These rich, fudgy and delicious flourless fudge brownies need just three ingredients for the base and come with several healthy frosting options! Unlike traditional brownies, these contain no butter, oil, flour or sugar and are suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, paleo, refined sugar free and dairy free lifestyle!
Sometimes we like to hear it, sometimes we don’t.
Let’s relate feedback to today’s recipe.
I still remember when I first posted this healthy 3 ingredient flourless brownie recipe. It was a recipe I’d made on a whim before I came to America last year. There were two reasons it took me so long to post it (I didn’t post it until September!):
- I thought they were extremely visually unfortunate
- I thought they’d be too simple to share
Saying that, I’m glad I bit the bullet and ended up sharing them on here- They’ve been one of my most made (and copied!) recipes and totally quashes any chocolate craving without the typical butter, sugar, flour and oil counterparts typically found in brownies.
Now back to feedback.
While these healthy flourless brownies have been a staple in many people’s day to day diets since it’s been posted (For those who follow my bud Alexis on Snapchat know she even made it live two days ago!), the two biggest ‘complaints’ or ‘feedback’ I’ve received have been-
- They can taste too much like banana
- The tops (unlike the flourless protein brownies) can be a little flat and lack luster.
I totally get understand both those remarks. Not everyone is the biggest fan of banana, especially in recipes calling for very few ingredients and as for the tops, because of the lack of protein powder, sugar or butter, they pretty brownie tops are often M.I.A. So how to combat that? I’ve got you covered with today’s twist on the original!
To combat the overpowering banana flavor, I used strictly dark cocoa powder and increased the amount by 2 tablespoons. Unlike Dutch processed cocoa (which is still delicious in its own right) or baking cocoa powder, dark cocoa powder has a rich, bold, subtle taste which really enhances the recipe and really takes over any trace of banana!
To combat the tops, I took the easy way out- FROST IT! Now when you hear frosting, you may be thinking ‘Great, so much for keeping the brownie healthy’ but listen up- There are options! Because I’m a fan of adding protein to well…anything possible, I opted to use my stand-by protein frosting which I’ve included in the instructions. I prefer using casein protein powder or brown rice protein powder, but to keep it paleo, use the paleo protein powder. If you have no dietary restrictions, definitely go the casein protein route- It really does resemble a ‘frosting’ texture and packs a protein punch. Not a fan of using protein? I also included a tested dairy free cream cheese version and the standby dairy free chocolate chunk and coconut oil option too!
Okay, now how about we talk about the actual recipe?
These healthy flourless fudge brownies are rich, soft and super fudgy, you’d be surprised that they only contain THREE ingredients- None of them being butter, oil, flour or sugar! Thanks to the layer of healthy frosting on top, they taste even more fudgy! While the process of making the brownies is super easy, the hard part is waiting to enjoy them- While tasting amazing from the oven (pre-frosting), for optimum taste and texture, it’s best to allow them to cool completely and refrigerate them. These healthy flourless fudge brownies are also naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, refined sugar free and dairy free!(pre-frosting), for optimum taste and texture, it’s best to allow them to cool completely and refrigerate them. These healthy flourless fudge brownies are also naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, refined sugar free and dairy free!
HACK! Usually when I share recipes which involve frosting, I recommend freezing without and adding it after thawing. These, however, freeze beautifully WITH the frosting and once thawed slightly, take on an even fudgier texture- Seriously, try it out and see!
Make these healthy flourless fudge brownies and embrace MOST** feedback.
Sometimes, they can lead to VERY good things.
Like these beauties.
** I shall not embrace feedback to replace my sidebar picture with a muppet.
- 1 cup mashed, overripe bananas (approximately 3 medium bananas)
- 1/2 cup smooth almond butter (can sub for any smooth nut butter)
- 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
- 2-3 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
- 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
- Dairy free milk, to form batter
- Dairy free cream cheese, softened (can sub for any cream cheese)
- 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
- 1-2 T cocoa powder
- Dairy free milk if needed
- Preheat the oven the 350 degrees, grease a small cake or loaf pan and set aside.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter. In a large mixing bowl, add the banana, nut butter and dark cocoa powder and mix very well.
- Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for around 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, at the frosting and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
- Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Using a tablespoon, add dairy free milk until a VERY thick batter is formed.
- Brownies are best enjoyed out of the fridge. They are freezer friendly too.
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