My sister came over the other night for dessert making and baby-seeing. I am one to make a quick raw chocolate ball, brownie or cake, but she asked if we could look for a baked good recipe. After a quick internet search, I stumbled upon this recipe for some date-sweetened brownies a la oven. Sounded good to me! I switched up a handful of ingredients to come up with these bad boys. We've kept them in our freezer for over a week and they are still great, straight out of the freezer and into our bellies! I tried to be creative with an almond butter swirl on top, but it got a little messy. Still... made them that much more awesome.
Date Sweetened Brownies
makes 12 small brownies
1 cup pitted dates
¾ cup hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup extra dark unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup quinoa flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions *copied + edited from the original recipe*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a 9"x9" pain with coconut oil - I used a little coconut oil on the edges just in case, but covered the bottom of the pan with hemp hearts and ground almonds to prevent sticking! Put pitted dates, hot water and vanilla in a bowl. Let sit while you measure the remaining ingredients. Add cocoa powder into a bowl with quinoa flour and baking soda. Whisk to combine.
Place dates and soaking water into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process until smooth, scraping down as necessary. Add flour mixture to dates and process until smooth. Batter will be thick.
Turn into prepared pan, scraping as much batter as possible from bowl. Smooth top with a spatula and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until brownies are set. A toothpick won’t come out completely clean for these brownies. Let cool on a wire rack. Store in the freezer woohoo!
Look who is practicing his walking, yet again! Seriously, he thinks it's the greatest verb ever invented (next to eating, of course!)
...built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. (Ephesians 2:20, 21 ESV)
I love this verse, because it really unites Christ's followers. It tells us that we each serve a purpose in the structure of God's temple here on earth - which is His church - and we grow together in Jesus! It's such a beautiful reminder. We are built on the never-shifting, never changing, firm and steady foundation of Christ. We cannot be shaken, for on Christ the solid Rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand. So comforting!