Clean Eating Brownies Recipe (2024)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 4

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

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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.

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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.

Largeeggs – 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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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More Healthy Brownies

  • Flourless Brownies
  • Freedom Brownies (allergy friendly)
  • Slow Cooker Brownies

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Healthy Brownies

A delicious, no-grain, homemade brownie everyone will love!

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes minutes

Servings: 16 brownies

Calories: 215kcal

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)

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Instructions

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

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • Serve with a glass of milk!

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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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Clean Eating Brownies Recipe (2024)

FAQs

Why are they called S * * * * * brownies? ›

The Londoner describes why they called them "slu*tty brownies" perfectly: "they're oh so easy, and more than a little bit filthy." Just as simple as I would've imagined. They are as easy to make as they are messy to eat. If you look up slu*tty Brownies on Pinterest there are thousands of recipes listed.

What does adding an extra egg to brownie mix do? ›

If you want to get a little more creative with your brownie mix hacks, add an extra egg to the batter. The extra protein will help thicken up the batter and make it fluffier, creating a more decadent, fudgy texture. You can also add the yolk by itself in addition to the 2 eggs a box brownie mix typically calls for.

Should brownies come out clean? ›

For fudgy brownies, you'll want to see some moist crumbs attached to the toothpick when you pull it back out. If it looks like it's covered in brownie batter, the brownies will need to bake a bit longer. If the toothpick is totally clean, the brownies may already be over-baked.

What is unhealthy in brownies? ›

If you want to eat brownies all day, you probably a) really like brownies and b) feel like you are not allowed to eat brownies. Brownies are considered by most people to be “unhealthy” because they are high in sugar, fat, and calories.

What does brownies do to your body? ›

Brownies are a great source of protein and fiber, which helps you feel full longer. Protein also works as an appetite suppressant, so you won't be as tempted to snack on unhealthy foods later on in the day. There are so many reasons why adding brownies to your diet is a great idea. First of all, they're delicious!

What is the new word for brownies? ›

Canada Girl Guides renamed Brownies, new name Embers meant to be more inclusive The new name, Embers, was approved overwhelmingly by members and is meant to be more inclusive. Past and present Girl Guides said the old name caused harm and even prevented or delayed their joining.

What do they call brownies in England? ›

United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, Brownies were originally called Rosebuds. Rosebuds was started in 1914 and was originally for girls aged 8–11. Rosebuds was renamed to Brownies in 1915.

What did they rename brownies? ›

11, the organization announced Brownies will now be called Embers. Embers is the program for seven and eight-year-old girls. Parents whose kids are in Girl Guides received an email explaining the change.

Should you beat eggs before adding to brownie mix? ›

Cookbook author and food stylist Jerrelle Guy might have given away the secret: In an article for The Kitchn, Guy suggests the secret to a "glossy" and lifted brownie — like the ones you see in bakeries and restaurants — is to beat the eggs and the sugar together for 10 minutes before adding additional ingredients.

Do you beat eggs before adding to brownie mix? ›

The butter and chocolate are melted and then the eggs, sugar and vanilla are added. The eggs and sugar should be beaten just enough to break up the eggs and slightly dissolve the sugar.

What makes brownies fudgy vs cakey? ›

Fudgy brownies have a higher fat-to-flour ratio than cakey ones. So add more fat—in this case, butter and chocolate. A cakey batch has more flour and relies on baking powder for leavening. The amount of sugar and eggs does not change whether you're going fudgy or cakey.

What is the white stuff in brownies? ›

Chocolate, or compound chocolate will bloom, and turn white... or part of the inclusions/toppings will turn white if the fat in the chocolate was held at higher than specified temperatures or the fat in the chocolate or compound had oxidized.

Should brownies be refrigerated? ›

Do Brownies Need to Be Refrigerated? Brownies don't need to be refrigerated, but they'll hold up a few more days if they are. Unless your brownies include more perishable ingredients like fresh fruit or cream cheese frosting, they'll be fine at room temperature as long as they're stored in an airtight container.

What happens if you leave oil out of brownies? ›

Most of the liquid water in a batter will evaporate out as the batter bakes, so if water is the only source of moisture you're more likely to get a bread or crack-like consistency than a fudgy or pillowy brownie.

Can a brownie be healthy? ›

Since brownies are not nutritionally dense, they are not usually regarded as a healthy food. However, brownies do have some health benefits that might be surprising due to their chocolate content. Chocolate is a source of antioxidants and has been found to help lower blood pressure and increase good cholesterol levels.

What is a healthy substitute for oil in brownies? ›

Healthy Substitutes For Oil In Baking
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce.
  • Nut Butters.
  • Silken Tofu.
  • Aquafaba.
  • Mashed Banana, Pumpkin or Sweet Potato.
  • Check Out These Oil-Free Recipes.
  • Resources.
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What can I add to brownies to make them better? ›

Stir in semisweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chunks, and shards off the block for a chocolate brownie that's even more chocolaty. If you have leftover holiday treats, crumble in candy bars, peppermints, chopped candied ginger, or crushed cookies.

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