Healthier Fudgy Brownies
I want to introduce you to these healthier FUDGY brownies!
I’ve been working like a mad woman in my kitchen for a week perfecting this recipe. There were a few guidelines I had in mind..
1. create a healthier brownie
2. use normal ingredients
3. it can’t be cakey because I could just eat healthier cake instead, I wanted something fudgy & chewy.
So my starting point for guideline #2 – use normal ingredients – was that I didn’t want to have to go out and buy anything that I didn’t already have in my pantry. Because chances are if I don’t have it in my pantry, you won’t either, and I don’t want to create a healthier brownie recipe were you have to go buy all these special ingredients you won’t use regularly.
So that took a few ingredients off the table – no coconut flour or other nut flours, no coconut sugar, no alternate sugar products like truvia or stevia. You get the idea.
The only out of the box ingredient in this recipe might be coconut oil, and I’m guessing that 50% of you have it in your pantry, and 50% of you don’t.
I decided to use honey as the sweetener, which out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate (you can even use a darker chocolate or one without added sugar), and stuck with all purpose flour because that’s what most people have in their pantry.
I wanted this healthier brownie recipe to be accessible to everyone.
Now let’s talk about the word “healthier”. These are still brownies, meaning they have calories. When comparing these brownies to our super fudgy brownie recipe – these healthier brownies have 174 calories per brownie whereas the super fudgy brownies have 437 calories per brownie (both recipes calculated for cutting the pan of brownies into 12). So these are healthier than your traditional brownie recipe!
Next topic, these are fudgy. If you like your brownies more cakey, this might not be the recipe for you. My husband Ryan prefers his brownies to be more traditional – he wants them perfectly chewy, fudgy and cakey all at the same time, but he would still (and did) happily eat these ones.
Because these brownies are rich & fudgy, one is enough, at least for me! And that way I don’t end up eating 2 or 3.
When they first come out of the oven, they won’t have the same stability they’ll have after they sit for a few hours. You’ll notice that the longer they sit, the fudgier in texture they are.
For a step-by-step of how to make this healthier fudgy brownie recipe, watch this short video:
Healthier Fudgy Brownies
Yield: 8x8 inch pan
Total Time: 30 minutes
The healthier fudgy brownies of your dreams! No refined sugar, butter or oil, plus this recipe doesn’t call for any out of the ordinary ingredients. These are seriously fudgy and estimated to be 174 calories a slice!
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3 oz dark chocolate (if using dark chocolate chips that's 6 tbsp)
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup honey
- Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Spray an 8x8 inch square baking dish with non-stick spray.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate. If using a dark chocolate bar, break into smaller pieces. Stir occasionally until completely melted.
- In a small bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Stir together.
- In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, honey and melted coconut oil chocolate mixture. Stir with a spatula until combined.
- Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and stir by hand just until combined. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and bake for 25-27 minutes for fudgier brownies or 28-30 minutes for less fudgy brownies.
- When they first come out of the oven, they won’t have the same stability they’ll have after they sit for a few hours. You’ll notice that the longer they sit, the fudgier in texture they are. Especially if they sit overnight!