Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

These refined sugar-free chocolate banana brownies are the perfect afternoon snack.


  • 10 soft fresh dates (200g), pitted

  • 2 bananas (400g), peeled and chopped

  • 2/3 cup (70g) raw cacao or cocoa powder

  • 1½ cups (180g) almond meal (ground almonds)

  • ¼ cup (60ml) light-flavoured extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

  • ¼ cup (60ml) maple syrup


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Line a 20cm square cake tin with non-stick baking paper.

  • 2.

    Place the dates, banana, cacao, almond meal, oil, vanilla and maple in a food processor and process until smooth.

  • 3.

    Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, scraping the sides of the processor with a spatula if you need to. Smooth the top and bake for 20 minutes or until just firm around the edges.

  • 4.

    Wearing oven gloves, carefully remove the brownie from the oven and allow it to cool in the tin for 20 minutes. Place it in the fridge until chilled.

  • 5.

    Turn the brownie out onto a large board and, using a sharp knife, cut it into squares to serve. Keep the brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (16 servings)

  • Energy 228kj
  • Fat Total 14g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Protein 1g
  • Carbohydrate 28g
  • Sugar 21g
  • Sodium 3mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

Powered by


For more recipes like this, purchase your copy of Donna Hay's new cookbook, 'Basics to Brilliance Kids' at or from your favourite book store.

Like this recipe? Subscribe to our newsletter to get more recipes like this delivered striaght to your inbox.

By registering you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice

Metric Converter

Tell us what you think in the comments below


Sign Out

Click to Rate

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

0 0 0 0 0
Average Rating
0 comments • 0 ratings