Healthy Brownies | The Best Vegan Recipe - Elavegan (2024)

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These vegan brownies will change your mind about trying a healthier brownie option. This is a super moist and soft dessert with a secret ingredient and plenty of chocolaty goodness involved. These healthy brownies will satisfy any hankering or craving that your sweet tooth is begging for.

Healthy Brownies | The Best Vegan Recipe - Elavegan (1)Fudgy Brownies

I love to focus on eating vegan and healthy when it comes to any recipe, including desserts, like these eggless Zucchini Brownies, these Sweet Potato Brownies, or these No-Bake Brownies. I haven’t found a recipe yet that couldn’t easily be made vegan and still taste just as delicious as the traditional version.

This time, when I set out to make a coconut flour brownie that tasted like the traditional fudgy brownies, I thought I had my hands full. However, it turned out to be easier than I expected.

I know, I know, you’ve probably been burned in the past with someone claiming they had fudgy vegan brownies without eggs. However, I’m serious about these being the best healthy brownies that I made so far. I am not one to sacrifice on taste when it comes to my food and I’m definitely picky when it comes to texture as well. So, believe me, when I say, these dairy-free brownies won’t be a disappointment to your taste buds.

Thousands of people on Instagram and Pinterest are raving about these vegan gluten free brownies, and I hope you’ll also give them a try.

Healthy Brownies | The Best Vegan Recipe - Elavegan (2)The ‘Secret’ Ingredient!

As mentioned before, these vegan brownies contain a healthy secret ingredient. This secret ingredient won’t be very secret anymore as I will reveal it in a second, but I am sure you will never guess what it is. Most people might think I added black beans, but nope.

The secret main ingredient is peas! Yes, sweet peas, not sweet potatoes. You might ask why sweet peas – is this lady crazy or what?!

Well to be totally honest with you, I was going to make black bean brownies one day but noticed that I didn’t have black beans in my pantry, so I grabbed the peas and made sweet pea brownies.

Also, since I like to experiment in the kitchen, I thought, “ok let’s try it out, either this vegan brownie recipe will turn out into the best ever vegan brownies or the worst ones I ever made”, haha.

And I really don’t regret trying it out since the recipe turned out to be absolutely epic. The brownies are even more chocolaty than these Cheesecake Brownies.

Healthy Brownies | The Best Vegan Recipe - Elavegan (3)How To Make Vegan Brownies?

Seriously, these healthy brownies are so easy and fast to make in 6 simple steps and require only a few ingredients.

  1. Add all dry ingredients to a big mixing bowl and stir until there are no clumps.
  2. Blend the sweet peas with all other wet ingredients in a blender.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until the mixture is combined. But don’t over mix. If the batter is too thick, add a little plant-based milk. If it’s too runny, add about a tablespoon of coconut flour.
  4. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (with an overhang on all sides, for easy removal) or grease it with a little coconut oil. The size of my pan is 7 x 11 inches (18 x 28 cm).
  5. Bake in the oven at 390 degrees F (200 degrees C) for about 50 minutes. It can take longer, depending on your oven and the size of your pan, or until a toothpick, inserted into the center comes out almost clean (it can still be sticky but not wet). Check after 40 minutes with a toothpick. The brownies will still look slightly undercooked but don’t worry as they will firm up in the refrigerator.
  6. To make the chocolate glaze, simply add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir well with a whisk. Spread the chocolate cream on top of the brownies once cooled. Cut into bars with a large, sharp knife. Enjoy!

Healthy Brownies | The Best Vegan Recipe - Elavegan (4)Vegan Chocolate Glaze

Well, these chocolate squares are already very chocolaty, but you can never have enough chocolate in your life, right? That’s why I topped these delicious fudgy brownies with a creamy chocolate spread which tastes like buttercream!

I made it with powdered peanut butter, cocoa powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, and water. It’s the vegan creme de la creme on top of these healthy brownies.

Healthy Brownies | The Best Vegan Recipe - Elavegan (5)How To Store Brownies

Storing brownies is pretty straight forward. You’ve got a few options so you’re not limited. Also, they taste even better on day 2! Below are a few ways you can store these low calorie brownies.

On the counter – As long as your brownies are in an airtight container, they will do just fine either on the counter, in the pantry, or just in a cool, dark, place for a few days. If they’re somewhere too hot, condensation will build up and cause moisture, making them mold quicker. Therefore, I recommend storing them in the refrigerator.

In the fridge – If you want your brownies to keep a little longer, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge. You may want to pull them out a few minutes before consuming, so they will be closer to room temp and easier to eat.

