Cocoa Brownies

Terry WaltersBy Terry Walters  , ,   , ,

February 11, 2013

We are excited to share with you this amazing recipe for Cocoa Brownie's from our friend Terry Walters. Terry is the author of two highly acclaimed cookbooks — CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START— and is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement. This ooey, gooey delicious recipe, Terry tells us, can also be used for cakes. The best part is that chocolate is one of our top recommended aphrodisiacs to get you in the mood! So, now the real big decision: cake or brownie? 

  • Yields: 16 ooey, gooey brownies


1⁄2 cup grated apple or applesauce

8 pitted dates

1 ripe banana

1⁄2 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1⁄2 cup brown teff flour

1⁄2 cup almond meal

1⁄2 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

1⁄4 teaspoon salt


1Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease 8 x8-inch baking dish.

2In food processor, combine applesauce, dates, banana, maple syrup and vanilla until almost smooth, but with some chunks of dates remaining. In separate bowl, combine teff flour, almond meal, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix as briefly as possible to incorporate all ingredients.

4Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake 25 minutes or until top appears slightly dry. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool completely before cutting and removing from pan.

When I first started baking I used lots of sugar, butter, white flour . . . and an Easy Bake Oven. Once I took out all the ingredients that make baked goods so delectable (and addicting), things got a little more challenging. When I started approaching baking more like cooking and less like chemistry (not one of my better subjects), my results definitely improved. These brownies taste like they’re full of sinful ingredients, and you don’t have to tell a soul that they’re not! - Terry Walters