Gingerbread Brownies

Making brownies like these before 9 am is never a good idea. I was eating brownies with ice cream by 10 am. Not my most proudest moment.

So, I kind of think Kmart is creepy. No offense if you shop there, don’t hate me. But the last time I was in Kmart near my house looking for candy for our trip to Lake Powell, I noticed a super creepy looking guy wandering down the candy isle. So I waited at least 5 minutes before I went back down that isle, and thankfully, he had drunkenly wandered somewhere else. Once I checked out and left, I noticed he was being arrested. I’m guessing he tried to steal something, but I was just pumped it wasn’t me. Anywho, even though I don’t dig Kmart, I dig their commercials. They must be putting some good money into those. But this one is my favorite so far. It definitely caught my attention, but failed to get me in their store. Sorry Kmart.

I just got new Athleta capris and I’m in love. Even though I love my Lululemon wunder unders, they have become thinner and more see through. It’s quite a bummer. And when I’m in the gym and see half the women with see through pants while they do inch worms and deadlifts, it reminds me that I don’t want them to see my ass. I guess that’s me being professional, you know, because I’m such a professional in my workout pants every day. Actually, that’s me just me being considerate of others. Anywho, my new Athleta capris are thick, slimming and super comfortable to workout in. No Christina Aguilera Dirrty music video over here when I’m squattin’. I want to order a thousand more pairs of these.

Speaking of spandex, I had some amazing cookies yesterday. So the holidays are creepin’ up fast. Like, WHOA fast. I need to get holiday shopping done yesterday. Balls. Anywho, with the holidays creeping up, I’ve been thinking about cookies a lot more. Who am I kidding, I’ve been thinking about sweets a lot more. I go through phases all the time. It’s a sweets kind of phase right now. Probably because my roommates are burning candles that smell like sugar cookies. Either way, I want cookies bad. And thankfully, I have an answer. A cookie that looks AND tastes like the real deal. These cookies are from Gourmet Paleo. Your family won’t even know you’re eating paleo or feeding them paleo when you hand these out around the holidays. And the best part about it, if you use the discount code ‘paleomgcookies’ at check out, you will receive 15% off your order!! My favorite by far is the Chocolate Macadamia, but the Pecan Chocolate Chip is a close second. Now go taste the heaven!


Gingerbread Brownies

  • Yield: 9-12 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place 13 pitted dates in a food processor and pulse until the dates begin to bind and clump together
  3. Add coconut oil, eggs, molasses, and vanilla extract to the food process and puree until smooth
  4. Add cocoa powder, coconut flour, powder ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, baking soda and baking powder along with a pinch of salt and puree until completely combined and smooth
  5. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish with extra coconut oil and then pour the brownie mixture into the baking dish and smooth out
  6. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.
  7. Cut brownies into 9-12 brownies then top with ice cream.

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67 thoughts on “Gingerbread Brownies”

  1. 1. I go to Kmart for the sheer entertainment. Last time I went, a guy tried to sell me a newspaper and he believed my response of “Sorry, I can’t read.” Why would I shop elsewhere?

    2. Can I use Grade B maple syrup instead of molasses? Or is the thickness of molasses the key?

  2. These sound like amazeballs! If only my dang food processor hadn’t died(apparently ordinary machines are no match for me!)…

  3. will ground ginger work? I’m assuming powdered ginger is available at places like Whole Foods… unfortunately there isn’t one near me, Thanks!

  4. SO excited to make these. Gingerbread-anything makes my mouth water for hours on end. Thank you for introducing this recipe THE DAY before my most important final exam. I’ll probably end up writing out the recipe on my exam in place of an essay, but it’ll be worth being able to stuff this in my mouth. 😉

  5. What kind of ice cream do you eat? I have trouble finding an ice cream that adheres to my (non-dairy) paleo needs.

    p.s. LOL abt the lululemon pants…lululemon’s reputation has been SEVERELY damaged in the last year because of this very reason. Sucks, they were so cute!

  6. Just made these and they are delicious! Just a note that I think you forgot to add the cloves to the directions- I missed putting them in- NBD they still tasted amazing! I always have the best of luck with your recipes! Thanks!

  7. I have always loved Athleta capris but just bought a pair of Zella from Nordstrom and loved them. I also just brought a pair from Victoria’s Secret sport line on a whim (sale and coupons always get me) and LOVE the. Flattering and thick waste band to hold everything in. I was so surprised.

  8. Which style of Athleta capris did you get? I’ve been thinking of giving them a try since lululemon can’t get it together.

    Can’t wait to try these brownies!

  9. K-Mary is wayyyyy creepy! Because of this I haven’t been there since I was a little kid.

    These brownies sound insane for a snowy December night in Ohio like tonight…unfortunately I have all of the ingredients except for ginger! Boo hiss, time for me to get with it.

