The Best Healthy Brownies

Who here loves brownies?✋

I know I do! For me, the mark of a good brownie is when you bite into one and it’s soft and gooey on the inside 🤤  Who else agrees?

Well I have good news for you all, I have made a recipe for gooey brownies just like these that are actually healthier for you, as they have no flour, no refined sugar, no butter, and no eggs. So they’re perfect for anyone else who’s vegan gluten-free too! It’s a total win! You can enjoy them knowing they only contain natural ingredients. What’s not to love 😉

So while these brownies may be healthy, they’re also delicious (just ask my fam 😆) and supercharged with that intense chocolate flavour we all know and love.

And super fudgy! Have I mentioned that yet? Regardless, it bears repeating. I mean, just look at them!!!

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If you’re someone who has made a New Year’s resolution to make this year one where you start eating healthier, exercising, and generally being your best self, that’s amazing! Go you! 👊 I understand that it can be a lot of change all at once though. So if the occasion arises where you feel like a little treat, these healthy brownies are there for you.

Because, let’s be honest here, sometimes you just need a brownie. A gooey, chocolatey, luxurious brownie that’s so good it sends shivers down your spine.

Now, personally, I think New Year’s resolutions aren’t always the way to go, but instead prefer to set little goals along the way that allow you to be more flexible and also something you can hit and tick off as you go during the year. However, in saying this, I fully support you in keeping your resolutions. So, with this recipe, you can have your brownies and your resolutions. It’s a win-win, with a side of chocolate 😜.

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What’s even better: these healthy brownies are super easy to make and don’t require any fancy ingredients!

Before we get started in learning how to make these wonderful healthy brownies – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes and tips I share!

How To Make Healthy Brownies

This healthy brownie recipe is a twist on @pickuplimes delicious Sugar-Free Fudgy Two-Bite Brownies recipe. That’s where I got the idea to eat these amazing brownies with a little peanut butter and jam! 😋 Mmm mmm such a good combo.

These brownies bites are refined sugar free, and are instead sweetened naturally with dates.

They also go extremely well with vegan ice cream, coconut whip, or a plant based yogurt (my fav yoghurt to have is my homemade coconut yoghurt).

I hope you enjoy these gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, vegan brownies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp filtered water
  • 10 soft medjool dates, pitted (soak them in hot water for 5 mins or so to soften if hard)
  • 1/3 cup organic cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (activated if possible, as it’s better for your GI tract)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the ground flaxseeds and water until well combined, then let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to thicken and become a gel-like consistency (this will become your flax egg).
  3. While you’re waiting, add the walnuts to a your food processor and blend until the walnuts become a flour-like consistency.
  4. Add this flour to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  5. After soaking the dates in hot water to soften them, drain and add them to the food processor. Blend until they become a soft, sticky “mashed” mixture.
  6. Transfer the date mixture to the mixing bowl with the ground-up walnuts, and add the flax egg, and the rest of the remaining ingredients.
  7. Mix together until well combined.
  8. Next, line or oil a mini-muffin tin (I used coconut oil), and spoon some of the mixture into each mould.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the brownie.
  10. Let the brownies cool in their tray for around 10 minutes or so before removing them from the tin.
  11. I topped mine with some berry jam and peanut butter. Enjoy!
  12. Store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or keep frozen for up to one month.

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Did You Try This Recipe?

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🖤 Vanessa