Brownie on a Date

What better way to impress the one you love on Valentine’s than a homemade no-bake chocolate brownie? Watch my brownie – it is going on a date!

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This cool brownie is on a sweet date. It’s so totally cool; it has spurned the heat of being baked but had a hot desire to be refrigerated instead. The date is delightfully sweet, as is proper for medjool dates, otherwise known as Judean dates. A date palm was a symbol of the ancient Kingdom of Judea, as well as a symbol of beauty, elegance, and grace, and as such, it is mentioned in The Song of Songs. The name Tamar means date palm, tall, graceful, and sweet, as King David’s beautiful daughter Tamar. 

I think my little cool brownie got very lucky with a date like that! Even better, chocolate served as the love potion, to bind them into one. As My Own Rule of Desserts #1 states, It’s not dessert, if it’s not chocolate.

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I got the idea from an amazing blog called Chocolate Covered Katie and sent my little brownie on a date by tweaking her recipe and crafting my own path. Naturally, the main ingredients are chocolate, i.e. unsweetened cocoa powder, and dates. My brownie is a little nuts, just as I am, so walnuts are practically indispensable. To dress up for this adventure, vanilla extract, cinnamon, soy milk, and a dash of salt come to the rescue.

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Eager to start, all my ingredients jumped into a food processor in no particular order. All I had to do was to press the button. It took no more than a minute to mist the pan, when they were ready for next steps: spreading, flattening, pressing down, and making the top even.

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You can’t blame my little brownie for a tiny drink on a date, right? A sprinkle of good Cuban rum never hurt anybody. Relax, little brownie, more good things are coming!

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A bit of oil, to make everything go smooth, some Blue Agave, to sweeten things up even more, a touch of vanilla, and of course, more cocoa powder. Not for nothing, My Own Rule of Dessert #2 is: The more chocolate, the better!

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Chill out, little brownie, you just got smothered in chocolate glaze. Now you have to wait for at least a couple of hours. Into refrigerator you go!

Little brownie is in love! He is calling his date “my little cupcake.”

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Who am I to disillusion others? Let’s round off one corner and top it off with a monster-size raspberry.

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There! A perfectly cool, very chocolaty and sweet, Brownie on a Date. I can go have a cup of tea. What’s a blueberry doing there? That’s raspberry’s friend, just playing an independent observer.

INGREDIENTS

Brownie base:

  • 10 oz (2 1/2 cups) pitted dates (preferably medjool)
  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup soy or coconut milk (rice milk is too thin, and almond milk goes better with almonds instead of walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon rum or brandy

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Raspberries to garnish

PROCEDURE

  • Place all brownie dough ingredients in food processor, pulse until well blended.
  • Lightly mist square pan with oil.
  • Transfer dough mixture to pan, spread evenly, press down, flatten, even the top.
  • Sprinkle rum or brandy evenly over dough.
  • Prepare glaze by mixing all glaze ingredients thoroughly until smooth.
  • Generously cover dough with glaze, cover, refrigerate for at least two hours.
  • Garnish with raspberries before serving.

Enjoy!

63 Comments Add yours

  1. Do you want to eat it? What a pity! 😉 What do you think how long i have to stay in the gym, for this? :-)) Thank you for the great idea! Michael

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    1. LOL I don’t have the calorie count for it, Michael, but years ago I have read somewhere that walking for an hour burns exactly as many calories as swimming for 30 minutes or having sex for 15 minutes. Save time!

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      1. Thank you for the good advice. Will try to do, this with walking. Lol Enjoy your Sunday, and Valentines Day!

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      2. You too, dear Michael!

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  2. Ohmygosh, Dolly. I’m in love! 😋🍃💕

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    1. You should be – tomorrow is Valentine’s!

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  3. Gugu Mbatha says:

    I enjoyed reading this so much 😄

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend; I am so glad you like it.

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  4. Beaton says:

    Oh this looks lovely!!
    Seems easy enough, I’ll try a version of this since substitute some ingredients which are hard to find
    ~B

    Quick question when you put the tablespoon of room what happens to the rest of the rum 🤣🤣

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    1. LOL Love your sense of humor, dear Beaton!
      What happens is the rest of the rum goes into my Cuba Libres or Mojitos, to be enjoyed with the brownies.
      Thank you for stoppiong by, darling!

