3 Ingredient brownies are moist, delicious, healthy and made with only THREE healthy Whole30 plant-based ingredients! The perfect gluten-free and vegan healthy chocolate dessert recipe for anyone who wants to eat better and still enjoy treats!
Watch the short video how to make these healthy brownies
Come on over and grab rich chocolate brownies that soothe a grain craving without the grains or any added sugars! What-The-What? I know, right? I mean who would guess just by looking at these chocolate beauties!
These 3 ingredient brownies are are not quite as good as my vegan bean brownies and paleo brownies but they are incredibly healthy, delicious (my kids vouch for that!) and soothe a sweet tooth for a Paleo diet when focusing on clean eating to the max!
My boys are obsessed and swooning over these brownies on a daily basis! I feel so good about feeding them these heavenly sweet treats too:-) Made with only 3 ingredients, they are a brownie recipe that is really something to talk about- so lets not waste (or shall I say waist...lol) any time and lets get talking! Ok, grab your cup of tea, coffee, detox water or wine and pull up a chair...
To start, these are a great treat for a healthy lifestyle!
I am so happy to share this recipe with you because I am totally obsessed with these healthy 3 ingredient brownies and have made (and almost consumed) about 4 batches of them in January alone! So I know you will love them too! Can I let you in on a little secret? The secret ingredient to making these brownies super moist? It is....
Oh, I have to tell you how they came about first. Because if I tell you the secret ingredient you might not understand how special these healthy brownies are.
My husbands cousin, sister and brother-in-law plus their three children started the Whole 30 diet in the beginning of January. I am so impressed and inspired by them getting the kids on a grain-free, sugar-free and dairy-free diet - not to mention getting them to stick with it. My sister-in-law has sent me pictures of her kitchen counter full of tons of fruits and vegetables they just purchased from the local farmers market. The fruit and vegetables were ready and waiting to be juiced into bountiful smoothies!
As everyone is on the Whole 30 diet, hubby's cousin had a birthday celebration and of course the menu theme was a Whole 30 meal. We show up at my sister and brother-in-laws to a delectable feast of lemon and herb baked chicken drumsticks, sautéed golden and sweet potato strips and a bountiful salad.
I was in charge of dessert.
Yes, I could have brought just fruit but this was the first time they were doing this diet - kids too! They were doing great but the carb and sugar cravings were making the kids cheat a bit.
No way was I going to be the instigator of cheating on a healthy diet and I figured everyone REALLY wanted something that tasted CAKE-LIKE at this point. A dessert that is slightly sweet, fluffy like bread yet without the guilt! It was the perfect dessert to transition into the diet when everyone was about to give up.
When I showed up at the party I brought my first round of these brownies. For those that "weren't cheating the diet" they drooled over the brownies thinking they were off limits. When I told them they were made with only 3 grain-free and dairy-free ingredients they were beyond overjoyed they could have chocolate! Following that the drool was being wiped off their faces:-)
My 3 ingredient brownies were delicious, I came home with an empty baking dish - but, in my opinion, they could have been better. They needed a bit more texture and chocolate. Everyone loved them but of course I was my own critic.
I have made these with both crunchy almond butter and regular almond butter and everyone agrees that the crunchy is much better! It just gives these brownies just the right texture it needs.
The next round I made for our Thursday guys night dinner. It was the birthday boy, uncle J and my crew. Everyone said this round was even better and they didn't know how that was possible (with more cocoa powder and crunchy almond butter) and again, the pan was almost completely gone! After that these had to be shared with you!
I made 2 more batches - 1 to do a video (which will have to come at a later time) then we ate them too quickly for me to take photos. So another batch happened for photos. I think I should lay off the brownies for a bit, but it is hard to do because when you crave chocolate- these babies are the golden ticket to healthy and they are SOOO EASY TO MAKE!
Let me side track a moment... in most of my vegan recipes I like to use either banana, pumpkin, chia seeds or flax in place of egg. All of which are plant based and nutrient dense. I have used almond flour in my paleo brownies, chia seeds in eggless banana bread and pumpkin puree in my vegan bean brownies. So for these vegan 3 ingredient brownies I use crunchy almond butter in place of almond flour which compliments the banana (think banana almond sandwich only with chocolate cocoa powder into the mix!).
Now that you know the secret to how I make my vegan brownies and breads so fluffy and delicious I can tell you the secret ingredient to these moist brownies. The secret ingredient in 3 ingredient brownies is BANANA! Bananas give the brownies natural sugar and sweetness, flavor, bold consistency, the ability to stick together and just all around goodness!
TIP: Make sure the bananas are very ripe and to use 3 large bananas (about 1 ½ cups mashed).
The kids love these brownies (who wouldn't?) and I really do not mind serving them for breakfast. So we eat lots of brownies for breakfast:-) But with banana, almond butter and antioxidant-rich cocoa powder- its an energy boosting meal with no refined sugars, they are rich in potassium, healthy fats, fiber and they keep you full from the protein and healthy fats!
Side Note:The Whole30 book reads this about mixing cocoa with fruit: "However, we highly discourage mixing cacao (cocoa) with dates, figs, or other fruits to make chocolate-y confections during your program." This is discouraged (not off limits) due to the fact that more sweets feeds more sugar cravings- with any diet. This recipe has not been approved by them. But it is out there because if you feel on the program you will falter and cave into a cookie or regular brownie, this is a great recipe to transition to keep the diet on-track as you detox from sugars, sweets and treats! [source].
Keep going friends, you've got this and I am cheering you on every step of the way! I want to make sure you stay on-track or just enjoy these brownies for a healthier diet in-general!
Whole 30 and paleo recipes you might enjoy
- Almond Pesto Cauliflower
- Cauliflower Tabbouleh
- Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes Buddha Bowl
- Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Vegan Cashew Ricotta Cheese
- Easy Chicken Breast Recipe with Delicata Squash Pan Sauce
Now let's get to baking our 3 ingredient healthy brownies!
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3 Ingredient Brownies (Whole30 & Paleo)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 8-in. x 8-in. square baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray or rubbing coconut oil around the sides and bottom so the brownies do not stick.
- In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork until smooth. Add the almond butter and mix until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and optional cinnamon and blend until no visible cocoa powder is seen.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until set and slightly dark on the top. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before slicing.