Magic Brownie Bars

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No, these are not weed brownies. Freaking Coloradans.

So I remember this one weekend, when I was craving sweets hard core, and came across the amazing blog, Balanced Bites by Diane Sanfilippo and her Grain-Free Magic Cookie Bars. And they were AWESOME. Like way awesome. And the other night, when I wanted to make the glorious cookie bars again, I was saddened when I figured out I didn’t really have all the ingredients on hand. So I made up my own version. But in brownie form. I love brownies. I have many different kinds on my blog. Like sweet potato, or fudgy style, or cherry goodies. Now I’ll have magic ones. I’m so magical.

Remember how I didn’t post on Monday? I don’t know why I keep reminding you, but I felt real bad about it. But it was for good reason. You see, I was teaching some cooking classes at the Air Force Academy for the Fire Department. It was rad. I got to talk a lot, cook, and hang out with firefighters. How could I complain about that? One day I even got to shoot a firehose with a remote control. It was a fire engine that is made to put out airplane fires. It’s awesome. Does anyone else feel like I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about? I’m not good with my firefighting words.

this was the nice man that put up with me and let me use the remote controlled firehose. this poor guy was so patient with me. I’m pretty sure he thought I was suuuuuper weird. smart man.
outside the crazy cool fire engine in gorgeous Colorado Springs
am I a giant? seems like it. these ladies came for my presentation. i love girl crossfitters.

Either way, it was a fun. I cooked them some Caramelized Onion and Sausage Stuffing and fed them Chewy Pecan Pie Brittle. I served the brittle first so they would like me and have a sugar buzz throughout my presentation. Get people high on sweets and they’ll stay interested for at least an hour. Pure facts right there.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to post anything on Thanksgiving. I could. Should I? What would I post about? Something intense. Let’s talk about intense stuff.

What does that even mean? God I’m weird.

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Magic Brownie Bars

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Ingredients

For the brownie layer

  • 15 dried medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

For the magic layer

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees. I know, weird number, just do it.
  2. Now add your dates to the food processor and begin to pulse until you get a clumpy paste.
  3. Then add your coconut oil and cocoa powder to the food processor and puree until well mixed and it has become smoother.
  4. Then add your eggs, coconut flour, honey, vanilla, baking soda and powder, and salt and puree until smooth.
  5. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with some extra coconut oil, then pour in your brownie mix and smooth out throughout the dish.
  6. Now make the top layer. Add your shredded coconut, coconut oil, coconut butter, and honey to a bowl and heat in the microwave. Don’t tell me a microwave isn’t paleo, you’re not creative.
  7. Mix ingredients together ingredients until smooth then add your whisked egg whites and mix well.
  8. Pour topping over your brownie batter and smooth out until covering the entire surface of the brownie.
  9. Add dish to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Let cool then cut into pieces. I LOVE THESE BROWNIES.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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181 thoughts on “Magic Brownie Bars”

  1. Lucky girl ! Who needs weed when you’re surrounded by a bunch of firefighters eh ?!
    Thanks for being so…magical ! Can’t wait to try them.

  2. These look great, but the name is what really sells them. MAGIC!!

    Totally cliche, but I think tomorrow’s post should be about gratitude. I just did that yesterday on my blog, going through all of my usual complaints and turning them around, finding a silver lining of gratitude in each & every one.

    It wasn’t that hard to come up with positive things, and when I finished, my life actually sounded pretty damned fantastic. Which it is, though I often forget it. It was a very nice reminder to stop and appreciate things more often.

  3. “Don’t tell me a microwave isn’t paleo, you’re not creative.”
    LOL!!!
    I think I’ll make these for breakfast tomorrow. My family always made something ultra sweet and naughty for breakfast on Thanksgiving… this should make me feel traditional!

    Can’t wait for intense Turkey Day talk.

