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Healthy Brownies

The first time I went to visit my new baby niece, my brother’s mother-in-law put out a plate of brownies to go with our tea. To me, the squares looked like healthy brownies. If I wasn’t so hungry, I would have been polite and asked about the healthy brownie recipe – but instead, I dove in.

They were ADDICTIVE.

I’m so glad I ate a few before asking what was in them. My sister-in-law, Anya’s mom said, “Dates, figs, cherries, almonds, cocoa powder and coconut oil.”

Dates, you say!

You see, I haven’t always been a lover of dates. In fact, anytime I’m asked “What’s something you don’t like to eat?” I usually say dates! I think it stems back from when I was a kid. They were just too sweet for my tongue (I was more of a salty-sour kid), plus they looked like over-sized June bugs – gross.

All I know is it was too late to change my mind about loving these healthy brownies. I was hooked.

They have a fudge-like consistency. Their sweetness comes from the dried dates, which is balanced by the dried sour cherries. The figs add this pleasing crunch, similar to the sound kiwi seeds make when they’re chewed. The cocoa powder adds a dark sophisticated richness and the grounded nuts add texture. There is coconut oil in the recipe, which acts as a binder, but butter can easily be used instead.

If you have a food processor, you have to try this recipe! If you don’t have one, find a friend who does!

Healthy Brownies in glass dish

Healthy Brownies

Healthy Brownies


1 cup dried dates, pitted (about 21)
½ cup dried figs, hard tip removed (about 10)
¾ cup almonds
¼ - 1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil


  1. Line a small container (about 5x7 inches) with plastic wrap, allowing it to over hang by 5 inches on opposite ends.
  2. Place dates and figs in the food processor and blend until the dates have been chopped into small pieces.
  3. Add almonds, dried cranberries, cocoa powder, and coconut oil. Blend until the mixture resembles a fine crumb.
  4. Tip the mixture into the lined container. Fold plastic wrap over to cover mixture and press with the palm of your hand to compact. Using a meat mallet or the bottom of a cup, press the mixture down until it won’t compact any further. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  5. Lift the brownie out using the excess plastic wrap, unwrap and cut into bite sized pieces. Serve or keep tightly wrapped in the fridge.

Healthy Brownies

Healthy Brownie Tips:

  • Choose loose dried dates, not the kind that are compressed into a solid brick. The dates should be slightly soft when pressed.
  • Almonds can be substituted with any kind of nut or seed – walnuts, pecans, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, etc.
  • Dried cranberries can be substituted with for dried cherries.
  • Coconut oil is used to help bind the ingredients together, but butter can be used instead.
  • The tighter you compress the mixture, the better it will stay together.
  • Although I say a 5 x 7 container, you can use anything that’s roughly that size — a takeout food container, Tupperware, or wide shallow bowl will do.

Are you looking for a traditional brownie recipe?  If so, I’ve got you covered!

Healthy Brownies


  1. These look absolutely amazing!! It seems impossible that Healthy & Brownie go together -YUM!

  2. love your website Kary and love this recipe. thank you so much for sharing