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Healthy Peanut Butter Brownies ( Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly)

I am super super excited about this recipe. I've been trying to make a grain free, sugar free brownie for a long time and it took lots of tries to get it right. This is it. Remember Drake's Funny Bones, those chocolate cake snacks filled with peanut butter? That's what these brownies taste like, only better, and with a fudgy brownie consistency. What sweetens these babies if there is no sugar? It's all about the dates, Medjool dates to be exact, which are a super sweet variety of dates that are also filled with lots of vitamins and minerals. Combining the dates with just a few other good quality ingredients is all you need to be eating a healthy, delicious brownie in no time. If you don't like peanut butter you can substitute almond butter for a more neutral flavor, but come on, peanut butter and chocolate are where it's at! Make this, you won't regret it! Enjoy!


400 grams pitted Medjool dates (about 1 3/4 cups packed dates), approximately 19 dates- (In Israel you can buy already pitted and pureed dates as well) NOT date spread
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 tsp instant coffee
4 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
6 Tablespoons good quality cocoa
1 3/4 cup natural (unsweetened) peanut butter (I used B&D)
1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional ( I used 72% chocolate chunks)


Preheat your oven to 350/175. Dissolve the coffee in the hot water. Place the dates and coffee water into the food processor. Process for 30-40 seconds to start breaking down the dates. Then add the rest of the ingredients minus the chocolate chips into the food processor. Process for a  minute or so or as long as you need so that all the ingredients are blended together. The mixture will look like a thick brownie batter. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and spray the bottom with baking spray. Pour the brownie mixture in and spread all over the pan. Spraying a spatula with cooking spray with help you spread it around. Top with chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 20 minutes for super fudgy brownies or 22-23 minutes if you want them a little less fudgy. I always do 20 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove and cool completely before cutting.


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