When only chocolate brownies will do, but you want to avoid conventional flour and sugar-laden recipes, try these healthier treats. They are naturally gluten free, much lighter in carbohydrates and richer in nutrients than regular brownies too, thanks to the ground almonds they contain instead of flour. And, using only a handful of dates and the sugar found in dark chocolate to sweeten them, they avoid the sickly sweet overload, but still taste satisfying and fudgy so you won’t feel deprived at all. Kids also love them – we recently made a batch for our daughter’s birthday party and they went down a storm. For those avoiding dairy, you can replace the butter with either coconut oil or ethical palm shortening.

Ingredients - makes 10 brownies

•  100g ground almonds

•  ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

•  120g 70-80% dark chocolate

•  8 medjool dates, stones removed

•  2 large eggs

•  110g unsalted butter, coconut oil or ethical palm shortening

•  2 tsp vanilla extract