Healthy Brownies (Vegan, GF)

Make these fudgy, one-bowl healthy brownies, made without eggs or dairy, and full of lots of chocolatey flavor thanks to the chocolate ganache topping.  These vegan brownies are rich in flavor but somehow fewer than 200 calories each!

A stack of healthy brownies sit in the foreground with a plate of more brownies behind it.

I love a good brownie. In fact, I’ve made several variations of brownies here on the site, including black bean brownies!

I know. The idea of black beans in a brownie may not sound enticing, but it’s actually pretty good. Because as much as I love a sweet treat, finding ways to make those sweet treats healthier is a lot of fun.

That’s where these healthy brownies come in.

How to Make Healthy Brownies

Brownies fall into two categories: ones that are ooey-gooey fudgy chocolate, and those that are more cake-like. It makes it tricky delivering the perfect recipe for folks because not everyone agrees on what makes a brownie perfect.

That said, I think there is a third category: healthy brownies. Because sometimes you want a brownie without all the calories, and with ingredients that provide a little more nutritional value. I mean, chocolate is actually a super food, so why not have a brownie that takes advantage of that!

So, here are the ingredients in these healthy brownies:

  • coconut sugar
  • chia seeds
  • coconut yogurt
  • almond milk
  • rolled oats
  • almond flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking powder
  • chocolate chips
  • Ripple  half and half (or any creamy plant-based milk)

Do you see what’s missing?

Flour! There’s no flour in these brownies, which makes them gluten-free in addition to vegan. And yet, this list of ingredients delivers delicious, fudgy, healthy brownies in a matter of minutes!

Dark Chocolate Brownie Batter

Step-by-Step

I can’t believe how easy it is to make these healthy brownies. I remember once when I was working a very boring job in my college years, the women next to me lamented how she tried to make brownies and failed. When she told me how she went about it, I knew immediately what she’d done wrong.

She used a mixer. You never want to overmix a brownie batter. A spatula or spoon is all you need!

here are the steps to make these healthy brownies:

  1. Stir together the vegan butter and sugar in a bowl. Then stir in the chia seeds, yogurt, and almond milk. Set that aside.
  2. In a food processor add the oats and pulse several times until it resembles a course flour.
  3. Add the oatmeal four, almond flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder into the bowl with the almond milk mixture. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix!
  4. Pour this into a prepared 8-inch square baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes.
  5. I love adding the chocolate ganache on top. That step involves melting chocolate chips and some Ripple half and half in a microwave-safe bowl. Then when the brownies have cooled a few minutes, drizzle the ganache over the top.

How healthy are these brownies?

There are several ways to measure the healthiness of any food you eat, such as calories, macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein), and micronutrients (getting down into the specifics of a variety of the phytonutrients in the food).

These healthy brownies have fewer than 200 calories per serving, which is pretty good when it comes to a dessert. Here’s a breakdown of the nutritional analysis per serving:

  • Calories: 190
  • Carbs: 25
  • Fat: 10
  • Protein: 4
  • Sodium: 72
  • Potassium: 151
  • Fiber: 4
  • Sugar: 11
  • Calcium: 8.1
  • Iron: 12.3

If you’d like a lower-carb version of these brownies, use a non-calorie sweetener, like Swerve. I’ve used it in several of my sweet treats, and in moderation, it tastes fine.

If you love vegan brownies, be sure and check out the recipes below celebration National Chocolate Brownie Day!

A hand reaches in and grabs the top brownie in a stack of three.

If you love these healthy brownies, be sure and take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your photos!

A hand reaches in and grabs the top brownie in a stack of three.

Healthy Brownies

Make these fudgy, one-bowl healthy brownies, made without eggs or dairy, and full of lots of chocolatey flavor thanks to chocolate chips in the batter and the ganache topping.  These vegan brownies are rich in flavor but somehow fewer than 200 calories each!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter , melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt , plain
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk , vanilla
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Chocolate Ganache

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8X8″ square baking pan with a light coating of vegetable spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the vegan butter and sugar. Stir in the chia seeds, yogurt, and almond milk. 
  • Add oats to a food processor or blender and pulse until a flour forms. Add the oat flour along with the cocoa powder and baking powder in with the chocolate mixture. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Spread the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20 – 24 minutes. 
  • While the brownies are baking make the ganache by combining chocolate chips and half and half in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir to coat the chocolate chips then cook for one minute in the microwave. Allow it to sit for 1 – 2 minutes, then stir to combine. Once the brownies are done and have cooled for about 5 minutes, drizzle with chocolate ganache and use a spatula to spread it out evenly across the brownies. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.

Celebrate National Chocolate Brownie Day

There truly is a day for every recipe, and today is no exception! We’re celebration National Chocolate Brownie Day here and would love for you to participate. I collaborated with some of my favorite food blog friends to provide you a big batch of recipes to choose from!

Please note, not all of these recipe are vegan. Some may not even be vegetarian. If you see a recipe you like and you want help in veganizing it, be sure and let me know. I’m happy to be of service! 🙂

A collage of several brownie photos with the text: 12+ Delicious Chocolate Brownie Recipes.

National Chocolate Brownie Day Recipes

Enjoy!

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