Indulge guilt-free in these decadent fudgy date brownies! Packed with ultra-rich flavor and a moist, chewy texture, they boast all the sweetness of classic brownies without any refined sugar.

Plus, they’re ready in less than 30 minutes, making them the perfect treat when you’re craving something sweet, chewy, and chocolatey. Your taste buds (and health-conscious friends) will thank you for this easy and delicious dessert!  

Why Your Family Will Be Fighting Over the Last Brownie

Whether you’re a center brownie or corner brownie person, you’ll be clamoring for every last bite of these decadent homemade brownies! Better than any boxed variety on the market, this dessert is: 

  • Made with simple ingredients and no refined sugar. 
  • Baked in less than 30 minutes for a super easy recipe.  
  • Unbelievably soft and moist. 
  • A great recipe to get your chocolate fix with zero added sugar. 
  • Perfect for bake sales, holiday parties, and afternoon treats. 

Date Brownie Ingredients – No Refined Sugar Required 

Unlike typical brownie recipes that are made with lots of refined sugar, these easy date brownies use simple, natural ingredients for a dessert that’s soft, sweet, and full of health benefits, too. Here’s what you need: 

  • Butter – Unsalted butter creates an indulgent flavor and helps the batter rise, creating soft, slightly fluffy brownies. 
  • Medjool Dates – Combined with hot water, these form a thick paste that is used to sweeten the batter and create a soft, fudgy texture. 
  • Large Eggs – These are crucial to help the brownies hold their shape. For the best results, let them come to room temperature before beginning. 
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – This forms the base of the chocolate brownie flavor. For the boldest taste, we recommend using Dutch processed cocoa or cacao powder
  • Flour – Regular all-purpose flour forms the base of the brownie batter. 
  • Instant Espresso – This does not make your date brownies taste like coffee. Instead, it enhances the cocoa powder, creating a chocolate flavor that’s unlike anything you’ll find from a boxed brownie mix. 
  • Chocolate Chips – These are folded into the batter and sprinkled on top for pockets of gooey sweetness in every bite. 
  • Baking Staples – As with most baked goods, you’ll also need staples like baking soda, vanilla extract, and sea salt to achieve the desired results. 
Overhead image of fudgy date brownies topped with chocolate chips.
Let your date brownies cool completely before enjoying.

Better Brownies: How to Make Fudgy Date Brownies That Will Blow Your Mind 

  1. Create the Date Paste. To begin, combine the dates and water in a medium saucepan. Cook the mixture on the stove until the dates become tender and the water is absorbed. Next, gently mash the dates with a potato masher or meat masher. Then, add a sprinkle of baking soda. Once bubbles begin to form, transfer the mixture to a large plate, and set it aside to cool. 
  2. Blend the Wet Ingredients. In a stand mixer, combine the date paste and butter until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the edges in between. Then, mix in the vanilla extract, pulsing until the ingredients become fluffy and smooth. 
  3. Mix the Dry Ingredients. In a bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. 
  4. Combine the Wet and Dry Ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer, and pulse just until smooth. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. 
  5. Bake. Pour the chocolate mixture into a parchment paper-lined square baking dish, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top, and place the brownies in a preheated oven until the edges are set. 
  6. Cool. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan slightly before transferring them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely, and enjoy
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Optional Mix-Ins

We kept these date brownies fairly simple, letting the chocolate speak for itself. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with mix-ins and extra ingredients! 

You could even include toppings such as powdered sugar, chocolate frosting, peanut butter frosting, whipped cream, or a dollop of vanilla ice cream. 

To switch things up, try incorporating add-ins like: 

  • Chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes 
  • Peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter swirl 
  • Sprinkles

How to Store

You’ll probably want to go ahead and make an extra batch because these healthier brownies don’t tend to last more than a single day. However, if you can get them to last, we recommend transferring your brownies to an airtight container instead of just wrapping them up. This helps keep them fresh and soft. 

They’ll stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to four days. Or, you can keep them stored in the freezer for up to three months

A fudgy date brownie topped with chocolate chips with a bite missing from the corner.
Prepare these fudgy date brownies for a sweet treat you can enjoy all week.

Common Questions About Date Brownies

Are date brownies healthy? 

We’re not sure we would classify these date brownies as a healthy brownie recipe, but they are better for you than the average recipe! Thanks to the use of the date mixture as the only sweetener, they’re full of fiber and nutrients to satisfy your sweet tooth and prevent a sugar crash later in the day. 

How do I prevent my brownies from getting hard? 

The key to keeping your brownies soft is to prevent moisture from reaching them. To do this, store them in a sealed container. You can also place a piece of bread in with them to enhance the moisture content and keep your brownies soft. 

Can I make this date brownie recipe gluten-free? 

Yes, just replace the all-purpose flour with a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour alternative. 

Can I make this recipe if I don’t have a stand mixer? 

Sure! Just combine the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor instead. Or, if you don’t have a small food processor, you can mix the batter in a blender or by hand in a large bowl. It will just take a little extra elbow grease to ensure everything is blended well. 

More Brownie Dessert Recipes

Once you’ve fallen in love with the irresistible taste of these date brownies, be sure to explore more of our mouthwatering brownie-inspired desserts listed below! 

A date brownie square topped with chocolate chips with a bite missing from the corner.

Fudgy Date Brownies Recipe

4.84 from 6 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Prepare these fudgy date brownies with simple ingredients for a better-for-you dessert that's moist, decadent, and full of chocolate!


  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips plus more for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper, letting it hang over the edges, and set it aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the pitted dates and the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until the dates become tender and the water is absorbed.
  • Using a potato or meat masher, gently smash the dates.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the baking soda. Once the paste has risen and bubbles begin to form, transfer it to a large plate, and set it aside for 20 minutes or until it is slightly cooled.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend the date paste and butter until smooth.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the edges after each egg. Add the vanilla extract, and mix again until the ingredients become smooth and fluffy.
  • Sift the cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, baking powder, and flour into the bowl, and gently mix just until no streaks remain. Be careful not to overmix!
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish. Top with additional chocolate chips, if desired.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the edges are set.
  • Allow the brownies to cool in the pan slightly before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely, and enjoy!
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I don’t ever comment on recipes but these are the best brownies I’ve ever made. I made them bc dates are supposed to be good to prep you for labor but these are better than regular brownies. I did accidentally swap the baking soda and powder meaning i put in 1 tsp of baking powder in first and then 1/2 tsp baking soda so they came out a bit cakier but I think it was actually better that way. wouldn’t change a thing. amazing.

    1. Thank you! We’re so glad you enjoyed them and truly appreciate you taking the time to leave a review!

      Alia & Radwa

  2. 5 stars
    These came out so good! It was the perfect amount of sweetness and they came out very chewy and moist. Will definitely be making again.