  4. Ah these look so good! And no you are not a giant!! I am way taller / wider than many of my gfs but really all that means is I can lift heavier things : )

    I love all of your desserts, I made some paleo cookies last night that I am bringing to my parents tonight that I am psyched about! They are a little confused by what paleo is but I’m going to show them you can still eat yummy things!!

  5. Looks good and can’t wait to try them…….best part was seeing you with Pikes Peak in the background. Lived there 25 years before moving to SW Florida and I really miss the Springs. :~(

  6. Holy moly these sound amaaaazzzzziiinnnngggg!

    And also holy moly who needs weed brownies when you got to hang out with firefighters that have remote controlled hoses(?!)

  7. You are probably one of the best people I’ve discovered as of late, you make me feel like paleo is gonna be easy peasy and totally the best thing ever. I’ve tried a few of your recipes and they have been amazeballs. You’re also freaking hysterical, I have to shut my office door sometimes so people don’t hear me giggling out loud. You’re also a crossfit inspiration for me, I’m starting to finally link double unders together and do more WODs prescribed, and it makes me SUPER excited! I’m making your onion and sausage stuffing to bring to my turkey day dinner, we will see how it goes! Thanks for your awesome blogging!

    1. I am new to Paleo as well so you’re not alone, been doing it for about a month along with Crossfit since 9/25/12. I love the recipes on this site, and since my hubby is a better cook than I, I’m pretty sure he’s enjoying the recipes as well. Most of my family has now for the most part gone to Paleo and there’s no complaining except from my oldest; there’s nothing to eat of course! We’ve tried making double recipes so there’s enough leftovers but he wants the carbs and yucky food! He always wants takeout and believe it or not he’s the one that got me hooked on Crossfit….

      If you need someone to talk with or want to chat sometime message me on FB or em me.

      Ann Nugent

    1. In place of the coconut cream concentrate I just grabbed a can of coconut cream out of the fridge and used the solidified part that separates from the liquid bit when you chill it. I can only assume this is what coconut cream concentrate is like as I have never ever come across such product in Australia.

      These were an absolute hit with the sugar lovers in the house who usually turn their noses up at my ‘bird food’, and ‘weirdo ingredients’. 🙂

    1. Erin..try soaking your dates in hot water with a tsp of baking soda in it, for say 5-10 mins..the soda breaks down the dates and allows them to become soft and blendable..just drain off the water and use the date ‘pulp’. Don’t leave too long tho or it’ll turn to slush! (which may not matter actually!) 🙂

  8. I read many paleo blogs. Your delicious recipes mixed with stand up comedy is my favorite by far. You have a gift. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I’m on a juli brittle buzz right now. I totally get that! I drop some in my coffee.

    Im so grateful for my crossfit family. They dont know it, but crossfit really changed my life. And I love my coach and his wife and their baby girl. They are so warm and friendly, and always make me want to work harder.

    I didnt even know what paleo was until they taught me about it. And thats how I found your website!

    I wear your headband to class almost every day. 🙂

    I cant wait to try this recipe! Perfect timing for black friday because your recipes have killed my food processor. I wonder if it will handle the dates… We will see…

  10. Just took these out of the oven. HOLY CRAP. They look sooo good. I am salivating as we speak, don’t know if i can wait til they cool 😉

  11. Being a retired firefighter myself, your terminology was quite good – did they let you fire up the siren? Geez, we have got to get you out to the midwest for a weekend of cooking classes!

  12. so do you have a date with a firefighter yet?? how hot would that be? i love those firefigher calendars even though i don’t have one. i do have twilight calendars…

  13. I couldn’t wait for these brownies to cool off completely, they’re unbelievably good! I’m proud to put these out on my Thanksgiving table. 🙂

  14. These are so delicious! I just got finished making them. The only thing I did differently is that I added 1/2 cup of mini dairy free/soy free semi-sweet chocolate chips! It melts when it’s in the oven and it adds a gooey layer in between! Thanks for another great recipe!!! 🙂

  15. Do you think you could invent a holiday “candy” recipe using plantain chips? I love these things, and love holiday candy…. Just wondering. Thanks!!

