Delicious no bake brownies (lower sugar & with hidden veg!)

I made these brownies because I had some leftover pumpkin from Halloween so decided to half the amount of dates in the original recipe and swap it out for pumpkin & it turned into one of the best ideas I’ve ever had! What was even better was that the taste wasn’t compromised at all as the dates provide plenty of sweetness & the cacao gives such a rich chocolatey taste. Uh-mazing!!
These are so good when I make them I'm like:

The original recipe was from the Happy Pear but by swapping some of the dates you not only reduce the sugar but you get some veg in there too which adds more nutrition. I’ve also used butternut squash and sweet potato too, these seem like the best options to swap for.

It’s best to roast/steam the veg first before blending it up as it’ll be so much smoother & will incorporate into the mixture better.

lower sugar brownies
Recipe (makes 9 medium brownies)
*170g dates (soaked in warm water for 10mins)
*170g veg: pumpkin, sweet potato, squash etc
*110g oats
*120g nuts
*5 teaspoons cacao powder & 1 teaspoon vanilla powder/extract

First roast/steam your veg and soak the dates for a few minutes. Then grind the oats and nuts into a fine powder/flour. Move this to a bowl then blend together the softened dates & veg, next tip the oat & nut mix into the dates and veg & add the cacao and vanilla. Blend until it all sticks together then smooth out into a rectangular pan and place into the fridge for a few hours to set.
They also keep fresh for ages in the fridge so are great for lunch or snack attacks!

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