A sugar & gluten free halloween? Try these “Tiger Brownies” for a not so sweet treat

Tiger Brownies gluten free & sugar free

This pumpkin is probably as close as we are going to get to Halloween this year, just because we don’t know what the go is around here,  and it has absolutely nothing to do with the Tiger Brownies either, the girls just wanted to try carving one!  Good luck with that with the kiddy knifes but it will keep them entertained for a little while on Saturday!

As Halloween is usually when the mother load of sugar is spread amongst our kids I got to thinking about sugar free alternatives.  I obviously had the same thought process last year when I posted these “spooky cupcakes” which were also walking on the healthy side.  I’m not against sugar (at all) just everything in moderation right??

So what are “tiger brownies” we came across them in the local growers markets the other week and the girls loved them – probably because they looked much more “tiger” like than mine and had loads of food colouring in them!  I thought I’d try my hand a making them seeing as they were such a hit. I have replaced the sugar with dates, banana & apple sauce but if you don’t mind a bit of sugar you could swap it right back in again.  I also used gluten free flour as we have been a bit lax lately with Miss E on the gluten front and she is complaining of tummy aches again so I’m going to be a bit more vigilant but you can use regular flour if you like too.

Because there isn’t any refined sugar the cream cheese taste is quite obvious so may not be to everyones liking but I really enjoyed them (and you could make the brownie on it’s own without the topping (will be posting that recipe soon)).

Finally, I Thermomixed these but a blender or hand chopping would also work just fine.

Regular method up first with pics followed by the Thermomix one.

What you need:

1 C butter, melted

1 C dates

1 ripe banana

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs (3 for the bottom & one for the top)

1 heaped C plain flour (I used Gluten Free)

3/4 C raw cacao (or good quality cocoa)

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 ts baking powder

250 g block cream cheese

110 g apple puree (which is the baby food jar) or 1/3 C sugar

What you do:

Preheat oven to 180 C and grease and/or line a lamington tin

Finely chop the dates and mash the banana or put both in a blender and give them a blitz then add to the melted butter, stir in the vanilla and the beat in 3 of the eggs one at a time.

Add the flour, cacao, baking powder and salt and beat until combined

Put 3/4 of the brownie mix into the prepared pan and set the rest aside

Step 1 of tiger brownies
If you wanted to stop at this point and whack it in the oven it makes the most delicious brownies (future post coming up)

 

Combine the cream cheese, apple sauce and remaining egg in another bowl until smooth (can do this in the blender if you like)

Put the cream cheese mix in 3 stripes on top of the brownie and then dollop the remaining brownie mix. Swirl a knife through to create “tiger” stripes.

raw-tiger-brownie-web
No skill required

raw-tiger-brownie-2-web

Even less skill required for this part!

 

Bake in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes (will be firm to touch when ready) and then cool in the tin for about 10 minutes. Cut the brownie into slices and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Gluten Free, Sugar Free Tiger Brownies

I will keep practicing to get the “stripes” more tiger like mine seem to have disappeared, but you know, keeping it real and all that!

 

Gluten Free & Refine Sugar Free "Tiger" Brownies - Thermomix

Ingredients

  • 225g butter
  • 140 g pitted dates
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs (3 for the bottom and 1 for the topping)
  • 120 g plain flour (I used gluten free)
  • 55g raw cacao
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 250 g cream cheese
  • 110 g apple puree (which is one baby food jar) or 1/3 C sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease and/or line a lamington tray
  2. Melt butter 80 degrees / 2 minutes / speed 3
  3. Add the dates, banana & vanilla and chop until fine Speed 5 / 8 seconds
  4. Add 3 eggs and combine, speed 5 / 3 secnds
  5. Add flour, cacao, baking powder and salt. Reverse / speed 3 / 12 seconds, scrape sides
  6. Put 3/4 of the brownie mix into the prepared pan and set aside the remainder. Clean the TM bowl and then
  7. Add cream cheese, remaining egg and apple puree and blend until smooth Speed 4 / 10 seconds
  8. Put the cream cheese mix on top of the brownie mix in 3 stripes, then dollop the remaining brownie mix on top. With a knife swirl the brownie mix through the cream cheese to create "tiger" stripes.
  9. Bake in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes
  10. It will be firm to touch on top when cooked, remove from oven and cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  11. Cut the brownies into slices in the tin and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
http://www.boiledeggsandsoldiers.com/2015/10/a-sugar-gluten-free-halloween-try-these-tiger-brownies-for-a-not-so-sweet-treat/

Do you do anything for Halloween?  How do you feel about sugar?

 

 

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18 comments on “A sugar & gluten free halloween? Try these “Tiger Brownies” for a not so sweet treat

  1. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    October 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I am constantly on the look out for low sugar recipes for treats so this is going on my ‘to bake’ list!

    • Vicki
      October 29, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      I hope they like it. Mine preferred just the brownie part but I liked all of it!

  2. Bec Senyard
    October 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    These look amazing. I love a brownie recipe… and one that is healthy? Score!

    • Vicki
      October 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      They are a good not so sweet option for those days when you want that!

  3. Krissy @ Pretty Wee Things
    October 29, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    YUM. I’m a little fussy about sugar (as you probably know), but I also have a super sweet tooth. I’m all about moderation and indulging because otherwise I think it’s just room for binging and total blowouts. If I’m going to do sugar I do try to make the rest of the meal healthy. I like that you used fruit to sweeten 🙂

    • Vicki
      October 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      They are a bit different but I really like them and they are great if you want to avoid sugar.

  4. Sarah
    October 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I really do have to get myself some tigernut flour soon – I keep seeing so many amazing looking recipes that I know I’m missing out! Love the recipe – I like how it’s naturally sweetened!

    • Vicki
      October 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Hi there. I didn’t have dates for years but I’m really loving using them in baking now.

  5. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    October 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Totally with you on the whole all things in moderation! This is such a great recipe. I just love how dates make everything taste like a really naughty dessert! Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Foodie Fridays. xx

    • Vicki
      October 31, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      My pleasure. I love FFF x

  6. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    October 31, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Yum! I love anything with cream cheese and I always like to use less sugar when I can! Dates are great!

    • Vicki
      October 31, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Dates are great aren’t they. x

  7. Maxabella
    November 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    These are practically savoury they are so healthy!! x

    • Vicki
      November 3, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      So healthy – nothing like living in the tropics to focus on health!

  8. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    October 22, 2016 at 5:40 am

    These look so good and I love that they are sugar free as I’m working on reducing the boys sugar/additives intake.

    • Vicki
      October 22, 2016 at 6:37 am

      We are getting there slowly with reducing sugar I started by halving the amount in recipes, my youngest who is already full of energy is definitely effected by it.

  9. Jayne
    October 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Healthy brownies – yay! great recipe I think my daughter will love them – she is like your daughter, does not need any more energy!!!

    • Vicki
      October 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Ha, little pocket rockets!

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