Healthy Brownies Recipe

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Ever wonder if healthy brownies were possible? They are! Here’s how.

Brownies are an amazing dessert. I don’t think I’ve ever met a single person who doesn’t like brownies. But what does differ from person to person, is the type of brownie they like.

Brownies come in so many different variations, and each person has a favorite. There are caky, gooey, chewy, peanut butter, mint, chocolate chip, white chocolate chip, cream cheese, black bean, walnut, and pecan brownies, just to name a few. But no matter how you like your brownies, it’s always a happy treat when you get one, no matter what type or flavor it is.

Healthy brownies stacked three high on a cutting board.

How To Make Healthy Brownies

It’s not as hard as you might think. It really all comes down to the ingredients you use. These use all-natural ingredients including whole wheat pastry flour and Sucanat, which you can also substitute with coconut sugar.

These aren’t something to eat for breakfast every morning, but I’ll take these over the processed, sugar-filled brownies at the store, any day! Your choice of chocolate chips will be important here. I use Lily’s chocolate chips because they are stevia sweetened so it cuts down on the sugar. But if sugar isn’t your concern here, then the Enjoy Life brand is a great option and is allergy friendly too.

An up close view of these healthy brownies shows all the details of this delicious dessert.

How To Make Fudgy, Gooey Brownies

What makes brownies so fudgy, soft, and gooey? Fat. There is no way around it. The more fat and chocolate (from the fat in the chocolate) you use, the gooier your brownies will be. That being said, I didn’t want to make these brownies so high in fat that they would totally dive bomb your entire day’s caloric intake, so I backed off of the fat content slightly. These are on the gooey side with just a hint of cakey-ness to them. A nice middle ground, so to speak. However, if you want them gooier, you can add an extra ½ cup of butter and an additional 1 cup of chocolate chips. Other additions such as walnuts can be added as well. ½ to 1 cup of nuts should be plenty if they are chopped.

Just cut brownies shown from the side.

How To Make Cakey Brownies

If you want your healthy brownies to be more cake-like, then you’ll want to reduce the fat a bit and add more flour. For these, you can cut back to 1/4 cup butter and use an additional 1/4 cup of cocoa powder PLUS a ½ cup more of flour PLUS a ½ cup of milk. Use only 1 cup of chocolate chips. Other additions such as nuts can be added at a ½ to 1 cup, as long as they are chopped.

A view from overhead of the cut brownies.

Healthy Brownie Recipe With Cocoa Powder

Don’t skip the cocoa powder in this recipe, no matter how you make your brownies. While you can certainly melt chocolate chips into the butter to create a solid chocolate flavor, I find that the cocoa powder allows the chocolate chips to just be themselves. Nice little nuggets of chocolate in the middle of a brownie.

How To Line A Brownie Pan

Lining your brownie pan, while not completely necessary, makes life so very much easier when it comes time to remove the brownies from your pan. I highly recommend a square cake pan. It makes cutting the brownies into even pieces easier, as well as making it much simpler to fully line your pan. You’ll want to spray your pan, but under the parchment, and over the parchment, with an oil sprayer of some sort. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1

Frit oil your pan, then cut two strips of parchment paper to the width of the base of your pan. Don’t worry about the length. Place one piece of the parchment down into the pan, pressing into the corners to score your paper so it stays in place.

Place cut parchment in a brownie pan going one direction.

Step 2

Place the second piece of cut parchment going in the other direction, and press down in the corners to score your paper so it stays in place.

Placing a second piece of parchment into a brownie pan going the opposite direction from the first.

Fold the overhang edges over and score them with your fingers so they stay down and out of the way when you pour the batter in. You do not have to score them at the edge of your pan. In fact, it’s easier to score the parchment just above the edge.

Step 3

Now spray the parchment with oil just like you did the pan.

Step three of lining the pan.
Spraying a parchment lined brownie pan with an oil sprayer.

Step 4

Now go ahead and add the batter to the pan, using a spatula to help spread it out as evenly as possible.

The batter for this Healthy Brownies Recipe spread evenly over the pan.

Step 5

Once baked, allow the brownies to cool for a bit. Once cooled down, they should easily lift out of the pan without breaking, by grasping the parchment on opposite corners. Make sure you grasp two pieces of parchment in each hand, then lift the brownies onto a cutting surface.

Using the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the baking pan.

About The Ingredients

Whole wheat pastry flour – If you can’t find any of this, look for white whole wheat flour, which is more widely available in mainstream grocery stores.

Sucanat – This is the brand name of an unprocessed sugar. You can use other unprocessed sweeteners too such as monk fruit or coconut sugar.

Unsweetened cocoa powder – You can also use cacao powder if you prefer. It’s the cleanest option.

Salt – I used pink Himalayan salt, but use whatever you normally bake with.

Butter – You can use dairy-free butter if you need it. Either way, melt it.

Large eggs – These work best at room temperature.

