Chili Brownies

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Recipe: #20571

August 11, 2015

Categories: Brownies

"Wow - these healthy, gluten-free brownies are on the table in less than 30 minutes start to finish! I live in a tropical country, so these melt fast. But I imagine anyplace else they can be left out to enjoy - not that they'll last very long! The ganache alone is worth checking this recipe out! Recipe from EatGood4Life."

Original is 16 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (45.9 g)
  • Calories 152
  • Total Fat - 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 41.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 27.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.5 g
  • Sugars - 18.3 g
  • Protein - 3.5 g
  • Calcium - 47.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Line a 8x8 square baking pan with unbleached parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2

In a food processor, add the walnuts (or almonds), chili powder, flax seed meal and cinnamon and pulse until finely ground. Add the cocoa powder and pulse for 10 seconds. Add the pitted dates in 2-3 batches and pulse to combine. It will come together into a ball. It should NOT be pourable!

Step 3

Taste for sweetness. If you like sweet, you can add maple syrup or a bit of (gasp!) sugar.

Step 4

Press the mixture into the prepared pan.

Step 5

In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup and cinnamon. Adjust for sweetness, if necessary. Spread it over the brownie mixture with an offset spatula.

Step 6

Sprinkle the red pepper flakes over the ganache.

Step 7

Place the brownies in the fridge until set or in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Cut the brownies into squares and store in a cake stand for up to 4-5 days.

NOTE: If your dates are on the dry side, make sure you soak them in hot water for at least 15 minutes, then drain before using. If your mixture is still dry after blending all of the ingredients in your food processor, add 2-4 tbsp of almond milk to help it.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Make sure to use pitted dates, as the pits can be hard to remove after blending.
  • If your dates are on the dry side, make sure to soak them in hot water for at least 15 minutes before using.

  • Instead of walnuts (or almonds), use cashews for a creamier texture. This substitution will provide a smoother texture and a subtle nutty flavor.
  • Instead of coconut oil, use olive oil for a richer taste. This substitution will provide a more savory flavor and a richer texture.

Chocolate Chip Chili Brownies Add 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips to the brownie mixture before pressing it into the prepared pan. If desired, sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top of the ganache before placing in the refrigerator or freezer.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chili-Lime Butter - This sweet and spicy side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the chili brownies. The combination of the roasted sweet potatoes, chili-lime butter, and the chili brownies will create a flavorful and unique meal!

Grilled Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter: Grilled corn is the perfect complement to the chili-lime butter on the sweet potatoes. The smoky char of the grilled corn pairs nicely with the spicy notes from the chili-lime butter, while the cilantro-lime butter adds a bright and fresh flavor to the dish. This side dish will provide a nice balance to the chili brownies.


Q: Can I use any type of nut for this recipe?

A: Yes, you can use either walnuts or almonds for this recipe.

Q: Can I use a different type of sugar for this recipe?

A: Yes, you can use either white sugar, brown sugar, or coconut sugar for this recipe.

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Fun facts:

Chili powder is believed to have been created by the Aztecs in the 16th century and was used to flavor chocolate drinks.

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is known for using chili powder in his recipes, such as his famous chili brownies.