Who doesn’t love a rich, chocolatey, gooey brownie?! They’re delicious and comforting and great with a bowl of vegan ice cream. I’ll admit my weakness has always been home-baked desserts, but in recent years (as I find my metabolism is a little too honest) finding ways to turn my favorites into healthy versions of their old selves have become a challenge I just can’t let go of.

These chewy, gooey brownies are refined sugar-free (win!), gluten-free, AND vegan! But you won’t even notice what it doesn’t have in it when you taste how delicious these few simple, clean ingredients are.

Plus, they’re packed with protein to keep you moving all (Valentines) day long.

So whip up a batch of these babies for you and your honey, whether you’ll be enjoying them on the couch with some Netflix or as a quick treat to fuel your Valentines workout!

Servings: 9

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted Medjool dates
  • 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp cacao nibs or powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 3/4 cup vegan raspberry jam or preserves
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 cup vegan dark chocolate

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Square Baking Dish

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Add dates, coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao, almond flour, and protein powder to the food processor.
  • Process until smooth and well combined.
  • Add the raspberry jam/preserves, reserving about 3 tablespoons. Process until combined.
  • Press the batter evenly (using a hot or greased metal spoon) into a lined or well-greased baking dish. Top with the remaining jam and swirl into the batter.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. The centre will still be a little bit gooey! Let cool.
  • Top brownies with fresh raspberries and drizzle with melted dark chocolate. Let harden in fridge.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy right away or store in the fridge for up to a week!
Rhiannon Ball

Rhiannon loves to cook and bake but has also never said "no" to a takeout burrito (see, she's just like you!). Despite slowly running out of room in her cabinets, she continues to expand her collections of cookbooks and kitchen gadgets and is deeply jealous of people who can just "whip something up" without a recipe. When she's not in the kitchen, you can find her camping and hiking with her husband and rescue dog, Waffles.

So disclaimer: I'll pretty much try anything that's new and plant-based at Starbucks.
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