  16. Juli you already dream about me, now let me learn you in the ways of fire fighting. Happy Gobble Gobble! I made your stuffing for a side dish.

  17. Literally just made these. But in my excitement to try them I missed the whole let them cool step. Big mess but still the most delicious thing I have made.

  18. Happy Thanksgiving! Just wanted to say I’m thankful for all your recipes and humorous rants! Makes me look forward to my afternoon break at work everyday :). Oh and these bars truly look magical-can’t wait to make them, yum!

  19. HFS, Juli – no lie – I’m pretty sure that the five lbs I’ve put on in the past month might have something to do with your delicious recipes (and not my CrossFit training) 😉
    Thanks for keeping me deliciously well-fed, damn happy, and laughing my ass off regularly.
    i’m rating this recipe a five even before trying simply because of what the mental images are doing to me….

  20. I wasn’t going to make dessert. But every time I long into your site theres something that must be eaten, right now. I love this site!

  21. Ugh, dates. Maybe you could give me some advice- I bought some fresh medjool dates, but now most of the recipes I want to try call for dry ones. Would fresh work, or would it make the batter too wet? I have normal dried dates but they have sugar added, bleh.

  22. I just made these… but the dish I had was kind of small/deep so I had to cook them for like 40 minutes. It was between very skinny brownies, or fat ones… i chose fat ones.

    I also left out the honey since I’m doing a challenge right now. They are still amazing. So excited to eat more after crossfit tomorrow. Thank you!

  23. I have a question about the coconut cream concentrate: I can’t find it (yet) up in Canada… but I have noticed that when I keep my cans of coconut milk in my cold room, all the coconut solidifies at the top of the can, leaving the watery part underneath. Could I use the hardened coconut as a replacement for the coconut cream? Thanks! I LOVE all of your recipes 🙂

    1. No that’s not the same as coconut cream concentrate. Some stores carry coconut manna which is the same. Or you can make your own coconut butter. I have a link on the recipe!

    2. Where abouts in Canada do you live? I’ve found a few jars of it here in Whistler. Coconut Mana, and Artisana Coconut butter. They are usually hiding with the rest of the nut butters.

      1. Thanks for the tips – I live near Toronto, and we don’t have nearly as many cool natural/good foods that you get in BC 🙁 We are a little behind in that department. I’ll keep looking and will try Juli’s recipe thanks 🙂

        1. @ Nida – I know this is a late reply. Still, you never know who could use the help…

          I live in Canada as well, and I’ve seen coconut cream concentrate in regular grocery stores. Try the section devoted to asian/international cuisine. Or if all else fails, ASK!!

  24. This is ridiculously delicious!!! And I didn’t even add any honey when I made it. The dates make the brownie sweet enough! Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

  25. I made these for Thanksgiving and they were gone within minutes – my entire family devoured them and had no idea what they were made with! I love surprising them with awesome Paleo dishes! Thanks Juli!

  26. Thats awesome you got to teach a class at the AFA, I was stationed there back from 05-07. Still kind of dont like the AF stance on Crossfit but glad to see they are getting better on Paleo.

  27. Oh wow…as if I didn’t already love you and your cooking/treats…you for real just made my night! My step mom made these “magic bars” for me in high school and they’ve always been my favorite! I’m so excited I can make these instead. Why didn’t I think to create them “better”??? Guess that’s why I don’t have a food blog! Thank you!

  28. Bomb! and I love that you put these are not weed brownies!

    Great for sweet toothed peeps who cannot keep their hands out of the cookie jar.

    Have you ever tried the raw, macroons from Whole Foods? coconut, coconut oil, nuts, pure amazingness.

