Healthy Brownie Recipes are going to rock your boat when it comes to variety in brownies! Not only are they delicious but healthy! They are made from scratch and do not have the unnecessary ingredients that a brownie mix has.
You know what you are putting into your brownies when you make them from scratch. You can change the sweetness, adjust the amounts of ingredients if you desire.
Basically, make any recipe you want the way you want it!
Healthy may seem weird in the context of a brownie recipe. But with the recipes I am going to share with you, I will give sweetener options so you can make them as healthy as you want.
Healthy Brownie Recipes can fit any diet – think GAPS, paleo, gluten free, keto, and even diabetic. Plus, they can still taste like the treat they are intended to be!
Now you may think than unless it comes out of the store-bought box, you can’t make a good brownie. That is simply not true! Let’s look at some delicious recipes.
Healthy Brownie Recipes
What are Healthy Brownie Recipes? This can mean different things for different people.
For the simplest explanation, these are recipes that do not contain any unnecessary ingredients.
The sweeteners vary from sugar to honey, some have fruit, some have nut butter. But, all of them are made from scratch and you know what is going into the food you eat.
The Best Brownies – Better Than Box!
The Best Brownies was one of the first healthy brownie recipes that I tried. After years of use, this recipe has never failed me! It truly is better than a box mix.
And, it doesn’t have the unnecessary ingredients like preservatives, chemicals and other unpronounceable things! You can totally add a healthier sweetener like monk fruit if you desire.
But, for a basic brownie recipe that will not let you down, this is it!
Coconut Flour Brownies
Coconut Flour Brownies has been enjoyed by my family for a long time. I began making them when I was On the GAPS diet and looking for a treat that I could enjoy while still being grain-free.
These brownies are delicious and not only can be enjoyed on the GAPS diet, but also if you follow the paleo or another gluten free diet.
Sweetened with honey, these are amazing!
GAPS Brownies fit the bill for anyone following the GAPS diet and trying to reverse leaky gut or who just want an especially health brownies recipe. These brownies, like the Coconut Flour Brownies above are great for GAPS die, paleo or a gluten-free diet.
Apple Nut Brownies
Combining the delicious taste of apples and chocolate, Apple Nut Brownies are a delicious homemade brownie you are gonna love! Plus, think of how wonderful your house will smell as the aroma of cooking apples and cinnamon reach your nose!
If you are a diabetic or just trying to keep your blood sugar levels in check, then these Diabetic Brownies will give the delicious taste of chocolate and satisfy your sweet tooth, safely! If you think you can’t enjoy good taste because of diet restrictions – think again!
More Healthy Brownie Recipes to Come Each Week!
Q&A – Making the Perfect Healthy Brownies
Can I Use Another Sweetener in Healthy Brownie Recipes?
Most often, Monk Fruit can be used cup for cup yielding the most consistent results in any of these brownie recipes. Honey, unless specified as the sweetener, can be used in a less amount than sugar and normally other liquids are decreased. See “How to Substitute Honey” below.
How to Substitute Honey in Healthy Brownies
There are four guidelines to follow when substituting honey in baking.
- For each cup of sugar use 1/2 – 2/3 cups honey
- Reduce other liquids in the recipe since honey is a liquid. The rule of thumb is that for every 1 cup sugar reduce other liquids by 1/4 c.
- For every 1 cup honey, add 1/4 tsp baking soda (unless the recipe already calls for it). Baking soda helps balance the acidity of the honey while letting the brownies rise properly.
- Because honey has a higher sugar content that granulated sugar, it can burn more easily. So, reduce the cooking temperature by 25F and watch it carefully to prevent burning.
How to Cut Brownies
To get a clean perfectly cut brownie, be sure to allow the brownies to cool completely – this takes about 30 minutes. Then using a plastic knife, cut them into bars.
Since plastic knives are naturally non-sticking, they will not tear up your brownies. Once you make a slice, wipe the blade to clean the knife before moving on and making the next cut.
