Fudge-y "Caramel" Brownies

Updated: May 30



If you want something decadent but also want it to be nourishing and energizing (i.e. does not deplete your energy!) then look no further than these brownies. They are oh-so-decadent and yummy! And, they're also packed with fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids and lots of vitamins and minerals. A decadent treat that is good for the body? Yes, please! Enjoy them as an after-dinner treat or mid-afternoon snack.


Also, they're ooey-gooey. Have fun and don't be afraid to get a little messy. The "caramel" topping is totally optional. Personally, I love it but my husband likes them better without the topping.


Two things to know before you proceed:


  1. The "caramel" topping won't freeze, but it's best to keep it cold. The topping is meant to be a little ooey-gooey.

  2. Dates transform into a caramel-like flavor. In my humble opinion, they're pretty magical in their natural sweetness. But, just to set the expectation (talking to you, caramel lovers :D), it's not going to be like the liquid sauce you squeeze out of the bottle. It's delicious AND good for you, so enjoy!


Serves: 8

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: none


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter

  • 1/3 cup date paste (see notes below)

  • 1/4 cup plant-based milk, unsweetened

  • 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder, Fair Trade

  • 2 Tbsps flax meal

  • 2 Tbsps hemp seed

  • 1/4 cup oat flour

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/8 tsp salt


Caramel Topping

  • 8 pitted dates

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 cup hot water



Directions


  1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Make the date paste if you don’t already have some on hand (see below!).

  3. Add all of the brownie ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

  4. Transfer the brownie batter to the loaf pan and freeze for 30 minutes.

  5. Make the caramel sauce: Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes.

  6. Drain, but reserve the soaking water.

  7. Add the dates, vanilla, salt, and ¼ cup of the soaking water to the food processor and blend until smooth.

  8. If the mixture is too thick, add more of the soaking water to achieve the desired consistency.

  9. Remove the brownies from the freezer and spread the caramel sauce on top.

  10. Freeze for an additional 15 minutes.

  11. Remove the brownies from the freezer and cut into 2x2 inch squares. Store in the freezer or refrigerator.

How to make date paste (this is for about a cup of date paste): Soak 1 cup of pitted dates in warm water for 30 minutes (enough to cover the dates). Drain, but reserve the liquid. Add the dates and 3/4 cup of the liquid to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth and a paste-like consistency. Use date paste anywhere you'd use maple syrup. It's naturally sweet with lots of nutrition!