Healthy Chocolate Brownies

Sometimes you get a craving that only sticky gooey Chocolate Brownies can fill.  Well now you can indulge guilt free with this amazing recipe for Healthy Chocolate Brownies – or Health’ier’ Chocolate Brownies at least!  It’s grain-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free so there’s no processed nasties in it.  The main ingredient is almond butter which is full of protein and healthy fats and the only sweet ingredient is honey!  You’ll never believe these are made without sugar or flour!

Look how chewy and moist they look!

These Healthy Chocolate Brownies are so easy to make.  Everything is mixed in one bowl so minimal fuss and washing up!  Start by preheating the oven to 190C (375F) and greasing a baking tin (the one I used was 8×6 inches).  Using an electric mixer, mix the almond butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, honey, eggs and vanilla essence until they are all combined.  Add the cacao powder and mix again.  i like to use cacao powder as it’s less refined than cocoa powder but the outcome will be the same whichever one you use.

Finally, add the bicarbonate of soda and mix one final time.  Pour the mixture into the greased baking tin and bake in the oven at 190C (375F) for 12 minutes.Healthy Chocolate Brownies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo & Vegetarian

You want the Brownie to still be a bit wobbly when you remove it from the oven.  Don’t worry if you think it is a bit under-cooked.  It will firm up as it cools.  if you cook it anymore you will end up with a cakier texture instead of a fudgey, gooey brownie.  Allow the Brownie to cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes.  Once cooled you will be able to turn it out and slice it.  Slice into 12 large pieces or about 20 smaller Brownie Bites.Healthy Chocolate Brownies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo & Vegetarian

These are squidgy and moist and have that amazing dense Brownie texture.  These Healthy Chocolate Brownies are perfect for a quick snack as they’re high in protein or you could serve them as dessert with a scoop of Frozen Banana Ice Cream!  Or just treat yourself with a cup of tea.  I served them recently as dessert at a family lunch and everyone couldn’t get enough of them – especially the kids!  They’re usually the biggest critics and they didn’t have a clue that they were a healthier version.  If you have a sweet tooth but can’t eat grains, gluten or refined sugars, you’ll love my Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins or for a super-sweet hit, my Coconut Ice!Healthy Chocolate Brownies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo & Vegetarian

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Healthy Chocolate Brownies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo & Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Healthy Chocolate Brownies by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Refined Sugarfree, Paleo & Vegetarian
  1. Preheat oven to 190C (375F)
  2. Mix together the almond butter, melted coconut oil, coconut milk, honey, vanilla essence and eggs in an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Add the cacao or cocoa powder and mix again.
  4. Grease a baking tin with butter or oil - mine was 8x6 inches.
  5. Add the bicarbonate of soda, mix again and pour into the baking tin.
  6. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes. You don't want it to cook all the way through or you'll end up with a cake. It needs to be quite wobbly when you take it out of the oven to stay moist and gooey.
  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then cut into 12 large pieces o2 20 brownie bites!
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Allergy & Dietary Information for Healthy Chocolate Brownies

This Healthy Chocolate Brownie recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free & Dairy-Free.  It’s also suitable for Paleo & Vegetarian Diets.

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131 Comments Add yours

  1. Trying to lose weight, so should really try and make these when i’m feeling like being bad! It looks delicious 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Garner Masarik says:

    Thanks for the advice about the brownie still being a bit wobbly when you pull it out of the oven. I often have a tendency to overcook brownies and such.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Yup, the first time I made them I ended up with cake! I was a bit scared to take them out still wobbly but it really works!

  3. Emily Lauren says:

    Yum! These look so yummy and the photos are gorgeous. My sister loves foods like this, as she counts her macros, and I’ll totally share this with her. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Tia says:

      Is that safe with egg being in it ?

  4. catchingupwithclaireelizabeth says:

    Super easy recipe! I love that it is a healthier option, will definitely have to try@

  5. robin masshole mommy says:

    Woah, healthy brownies? I need to try this recipe and STAT!! Yum!

  6. fashionbeyondforty says:

    You had me at chocolate! Being healthy is just a really nice bonus! These look especially yummy with the addition of strawberries!

  7. New Labels Only says:

    Looks absolutely tasty! I have been trying to cut my sugar intake and this would suit me greatly! The recipe looks pretty easy to follow too!