Chocolate chips – I use Lily’s or Enjoy Life brands. 365 also has a great sugar-free chocolate chip at Whole Foods.

How To Make Healthy Brownies

Step three of lining the pan.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line your pan as instructed above.

Mixing the dry ingredients for this Healthy Brownies Recipe

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

Adding the wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips in this Healthy Brownies Recipe.

To the dry ingredients, add the melted butter and eggs, and stir well to combine. This batter should be slightly on the thicker side. Lastly, stir in your chocolate chips.

The batter for this Healthy Brownies Recipe spread evenly over the pan.

Scoop the batter into the parchment-lined pan and smooth with a spatula to spread it as evenly as possible.

The baked brownies fresh out of the oven and still in the pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes.

Using the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the baking pan.

Lift the brownies out of the pan onto a flat cutting surface and cut three times in each direction. If the brownies begin to crumble too much, then they need to cool down a bit more before you continue cutting.

The freshly cut brownies, still sitting on the cutting board.

Serve with a glass of milk!

How To Store Healthy Brownies

These are best kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. But they should be brought to room temperature or warmed for serving. If packed well, these will freeze well for up to 4 months.

Recipe Supplies

If you need a brownie pan, there are some pretty creative ones on Amazon these days. Here are a few I found. (Affiliate links)

Basic square cake pan perfect for brownies, sold on Amazon. (Affiliate link)
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Healthy brownies stacked three high.

Healthy Brownies

A delicious, no-grain, homemade brownie everyone will love!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley

Ingredients

Brownie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup Sucanat (or coconut sugar)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup butter (melted)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I use Lily's or Enjoy Life brands)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line your pan as instructed above.
    Step three of lining the pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
    Mixing the dry ingredients for this Healthy Brownies Recipe
  • To the dry ingredients, add the melted butter and eggs, and stir well to combine. This batter should be slightly on the thicker side. Lastly, stir in your chocolate chips.
    Adding the wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips in this Healthy Brownies Recipe.
  • Scoop the batter into the parchment lined pan and smooth with a spatula to spread it as evenly as possible.
    The batter for this Healthy Brownies Recipe spread evenly over the pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes.
    The baked brownies fresh out of the oven and still in the pan.
  • Lift the brownies out of the pan onto a flat cutting surface and cut three times each direction. If the brownies begin to crumble too much, then they need to cool down a bit more before you continue cutting.
    Using the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the baking pan.
  • Serve with a glass of milk!
    The freshly cut brownies, still sitting on the cutting board.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

This post from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 10/26/10. Recipe has been changed to update and improve.

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111 Comments

  1. Do you have a suggestion for an alternative to the almond ingredients? We are going clean but have an all nut allergic child. I appreciate your help.

  2. My child is allergic to all nuts. Now we have never been tested for coconuts, or introduced anything coconut to him. However, I am willing to bet since he is allergic to all nuts that this would be one we need to steer clear of as well. I will try the second link you gave, thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi, Tiffany. I just HAD to come by and tell you thanks for such a great recipe! I made these for my husband for Valentine’s Day as a surprise since I hadn’t made brownies for about 3 years. Since Valentine’s Day I have made 6 batches! Both of our adult children and 3 granddaughters love them and I have to hide some so that my husband always has some.
    By the way, I’ve made some double batches and carefully stored them in the freezer until we need more. Thanks, again!

  4. Hey Tiffany! Another great recipe and I can’t wait to try it! however I don’t have a right size pan for this so could I bake this in a 12 cup muffin tray? Any adjustments to the temperature and time? Thanks for your help! (:

    1. Natalie – Yes, but I would use cupcake papers so they don’t get stuck in the wells. I would start checking them 10 minutes before done time to be sure they don’t over bake. Let me know how they turn out!

  5. Right, I’ll do that. What about the temperature? I’ve just started getting into baking so I’m not sure how these things work.

  6. 5 stars
    These brownies are delicious! I totally feel like I am cheating on my healthy eating but, I’m not!

    1. Dianna – I’m so happy you liked them! 😀 They do feel a bit sinful, but that’s the beauty of clean eating. You don’t have to give up a ton of stuff!

  7. Can’t wait to try recipe soon…..but was wondering, ….why egg whites? Is that for health reasons or just works better? I actually prefer whole egg, but if egg white only then I shall do that….and if whole egg ok, then do u think would still be same amount? Thank you

    1. Nicole – I did that to help reduce the overall fat content. If you prefer, you can use 2 whole eggs.

  8. Thank you for letting me know about eggs….I am so new to this 🙂

  9. Do you have the nutritional info for these? They sound amazing!

  10. Marilyn McCorriston says:

    So interested to make this for my Mother in Law who just had a stroke. I couldn’t find the nutritional data, can you please
    give me the link?

    1. Marilyn – You would need to enter the recipe into a recipe calculator. MyFitnessPal.com makes it super easy.

  11. I came here looking for the almond butter/honey/egg brownie recipe with no flour. It was here, and now it is gone. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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