There is nothing like this. I promise. All of the good things combined and more than you have ever wanted. On the bottom we have the fudgy and chocolaty brownie (which already is so good on its own), then we have the creamy salted date caramel layer, which is just heaven and then everything is topped with a crunchy chocolate layer. If you are not hungry by now, I do not know what would make you hungry…
What’s special about this dish?
Well, a lot actually. The brownies are refined sugar and butter and made with wholewheat flour. So, they are pretty healthy actually. Then for the caramel, instead of cream, butter and sugar we are only blending dates, coconut milk and sea salt. This will become really creamy and thick and just tastes amazing!! Honestly, it was a mistake not having combined brownies and date caramel for such a long time! This combo is out of the world. Not exaggerating. So the brownie is pretty healthy, easy to make and still tastes really good!
Is this dish healthy?
Yepyep, as already mentioned, unlike regular brownies, this one is not loaded with sugar and saturated fats. It’s made out of eggs, coconut sugar (which still does contain sugar but less than white, refined sugar, plus it also comes with other nutrients), vanilla, oil (which is high in unsaturated fats), wholewheat flour (great source of fibre) and cacao powder (actually really good for you because it is super high in antioxidants)
Obviously we also have chocolate (super good for your soul 🙂 – when purchasing the chocolate, make sure to check the label to best get one that has been sweetened with any form of natural sweetener and does not contain a bunch of ingredients you don’t know and cannot pronounce). Plus, the dates, which also are really high in fibre, and dates in general are a super beneficial food for you as they are a great source of antioxidants and vitamins). So you see – all in all, pretty healthy. And especially healthy for your soul!
How to make this dish:
Easy peasy, chocolate squeezy. Or something like that. No, this is fairly easy. No eggs need to be separated, no complicated things need to be done. It essentially comes down to melting chocolate in the microwave, whipping eggs, sugar and vanilla till fluffy and then pouring in the chocolate and oil, as well as the flour-cacao powder mixture. That’s already it for the brownie, so very safe to make for everyone.
The caramel layer is not much more difficult. If you have soft dates (like medjool dates), then they blend perfectly fine. If yours are a bit harder, you can just soak them in hot water for a few hours and they will also become soft, which makes them easier to blend. So these are then just mixed with the coconut milk and the sea salt and that’s it. The chocolate layer on top is very self-explanatory, so you just need to melt the chocolate and pour it above. It’s easier if the other layers have cooled down a bit.
Meal prep friendly?
In theory yes! In real life, let’s say, I’d be surprised. Every time we make them, they’re gone within 3 days (If they even last this long). But yes, in theory they would definitely last up until a week in the fridge if covered or stored in an air tight container. If you have too many and make them on batch, you could also freeze some and slowly thaw them up before eating (so just placing them at room temperature and slowly letting them unfreeze).
In terms of how to best have these, there is no right answer. Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert. Do we even need to ask when to best have brownies? Is there even a time where you cannot have brownies? I hope not. How to best have them is a different question. They are really good and rich on their own, so there is no need to add anything else, although they go great with some ice cream.
This recipe really is a must try for all chocolate lovers out there! Easy, healthyish and so worth it to make. They’ll upgrade ANY week! I hope you genuinely like them and enjoy making them!
Healthy-ish Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownies
The best (and only) brownie recipe you'll ever need! This is easy, not your average brownie and so good.
What you will need
For the brownies:
- 3 eggs
- 180 g coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 100 g milk chocolate (preferably one that has been sweeneed with natural sweetener like coconut sugar)
- 100 g dark chocolate (preferably one that has been sweeneed with natural sweetener like coconut sugar)
- 120 ml oil (flavor neutral oil)
- 120 g whole wheat flour
- 40 g cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
For the rest:
- 250 g dates (soft ones work best – if you do not have soft ones, you can soak them in hot water for a few hours)
- 150 ml coconut milk
- a pinch sea salt
- 100 g chocolate (preferably one that has been sweeneed with natural sweetener like coconut sugar)
For the brownies:
Melt both chocolates in the microwave, then combine with the oil and let cool a bit. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla for about 5 minutes until fluffy.
Katie // Une Petite Cuisinière