  29. Juli..I made your magic brownie bars today, although I’m doing the strict 30 day challenge so no honey for me..used a banana (doubled recipe and didn’t double bananas as didn’t want it too ‘banana-y’..wrong decision as not quite sweet enough) but still very delicious and just thrilled with the texture and result. Thanks so much for posting these…loving your recipes..just LOVING THEM!!!! 🙂

  30. I forgot how I managed to find this blog of yours, but lets just say that my boyfriend rolls his eyes when I couch-dance to your ‘dance breaks’ in the middle of your videos!!! Anyhoo, I just made the meatloaf and loved it. Will have to try these magical treats next. I am on day 3 of day 1 of my personal paleo challenge. (You’re not a failure if you start over again, right?) Much success on all your endeavors…and keep posting!! I love it!!

      1. Well you’re still cool! And this is off topic. What would you say is the ratio between coconut and almond flour. Like if a recipe calls for 4 tbsp coconut flour how much almond flour would you sup for it?

  31. Oh girl! I just made these and they are amazing! I took a photo but doesn’t look like I can upload it. All good though, it tasted as good as it looks!! Thanks for the recipe! And hi from CF Roots!

  32. OMG, you were in Colorado Springs, and I didn’t know about it?! I even live on the AFB here! I would have totally stalked you if I had known about it…In a totally non-creepy, call the cops sort of way. I’m going to have to make these brownies to get over my disappointment. 🙂

  33. I made these this morning and had one after my lunch. OMG they are delicious – the best paleo treat I’ve had. Thanks so much for a fantastic recipe.

  34. Making these for the baby sis who is into P90 and trying not to cheat. She is a total Mounds and Magic Bar lover, so I think she will freak! I will probably add a couple choco chips to the top layer, just because I am bad like that. Not sure about microwave and Paleo, but I don’t have one, so have to heat stuff the old-fashioned way. Can’t wait to try!

  35. Hi, A favor please, could you tell me, in terms of cups or ounces, about how much 15 dates would be? I have a package of already pitted dates that came from a middle eastern deli, but they’re all *smooshed* (scientific term, ha) into a block already.
    Thanks in advance. Have really been enjoying your blog!

  36. I made just the brownie layer for dessert this week and it is AMAZING… I have tried a couple of your other brownie recipes and this one is my favorite (They are all bomb though). Well done!

  37. These JUST came out of the oven… I want to eat them ALL right now. I can’t wait for dinner to be over so that I can chow down!!!

  38. These have got to be the BEST brownies I have ever eaten!!(You forgot to add “try not to eat in one sitting” at the end of the recipe!!)

  39. just wondering how they store? thinking of making as part of a gift for christmas. Do you think they are frezable or i should make at the last minute to ensure freshness. look delicious

  40. Holy hell! Usually baked paleo goods just don’t work out for me. These are frickin’ unreal! I am currently enjoying one with my morning coffee. Thanks for the GREAT recipe and for helping me on my paleo journey.

  41. I made these on sunday and they are super tasty! It was tempting to eat all the brownie batter instead of baking it.

    I think I left them in the oven a bit to long b/c it’s a bit crumbly so next time I will do only 20 min, maybe because I ate so much batter it took shorter to cook haha!

    I LOVE your blog and your recipes!

  42. I want to try these! I have a question for you…I have this huge log of date paste..do you know the equivalent of date paste vs. dates? This recipe calls for 15 dates…how much date paste does that equal? Thanks!

  43. Ok, so I stalk your pinterest… I know… You’re welcome 🙂 The day you pinned this I checked and I had everything… so exciting, right? Well it took several days for me to actually make them… finally got around to it last night. There is really only one thing I can say… YOU MADE A PREGNANT WOMAN VERY HAPPY…. even better because my hubby did the dishes. WooHoo. These were delicious.

  44. I made these for a holiday party yesterday. They were a big hit! I substituted dried pairs for the dates. They were yummy! I may add a little bit more honey next time. Thank you… I’ve been paleo since 8/12 and it’s getting easier, especially with great blogs like yours!

