Nut-free Chocolate Brownies August 5, 2018 10:31

Perfect for lunch boxes this is an easy, healthy version that’s quick to make. Super light and super delicious. A great recipe for kids of all ages to help with and doesn’t take very long. Chocolate Brownie, is the original lunchbox cake – this is one is nut-free, and gluten free. 

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The Chocolate Brownie, invented in Chicago last century, as the perfect size for lunch boxes which reportedly - had to be easier to eat than a slice of pie, but smaller than a piece of cake. The original featured walnuts and an apricot glaze.

Certainly, the brownie has remained as the perfect lunchbox or quick snack. This recipe is nut free, unlike the original, but just as perfect! 

We have used dates as a healthy, and sweet addition to the humble yet oh so delicious brownies, the aroma when using dates is so beautiful too. Great with a creamy coffee, spicy hot chocolate, and is a fantastic natural energy boost - snack!

When you live with food allergies, coeliac disease or food intolerances, it’s so hard to find the time to make everything from scratch.  So great there is now a wonderful range of allergy free products available, including Chocolate Brownie Mixes that are ready to go! We are using the Orgran brand of Chocolate Brownie mix for this recipe, it’s easy to add your own touch to.  Here we add fresh dates, deliciously rich and surprisingly light.


Allergy friendly & GF Brownie mix, such as Orgran Chocolate Brownie Mix

120 gm Butter or dairy free buttery spread, such as Nuttelex

2 x eggs or equivalent egg replacer

1 cup pitted Fresh dates

1/2 cup hot water


Preheat the oven to 180oC. Lightly grease a lamington or slice/brownie pan and line it with baking paper. Set aside.

Wash, deseed and chop your dates as much as you can until it’s almost mush.

Melt butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat – add the dates. Remove from heat, and lightly whisk through the dates so they spread out in the mix. 

In a large bowl add Brownie mix, eggs or egg replacer, and hot water. Combine until smooth. Add the butter and dates. Whisk for another minute.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool in the pan for around 5 - 10 minutes before slicing. 

Serve warm with ice cream if you desire. Or store ready for a week of lunch boxes! YAY !




Chef Notes: 

  • Use fresh Dates from a nut-free facility. Sometimes dates are processed on equipment that make nut products. It's a good idea to contact the manufacturer first to check.  
  • Cooling in the pan also helps keep our brownies moist.