Sometimes I really crave a brownie but want to avoid all the sugar, oil, and flour. I still yearn for a rich, dense brownie full of deep chocolate flavor, but I need it to be healthy.
You know what I mean? Some might say it’s a contradiction, but not for me. I’ve developed a brownie solely for the days I’m looking to be good about being bad.
Blended walnuts and flax lend richness and help bind these brownies while dates and beets (yes, beets!) sweeten them to perfection.
Pulverized oats make an awesome substitute for regular ol’ flour. Cocoa powder and instant coffee help to enhance the profound chocolate flavor along with a small helping of semisweet chocolate chips—the only non-whole-food ingredient!
These brownies do have a faint beet flavor, so if you have an aversion to earthy beets, applesauce might do the trick.
These will never replace the classic sugar- and butter-laden brownies in my life, but they’re a great addition to a well-rounded dessert repertoire ... especially when you’re aiming to put yourself on the healthier side of sweet treats.