Brownie Cake Squares
These allergy-free chocolate brownies are grain-free, dairy-free and nut-free.
With all the goodness from the coconut oil and good quality eggs, and a bit of a pick-me-up with the cacao, and potassium and vitamins and minerals from the dates, I think these make a nice healthy lunchbox treat. Miss 8 has ordered hers with cream already!
I always hold my breath around the family taste test. After all, I’m using quality organic ingredients which are a bit of an investment, so there’s nothing worse than a recipe flop.
But this one got the family thumbs up, though apparently it’s more of a ‘Brownie Cake’ than a straight-out brownie.
It’s easy to make, lovely and moist, and is extra-delish served with fresh berries in season.
For more favourite healthy treats to create (and eat!) which are perfect for lunchboxes, my Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes recipe ebook is proof of this with family faves like Coconut Rough Cookies, Muesli Biscuits, and Strawberry Chia Jam Drops, to name a few.
Many of the ingredients in this recipe can be sourced from my one-stop-favourite, organic wholefoods online store, The Wholefood Collective. They go to great lengths to ensure everything they source is amazing quality, they stock all my favorite products and I don’t even have to leave the house! Oh and the cherry on the cake is they donate profits to improve food security for vulnerable Aussies.
Here are some of the ingredients you’ll need:
Coconut sugar or Rapadura sugar
Dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 2/3 cup Medjool dates chopped
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar or rapadura sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unhomogenised milk or coconut milk if dairy free
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate-chips optional
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees C
- Lightly grease a 20cm square tin and line with baking paper
- Process all the dry ingredients and dates in food processor or Thermomix
- Add wet ingredients and continue to process until just combined (don't overmix)
- Stir through dark choc-chips
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin lined with unbleached baking paper, and bake for 20 minutes or until set
- Remove from oven and set aside to cool before cutting into squares
- Enjoy plain or with cream and raspberries
Do you bake with coconut flour? I love using it for the occasional healthy treat, but you need to remember that it doesn’t behave like other flour in baking. A small amount of coconut flour sucks up lots of liquid very quickly!
I hope you enjoy my Brownie Cake recipe!
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Some other healthy lunchbox treats you might like are Raspberry Coconut Squares and Orange and Poppyseed Bars.
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I loved your brownie cake recipe. Even on a 35 degree I got excited about make this. The smell of the coconut sugar baking – awesome and the taste…yummy.
Thank you Brenda
So glad you enjoyed it!
Hello does this one work to freeze?
Hi Belinda, I’m not sure as I haven’t frozen it but I can’t see why not!
it freezers well 🙂
I love this and have made several times. Just wondering if i replace the coconut oil with butter, how much would i need? Thanks
Should be the same amount Chelsea