Though most of the recipes that appear on these pages don't tend to reflect it, I have of late been cutting added sugars out of my diet. Not completely out, just no more empty calories like lollies and soft drink, and smaller portions of cake and biscuits. Here is a gluten and dairy free chocolate brownie with made of dates and grated apple with no added refined sugar.
Gluten, Dairy and Refined Sugar Free Almond and Apple Chocolate Brownie
2 cups of dates - soaked for 20 minutes in boiling water
2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Drain the dates, squeeze the water out and process the dates into a smooth paste.
Add the almonds and mix again.
Add the eggs to the food processor a third at a time and mix to a smooth paste after each addition.
Transfer the mixture into a large bowl.
Wash the apples and leaving the skins on, cut out the core and blitz them to a lumpy mix.
Sift the cocoa, baking powder and spices into the wet ingredients.
Add the vanilla essence and stir whole lot together with the shredded apple.
Place the mixture into a lined 25 x 35 cm baking tin.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until firm and risen and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
This slice is nice served warm from the oven, thought, like other almond meal cakes, the flavour improved after a day or so. If you are used to eating full sugar products you might find this less sweet than you're accustom. Happy baking xx