  45. Hi there. I have a question about these brownies. I’m seriously considering going Paleo and the foods it looks like I’m going to be able to eat look fantastic! My question is this:

    Why are baking soda and/or powder considered Paleo?

    Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not trying to be rude, I am sincerely curious.

    Thanks to any and all who answer.

    1. to some, they are not. paleo is all over the place with opinions, it’s just not something i worry about. but definitely check out opinions in other places, i just don’t know a ton about the subject! sorry i can’t help more!

  46. This is truly an amazing recipe!, Going paleo has been tough for me without sweets, and your recipes help a TON! Haven’t made one thing that I wouldn’t make again. Soooo happy to say goodbye forever to plain ol’ chicken and broccoli! Makes cooking fun again. Thank you!

    P.S. took these brownies to work and NO ONE could tell they were without butter, sugar, and flour 😉

  47. I just made these and they’re absolutely amazing!
    I’m so glad I found your website. I’m Dutch and the whole Paleo thing isn’t really popular here: my family is worried I’ll die without the average 6 slices of wholegrain bread with butter and gouda. 😉
    However, after only 3 weeks of going Paleo, I feel awesome! I’ve lost 3kg, even though this wasn’t my primary objective.
    But…as it’s that time of the month, I was craving chocolate. Badly.
    That’s when I found your site and this great recipe! I’m afraid that, with all the yummie recipes you’ve posted, those 3kg will be back on in no time! Darn it. 😉

  48. OMG!!! We made these last night and they were….AH-MAZE-ING!!! I am not much of a sweet tooth but husband (the fitness fanatic) is and the struggle with Paleo is finding something that curbs his craving. THis did the spot and MORE!! We ate the whole pan! Thanks so much!

  49. I am soooooo glad I have found this site! I am on my 2nd day of paleo but so determined to do this. Your recipes looking amazing (especially this one), I think you are going to make paleo very easy 🙂 I am in the UK so there are a few things I am probably going to struggle with ingredient wise but I can’t wait to get started! Thank you. xx

  50. Juli
    Just made these. they look fabulous! I cannot thank you enough for such great reciepes. the group I workout with and myself have really gotten into paleo. I am learning to cook. haven’t gotten too good at it but you really make things easy for me to understand! I appreciate it!
    Jessica

  51. OMG. I love you. Seriously love you. I am new to the whole paleo thing and I’m slowly getting my feet wet in the paleo world. Your site is my hero. YOU are my hero. And these brownies are DELICIOUSNESS. Seriously. THANK YOU.

  52. making these for my partner and I to partake in at our first crossfit competition this weekend because they have the same effect as jet fuel. will be enjoying these with a nice cuppa thick coffee at War of the WODS Greensboro, NC!

  53. hey, i am wondering if you have a nutrition fact list for this recipe (or any of them for that matter)? my mom has type 2 diabetes and loved these brownies today and is wondering about carb counts, etc… i have been pleased with the recipes i have gotten from you (just blindly started paleo on new year’s day), and encouraged, as i am a lone paleo-er in my home and with my friends. i am looking forward to cooking more!

    1. hey tonna! no i don’t do the nutritional info online, not my thing. if you are interested in that, i’ve heard spark people has a great nutritional calculator

  54. Hi Juli, This recipe is awesome but unfortunately I’m the only one doing paleo in my house and I ate the whoooooole batch. It took three days, but still. So my question is, can I freeze these so that I don’t have to finish the whole batch before it spoils and none of it goes to waste? Anyone who has successfully frozen these, please weigh in. Thanks so much.

  55. Made these without the magic coconut top layer, even denser & better the day after. Concocted some avocado/cocoa/vanilla/truvia frosting for it, nice. Passive-agressive 20 yr old and 23 yr olds said if they wanted a date brownie they would eat dates and wouldn’t eat ’em…bull s***t, they were awesome.

