This Brownie Batter Dip is just what you've been waiting for! It really does taste like a brownie, and is so yummy on fresh fruit or little cookies. No added sugar, and high in protein and fiber, you don't even have to feel guilty about it! Heart healthy Brownie Batter Dip will have you hooked immediately!
Deglet Noor Dates
I use deglet noor dates. That’s because I can get them in giant bags at Costco. Plus, they come already pitted, and they are wonderfully soft and caramely. It’s fine to use another kind of date, though. Just make sure they either come pitted, or you remove the pit. You don’t want that flying around in your blender!
I love to use dates to sweeten foods because they are so nutritious, and allow me to nix the table sugar in many cases. Dates are a good source of fiber, and are very high in potassium. Dates are also a source of iron, magnesium, copper, and several B vitamins. Table sugar has none of those things.
Black beans are perfect for adding into chocolaty desserts without leaving a trace. They puree up smooth and creamy, and the color matches the chocolate superbly.
Most people don’t eat beans enough. Beans are high in phytochemicals and magnesium, among other nutrients. I recommend eating them at least once every day – more if you can! This brownie batter dip is a really fun and delicious way to eat your beans!
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Chocolate! Of course, cocoa powder is what makes this chocolaty.
Cocoa powder has been renowned for its antioxidant properties, and potential to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose. Of course when it comes in the form of chocolate bars and other candy the benefits are all but erased. That's why I love finding ways to make my recipes chocolaty without all the extra cocoa butter, sugar, and cream.
Vanilla is to cocoa like Bonnie is to Clyde. These two just go together beautifully. Don't leave it out!
Here, I'm using oat flour as a thickener. I like it because it doesn't need to be cooked to get rid of that raw flour taste that wheat flour tends to have. I don't usually have oat flour, so I just took some uncooked oats and blitzed them in my spice grinder until they were a powder. You could also use another kind of flour if you wanted.
Oats are incredibly nutritious. Although the amount you'll use in this recipe is low, so there's only a little extra nutrition to be honest.
How to Make Brownie Batter Dip
This first thing you'll want to do is soak your dates in hot water for at least 30 minutes. This softens the dates so they can be blended into a smooth texture.
While those dates soften, you can grind up some oats if you don't have oat flour. Simply add a few tablespoons of oats in a spice grinder and grind until you have a fine powder.
For making the actual dip, I recommend a high speed blender like Vitamix, but if you don't have one, a regular food processor will work. Your dip may just not be as smooth.
Into your blender/food processor go the dates and the water they were soaking in, the black beans, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Blend it all up until it's super smooth.
Now scoop the dip into a bowl, and add the oat flour, a tablespoon at a time, until it's as thick as you'd like it. I ended up adding 2 tablespoons to mine. It will become thicker when you refrigerate it, so easy does it.
Stir in the pecans or chocolate chips if you're using them. Enjoy! I recommend serving with fresh fruit or little vanilla cookies. (Don't tell anyone I told you, but brownie batter dip is really yummy on s'mores! Shhhh!)
If you make Brownie Batter Dip, tell me about it in the comments!
Brownie Batter Dip
- 1 cup Pitted Dates
- 1 cup Boiling Water
- 1 can No Added Salt Black Beans, drained and rinsed
- ⅔ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2-3 tablespoon Oat Flour or Ground Oats (gluten free if needed)
- ¼ cup Chopped Pecans or Chocolate Chips (optional)
- Place boiling water and pitted dates in a bowl and cover for about 30 minutes to an hour, so the dates can soften.
- Meanwhile, if you don’t have oat flour, toss about ¼ cup of oats in a spice grinder, and grind until smooth. Set aside.
- In a high speed blender or food processor, add the dates and soaking water, black beans, cocoa, and vanilla. Process on high until smooth.
- Scoop the dip into a bowl. Stir in oat flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dip reaches a consistency you like. Remember it will get a bit thicker as it cools.
- Stir in chopped pecans or chocolate chips, if desired.
- Serve with fresh fruit, small cookies, or eat by the spoonful!