Dark chocolate brownies

If you’re a brownie fan, chances are you already have a stack of favourite recipes collected over the years. Like shoes, can you ever have too many? Obviously not. There’s always room for one more. Many of my brownies come disguised with fruit, some have vegetables lurking in their seductive depths, while others are gluten or refined sugar free. Then there are downright corrupt ones reserved for when only the deepest of chocolate extremity will do. And now, I’m adding these Dark chocolate brownies to the stack. Judging by the rate at which they disappeared, they’re the new healthy and delicious success story.

Dark chocolate brownies

There are several brownie recipes on the blog, all of which I love and this recipe is no different. Here’s what I look for in a decent brownie:

  • Unmistakably chocolatey taste
  • Scandalous toppings
  • Respectably-sized squares that hold their shape long enough to reach their destination (my mouth)
  • Adequate sweetness to hit the spot
  • Fudgy, but not cloying texture

High expectations for a brownie, but these little fellers can do it. Trust me. We’ve done it 4 times and we’re still nuts about them. They’ve also been given a healthy make over with a couple of smart ingredient swaps. Instead of butter, we’re substituting with coconut oil. By using a combination of almond meal and wholewheat flour, the brownies taste nuttier while still retaining good structure. And what’s a brownie if not, a sweet ending? I use medjool dates and my all round favourite local brand of truly unrefined cane sugars, Natura Sugars Dark Demerara sugar. The result is a caramel-y fudge-like taste that ticks all the boxes.

Dark chocolate brownies

You can dive in at this point or, you could this – Ganache the top and pile with summer berries. The berries taste awfully good, though. With a simplified blender recipe and a host of wholesome ingredients, I hope this’ll soon be your go-to brownie recipe. Side note : Depending on how fudgy you like yours, follow the baking times stipulated below. I test with a skewer at 18 minutes. It should be gooey but will firm up as it cools.

Dark chocolate brownies

Dark chocolate brownies

Dark chocolate brownies

Makes 16

  • 160g Medjool dates, pitted & soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes
  • 100g (1/2 cup) Natura Sugars Dark Demerara Sugar
  • 100ml coconut oil
  • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs (xl)
  • 115g whole wheat flour
  • 100g almond meal
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 80g walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped


  • 100g 70% dark chocolate
  • 60ml coconut milk
  • 200g berries, for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C.
  2. Line and grease a 20cm square baking tin with parchment paper.
  3. Drain the water off the dates and transfer to a processor.
  4. Add the Natura Sugars Dark Demerara Sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and eggs to the dates.
  5. Blitz until smooth. Sift the whole wheat flour, almond meal, cocoa powder and salt together into a bowl.
  6. Add the chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  7. Add the walnuts and fold through.
  8. Spoon the batter into the tin and smooth over.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  10. Cool completely in the tin.
  11. To make the ganache, melt the dark chocolate and coconut milk together and whisk until glossy.
  12. Spread the ganache over the cooled brownie and top with berries, if using.

8 Comments. Leave new

  • Is the pic incorrect of the recipe? The pic brownie has nuts in it.

  • Dianne Bibby
    15 August 2018 7:41 am

    Hi Sharon. You’re right, it does have walnuts in. Have made so many versions lately, some with extra chocolate chunks and others with added blueberries in the batter, too. I’ve corrected the recipe. Thanks for spotting this one!

  • Heidi Stroink
    16 August 2018 8:32 am

    Hi Bibby, if one uses butter instead of coconut oil, how much? Also, can one use the same amount of brown sugar instead? Thanks, Heidi Stroink.

  • Hi Di,
    Hope you are well ;-). Could one add white chocolate pieces and if so which would you use and when would you add them?
    Thank you 😉

  • Dianne Bibby
    20 August 2018 5:34 am

    Hi Traci. So lovely to hear from you! Sure you can. The recipe is versatile for any number of additions. For white chocolate pieces, it’s always best to use a bar rather than drops or chips, and roughly chop into relatively large chunks. Cadbury works well here as it’s a thicker bar.

  • Dianne Bibby
    20 August 2018 5:39 am

    Hello Heidi. You can use 125g butter in place of the oil and the same replacement measure of brown sugar. Enjoy!

  • Di, you are not helping! I just hop from one recipe to the next “related” post, licking my lips and thinking how delicious they all seem…. and marveling at your turns of phrase… and the artful photos… Procrastination at its best!!

  • Haha! I’m the same, Tippy. I could spend hours just looking at food! And in the end, you have to pick your favourite to make. Mostly, it ends up being a recipe that I have the ingredients for. The brownies though, are so worth making.

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