  56. Thank you Juli for making me laugh & being a solid go-to place for paleo recipes that are Delicious & not heavy on the nuts!!! You’ve got skills & it really helps people make positive change to their diet to have awesome recipes like yours at their fingertips ! You rock!
    Loved these brownies – wow!!

  57. I’ve been very hesitant of this whole Paleo thing. My husband is a Fitness GURU, a health nut, unbelievably disciplined….and I just want to know when the Cadbury Easter Egg will find its way into the nearest drug stores!!! Anyway, last weekend he made me your Coconut Brownies and i swear, i have had one every night with a cup of tea so i can get some satisfaction as i take this 21 day Paleo challenge!!
    THANK YOU. They were FU&^%’n Awesome!!!

  58. I started paleo about 3 weeks ago. Ive been CRAVVVING chocolate! Seriously these are soooo delicious and fluffy and moist and yummy! Definitely would recommend. I had to soak the medjool dates for about 10 min in hot water (because of my food processor) I added more cocoa powder than called for to make them more chocolately rich. I also used the “separated cream” from coconut milk instead of coconut cream concentrate. They came out delicious!

  59. Juli!!!!! I’ve been paleo for about 3 weeks and a friend referred me to your site! Figured I would give these brownies a whirl!! Seriously??? These things are stupid good! I love reading your blog and the recipes are amazing! I can’t decide what to make next! And you (and your delightful sense of humor) are absolutely darling! Thanks for helping all of us paleo-ites stick with it with all of your phenomenal recipes!

  60. Here are the Nutrition Facts based on using 1 C sweetened coconut flakes, I can’t find unsweetened anywhere. We are trying to track calorie intake for my husband, so thought I would share for anyone else who might be interested! Also 1 serving = the whole batch. Divide the number by 9 if you cut it them in 9 squares.

    Nutrition Facts
    User Entered Recipe

    1 Serving

    Amount Per Serving

    Calories 2,156.4

    Total Fat 131.9 g

    Saturated Fat 102.2 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat 4.3 g

    Monounsaturated Fat 9.2 g

    Cholesterol 570.0 mg

    Sodium 1,098.9 mg

    Potassium 1,150.8 mg

    Total Carbohydrate 237.9 g

    Dietary Fiber 52.1 g

    Sugars 169.8 g

    Protein 27.3 g

    Vitamin A 0.2 %

    Vitamin B-12 90.0 %

    Vitamin B-6 11.6 %

    Vitamin C 0.8 %

    Vitamin D 0.0 %

    Vitamin E 151.9 %

    Calcium 14.4 %

    Copper 53.7 %

    Folate 7.6 %

    Iron 42.5 %

    Magnesium 40.4 %

    Manganese 58.0 %

    Niacin 10.4 %

    Pantothenic Acid 7.9 %

    Phosphorus 26.0 %

    Riboflavin 8.1 %

    Selenium 9.7 %

    Thiamin 5.5 %

    Zinc 12.2 %

  61. These brownies came out of the oven a few min ago and I already dug in. These are AMAZING! I can’t believe they are paleo they taste so good!

    Thanks Juli for being awesome!

  62. My husband and I made these last night and they are almost all gone! Very tasty. We found that putting the dates in the food processor slowly with some of the other ingredients worked well, as when we put all the dates in first it clogged the processor. I will try soaking the dates first next time.

  63. Just found you site….everything looks wonderful!

    I can’t open the info on the coconut creme concentrate……can you help????

    I do have coconut cream ….but I’m assuming it needs to be thicker like condensed milk? How can I make my coconut cream the right consistency?

    Thanks in advance

    Dianne

  64. Made these tonight in my kitchen aid. Don’t have a food processor, so I soaked the dates for 10 mins in hot water to soften. Fan freakin fabulous! Thanks!!

  65. Made these tonight in my kitchen aid. Don’t have a food processor, so I soaked the dates for 10 mins in hot water to soften. Fan freakin fabulous! Thanks!!

