Surprise Chocolate Brownies

The surprise in these sweet, moist brownies is that they are egg- and dairy-free with only natural sugars, and are packed with goodness.

This recipe is egg free This recipe is dairy free Suitable for vegans
Preparation notes

Makes 16
Preparation time 35 mins
Cooking time 25 mins


225g dates

60g wholemeal flour

2 tsp baking powder

3 tbsp cocoa powder, sieved

100g vegan margarine

1 very ripe banana, mashed

75g pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped (optional)

1 tsp vanilla essence

Vegetable oil for greasing

Stage one
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Place the dates in the medium saucepan with just enough water to cover them. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Once the dates have cooked, drain off the hot water, and run them under a cold tap to cool. 
  4. Purée the dates. (A hand blender works well for puréeing). 
Stage two
  1. In the small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder, then set aside.
  2. In the medium mixing bowl, using a fork, cream together the dates and the margarine until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir the sifted flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the date and margarine mixture.
  4. Add the banana, nuts (optional) and vanilla essence. 
Stage three
  1. Lightly oil the baking dish, then evenly spread the mixture into it, smoothing the top with a spoon.
  2. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the brownies start to come away from the sides of the dish.
  3. Allow to cool in the pan, cut and serve.

Nuts can be omitted for younger children.


Please note: Nutritional Information does not include nuts.

Surprise Chocolate Brownies

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