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January 17, 2012

Rich, Creamy, Dark Chocolate Brownies

Made with coconut, dates,  almonds, and cacao. So they are healthier than your average chocolate brownie and even more heavenly!

Enjoy xx

gluten free, coconut, cacao, healthy sweet treat, deliciously naughty.

Vashte's Rich Dark Chocolate Brownies

I had some mascarpone cheese in my fridge. I forgot why I bought it so decided to be truly, madly, deeply, naughty and make dark chocolate, almond and date brownies. I was very popular that evening! You can be too! ūüėČ In saying that- I don’t keep regular flour or white sugar in my house.. so my naughty is somewhat healthier than many people’s naughty…and I’d bet my brownies beat any made with white flour and poisonous white sugar!

Here is my recipe:

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • handful of 85% dark chocolate chunks- they get melted so more or less is up to you. How chocolatey do you like it?
  • 3/4 cup stevia
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 250 gm mascarpone cheese- I just used the entire tub- nice and creamy.
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup banana flour- you could use any flour you like or even L.S.A. I’m experimenting with banana flour – I discovered it at the Gluten Free Expo. I have never heard of it before.
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of chopped dates
  • handful of chopped activated almonds.

Vashte's Brownies

How to Make it Work:

  • Pre heat oven to 160 C.
  • I used muffin tins as my loaf tin looked too big for the mixture. I would use a loaf tin so I could cut the brownie up as they are supposed to look, but the muffins worked well enough. I lined my muffin bowls with baking paper. You will need to line your vessel with baking paper.
  • In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil and then stir in the chocolate. Mix until combined.
  • Add stevia or your chosen sugar substitute. Rice bran syrup could work nicely here instead of stevia. Mix until combined. It will look a little granular.
  • Fold in mascarpone and eggs mixing well.
  • Sift your chosen gluten free flour, salt and cacao powder into the mixture and stir until just combined. Try not to over mix. Over mixing can¬†result in a rock hard brownie. This mixture should be light in texture instead of the usual heavy dense brownie batter due to the mascarpone cheese.
  • Add dates and almonds (or¬†different nuts you prefer) .
  • Pour¬†mixture into your prepared loaf tin or muffin tins. Smooth the top down to ensure even baking.
  • My¬†chocolate¬†brownies were ready in 30 minutes. If you are baking using a loaf, aim for 45 minutes but keep checking from 30 mins onwards.


I don’t like to add a topping as they are sweet enough as they stand. They are¬†delicious warm!. Serve with your favourite ice-cream, coconut ice-cream,¬†custard, or on their own.

Bon Appetite.

Healthy Sweet treats for the odd occasion :)

You could even choose to keep this recipe raw,¬†by setting the mixture in little bowls like a mousse- so don’t bake it.

xx Vashte xx

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