  66. OMG, these are delicious! My hubby and nephew liked them too! These are such a nice treat since I’m dieting. Thank you for your awesome recipes!

  67. OMG! Just made these! They are delish! I used almond butter instead of coconut cream….would also be awesome with some additional nuts and/or chocolate chips….next time!

  68. Do you have a carb count on these? I take insulin and would need to know how much to take to cover this. Dates are high in natural sugar, no?

  69. I made these today and they are truly magnificent. Who’d a thought dates and cocoa powder? Thank you Juli

  70. Jennifer Barlow

    I made these today and they are SO yummy! They are fudgy like brownies should be…and just such a delicious treat. My husband and mom (who are not doing Paleo) loved them. Every recipe I make of yours turns out well, which isn’t always the case when I attempt other people’s recipes. Thank you so much! You are amazing!!! 🙂

  71. Yum, yum, and yum. Did I say yum? I love that you incorporated some raw things in with the healthy cooked things too. By the way… I’m a child of the 60’s and 70’s. Yep, dope was the first guess! Ha ha (freakin’ Ohioan)… LOL.

  72. Can someone please help me out, I have never bought dates before, where in the grocery store are they located, and who do you ‘pit’ them?

  73. Macaroons on top of brownie? Genius! Um, seriously, these are ridiculous. I’ve never done the date based paleofied baked good so I was a bit scared, but the coconut flour ended up making a light, cakey brownie. There are a few things I’ll do differently next time to make things a bit simpler, but these are going into the regular rotation.

  74. OMG these are sooooo good!!! Seriously my favorite food right now!!!! I am eating way too many, I will try freezing the next batch and see if it will help control me a bit! Probably not

  75. Juli- you inspire me to keep on this paleo train! Your website gave me the first ever paleo recipe I made (spaghetti squash and meatballs) so I kept coming back for other recipes, and you don’t ever disappoint. I was a baker before transitioning to paleo and worried I wouldn’t find paleo treats better than what I used to make. Not the case at all and these brownies have made me a paleo believer! So yummy and better than any brownie I have made! I added a layer of enjoy life chocolate chips on top of the chocolate layer and loved it. So, thank you Juli! Thank you for all you do to help inspire others and me!

  76. just made this! OMG so good! Love all your recipes! love that I can still bake and eat treats like this even when following the Paleo lifestyle!

  77. Made these Sunday as a dessert. GREAT!!! My wife even ate them. I need to work on the family and slowly convert them.

  78. So loved this recipe except nearly killed my baby food processor with the thickness of the dates. I’m in the market for a big girl food processor – what food processor brand/model do you use for your recipes and what size is it? Do you have any other recommendations?

  79. Juli, These brownies are fantastic! I’ve made them twice now and the first time I accidentally forgot the coconut flour – they were magnificently chewy. The second time I remembered the flour and they were again, magnawesome and more cake-like. Sometimes mistakes just work. Thanks doll.

  80. This is my go to sweet treat! These are freaking amazing. I even made them into cupcakes for my son’s first birthday, he also dug them. Thanks for everything that you do! Love your cook book too!! 🙂

  81. Made these last night and they are amazing! The chocolate brownie bit is soooo chocolaty and gooey like a chocolate pudding, and the top is like a coconut crumble.

    AMAZING!

  82. Admittedly, I am “baking impaired”. Do you cook the brownies a little before putting the coconut magic on top? I’m making these for the first time and didn’t cook the brownies first and the coconut did not “smooth” over the top very well (meaning, not at all). I’m pretty sure they are so going to taste AMAZING but they aren’t going to look as pretty as yours. I’m thinking (sometimes this is dangerous) if they are cooked and solid a little first, the coconut topping will smooth much easier…but then the brownies may burn.

  83. I am a weirdo and don’t own a microwave. Can I just heat those ingredients up in a saucepan? I also don’t have a food processor – I do have a kitchenaid and blender. What would be the best alternative way to get those dates mashed up?

