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Sugar Free Wholewheat Date Brownies – A Delightful Healthy Bake

17 December 2011 29 Comments

sugar free date brownies

A sugar free Date Brownieat the time when you wish no one talked about diet and all that you need is to indulge & make merry! Oh yes, even I am gearing up for my festive baking, eagerly waiting to share my goodies with friends. This recipe  was there in my mind for long and I just thought of sharing it for the year before I take a plunge with you into my sinful indulgences 🙂

These brownies are slightly cakey in texture as there is no chocolate, less butter and zero sugar in the recipe which gives any brownie that characteristic gooey texture. Many would not even like to call it a Brownie with no traces of  chocolate, cocoa and sugar in it, ..but then what is in a name 😉

Whatever be the name these Date brownies are just perfect for those looking out for something light with less sugar and healthy to eat. Denser than a cake and lighter than  a brownie these easy to bake goodies make a wonderful tea time snack. I often use ready to use Date syrup available in the market, but am using homemade date syrup for this recipe.

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(makes 10 small pieces)

  • 3/4 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup milk + 2 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt/curd
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder (optional)

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Method; Grease a flat baking tray with oil or lay a parchment paper greased with a little oil. Preheat a 8×8 baking tray at 190°C for 20 minutes.

Add chopped dates in 2 tbsp. warm milk and leave it for 10 minutes. Sift flour, baking powder and coffee powder (if using) in a large vessel.

Grind the soaked dates along with milk to make a fine paste. Add oil, rest of milk and yogurt to the date paste and stir well.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.

Pour the batter in the baking tray, spread it evenly and sprinkle a little sugar crystals.

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Bake the batter at 190°C for 15-20 minutes or till done. At times a toothpick inserted may not come out clean from a perfectly baked Brownie.

Take out the baking tray and let it cool completely before slicing the brownies.

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These tiny slices may not be like your usual brownies but believe me they are so good for you 🙂

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Simple and quick to bake thee sugar free Date Brownies are a favorite to me and hubby dear and the kids eat them only if they are left with no other choice 🙂


  1. Sprinkle sugar crystals on the batter before baking for a crunchy top and to give sweetness to the recipe.
  2. These brownies are not the usual sweet and gooey ones, add 2 tbsp sugar in the recipe if you like sweet and increase the milk by 1 tsp.
  3. Use high quality sweet dates which are soft and juicy for better results.
  4. Dust the brownies with sugar powder or frost it with icing sugar to add sweetness to the recipe.
  5. Add walnuts or small chunks of dates for that extra crunch in the recipe.
  6. Avoid coffee powder if baking for children, add cocoa powder instead.
  7. Chocolate chips in the batter will tempt your kids to have a bite.

Updated; Milk used to soak Dates is mentioned separately.


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  • Terra said:

    Since I am not a chocolate lover, these sound absolutely perfect to me:-) I love baking with yogurt, makes our baked goods look so moist and fluffy! These brownies sound wonderful:-) I have been meaning to add you to my blogs I love, on my site, tonight when on the computer I will! Your are fantastic, hugs, Terra
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  • a spoonful of yumm said:

    i think its really great that you made it without chocolate & butter. you rock ! the brownies look scrumptious ….have a great weekend 🙂
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  • srividhya Ravikumar said:

    wow..what a delicious brownies….fabulous.
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  • Jamie said:

    I am impressed! And yes, at this time of year when the kitchen is overflowing with sugary, fattening desserts, this treat is perfect!
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  • Jacqueline said:

    They look good to me, brownie or not 🙂
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  • easyfoodsmith said:

    Fabulous brownies! Awesome post!
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  • Deepa said:

    Simply guilt free brownies. Wish I was there to taste a few of such delicious sweets.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Baker Street said:

    wow sanjeeta! these no sugar date bars look soooo good! they’d go perfectly with my morning coffee.:)
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  • Radhika | Just Home Made said:

    What a neat recipe! A delight indeed.. Love all the ingredients that went in, sure to try..

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said:

    Mmm.. I love dates and it makes desserts taste so much better than all regular sugar 🙂
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    This looks great Sangeeta! After my chocolate orange cake which was also sweetened with dates I have been thinking of hundreds of recipes using dates 🙂 I am sure these taste delicious!

  • sayantani said:

    love dates in cakes. feel like grabbing a piece from your click.

  • Asmita said:

    wow, brownies made with dates. That is delicious!

  • Priya said:

    Fantastic brownies, seriously feel like having a slice..
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  • Sharmilee said:

    Healthy and delicious brownies…luv the adding of adding dates to brownies
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  • mjskit said:

    I LOVE them! Thanks for posting a healthy sweet! Dates are my favorite dried fruit so I see these in my kitchen soon!
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  • Delishhh said:

    Just wonderful – i have always wanted to try a sugarfree brownie – so curious to what this tastes like. Very nice!

  • working london mummy said:

    such a lovely idea, especially good to have a healthy option at this time of year!

  • Keerthana said:

    They look great Sanjeeta! They are just what we need to comfort us during winter. Full of health and delicious!

  • Rosa said:

    Lovely! What a great treat. The texture of you brownies is marvelous.

    Happy Holidays!



  • Joanne said:

    I love date-filled baked goods. These brownies look so dense, delicious and moist!
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  • foodwanderings said:

    OMGoodness dates have a sugary nectar quality to them. J loves them!! Sugar free date brownies, just brilliant!!
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  • Jennifer (Delicieux) said:

    Healthy brownies…I didn’t think that was possible, but your brownies look divine! Thanks for sharing.
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  • shabbir said:

    its really appearing delicious…yummy…

  • pams said:

    looks delicious … i really want to try for my little son who loves brownies…. quick ? can i use the indian chappati atta or please let me know which whole wheat did u use


  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Pams, yes you can use the regular chapatti atta for the recipe.

  • Anisha said:

    Hi, Sangeeta, want to try this very healthy recipe, but my query is we are vegan, so what would be best substitute for yogurt/curd in this recipe.


  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Anisha, you could try adding apple or banana puree or flax-seed powder mixed with a little water.

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