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4-Ingredient Flourless Healthy Brownies

Flourless Healthy Brownies made with 4 basic ingredients are a moist, fudgy brownies treat with benefits! With no added flour, sugar, oil, dairy, or grains, this easy brownie recipe will surely be a staple in your home!

4-Ingredient Healthy Flourless Brownies - an easy fudgy brownie recipe that is grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and delicious!

A few weeks ago, I decided to cut out all excess sugars, including less refined sugars like coconut sugar, honey, even sugar-free sweeteners, etc. While for me sugar cravings do lessen with time, chocolate cravings really hold strong.

You could say chocoholism runs thick in my blood veins.

My father ate chocolate mousse every single day when he was in his twenties, still drinks chocolate milk, and will destroy a bowl of raw chocolate chip cookie dough if given the opportunity…so you could say I just can’t help it.

And boy oh boy do I fiend.

And I’m thusly always looking for chocolatey goodies that I can regularly enjoy without a lot of added sugar.

Enter: these Flourless Healthy Brownies.

Made with 4 ingredients, zero of which are natural or refined sugar, ultra fudgy and moist, grain-free, dairy-free, oil-free, basically free of everything but these 4 ingredients…let’s chat about them.

 

Ingredients for Flourless Healthy Brownies:

Ripe Banana: The majority of the sweetness and much of the bulk of these brownies come from ripe bananas! Be sure the bananas you use are ultra ripe, meaning they have many brown spots or are even fully brown. Yes you can taste the banana!

Almond Butter: Creamy unsweetened almond butter takes the place of flour and oil in this brownie recipe. It serves as the ingredient that binds everything together, makes it nice and creamy, moist, and fudgy. Almond butter is a miracle ingredient in this recipe! You can also use peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini, or sunflower seed butter. Just be sure whatever you use is well-stirred and is all-natural (doesn’t contain added oil or sugar).

Egg: 1 egg makes these fudge brownies nice and light, similar to mousse! It also helps stabilize the recipe so that it bakes evenly and holds together well.

Sea Salt: Just a pinch of sea salt helps bring out the sweetness of the banana and also adds a well-rounded richness. Don’t skip it, especially if the nut butter you’re using contains no salt.

Cocoa Powder: The chocolate portion of this adventure. I like using raw cacao powder, but you can also use regular unsweetened cocoa powder. It adds that rich chocolatey niceness to these brownies…essential!

Optional Add Ins: Add ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans for a texture infusion. If you’re looking for a sweeter brownie, add 2 to 4 tablespoons coconut sugar or sugar-free sweetener (like Swerve, Monk Fruit Sweetener, Truvia, etc). Add ½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips if you dare!

Healthy Flourless Brownies made with banana and almond butter - grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, oil-free and delicious

I’m going to give it to you straight – these brownies do not taste like actual brownies by any stretch of the imagination. They are more like banana chocolate fudge bars if there is such a thing. 

Are they sweet? Yes, but not overly so. Are they rich? Absolutely. Do you make these when you’re craving something sultry and decadent? No…you make these when you’re looking for a treat made with zero added sugar. 😉

Now that you’ve been debriefed, let’s bake a batch!

How to Make Flourless Healthy Brownies:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 8” x 8” baking pan with parchment paper.

Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl until creamy. It’s okay to leave the bananas chunky if you’re okay with it.

Mash bananas in a measuring cup or bowl

Whisk the egg and almond butter into the mashed bananas and stir well until very well-combined.

Whisk the eggs, banana, and almond butter together in a mixing bowl

Add the cocoa powder and stir well until combined. Note that the cocoa powder won’t want to stir into the batter easily, so it will take a little bit of elbow grease to get it to all combine together.

Stir in the cocoa powder

Flourless brownie batter in a mixing bowl

Transfer the batter to the parchment-lined baking dish and smooth into an even layer.

Brownie batter in a baking pan

Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes until the brownies feel firm when gently poked in the center.

Allow brownies to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Batch of healthy flourless brownies

Make Them Vegan!:

Simply omit the egg and add 1/4 cup of additional almond butter to make these brownies vegan! They hold together very nicely without the egg and there is no need for an egg replacer 🙂

Enjoy!

More Healthy Brownies Recipes:

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4-Ingredient Healthy Flourless Brownies - an easy fudgy brownie recipe that is grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and delicious!

Healthy Flourless Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free oil-free healthy brownie recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas, about 1 1/2 cups mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 8” x 8” baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl until creamy. It’s okay to leave the bananas chunky if you’re okay with it. Whisk the egg and almond butter into the mashed bananas and stir well until very well-combined. Add the cocoa powder and stir well until combined. Note that the cocoa powder won’t want to stir into the batter easily, so it will take a little bit of elbow grease to get it to all combine together.
  3. Transfer the batter to the parchment-lined baking dish and smooth into an even layer.
  4. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes until the brownies feel firm when gently poked in the center.
  5. Allow brownies to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 13gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g
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L. Sparling

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Do you think it would work if I sub almond butter for sunflower seed butter ?

Julia

Monday 25th of January 2021

Absolutely! I've made them with sunflower seed butter and love them that way too! :D xoxo

Alicia

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Can you use bananas that have been in the freezer?

Julia

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Hi Alicia,

That's a great question! I'm not sure because I haven't tested it. In my experience, bananas that have been frozen and thawed tend to be much wetter than ripe bananas that haven't been frozen. If you try it using frozen bananas, I would thaw them all the way and not use the excess liquid that comes out from thawing. Let me know if you try it!

Brandy

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

I made these last night and can't believe how fudgy and yummy they are! Came out looking exactly like the picture too! Great recipe, well enjoyed!

Julia

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

I'm so happy you like them, Brandy!! Thanks so much for reporting back! xoxo

Sal

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Adding a banana is adding sugar and a good amount of it. Still ends up high carb food that will spike blood sugar

Kelly J

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

@Sal, this comment is useless and unproductive. Bananas are sweet, we all know this! The beautiful part about this recipe is that it relies on the natural sugars rather than adding them. If bananas get your pants in a wad maybe go eat some celery?!

Julia

Friday 4th of December 2020

Hey Sal. The post says "no added sweetener." Bananas aren't considered a sweetener (unless I've missed something and they're condensed down and packaged up and sold at the grocery store in granulated form...in which case, I want in) Those with blood sugar issues are aware they need to stay away from fruit in high quantities. Nowhere in the post did I suggest diabetics eat these muffins, and nowhere on my site do I claim every single recipe is meant for people with high blood sugar. Common, man!

Lisa Manske

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

We have also eliminated all sweeteners except fruit. We will use sweeteners on actual holidays and birthdays, but not other days. I think my kids will love these, thank you for the recipe!

Julia

Friday 4th of December 2020

My pleasure! I hope your family enjoys them! xoxox

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