My husband goes crazy for chocolate walnut brownie and my kid is mad on Nutella brownie. Though I made the Nutella brownies with whole wheat, but the high sugar content of brownies always made me worried. Today, with Quinoa Brownies, we will change the way we have been talking about brownies. These quinoa chocolate brownies are completely egg free, sugar free, and gluten free.
I have used Fard dates many a times. But the moment I opened the pack of Oman dates, the quality difference was clearly visible. The crystal clear dates seemed handpicked for me. Eat these dates and if you have been eating dates, you will fall in love with them. These large, moist and plump Oman dates had small seeds.
For Quinoa, this was my first experience with this ingredient. Quinoa is categorized under whole grains, however it is a seed. Healthy snacks prepared with Quinoa are naturally gluten free, cholesterol free, and are of high protein. Quinoa can be prepared like rice or barley.
Chocolate Quinoa Brownies
Everyone knows me for my healthy baking recipes and healthy baking workshops. Healthy dates and healthy quinoa made the experimental baker happy. The question was to make healthy recipes with these two products. And then I thought why not make healthy snack like quinoa brownies using both the ingredients.
I used the dates to make date puree and used it as a substitute of sugar in my quinoa brownie recipe. The date syrup acted as a natural sweetener and made quinoa brownies sugar free.
Health benefits of Quinoa
This superfood, a seed considered as grain, is higher in nutrients than most grains. 100 grams of cooked quinoa carries about 120 calories. Cooked quinoa is a combination of 72% water, 21.3% carbohydrates, 4.4% of proteins, and 1.92% of fat.
Health benefits of Dates
With more than 2000 varieties, dates are cultivated across the globe. Dates are rich in sugar and are high on calories. Certainly good to act as replacement of sugar in many baking recipes. Dates are good source of potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. I already have Coffee Date Cake, Carrot Date Muffins and Date energy balls recipes on my blog. And that’s because I have been a great fan of Dates since my childhood.
Let’s make the healthy quinoa brownies now.
Ingredients for Quinoa Brownies
For Date Syrup
For Quinoa Brownies
|Quinoa Flour||100 gm|
|Date Syrup||½ cup|
|Baking Powder||½ tsp|
|Unsalted Butter||20 gm|
|Dark chocolate||120 gm|
|Cocoa powder||2 tbs|
Take pitted dates and finely chop them.
In a sauce pan, add dates and water. Bring them to boil and let them cook on medium heat until reduced to half. Then turn off the flame.
Let it cool completely. Blend it in blender and then strain the Puree. You can refrigerate it in any glass jar up to one week and can use as sugar substitute to bake healthy date brownies, cakes or muffins.
To make quinoa flour brownies, dry roast the quinoa seeds and powdered them. Roasting is important as it helps to remove the earthen flavors from raw seeds.
Sift the powdered quinoa to get smooth quinoa flour. This flour is the base of our brownies. There are a number of benefits of quinoa as mentioned above.
In a sauce pan take dark chocolate and butter. Melt it on low flame.
In a large mixing bowl, take quinoa flour, Baking powder, and Cocoa powder. Whisk all the dry ingredients well.
Add prepared date syrup and melted Chocolate. Mix all the ingredients well. Meanwhile keep the oven for preheating at 160 °C for 10 minutes.
Line a baking mould with parchment paper and pour the prepared batter of brownies into it. With the help of a spatula, smoothen the top. Bake these brownies in a preheated oven at 160 °C for 20 minutes.
For brownies you can’t rely on toothpick test. Brownies are best if gooey so you will never get a clean toothpick. I always prefer to bake brownies for 20 min. Once baked take the tin out from the oven. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then demould it. Slice the baked brownies and serve with a scoop of ice cream of drizzle some chocolate sauce on it.
|Total Servings||8 Brownies|
|Calories per Serving||175.92 per brownie|
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