  84. This recipe looks amazing, and I’d love to give it a try. I can’t get the link to work for the homemade coconut butter. Please help! Thanks.

  85. These have been the best paleo treats I have made to date! It is hard to find baking that isn’t too eggy and these hit the mark. Thanks for all your hard work and keep ’em coming.

  86. Any ideas on egg substitutes for this recipe?
    I’m allergic. 🙁
    With most of your recipes I can substitute eggs for a flax/water mix but I’m thinking that probably won’t work for this.

    1. I just made these and they came out excellent. My bf and I ate a whole row within the first 5 minutes. I did make sub. 1/2 an avocado and 1/4 c applesauce for the eggs in the brownie mixture and added some almond milk to the coconut layer after heating up all the ingredients together.

  87. AWESOME recipe!!! Like others, my dates were hard to process but I kept at it!! It just took a bit longer and I kept going back and forth between the grind and chop functions. Eventually they blended beautifully. Love how moist the brownie part is – and the top is incredible. I love how clean and nutritious these are!

  88. Made these the other day…AWESOME!!! They were so yummy. Everyone loved them and they didn’t last long. Thanks for the recipe!

  89. These were delicious! I just wanted to add that I used 3 eggs total for this recipe. 2 egg whites for the coconut layer, and 1 whole egg and 2 yolks (from the whites) for the brownie layer. Seemed to have turned out pretty good to me. Just maybe a tad thinner than the photo.

  90. We tried this recipe this evening! So wonderful! Added pecans to the dates and topping just for some flare it was wonderful! My first Paleo Dessert!

  91. I made just the brownie layer in a mini muffin tin for the kids. I have tried half a dozen paleo brownie recipes and have not liked a one. These, however, are really good. They are as close to the real thing as I’ve found. Like I said, I didn’t make the topping, but as for the brownie, it’s great. Even the non-paleo person would enjoy them.

  92. So I made these last night and my “brownie” layer was extremely cakey…any idea what went wrong? I followed all the directions and ingredients except I cooked them longer (attempting to achieve the nice golden color on top). Could this have done it?

  93. Ok

    1 LOVE your recipes!

    But I do have a favor.
    Could you please change the picture on the magic brownie bars to the brownies.

    I want to print the recipe but with the brownie picture instead of a man in a truck lolI need to know what its suppose to look like! lol Thanks!

  94. Made these tonight and they were very good! My 11 yr old even liked them (my kids are *very* picky eaters and I haven’t been able to get them on the paleo wagon yet, and my husband is just as bad). My hubby wouldn’t even try them once he saw me with the dates. He calls them “big cockroaches.” That’s ok. More for me!

    Anyway, thank you for all of the hard work you put into your blog and recipes. You make it so much easier (and more fun!) for the rest of us to eat healthy, yummy foods. You rock!

  95. Hi! I came across this recipe through my friend and they’re amazing! I can’t wait to try them myself. Do you think I can replace the coconut concentrate or coconut butter with something else?

  96. Your recipes are so easy and tasty. You are one of the bloggers that have made my Paleo transition painless. Thank you!

  97. I just made these and am having a slice right now! I say slice because it is more like a German chocolate cake than a magic brownie, but man do I love German chocolate cake! Delicious and fairly easy, I will be making again!

  98. These are the absolute best brownies I have ever had!!!!! Even prior to eating paleo, and not cuz I’m on my period! my year old daughter and husband agrees. And earlier he said no to paleo chic chip cookies.

  99. ohhh my… love brownies!! Did anyone see Dragon’s Den last night? There was a pitch from a couple that made brownies and they looked fab (hence why I have brownies on the mind!!)! Even had Bacon and Maple syrup brownies… sounds disgusting but I would give them a go! Been a loooooong time since I made my own.

  100. OMG!!! We made these last night and they were lovely! I am not much of a sweet tooth but wife is and the struggle with finding something that curbs her craving. This did the spot and MORE!! We ate the whole pan!

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