  10. Have you heard of Sweaty Betty? I read an article the other day that said they’re amazing and converting a lot of lulu lovers. I haven’t tried them yet though….

  11. Juli! This recipe is seriously the! gingerbread is one of my favorite holiday treats so this was perfect!

  12. I made these last night and they are so good! Gave them to some people at work and they liked them as well. Success. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  13. Your post had me rolling. Hilarious!

    I find that when I soak the dates in boiling water for a few minutes beforehand, they are easier to use in your recipes. Maybe it’s because I buy the cheap, smaller dates? What kind of dates do you use?

  14. If these turn out anything like the other recipes you’ve created, I know we will love them! What kind of dates do you use? I usually have to soak mine in boiling water first or they gunk up my food processor.

  15. I’m going to make two batches today – one for home and one for work – they sound so good, and my local supermarket carries Coconut Bliss ice cream. I just wish the ice cream came in bigger containers!

  16. Your recipes look amazing. Pretty new to Paleo and I’m really excited to find your blog. Just wanted to let you know that your a “hoot”. Love it!!!

  17. What type of molasses did you use? I just stumbled out of the natural section in a daze, I didn’t know there were so many types.

  18. Juli,

    these brownies rock! Made them last night. They are so delicious!! They bake up just like cake!

    Thanks for this one too.

  19. I made these in a mini-muffin pan for bite-sized brownies, and wow…. Now I have to make another batch. Yum!

  20. I’m planning on making these tonight, and saw in my cupboard I have a can of pumpkin left over from Turkey day.

    If I wanted to put some pumpkin in would that work? Would i need to take something out? And would that even be a good idea? Pumpkin + ginger + brownie sounds amazing to me..but maybe the flavors wouldn’t jive 🙂

  21. (weird – thought I left a comment but I guess not!)

    I’m planning on making these tonight, and realized I have a can of pumpkin left over from T-day.

    If I wanted to add a bit of pumpkin to these brownies, how would that work? Would I need to take something out?
    And would that even be a good idea? In my brain, pumpkin ginger brownies sound amazing – but the combo of flavors may not work 🙂

  22. Juli! Would it be possible when you hit the print button that the picture is with the recipe. I have a photographic memory and having a picture helps when sorting through recipes. I can always copy and paste into a word document, but that takes more time that I like. Just curious. Thanks!

  23. These were sooo good. My daughter (4yrs.) said “wow mom, these actually look AND taste like a brownie!” We have had some failed paleo brownie attempts in the past…

  24. So delicious! I used maple syrup instead of molasses because I didn’t have any. Topped with some Coconut Dream and it’s a seriously legit dessert.

  25. So, these brownies christened my new food processor. Talk about AWESOME. The flavor, to die for. The moistness, shut the front door. I’m secretly glad everyone was so stuffed after dinner they didn’t eat much dessert. That means more of these brownies for me!

  26. I made a trifle using this recipe, whipped coconut milk, coconut milk chocolate pudding and layered it all in a fancy dish with raspberries. It was an incredible Gingerbread trifle! My family loves the paleo baking I do, and this was one of the favourite desserts so far. Thank you!!!

  27. Hey Juli- random question about the spandex and not the cookies, sorry .. so the athleta spandex look good- are they high waisted? I like my spandex ridiculously high like at my belly button but it doesn’t say “high waisted” on the website.. are yours low rise? i need new ones!!


  28. Sooo – my blender broke, again! We fight and he always seems to win. Anywho – thank goodness my dates were soft enough to mix into a dough with my hands. Too much info?! Regardless – these are AWESOME! Thank you so much! Perfect for a chilly winter night.

  29. These are effing amazing!!! First time I made a recipe in my Ninja and it worked out perfectly. I had 4 as soon as they were cool, oops. Making more today to share with my friends!!!

  30. these are amaaaaazing straight out of the freezer too! thought it’d slow me down from eating the entire batch if I froze them…. nooope!

  31. These tasted so so good! This is one of those recipes that you can’t tell are gluten free – so perfect for those more fussy people 🙂

  32. Just made these and they were absolutely amazing! They combined my two favourite things, brownies and gingerbread! I have been looking for ages for a healthy brownie recipe that has a ‘normal’ brownie/cake texture and these definitely do. Everyone who tried them had no idea they were healthy, the taste is that amazing!

    Definitely recommend making these!
    I can’t wait to try more of your recipes 🙂

  33. Made these with Medjool dates and loved them. Made them again with some other brand of pitted dates and they were much drier and less sweet. Won’t do that again!

  34. I made these for a work potluck and they passed as “normal” brownies. No one had any idea they were “healthier”! I love these, they were so easy to make, are fluffy and moist, and have a wonderful gngerbread flavor. I only had 12 medjool dates but followed the recipe to a T other than that and they came out perfect! Definitely making these again and not giving any away so I can have them all to myself!

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