  8. Punkafoo Crafts says:

    Looks yummy. Think I may have to try this. Love chocolate, and who said chocolate can’t be healthy

  9. Your recipes always look so good. I’d probably weigh twice as much if I commited to preparing everything I see you post. I’m making these brownies though…

  10. These brownies look amazing! How are they free of all the stuff I should avoid?! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  11. You make healthy look so good!

  12. momknowsbest15 says:

    I so need to make these. They look so good!

  13. Andrea Broom says:

    These brownies look so fudgy and moist, I really like the idea of adding coconut milk in the mix. Brownies are the way to my heart.

  14. Megan Ogden says:

    Exactly where have you been all my life??? Talking to the recipe Emma! Haha! Seriously, brownies are my weakness!!! THANK YOU!!!!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Haha thought you were talking to me! 🙂

  15. These look delicious and I like the fact that they are so easy to make 🙂 x

  16. Josselyn Radillo says:

    I need to try this recipe and share it with my aunt she loves to bake and brownies are her favorite ones

  17. Krysten says:

    I’m on a diet, but I always crave chocolate. I would have to make these because they don’t look as bad for you as other options. My stomach is growling just thinking of them!

  18. Those look delicious! And easy to make vegan, too. Never made brownies before but I’ll have to try it.

  19. Healthy chocolate brownies – that’s a dream come true. I can’t wait to try these. They look awesome.

  20. mystyle5 says:

    Awesome recipe, full of good for you stuff! I’ll try it this weekend <3

  21. Karlyn Cruz says:

    Yummy! I’m really glad that you shared this fantastic recipe!! I’ll try it this weekend.

  22. Ryan Escat says:

    My wife will surely love this brownies! It looks yummy and tasty!

  23. I am definitely trying this one!

    The How-to Guru

  24. Sarah Bailey says:

    Finally. a guilt free chocolate brownies for me. I love chocolates and I can’t resist any of its kind.

  25. Pinned and can’t wait to try these! I once made ones with avocados and they were a disaster but these ingredients look like they will be awesome.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I’m yet try the avocado ones – sounds like I shouldn’t bother lol!

  26. lifeandessie says:

    You had me at ‘healthy chocolate’ Where do I sign up?

  27. Delicious! My family would love me to bits when I make this for them. We love our chocolate and this would be perfect for the weekend when everyone’s home.

  28. Chocolate brownies that are healthy?! I am all over these! They look delicious! xo

  29. kage2015 says:

    I am all about homemade anything and these brownies are just begging me to make them this afternoon.

  30. Those look so yummy, I can’t believe they’re healthy!!

  31. Brownie cravings are real and these look amazing! I have seen gluten-free brownies before, but they never look this DELICIOUS!

  32. Emma these look amazing!!!! Brownies are my favorite indulgence!!! So good! XO

  33. I love how easy these are! And that I have everything I need for these in my pantry!

  34. chei says:

    Oh looks so yummy! My children loves brownies. I will make this for them.

  35. Anna Burbano says:

    Mhmm, these all look delicious! Also, I LOVE the way that your blog is formatted (especially the recipes).

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks it’s a free wordpress theme called Dyad and a free recipe plug-in!

  36. nlampert says:

    I’m definitely saving this recipe for later because there are a lot of gluten and dairy-free people in my family who would love these!

  37. Wandering JM says:

    Looks really yummy. We might try to do this coming weekend. It looks so simple to prepare.

  38. I’m trying to lose weight and get fit, but I still love the occasional sweets! These look amazing!

  39. These looks so good! This morning I was thinking that I could go for a chocolately baked good. I might have to try out this recipe!

  40. loisaltermark says:

    Those look so delicious! And because they’re healthy, I can eat half a dozen, right?!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      of course 🙂 – well, I did anyway!

  41. Saidat says:

    I love baking. I will like to try this recipe. It looks yummy.

  42. neha says:

    A chocolate brownie that is healthy. What else would one need !! I am going to try it soon

  43. says:

    These Brownies look amazing! I’m always excited to find healthy versions of my favorite treats, so this is right up my alley. Even better, I just happen to have all the ingredients in my pantry at this very moment, so as soon as I finish up some blog work, guess what I’m doing?!

  44. Healthy brownies?! Yes please!! I always feel so guilty after eating brownies, but they are my favorite.. Must try these asap!

  45. You have made my day!! A brownie that is healthy?! Yes, please!

  46. First time visitor here and I wanted to say that I LOVE the huge image in your theme for the post. It makes the brownies even more delicious!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      LOL thanks – someone else said that too – makes them hungry the whole time they’re scrolling down the page! Thanks for stopping by!

