Recipe: Date Paste & Apple Sauce Brownie

Turns out you can replace butter with date paste, which dramatically cuts the calories and fat content and is sweeter. So that’s cool, because then you don’t necessarily need as much sugar. Of course, you can use sugar, and then you have a really sweet brownie. If you don’t want it to be overpowering, there’s always gram flour, as in this recipe, which means no gluten.


  • 15g date paste* (a bit more than 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 and 1/4  tbsp of sugar or Splenda or, if you fancy, I guess, honey or something
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1 quail egg  or 1/4 of a beaten egg or the equivalent in no-egg egg replacement for vegans
  • 1 and 3/4 tbsp of gram flour, otherwise known as besan or chickpea flour. You can also use wheat flour, or rice flour, depending on what flavour you want.


  1. Pre-heat a fan-assist oven to 180c. Adjust accordingly if you don’t have a fan-assisted oven**
  2. Mix the sugar/splenda/honey, apple sauce, and date paste.
  3. Mix in the quail egg.
  4. Sift in the gram flour. It’s less necessary with rice flour and reasonably necessary with wheat flour but you can’t forgo it with gram flour because that shit forms lumps constantly.
  5. Mix it all together until it’s thoroughly blended.
  6. Put it in a ramekin or whatever you want to eat it out of, and drop it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Gram flour gives food a distinctive flavour and it’s worth taking advantage of that. It offsets the overpowering sweetness of the date paste, whereas the rice flour augments it and heightens it – worth considering depending on what kind of brownie you want.

* I don’t have date paste.

Of course you don’t, it appears to be sodding impossible to buy. Here is how you make it:

  1. Get some fresh or fresh-ish pitted dates.
  2. Put them in a food mixer with big sharp blades and mix.
  3. Add a little water every now and then.
  4. Keep mixing and adding water until you have a thick, sticky paste like jam.

** I don’t have an oven.

Good news, you can make this without an oven by putting it in a microwaveable container like a small mug and zapping it for about 30-40 seconds then letting it sit for a sec.


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