Dark chocolate chilli brownies

Posted by Sarah On October - 5 - 2009
I’ve tried to come up with a healthy(ish) chocolate brownie recipe and this is the result. It’s dark and chocolatey, not too sweet and not oily. I love chilli with everything, and of course it goes so well with dark chocolate. Here it gives the brownies a slight kick, but if you are afraid of heat you can leave it out. I’ve used Lindt dark chocolate here – try and use good quality dark chocolate, as it really makes a difference.
100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped roughly
120 g butter
1 cup of brown sugar
½ tsp baking powder
4 free-range eggs
3 T agave nectar or honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
100g chopped walnuts
10 pitted dates, chopped
3 T plain yoghurt
Melt the butter and the chocolate in the microwave on a low heat, stirring often so as not to overcook.  Mix well to combine, and then add the sugar. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla, agave or honey and yoghurt. Stir in the dates.
In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and chilli powder. Fold into the wet mixture. Mix in the walnuts.
Pour into a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in the oven at 180C for 40 minutes. Check that the brownies are done by inserting a toothpick into the centre. If it comes out clean, they are ready.

I’ve tried to come up with a healthy(ish) chocolate brownie recipe and this is the result. It’s dark and chocolatey, not too sweet and not oily. I love chilli with everything, and of course it goes so well with dark chocolate. Here it gives the brownies a slight kick, but if you are afraid of heat you can leave it out. I’ve used Lindt dark chocolate here – try and use good quality dark chocolate, as it really makes a difference.


Dark chocolate chilli brownies

  • 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped roughly
  • 120 g butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 3 T agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 100g chopped walnuts
  • 10 pitted dates, chopped
  • 3 T plain yoghurt

Melt the butter and the chocolate in the microwave on a low heat, stirring often so as not to overcook.  Mix well to combine, and then add the sugar. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla, agave or honey and yoghurt. Stir in the dates.

In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and chilli powder. Fold into the wet mixture. Mix in the walnuts.

Pour into a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in the oven at 180C for 40 minutes. Check that the brownies are done by inserting a toothpick into the centre. If it comes out clean, they are ready.

3 Responses to “Dark chocolate chilli brownies”

  1. Delicious looking brownies! I’ll give em a try as soon as I can!! Yum!

  2. Tristan says:

    amayesplease! I’ll have those to accompany my Honey Cake :)

  3. Mansi says:

    I’m always in search of “healthier” desserts. The addition of dates in interesting, and of course, chilli too!:)

    btw, they’d be perfect for my sweet celebration contest I’d be glad if you could send them in for my blog event!

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