These healthy brownies are super fudgy and so easy to make! They have no added sugar yet have the perfect amount of sweetness, and no flour, eggs, dairy, or grains either!
My mind is still blown. I’m honestly not quite sure how everything worked out so perfectly in this recipe.
For one thing, it’s extremely easy. Like, throw everything in a bowl and bake it, easy. Even I only took about 10 minutes to prepare it, and I was filming (which can be a long process).
For another, there’s no added sugar at all, unless you count the chocolate chips. This is something I’ve been aiming for a while, but always had to put a tablespoon of sugar to make it taste right. I’ve finally figured it out—keep reading to find out the secret (and no, it’s not those zero-calorie sugar alcohols)!
And finally, these brownies are healthy, vegan, gluten free, grain free, paleo, and flourless. This is mainly due to the simplicity and few ingredients, but I do have a few swaps to share 😉
If you’re looking for an easy, nutritious, and tasty brownie recipe, I think I have just the one for you😝
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A Dessert with No Added Sugar
While I have made a lot of recipes with low added sugar, this is one of the few that has none. Unless, of course, you count chocolate chips.
If you know me, you know that I never use low or zero calorie sweeteners or sugar alcohols. I like to keep everything natural, and not make things complicated (those "zero sugar" alternatives can have many side effects).
And if you know me, you'll also know that I LOVE dates and use them frequently in baking. Since dates are a whole fruit and contain many nutrients, adding them to your baked goods will add sweetness without added sugar.
However, this time I wanted to see if I could get these brownies fully sweetened by dates. But to make things easier, I didn't bring out the food processor...I got my dates already blended for me in a jar!
I was sent this date spread and it was a life-changing moment. I'd say I have a pretty amazing food processor, but it wouldn't be able to get my dates that smooth. If I hadn't been planning to make this recipe, I probably would've eaten the whole jar by the spoonful!
Thanks to this date spread, I was able to make this recipe in under 10 minutes, with no added sugar and tons of health benefits. It's a win from every perspective!
And if you want another win, you can buy some of this amazing date spread with a 10% discount: use my code NDELIGHTS (here's the link)!
*see the notes section to see how you can substitute this ingredient.
Boosting the Nutritional Value
While there is nothing wrong with eating a traditional brownie, why not increase the nutritional value with ingredients that will be more satisfying, give you energy without a crash, and keep you fuller longer?
There's usually a lot I have to say on this topic, but in this case there's really only 3 main ingredients: date spread, almond butter, and avocado oil. And we've already covered the first one!
It's high in protein, healthy fats, omega-3s, and fiber, to name just a few of the benefits of almond butter. It also acts as a binder and moisture for the brownies, which means we won't need eggs, flour, or butter!
This is my favorite brand of almond butter because it has no added ingredients except salt, plus it's a great value for your money!
If you don't have almond butter on hand, or you're allergic, any nut butter or nut butter substitute will work here, as long as it doesn't have a very strong taste.
And finally, the avocado oil. While you could use any neutral oil instead, there are a few reasons I always use avocado oil in my cooking and baking.
For one, it has a neutral taste, unlike olive oil. However, the two oils are very similar when you look on the back of the bottle! Like olive oil, avocado is high in unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.
While vegetable and canola oils have unsaturated fats as well, they have a higher omega-6 content (which isn't bad, but most people consume more 6 than 3) and are chemically processed.
This is the avocado oil I love. Like the almond butter, it's a great value for your money and will last you a while!
I really hope you like this recipe! If you decide to make it, be sure to post a picture/story and tag me @nutritiousdelights on Instagram–I’d love to see!💕
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No Added Sugar Brownies (Healthy, Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo)
- ⅔ cup medjool date spread (about 6oz/170g pitted medjool dates) see notes for discount + more info!
- ½ cup almond butter or any nut butter
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil or any neutral oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt ONLY IF nut butter is unsalted
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a muffin tin with oil, then set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix the date spread, almond butter, avocado oil, vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder until fully combined, then fold in the chocolate chips. The batter will be very thick. Fill the muffin tin (it should fit 6 regular sized muffin holes) and bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool, then enjoy!