tasty with dates. I would make this again.
I love how healthy those brownies are. The idea to use dates to sweeten them naturally is great
I love that these use dates to sweeten them
I need to try this
I’m really to starting to get into baked goods sweetened with dates, and these brownies are my favorite recipe so far. Thanks!
Tasty! This recipe looks so straightforward. I haven’t made brownies before so it looks a good recipe to try.
this dense brownies was just what I was looking for. Dates FTW!
I love love love recipes that use fruits as natural sweeteners with chocolate. This recipe is wonderful!
Wow! I also love thick and fudgy brownies! So good!
Can’t wait to make these later! I’m making recipes with dates for a pregnant friend who has been told to eat more dates so this is exactly what the doctor ordered (and look super tasty as well)
Yummm! These were so fudgy! Will be making these brownies again!
Are the raw almonds necessary or can it be made without?
They're necessary. They provide crucial fat content/natural oils to the recipe. You can sub with most other nuts if needed.
What size brownie pan?
An 8 inch baking pan is what I used! I am sure a 9 inch would work fine too!
These were the most fudgy brownies I've ever had! The sweetness is absolutely perfect, and it was easy to make! I'll definitely be making these agaain!
Omggg, these are so fudgy and chewy! Big fan!
Looks delicious! Can I replace the flaxseeds with 3 eggs?
I haven't tried, but that should work! I would probably use 2 eggs, just because eggs are a bit more powerful. Hope it works out!!
These date sweetened brownies are incredible! Super fudgy and rich, and super easy to make! I liked them even more the next day when they were chilled - YUM
One of the best plant-based and wholesome brownies I have had! Keeping this recipe to come back over and over!
Can I use almond flour or gluten free plain flour instead of oat flour?
I haven't tried it, but I am sure gluten-free flour would work. I wouldn't recommend using almond flour, because the recipe already uses almonds, and I don't think they would bake all the way through. I also think sorghum flour would work well too! I hope this helps, and I would love to know how they turn out with these substitutions.
Thank you! I’ll give it a try