Recipe

Sugar-free chocolate hazelnut brownies

These rich, dense chocolate brownies rely on dates and rice malt syrup for their guilt-free sweetness.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Makes 24
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Ingredients

Sugar-free chocolate hazelnut brownies
  • 1 cup (340g) rice malt syrup
  • 1 cup (140g) dried pitted dates, chopped coarsely
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 200 gram butter, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (75g) cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (75g) ground hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup (75g) buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (70g) whole roasted peeled hazelnuts, halved
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder, extra

Method

Sugar-free chocolate hazelnut brownies
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 20cm x 30cm slice pan; line base with baking paper, extending paper 5cm over long sides.
  • 2
    Place syrup, dates, salt and the water in a small saucepan over low heat; simmer for 5 minutes or until dates are soft.
  • 3
    Stir soda into date mixture; transfer to a food processor, process until smooth. Return date mixture to pan; add butter, stir over medium heat until butter melts. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; cool 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Stir in sifted cocoa, ground hazelnuts, flour, sour cream and hazelnuts. Spread mixture into pan; level top.
  • 5
    Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool in pan before dusting with extra cocoa and cutting into squares.

Notes

Despite its name, buckwheat is unrelated to wheat and is in fact a seed or pseudo-cereal, making it safe for those on coeliac diets. It is also high in fibre and protein.

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