Can you freeze brownies? – You bet you can! It’s important that the brownies are in an airtight container when placed in the freezer. It’s also a great idea to separate them by wax paper, so they don’t freeze together. Let them come to room temperature on their own if possible – they have a better outcome going this route.

Healthy Brownies | The Best Vegan Recipe - Elavegan (6)Helpful Tips and Variations

  • How to cut brownies? – The best way to get a nice clean cut when slicing them up is by using a plastic knife. I know, it sounds crazy, but it works. If you don’t want to use plastic, you can use a serrated knife dipped in hot water.
  • Skip the chocolate cream – Even though I recommend not skipping the cream, but if you prefer these gluten free brownies without the glaze, that’s perfectly fine. If you would like something to still go on the top, simply add some dairy-free chocolate chips.
  • Coconut flour substitute – When it comes to this recipe, there truly is no equal when it comes to coconut flour. If you absolutely must, almond flour and other nut flours will be fine, but you’ll want to add at least a half cup more than you did with the coconut flour.
  • Powdered peanut butter substitute – If you don’t want to use powdered peanut butter, or you’re having trouble finding it, you can use cocoa powder instead. You’ll just need to double the cocoa powder and nix the water or use regular peanut butter.

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If you end up giving these healthy brownies a try, please leave a comment below, and don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram or Facebook post with @elavegan and #elavegan – I love seeing those remakes!

If you love chocolate, you should definitely also try out these delicious vegan chocolate cake and brownie recipes:

  • Chocolate Zucchini Cake
  • Vegan Lava Cake
  • Flourless Brownies
  • Caramel Chocolate Brownies
  • Vegan Chocolate Pie

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Healthy Vegan Brownies

Author: Michaela Vais

These are the best vegan brownies, and they have a secret ingredient. They are plant-based, gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, chocolaty, moist, rich, low in fat, pretty healthy, easy to make, and super delicious!

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Prep Time 20 minutes mins

Cook Time 50 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr 10 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 12

Calories 188 kcal


Dry ingredients:

Wet ingredients:

Chocolate glaze:


  • I recommend measuring the ingredients ingramson akitchen scale.

  • Add the dry ingredients to a big bowl and stir until there are no clumps.

  • Blend the sweet peas with all other wet ingredients in your food processor or blender.

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture is combined. If the batter is too thick add a splash of plant-based milk. If it's too runny add a tbsp of coconut flour.

  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper (with an overhang on all sides, for easy removal) or grease it with a little coconut oil. My pan measures 7 x 11 inches (18 x 28 cm).

  • Bake in the oven at 390 degrees F (200 degrees C) for about 50 minutes (it can take longer, depending on your oven and the pan you use) or until a toothpick comes out almost clean (it can still be sticky but not wet). Check after 40 minutes with a toothpick. The brownies will still look slightly undercooked but don't worry as they will firm up in the refrigerator.

  • To make the chocolate glaze, simply put all ingredients to a small bowl and stir well with a whisk. Spread the cream on top of the cooled brownies. Slice into squares with a large, sharp knife. Enjoy!

  • They taste even better on day 2! Store them covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can freeze leftovers!


Video Of The Recipe

This blog post was published in January 2017 and has been updated in August 2020 with new helpful information and a video.

  • You can use 1/2 cup (100 g) of brown sugar or any other granulated sweetener instead of coconut sugar.
  • You shouldn't replace the coconut flour as it's unique and very absorbent. However, if you really want to use a different flour (like almond flour) then use at least 1/2 cup more of it but I highly recommend using coconut flour.
  • I use this brand of peanut flour/powdered peanut butter. You can skip it and use 7 tbsp of cocoa powder and leave out the water (as the peanut flour absorbs a lot of liquid). Or use regular peanut butter.
  • I am using canned sweet peas which are labeled as "sweet peas" but some brands might be labeled as "small/young peas".
  • You can also skip the chocolate glaze and bake the brownies with dairy-free chocolate chips on top
  • Recipe makes 12 brownies. Nutrition facts are for one brownie WITH the chocolate glaze.

Nutrition Facts

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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What are the three types of brownies? ›

Brownie textures fall into three general camps… Cakey, fudgy and chewy. Cakey brownies, like the name implies, are light, moist and airy, with a slightly fluffy, cake-like interior. Fudgy brownies are moist, dense and gooey, with almost the texture of fudge, but not quite as compact.

How much sugar is in a vegan brownie? ›

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Total Carbohydrate 39g14%
Dietary Fiber 2g6%
Total Sugars 25g
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What is vegan chocolate brownie made of? ›

Put the flour, almonds, cocoa, baking powder and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl and stir to remove any lumps. Using a hand whisk, mix the sugar into the melted chocolate mixture, and beat well until smooth and glossy, ensuring all the sugar is well dissolved.

