These Healthy Brownies contain CARROTS and STRAWBERRIES, NO butter, NO flour, ONLY fruit sugars, LOADS of fibre & protein…they’re the healthiest brownies ever! Vegan, Paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, eggless, healthy and clean-eating-friendly. What’s more, they taste absolutely delicious!
Despite the fact that my last recipe (healthy chocolate pancakes) contained chocolate, I am posting another chocolate recipe today.
Hopefully, if you love chocolate as much as I do, you won’t mind too much😉. Especially when you see what today’s recipe entails…
I would just like to mention that the only thing stopping me from running into the kitchen and eating all 9 brownies is the fact that I’m currently writing this post. If you’re feeling particularly observant today, take another look at that picture and count the brownies.
Confession: I have already eaten one. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!
As you may know, there are many ‘healthy’ brownie recipes out there, but none quite like this.
Sometimes I’ll come across a recipe, but be put off because there are more than 6 ingredients – we’re all a bit lazy from time to time. But PLEASE don’t be put off when you see that there are 10 ingredients in this recipe, because these healthy brownies honestly only took 10 minutes to make. Then it’s just 25 minutes in the oven, and the smell of chocolate will begin to swirl around your kitchen😄.
After that, you have to leave the brownies to cool in the pan. This is the difficult bit. No matter how tempting it is to start scoffing them all, you must wait about 20 minutes in order to allow that beautiful fudgy texture to develop as they settle. And boy, is it worth it!
As you may have already guessed from the photos, these healthy brownies contain strawberries! Also hiding in there are carrots and dates – that’s THREE types of fruit/veg (please don’t judge them just yet)! You won’t find ANY butter, refined sugar, gluten, wheat, dairy, or other nasty things in these brownies! You will, however, find nutrients, fibre, antioxidants, protein, and chocolate chips. Confession (#2): I forgot to add chocolate chips to the batter, but they would have been tricky to stir into the mixture, as my blender container is quite tall and narrow. (That’s my excuse, anyway.) But I did put plenty of chocolate chips on top, and you can always mix them into the batter!😁
Before I show you just what else goes into these beautiful brownies, I’m just going to grab one (you know, just to double check what the texture is like😉)…
Right, I’m back.
For this recipe, I decided to randomly experiment in the kitchen – not even adapting from a recipe – because I wanted these brownies to be absolutely packed with nutrition, and not so packed with carbs, sugar, bad fats, and general unhealthiness.
So what exactly is in this recipe? Are you ready to be flabbergasted? Okay…
These Healthy Chocolate Brownies are:
- No butter
- Hidden fruit & veg
- Quickly made in a blender
- No-blender option
So what does one brownie contain?
- Only 130 calories per brownie!
- Loads of fibre
- Only fruit sugars (dates, strawberries) – 2 teaspoons per brownie!
- Delicious chocolatiness (if that’s even a word. ← [It’s not.]😆)
- Wonderful fudgy texture
As I may have mentioned before, my mum is quite difficult to please when it comes to healthy versions of baked goods. If the texture isn’t quite right, or the taste is slightly weird, she won’t like it. Want to know what her verdict was on these healthy brownies?
Additionally, my sister and her friend commented: “Mmm! This brownie is so nice!”
I’m just going to grab another brownie, wait a sec…
Taste: Beautifully chocolatey and refreshingly sweet, but not over-sweet!
Texture: Fudgy, soft, but firm on the outside and holds its shape without crumbling all over the place.
Oh, and can you spot the little Mickey Mouse? Apparently there are Mickey Mouses hidden in loads of the Disney movies! Anyway, back to the brownies.
Here’s some more info on the nutritional content:
Finding 2 carrots and some strawberries in the fridge, I decided that these would be the ‘secret ingredients’ of my healthy brownies. The great thing about adding pureed fruit/vegetables when baking is that they add moisture and flavour, as well as replacing eggs nicely. Also standing in for the eggs was some apple cider vinegar (any vinegar will work) and baking soda. A reaction takes place to produce carbon dioxide, i.e. tiny bubbles to help the brownies rise!
I was originally going to use a gluten-free flour blend, but decided that it can sometimes give a slightly grainier, drier texture to baked goods. I considered coconut flour, but my mum doesn’t like the texture or taste of coconut, so decided against it purely for this reason. Instead, I added cornflour. This held them together nicely, giving a slightly springy texture and aiding the fudginess (← again, not really a word!).
Some are skeptical of using cornflour and various other starches, as there are so many different sources of contradicting information out there. Personally, I don’t think it’s far different to other starch flour blends. Like many other starches, cornflour contains resistant starch which stimulates good bacteria in the gut, to help with weight loss! Either way, this recipe only uses 45 grams of chosen flour/starch (6 tbsp), which isn’t much! You can use whichever flour you like best: cornflour, gluten-free flour blend, coconut flour, or you could even experiment and add a different flour!
For the Paleo version, just use coconut flour instead of cornflour/gluten-free blend.
I used Greek yoghurt and semi-skimmed milk in this recipe, but you can absolutely use a dairy-free plain yoghurt and dairy-free milk (such as almond).
No butter (or oil):
Greek yoghurt replaces butter, but I added 3 tbsp coconut oil which gives it a more glossy, fudgy texture. Coconut oil is a good type of saturated fat, as it has so many health benefits. The trouble with using unsaturated fats in baking is that some can release harmful cancer-causing chemicals when heated, so coconut oil is a great choice because it has a high smoking point and doesn’t release the toxic chemicals. If you really don’t want to add any oil, just swap it for a further 3 tbsp Greek yoghurt. (The brownies won’t have quite the same glossy shine.)
Hidden vegetables & fruit:
Containing carrots and strawberries, these brownies are full of nutrients, and will therefore give you great health benefits!
For example: reduce cholesterol, prevent heart attacks, prevent some cancers, improve vision, reduce premature aging, protect against inflammation and heart disease. Sounds pretty good, huh?
Quickly made in a blender/food processor:
You literally just chuck all of the ingredients in a blender, and voila!
Version for if you don’t have a blender:
Instead of the carrots and strawberries, you could use some pre-pureed fruit/veg such as tinned pumpkin, and honey/maple syrup instead of dates!
Ideal for experimenting!
You could try all sorts of different combinations of fruit & veg – just keep it to 260 grams! Various types of flours and starches could work in place of cornflour, too!
I wish I could send you all a brownie to eat, but alas, I can’t. Solution?
You need to go and make these healthy brownies…like, right now.
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