Can Brownies Be Frozen?
Yes, brownies can be frozen. Allow the brownies to cool completely. Some source say not cut into individual bars as this will encourage them to dry out.
I have found that as long as they are wrapped in an airtight bag or container, they are fine.
Wrap the brownies tightly in plastic wrap or place in a large freezer bag. If using plastic wrap, I like to wrap again in aluminum foil.
Can Brownies Be Re-Frozen?
Yes, you can refreeze brownies although it may affect there texture and yield a drier brownie.
Can Brownies Go Bad?
Yes. Mold can grow on the surface. You can easily see the mold and detect an off smell. When in doubt, throw it out!
They are best eaten immediately to enjoy that delicious (even still warm) taste. However, brownies will keep about 4 – 5 days at room temperature and at least a week in the fridge. To be honest, ours are eaten quickly!
Brownies will also keep about 6 months in the freezer.
Why Brownies Get Hard
There are 3 main reasons brownies get hard.
- Over-mixing the batter can cause brownies to get hard. They just need to be mixed until the ingredients are combined.
- If brownies are not stored in an airtight container, they dry out and become hard. This is true at room temperature, in the fridge or the freezer.
- If the edges are hard, try using a lighter colored baking pan. A darker pan causes the edges to cook faster.
Why Brownies Turn Out Cakey
A cake batch of brownies normally has more flour and has baking powder that is used to make them rise. A fudgy brownie recipe has more fat (butter, chocolate) to flour ratio than a cakey recipe does.
Why Brownies Sink
The biggest mistake people make when making brownies is to over-mix the batter before cooking.
When too much air is mixed in for the amount of flour, air bubbles are introduced. This is not a problem in the batter because the flour acts to stabilize them.
But, as the the brownies bake, they over-expand and as they cool the air bubbles deflate causing your brownies to sin or cave in.
Why Brownies Don’t Rise
Often, brownie recipes call for baking soda that helps them rise. If the recipe doesn’t and consistently does not rise, try adding 1/4 tsp baking soda for each 1 cup flour.
If the butter is creamed before adding the other ingredients, this also allows air to be incorporated into the batter which helps them rise.
Why Brownies Taste Bitter
There are a couple of reasons why brownies taste bitter:
- Not adding enough sugar. If the recipe calls for cocoa powder and not enough sugar is added, the brownies can taste bitter. This is true for dark or semi sweet chocolate as well.
- Melting the chocolate on a heat that is too high can cause a bitter taste. Chocolate should be melted slowly and on a low to medium heat. If using the microwave, use 20 second intervals and stir frequently.
Why Brownies Harden When They Cool
Brownies continue to cook as they cool. So, it is important to remove them from the oven when still a bit wobbly in the center.
A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
Overcooking is the major reason brownies Harden when they cool.
Why Brownies Crack
Over-Mixing the brownie batter is the main culprit here. Over-mixing causes air bubbles to form which expand when the brownies cook.
Once out of the oven and as they cool, the air bubbles shrink which causes cracks to form as the brownies sin,.
Can Brownies Sit Out Overnight?
Yes. In fact, being stored in an air tight container at room temperature is the best way to store them to keep them moist and to keep them from drying out.
Can Brownies Be Stored at Room Temperature?
Being stored in an air tight container at room temperature is the best way to store them. It helps keeps them from drying out so you can enjoy the moist brownies for several days to come.
Of course, brownies like other baked goods are best when eaten within the first couple of days. But, being stored at room temperature, they can last a week or more.
Can Brownies Be Re-Baked?
Yes, if they are under-baked allow them to cool while the oven reheats to the temperature indicated in the recipe. Put the brownies in the oven and keep a close check on them – you don’t want them to dry out!
What is Your Favorite Healthy Brownie Recipes? Any troubles With Baking Brownies?
Leave a comment, I would love to know!