Can you use milk instead of water box brownies? ›

One change is to use milk or heavy cream instead of water. This change will make brownies more moist and gooey since milk is more fatty and flavorful than water. A second change is to use butter instead of oil. For similar reasons to using milk, butter adds a rich and more decadent quality to the batter.

What makes brownies fudgy vs cakey? ›

Fudgy brownies have a higher fat-to-flour ratio than cakey ones. So add more fat—in this case, butter and chocolate. A cakey batch has more flour and relies on baking powder for leavening. The amount of sugar and eggs does not change whether you're going fudgy or cakey.

Why are they called S * * * * * brownies? ›

The Londoner describes why they called them "slu*tty brownies" perfectly: "they're oh so easy, and more than a little bit filthy." Just as simple as I would've imagined. They are as easy to make as they are messy to eat. If you look up slu*tty Brownies on Pinterest there are thousands of recipes listed.

Are vegan desserts less fattening? ›

Because the ingredients of vegan cakes contain fewer calories than those of regular cakes, you have a lower tendency to gain weight while eating them. However, this depends on your amount of consumption. Like any other thing, eat vegan cakes in moderation.

Does vegan mean no added sugar? ›

Most vegans consider sugar a generally acceptable food, but strict vegans abstain from refined cane sugars that are likely to have been processed with animal products. They can, however, consume vegan-friendly raw cane sugar, certified-organic cane sugar, and sugar made exclusively from beets.

Are vegan sweets healthy? ›

Vegan candies may lower the risk of serious illness

Instead of artificial additives and high fructose corn syrup, known to raise blood lipid levels, vegan candies employ natural sugar and fruits. Some producers use coconut sugar instead of cane sugar since it is healthier.

What can you substitute for eggs in brownies? ›

  1. For brownies: Pureed silken tofu gives the best result. ...
  2. You can also add: Unsweetened Applesauce, 1/4 cup=1 egg; Carbonated Water, 1/4 cup=1 egg (might make it a little harder to mix things up); Oil, Baking Powder, and Water, 2 tbsp water + 2 tsp baking powder + 1 tsp oil=1 egg.

What popular chocolate is vegan? ›

  • Monty Bojangles Vegan Selection Truffles 135G. ...
  • Lindt Classic Vegan Caramel Sea Salt Chocolate Bar 100G. ...
  • Lindt Classic Recipe Vegan Smooth Chocolate 100G. ...
  • Kit Kat 4 Finger Vegan Chocolate Bar 41.5g. ...
  • Galaxy Vegan Classic Chocolate Bar Dairy Free 100G. ...
  • Nomo Cookie Dough Vegan & Free From Chocolate Bar 150G.

Is Nutella vegan? ›

Nutella is not vegan because it does contain skim milk powder, which is made from cow's milk. According to their website, the first version of Nutella was invented shortly after World War II, when cocoa was hard to come by.

What does adding an extra egg to brownie mix do? ›

They give brownies a lighter, drier, and more cake-like texture. If you prefer this over the chewy variety, then go ahead and crack in that additional egg. On the other hand, too many eggs will yield brownies that are hard, heavy, and tough.

What happens if you use butter instead of oil in brownies? ›

the butter brownies actually had a fudgier texture. they were softer, and they really just melted in your mouth. they also had that shiny crust and just better flavor, whereas the oil brownies were actually chewier.

Which oil is best for brownies? ›

Most brownie recipes call for some kind of oil — usually vegetable oil or canola oil. This oil acts as the primary fat in brownie batter, giving it that delicious, fudgy texture we all know and love.

How many types of brownies are there? ›

There are three distinct types of brownie recipes — fudgy, chewy, and cakey — and they each bring something a little different to the table.

What is the old version of brownies? ›

Did you know that Brownies were originally called 'Rosebuds'? Rosebuds was established in 1914 for girls to join before they became Guides. Just one year later, the name was changed to Brownies. Brownies are the second-youngest members of the Girlguiding family, for girls aged between 7 and 10.

What are brownies classified? ›

Brownies are not classified as cakes – this is a very interesting point about the brownie. The reason for this is that although the texture is similar to cakes, it is classed as finger food (whereas usually cake is eaten with a fork), therefore they are categorised as a cookie bar (in America).

What's the difference between brownies and fudge brownies? ›

Brownies have a cake-like texture with a crispy top and a moist, fudgy center and are typically baked in a rectangular pan. Fudge, on the other hand, is typically made by cooking a mixture of sugar, butter, and milk or cream until it reaches a soft, chewy consistency.

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