  47. Jen says:

    I love brownies and the fact that you could do a healthy one is just awesome. Thank you so much for this.

  48. loveyoumoretoo says:

    Those sounds so good! I am all about healthy chocolate desserts!!

  49. These look absolutely delicious! Definitely need to try out this recipe. I’ve never baked with bicarbonate of soda…. do you happen to know where to find that at the store?

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It’s in the baking section. Baking powder is just bicarbonate of soda mixed with cornstarch. So if you cant eat grains and starches like I can’t, it best to get the bicarbonate of soda (or can be called baking soda)

  50. Ana De-Jesus says:

    I can’t even believe these are healthy because they look insanely delicious. I would love to try some right now!

  51. bitesofflavor says:

    These look delicious! I would have never thought about adding peanut butter to a brownie recipe… it sounds amazing!!

  52. Dani Muñoz says:

    Gah, I LOVE brownies! Thank you for creating a healthy recipe that looks delicious but won’t pack on bad calories!

  53. Jennifer says:

    Ok, you had me at ‘healthy’ and ‘chocolate’ lol, cant wait to try it out, visiting from Blogging with Heart

  54. annemarkey1 says:

    I love brownies! Making healthy ones might make it hard for me to not eat them or make them all the time 🙂

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      But they’re healthy…so it doesn’t matter 🙂

  55. Sarah says:

    These look amazing! I’ve been looking for healthier chocolate treats, and I actually have most of these ingredients in my cupboard! Can you buy almond butter in a normal supermarket please?
    I definitely need to try these!

  56. Awesome recipe! I’m going to try making these. My children is going to love it

  57. featherflint says:

    Omg! I can’t believe how simple this recipe is – and the batter looks just like brownie batter, which is the best part!

  58. Brownies are one of the best foods ever invented. Served warm. Yummy goodness.

  59. Nicole Anderson says:

    Seeing as I am not exactly the best cook or baker in the world and I needed something to make for an outing with my nephew…you have just solved my dilemma with this creation! This looks easy enough (and tasty enough) for me not to mess it up! Thanks for sharing.

  60. Athena says:

    I will have to try these for my husband. He has made many changes to his diet and these would fit in perfectly.

  61. Belle says:

    Yum! That looks so good and I love that it’s healthy!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  62. Stacy says:

    These look delicious! I’ll have to try them sometime.

  63. alisonrost says:

    These! These have moved to the top of my need to make list. I’m not even kidding .. they’re the perfect recipe for the weekend. Thank-you so much for another great post!

  64. Oh my goodness, I’m drooling! They look so rich and fudgy! I need to try these asap!

  65. Joanna says:

    Brownies used to be my childhood sweet! And that’s exactly how I like them, dense and gooey! It’s even better when they are healthy but taste the same: yummy!

  66. Elizabeth O. says:

    WOW! You weren’t kidding about the healthy part. I think it’s awesome that it’s also very easy to make. I would make this in no time!

  67. Azlin Bloor says:

    They look awesome, so moist! Never had chocolate brownies with coconut milk, really curious about the flavour!

  68. Mrs. D says:

    Oh, my goodness! I’m drooling right now, That sticky and gooey brownie looks really good. Thanks for sharing!

  69. Hannah Marie says:

    Wow! I didn’t know it’s possible to make brownies without sugar. And I learned about the cacao powder and cocoa powder 🙂

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Sugar can be replaced by honey in most recipes – honey is less bad for your body as it is unrefined so I usually swap it out in my baking 🙂

  70. Ruth I. says:

    Hooray for healthy chocolate brownies! I love chocolates and I always bake brownies, but it’s too sweet. I would love to try this!

  71. Bailey says:

    I was just saying I needed to make something sweet today! This will be my guilt-free way to do so!

  72. These look really good! Will have to try making it as well!

  73. I just love brownies! These look so good, and the fact that they are healthy as well is an added bonus. Can’t wait to try making them!

  74. Can`t wait to try it !! I am a such huge brownie fan, it`s one of my favorite desserts. I am definitely going to pin it so I can do it this weekend . ♥

  75. Oh wow, these look delicious. I’ve always loved brownies, but have never been able to make any myself that didn’t turn out rubbish! I’ll have to give these ones a try and see if I can finally crack the brownie curse 🙂

  76. Oh wow. how good do these look? I love that they are so allergy-friendly too. Kaz 🙂

  77. Michelle says:

    Omg can’t even with this, brownies are the best thing in the world! Can’t wait to try this recipe! 😀

  78. Lindsey says:

    These looks freaking insane, i can not even deal with it! Can not believe they are healthy too.