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  5. The Quitter says:

    Fabulous recipe. Thanks for sharing this. And as it’s a no-bake, it’s easy to scale down so I don’t end up with a dozen that, let’s be honest, I’ll HAVE to mostly eat myself! It would keep me regular, though.

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    1. You are so right, darling! If you make a dozen, you’ll have to eat them – they disappear real fast!
      Thank you so much for a lovely comment!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, dear Tiffany!

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  6. Great fun wordplay on date

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    1. Thank you very much, Derrick.

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  7. Yum! Save one for me? Love your twists!

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    1. I wish I could send them to you by e-mail, dear Dorothy! Thank you so much for a lovely comment!

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  8. -Eugenia says:

    Yum! ❤️ This looks scrumptious, Dolly!

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    1. Thank yuou so much, dear Eugenia! Happy Valentine’s!

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        My pleasure, Dolly, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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      2. Thank you, darling!

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  9. With my wife’s birthday coming up tomorrow if I made this (not likely anyway, lol!) she’d know it more for me than her 😊

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    1. Your wife’s birthday coinsides with Valentine’s? Wow! Happy Valentine’s to both of you!

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      1. Thank you, Dolly! It’ll be a crazy cold one but we’ll make it fun 😊 Hope ya’ll have a good one too! ❤️

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      2. Thank you, dear Felipe. It’s nice and warm here, but we are not about to join crowds of unmasked tourists that have descended on our little island. We’ll stick to our beautiful courtyard.

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      3. Definitely no joining crowds for us either! Too not good, lol, Dolly! Our planned birthday meal w/family today’s even on hold, but ’cause of the ice on the roads; way too dangerous! Already slipped outside on a slick way that looked clear; so no more outside for us today (2-3 days!) (unless we lose power for too long 😏 😊 ).

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      4. Oh, yeah – parts of north Austin’ve been losing power on and off for couple days down, ice breaking branches off the trees and taking power lines with them. Here, south Austin, same’ll probably start happening next 2 days as the 2-4 inches of snow & ice accumulate on the lines. Already told our son-in-law close by their place is ground zero now, lol! 😊

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      5. Oh my! And everybody is talking about Florida hurricanes, while we are not the only one bearing under the nature’s whims.

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      6. Oh yeah, for sure, lol! And ‘course we get our % of hurricanes, but not like Florida! I think ya’ll and Louisiana get the most!

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      7. Yes, but you get your snowstorms and power outages.

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      8. And now we are in the middle of a tropical storm – totally out of season! – and expecting power outages here.

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      9. Oh my gosh, I hadn’t even heart of that! I guess we done done it. Scrambled the seasons into the anarchist salad, and we’re gonna have to keep on chewing! Let us know how that comes out, Dolly – scary, truly!

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      10. Not really, just messed up the dampsters outside. Feral cats and racoons are having a field day. We are used to this.
        I love the anarchist salad metaphor, dear Felipe!

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      11. Thought it an interesting salad idea 😊 Least the critters had an unexpected buffet 😸

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  10. lghiggins says:

    Mmm! I think dates and chocolate would make a good couple!

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    1. Sure – love at first bite!

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  11. What a yummy date! Sweetie and i will share making and eating this, it will be fun.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi! Happy Valentine’s to both of you!

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  12. Rohvannyn says:

    Like the late great Bob Ross said, “Everybody needs a friend.” I love your whimsical dessert and the way you described it!

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, dear Rohvannyn!

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  13. purpleslob says:

    You are so funny!! I want to go on a date with a brownie too!! No blueberries need apply!

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    1. Let’s hope you can make your way here after this Covid craziness ends, and I’ll malke them for you (minus blueberries), as well as anything else you wish, dear purple person!

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  14. My favorite kind of recipe: chocolate and no baking involved (LOL). Happy Valentine’s Day, Dolly! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anna; you are so kind!

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear friend!

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      1. You are welcome, Dolly.

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  15. Christy B says:

    And it’s a no bake kind of day! Mmm yummy on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year ❤

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    1. Thank you, dear Christy; I am so glad you like it!

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  16. jkaybay says:

    I’d love to hear your conversation with a “special” brownie also!
    Adorable post!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend!

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  17. CarolCooks2 says:

    I spied the Havanna…my sons favourite and anything with chocolate and no-bake I’m in…xx

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    1. LOL Thank you so much, dear Carol!

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear friend.

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