Heavenly Hazelnut Brownies

Heavenly Hazelnut Brownies, there’s a nutritious nut in every bite!

These brownies are not only, chocolaty, sweet and nutty but they are also healthy and tasty!  I know some people have difficulty with the concept that something saporous can be salubrious too but, trust me, they can and this is a fine example.

hazlenut

Hazelnuts-no shell

Hazelnuts and dates are both tasty but they are also very high in protein and loaded with numerous health-benefiting nutrients.

dates

Dates

These brownies are also ‘easy peasy’ to make, anyone can make them, honest, give it a try.  You’d be nuts not to!

 

Note: you’ll need a Loaf Tin or alternative.

Ingredients

  • 110g butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 dates
  • 40g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 65g cup wholemeal (or spelt) flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut pieces (no shell)
  • Vanilla Bean sugar, or alternative, for dusting.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180c
  2. Grease a 15 × 9cm Loaf Tin with cooking spray, or butter.
  3. Pit your dates, if required, and chop them into small pieces.
  4. In medium bowl, or food mixer, combine dates, butter,eggs and vanilla to make a batter. The date pieces are heavy, so mix well and try to get us much air into the batter as possible. Then beat in the cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  5. With spatula, fold in hazelnuts, again trying to get as much air into the batter as possible. Evenly spread the batter into the Loaf Tin.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.
  8. That’s it ‘simple’. Slice, serve and enjoy !
Hazlenut Brownie

Heavenly Hazelnut Brownies pic by Ian Goudie Photography

 

Thanks to Unwed Housewife for introducing me to the concept of nut brownies.

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