Almond Flour and Date Brownies

These brownies have a rich, cake like texture from almond flour and dates.  They are also gluten free of course!


½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup dates
3 eggs
1 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Melt the chocolate chips and the butter together either in the microwave 15 seconds at a time and stirring frequently.  You could also melt the chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl over a pot of boiling water.

Grind the dates in a blender till they form a paste.  This paste will substitute for sugar.

Mix the dates, chocolate chips, butter, eggs and vanilla together with an electric mixer.  We used Eggbeaters instead of regular eggs to make the brownies a little lighter.

Combine with the almond flour and baking powder in the mixture.

When all ingredients are combined well, pour the mixture into an 8×8 inch pan that is buttered on the bottom.

Bake in the oven uncovered for 22-25 minutes on 350°F.

These brownies also lend themselves nicely to additions like walnuts, even more chocolate chips, dried currants or cherries, or even cream cheese.  About 1/2 cup of your additions can be added to the mixture.

If you like cream cheese (ok, who doesn’t), it can be drizzled on top of the brownies and spread throughout the mixture with a knife.  Perhaps we’ll feature these “marble brownies” in a different post.

The finer the almond flour is ground, the better.  We use Bob’s Red Mill, but other brands work well also.  Almond flour is a great tool for lower carbohydrate, lower glycemic and gluten free cooking.

Always keep in mind that all sweets should be enjoyed in moderation.  Enjoy!

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Dr. Jenkins

J Lee Jenkins, MD, MSc, FACEP is a practicing board-certified emergency physician and researcher in emergency public health. She can also be found on twitter ( and Facebook (J Lee Jenkins MD).

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