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.

  • Makes 16

  • Preparation 35 mins

  • Cooking 25 mins

Surprise Chocolate Brownies
  • Dairy-Free

  • Egg-Free

  • Suitable for Freezing

  • Vegan


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 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).
  5. In the small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder, then set aside.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, using a fork, cream together the dates and the margarine until light and fluffy.
  7. Add the banana, nuts (optional) and vanilla essence.
  8. Lightly oil the baking dish, then evenly spread the mixture into it, smoothing the top with a spoon.
  9. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the brownies start to come away from the sides of the dish.
  10. Allow to cool in the pan, cut and serve.
Nutrition per serving
  • Calories

    65.3 kcal

  • Fat


  • Saturates


  • Protein


  • Carbs


  • Sodium


  • Sugar


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