    Lindsey x

  79. MayaNyssa says:

    WOW those look good. I will have to veganize them and give them a try!

  80. Anvita says:

    Would love to try these. These look really good. Perfect for the weekend

  81. lex says:

    brownies are always my thing so this is a very big yes to it al..

  82. wildish jess says:

    These looks so gooey! Totally my kind of brownie!

  83. This looks yummy and delicious.i love anything made from chocolate. Especially when iced. I will love to try this.

  84. helenvella says:

    Looks like it would be healthier LOL, great images and looks really yummy

  85. Sushmita Thakare Jain says:

    Love Brownies 😀
    These ones sound delicious, thanks for sharing 🙂

  86. danay says:

    This is so pinworthy. Saved it for the next time the fam asks for brownies, which will probably be in 3…2…1

  87. shaunawlkr79 says:

    Omgoodness talk about yummy! Oh those look so good! I am going to ask my daughter to make these!

  88. I love brownies! And the fact that these are healthy makes me already love them THAT much more! I will make these ASAP.

  89. Julie Cao says:

    I have a hard time with chocolate brownies due to too many sugar involved. I am so glad that I find your receipt that allows us to make brownie without adding sugar and flour. I would love to try to make it myself one day and have afternoon snack with coffee or tea.

  90. These sound fab and love the fact that they’re healthy as well x

  91. Ahhhh they look delicious and gooey! Just the kind of brownies, I love. I need to learn how to make brownies without the box mix; I totally love that these are healthy!

  92. These look amazing! I love that they are so easy to make! Sharing!

  93. Those brownies look amazing, and them being healthier makes it all the more enticing.

  94. mrsmapp3 says:

    You had me at chocolate! I love chocolate in so many ways. I’m going to have to check this out to see how I make small changes in my diet.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      You don’t even realise they’re healthy! That’s the best thing about them!

  95. I can’t say no to this tempting brownies! I must try this at home.

  96. Diane Deehan says:

    Any chance you could start adding calories per portion?

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Hi Diane – because of the specific diet that I follow and the reasons why (to help with my Lupus condition and alleviate symptoms) I dont count calories. If you want to input my recipes into a website such as this one – it will give you calorie totals for any recipe.

  97. That looks good! Chocolaty and moist! Nice!

  98. moondreams says:

    I love brownies and these look so good! I’ll have to give them a try!

  99. lacyngo says:

    I love this recipe! Looks so good!

  100. lacyngo says:

    I love this recipe! These brownies look so good!

  101. I am a fan of brownies – always and forever! The fact, that they are healthy makes me so excited!
    xo Debbie |

  102. Amanda Kruse says:

    These look so delicious!

  103. Nichole says:

    I love all of the clean ingredients in your brownies and the almond butter sounds amazing!

  104. taite says:

    I am ALWAYS looking for new healthy desserts! Yum!

  105. Avery Yaktus says:

    These look absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for sharing

  106. Kerri Wigle says:

    These looks SO good!

  107. Chhavi says:

    I have been following your recipes…this one looks looks heavenly..

  108. YUM I cannot wait to recreate these. they look amazing

    Xo Mindy

  109. Looks so rich and moist! Yes pls!

  110. moondreams says:

    You are making me want brownies so bad! These look so mouth watering good!

  111. I never thought to use Almond butter. I like this idea! Looks like a great recipe to try!

  112. Corinne says:

    these brownies look incredible – I love the idea of giving my kids healthier treats!

  113. These are perfect for the healthy ones out there! Chocolate is not something that is fun to give up!

  114. confettiandbliss says:

    I love everything about this healthy brownie recipe. I’m sharing this recipe with my daughter right now!

  115. Sayantini says:

    Wow, this looks so delish! I’ll try this recipe for sure 🙂

  116. Twinkle says:

    Wow I would love to try this for weekend as a desert. Its so good and healthy as well. I am a big choclate lover .

  117. Lucy says:

    How many calories?

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Hi Lucy – because of the specific diet that I follow and the reasons why (to help with my Lupus condition and alleviate symptoms) I dont count calories. If you want to input my recipes into a website such as this one – it will give you calorie totals for any recipe.

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