Date Chocolate Brownies

Plan B Date Chocolate Brownies

Have you ever colossally cocked up reading a recipe?  At that point where you have so much time, money & expectation invested?  I think it’s a situation that has happened to most of us. Or at least those of us with ‘recipe blindness’.

I was trying to make these from Elana’s Pantry and for some reason I totally misread baking chocolate and thought ‘cocoa’.  I think perhaps it’s because I don’t normally use cooking chocolate (IMHO life is too short for bad chocolate and if you’re going to eat it – make it good quality!) but then again I don’t normally use cocoa either :(  Ok, you’ve got me – it was a total brain fade moment and I will go back and try Elana’s recipe at some point.

I realised I was on the wrong track when I tried to add 200grams of cocoa to the recipe.  That’s almost the entire packet, and not exactly the healthier alternative I was looking for.  I fished out most of the cocoa and had a moment of mild panic combined with hysterical laughing (thank goodness for flower essences!).

I’d committed to making brownies as a lunch box treat for my daughter who has just started Grade Prep so I went for Plan B: make some sort of chocolate date cakey thing.  AND IT WAS SURPISINGLY GOOD.  Really GOOD.  ‘Make that again, Mum’ GOOD.

Just goes to show failure makes for good innovations!

date chocolate brownies

Plan B Date Chocolate Brownies



  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 200 grams pitted dates (about 10 dates)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk (of your choice, I used soy milk)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free plain flour
  • 7 drops ‘Calm & Clear’ Bush flower essence (optional)



Heat oven to 180c.  Using a high speed blender or Thermomix, blend the dates until soft and paste-like.  Add eggs, oil, milk & essence and beat well.  Fold in dry ingredients and mix until just combined. You may need to add all the milk if the mixture is too thick. If using, add flower essences and gently mix in.

Pour mixture (its pretty stiff) into a greased and lined 20cm square cake pan.  Bake for 20 mins or until skewer inserted comes out clean.  When cool cut into *small squares – should make around 20 or so.

*Dates are a whole food (tick) but they are nutrient dense and contain a lot (66%) of fruit sugar so be reasonable with your intake.


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