Dairy Free, Gluten Free, GAPS Legal Brownies Made with Dates
While these brownies are not as sweet as conventional brownies, they were deemed by some tasters on the GAPS Diet as being “Better than Brownies.” These GAPS legal brownies are dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, and egg free.
Even better, besides the 24 hour fermentation time needed for the almond flour, these brownies can be made very quickly! These brownies actually get better over time so it’s actually better to make them a day before to let the flavors meld. They would be delicious eaten alongside homemade ice cream or with homemade whipped cream and fruit.
Better Than Brownies - GAPS Legal Brownies
Ingredients for brownies made from dates
2 cups of almond flour
5 tablespoons Whey
½ cup Filtered Water
1/2 cup Coconut Oil + extra to grease the baking dish
¼ cup Cacao Powder
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
¼ cup Cacao Nibs (optional)
¼ cup Crispy Nuts (optional)
Directions for brownies made from dates
24 Hours Before:
Add almond flour and cacao powder to a bowl. Use a fork to get rid of almond flour clumps.Add whey and stir to moisten.Cover and leave on counter to ferment for 24 hours.
The Next Day:
Cut up 18 dates, removing the inner pit.Add ½ cup Filtered Water.
Cook on low heat until dates are soft and water is absorbed, about 4-6 minutes. (think like making applesauce.) Watch closely to make sure dates don’t burn. You may need to add more water as you go depending on how dry your dates are so they’re able to fully hydrate without burning. Be sure not to add too much or it will thin the eventual date paste.
When dates are soft, turn off the heat. Puree the mixture in the pot with an immersion blender or add to a blender or food processor until smooth. The smoother the date texture, the more appealing the brownies!Preheat oven to 350.Grease a baking dish or pie pan with coconut oil. Do not use a metal baking dish or the edges will burn.
Combine coconut oil and dates into the almond flour mixture. If you’re using a blender, add the coconut oil to the blender and blend until smooth before adding to the flour mixture. Optionally, add cacao nibs and crispy nuts.
Stir the mixture until smooth, being sure to get all the clumps out. You want the mixture to be as smooth as possible. The batter will be thick. Add batter to greased baking sheet and smooth out.
Bake for 45 minutes until the knife comes out clean. Check after 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Instead of date paste, you can use applesauce but the brownies will not be as sweet and you will need to make your own applesauce that is thick so it creates the right consistency.
These brownies get better with age!
These are dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, egg free and legal on GAPS.