Easy & Healthy Brownies

Okay you guys I know I say this a lot buuuut … these easy and healthy brownies are truly one of my favorite recipes that I have ever made!! They are packed with chocolatey goodness, made with wholesome ingredients, and are the perfect, at least in my opinion, fudgy & slightly undercooked texture. And lastly I know we all hate this word … but they are perfectly moist. I’m sorry .. I had to say it! There was simply no other way to describe these brownies. All jokes aside, if you’re looking for a healthier spin on a classic dessert these would be absolutely perfect. They are so decadent & rich that you will truly not miss the original at all!

a stack of healthy fudgy brownies on a white plate
Easy & Healthy Brownies

The other night, as I was eating the last of my pumpkin brownies that I had stored in the freezer, I decided I urgently needed to make more brownies, and these ones specifically. I thought it was time that I finally made a healthy alternative to one of my favorite desserts. And these are just that! I can totally see this recipe being one of my go-tos and I will definitely be bringing these brownies to family events and making them for special occasions. They are just that good!

easy and healthy brownies on a white board

What you need for these Easy & Healthy Brownies!

  • coconut sugar
  • almond butter (I recommend a pretty drippy/liquidy almond butter! I love the one from Trader Joe’s)
  • eggs
  • unsweetened apple sauce
  • vanilla extract
  • whole wheat pastry flour
  • cocoa powder
  • almond milk
  • maple syrup
  • baking powder
  • chocolate chips

Now for what makes these guys a healthy alternative to the classic dessert! I used multiple ingredients that I prefer to use over typical baking ingredients like butter, white flour, and white sugar. For the sweetness in the recipe, and in almost all my recipes, I used coconut sugar and maple syrup which makes these refined sugar free! I also used whole wheat pastry flour as opposed to white flour for a more nutritiously dense dessert. I definitely recommend whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular whole wheat flour because it makes for a more soft and light baked good! Another healthy swap made in this recipe, is the use of almond butter and apple sauce in place of butter. Lastly, this recipe uses milk chocolate chips, which I love and think helped add to the decadence and richness of the brownies, but can be replaced with dairy-free chocolate chips for a completely dairy-free dessert!

easy and healthy brownies on a white board with a hand holding one of them

How to make these Easy & Healthy Brownies!

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine almond butter, coconut sugar, egg, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and almond milk until smooth.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients; whole wheat pastry flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into a greased or parchment paper lined baking pan.
  6. Top with more chocolate chips. (optional but highly recommended!)
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, let cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!
easy and healthy brownies on a white board

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Easy & Healthy Brownies

An easy and healthier take on the classic dessert!  These brownies are made with coconut sugar, maple syrup, whole wheat pastry flour, almond butter, and more wholesome ingredients.  Can be made dairy free and are refined-sugar free!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond butter 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine almond butter, coconut sugar, eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients; whole wheat pastry flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into a greased or parchment paper lined baking pan.
  6. Top with more chocolate chips. (optional but highly recommended!)
  7. Bake for 12-13 minutes. 
  8. Remove from oven, let cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!

Notes

  • I used milk chocolate chips in this recipe, which I think helped to make the brownies decadent and delicious. But you can swap the milk chocolate chips with dairy free chocolate chips for a completely dairy free recipe!

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