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How to Make Healthier Brownies

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Brownies are a fan favorite when it comes to dessert, but their original form isn’t the healthiest option around. Here’s a way to lighten them up.

Ingredients

12 pitted dates, that have been soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
1 package of tofu
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
3 tbsp cacao nibs, and set 1 tbsp to garnish at the end if you would prefer
2 tbsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp chia seeds
A dash of cayenne pepper
A pinch of kosher salt
6 tbsp brown rice flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sliced almonds

Directions

1. Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Then take a blender and add in the dates, tofu, cocoa powder, almond milk, 2 tbsp of the cacao nibs, the vanilla, chia seeds, cayenne, and the salt. Blend everything together, taking breaks to stop the blender and scrape down the sides to keep everything mixed together.
2. Next add in the flour and the baking powder and pulse everything in the blender until mixed up, but don’t blend it too long to lose all of the lumps.

3. Next you will coat a baking dish with cooking spray and pour in the mixture of the batter.
4. Before baking the dish, sprinkle the rest of the cacao nibs on top as well as the sliced almonds. Then bake it for 40 minutes, and let it cool completely before you cut into them.

If you use an eight by eight baking dish and cut the finished product into 16 squares, each one will have less than 200 calories, 12 grams of fat, and five grams of protein. These are also pretty good if you top them off with something like an added chocolate sauce or some sort of a mint topping.

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