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Surprise Chocolate Brownies 11/08/11

Make yourself some decadent and delicious chocolate brownies for a feel-good treat.


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Makes 16
Preparation time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins

Ingredients
225g dates
60g wholemeal (whole wheat) 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

Method
Stage one
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
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.
Once the dates have cooked, drain off the hot water, and run them under a cold tap to cool. Purée the dates. (A hand blender works well for puréeing).

Stage two
In the small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder, then set aside.
In the medium mixing bowl, using a fork, cream together the dates and the margarine until light and fluffy.
Stir the sifted flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the date and margarine mixture.
Add the banana, nuts (optional) and vanilla essence.

Stage three
Lightly oil the baking dish, then evenly spread the mixture into it, smoothing the top with a spoon.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the brownies start to come away from the sides of the dish.
Allow to cool in the pan, cut and serve.

Republished with permission from the Vegetarian Society, UK.

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