3 Ingredient No Bake Applesauce Brownies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Just three ingredients, one bowl and 5 minutes is needed to whip up these easy, delicious no bake applesauce brownies! These ‘brownies’ are low in fat, high in fiber and are naturally gluten-free, paleo and vegan- A snack or treat to enjoy anytime! 

Healthy No Bake Applesauce Brownies with just THREE ingredients- So delicious, quick, low in fat and easy, it will be your go-to snack or treat recipe! {vegan, gluten-free, paleo}- thebigmansworld.com

Healthy No Bake Applesauce Brownies with just THREE ingredients- So delicious, quick, low in fat and easy, it will be your go-to snack or treat recipe! {vegan, gluten-free, paleo}- thebigmansworld.com

Firstly- Thank you,  EVERYONE who has responded to my last post regarding the new blogging initiative Christine and I are starting– We will be emailing those of you who responded over the coming week- Stay tuned! 🙂 


As someone who shares recipes on a regular basis, I thrive off feedback- Both positive and negative. 

There is a popular assumption that when you receive negative reviews or comments, it should immediately be deleted, forgotten about or cried over. At one stage, this negative feedback did cut a little bit deep.

“Why didn’t they like the recipe?”

“Why don’t they like my writing style?”

“Why am I so beautiful?”

Um. Excuse the last one. My inner Channing Tatum temporarily popped out. 

Healthy No Bake Applesauce Brownies with just THREE ingredients- So delicious, quick, low in fat and easy, it will be your go-to snack or treat recipe! {vegan, gluten-free, paleo}

However, over time, I’ve come to really appreciate feedback on recipe posts- Especially the ones which offer constructive criticism or suggestions they have personally made which worked better for them. These help me improve recipes moving forward and trying out different ingredients- Something I personally love doing. 

Then, there are the odd comments which do deserve to be thrown in the trash.

“Your sister has a big nose.”

“Stop making no-bake recipes!”

“You like to bake? You must be a fag.”

“Hello, Arman. Please clean your room.”

Um. Excuse the last one there too. My mum finds typing messages via computer easier than using her phone. 

Healthy No Bake Applesauce Brownies with just THREE ingredients- So delicious, quick, low in fat and easy, it will be your go-to snack or treat recipe! {vegan, gluten-free, paleo}

Ironically, today’s recipe was named ‘brownies’ after feedback from quite a few readers who made a similar version of this recipe- The 3 Ingredient No Bake Pumpkin Fudge. I guess the reasoning for me calling it ‘fudge’ was because of the shape, the soft texture but in hindsight- Calling it fudge was a poor choice. However, the majority of responses said that while they did enjoy the taste, it was more ‘brownie’ like.

After making this recipe, getting my friends to taste it and to give their feedback too, it is indeed more ‘brownie’ like than ‘fudge’ so voila- A healthy 3 ingredient No Bake Applesauce Brownie!

Healthy No Bake Applesauce Brownies with just THREE ingredients- So delicious, quick, low in fat and easy, it will be your go-to snack or treat recipe! {vegan, gluten-free, paleo}

These healthy no-bake applesauce brownies are a quick and easy snack or treat option to make, which only take five minutes to whip up! Unlike traditional baked brownies, these are softer, slightly more doughy and similar to a brownie batter with a more dense texture. While these are virtually fat free, I did test one batch out with a tiny bit of peanut butter and it gave it a more rich texture, so I do recommend that (Or any nut butter of choice!). Naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo, feel free to add a scoop of protein powder and some oat flour and you’ll have a recipe similar to these Apple Pie Protein Bars

While homemade applesauce is always a winner (I tried Alexis’ one the other day and….damn it was amazing!), I opted to use a store bought one in which the only ingredients were apples and cinnamon. Please read the labels carefully- I read one ‘natural’ one which had HFCS and apple flavorings only. Um. Pass. 

Healthy No Bake Applesauce Brownies with just THREE ingredients- So delicious, quick, low in fat and easy, it will be your go-to snack or treat recipe! {vegan, gluten-free, paleo}

Make these healthy, easy 3 ingredient No Bake Applesauce brownies and for all of you who have ever made a recipe and offered some constructive criticism or feedback- Thank you- it’s much appreciated.

You’re beautiful. 

That was my inner Channing Tatum again. Sorry. 

Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Applesauce Brownies

Just three ingredients, one bowl and 5 minutes is needed to whip up these easy, delicious no bake applesauce brownies! These 'brownies' are low in fat, high in fiber and are naturally gluten-free, paleo and vegan- A snack or treat to enjoy anytime!
4.25 from 8 votes
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1/2 cup coconut flour sifted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce I used a brand which had cinnamon added in*
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar can sub for any granulated sweetener- However, I have only tried this with coconut palm sugar and a truvia blend
  • Cinnamon optional
  • 2 T - 1/4 cup nut butter of choice optional
  • Cinnamon/Coconut palm sugar for dusting (optional)


  • Line a small baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine your coconut flour and coconut palm sugar and mix well. Add your applesauce and nut butter (if using it) and mix until a very thick batter is formed.
  • Transfer the batter to the lined baking tray, top with extra cinnamon and sugar and refrigerate for an hour or so, until it has firmed up slightly. Cut into brownie-sized pieces and enjoy.


* Depending on the brand of coconut flour, you may need more applesauce. Keep adding more in until a thick batter is formed- Firm but still quite moist.
Brownies are best kept refrigerated and can be frozen.
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

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Healthy No Bake Applesauce Brownies with just THREE ingredients- So delicious, quick, low in fat and easy, it will be your go-to snack or treat recipe! {vegan, gluten-free, paleo}

How do you handle constructive criticism in your everyday life?

Have you ever made home-made applesauce before? 

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121 thoughts on “3 Ingredient No Bake Applesauce Brownies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

  1. Umm, how easy how is this fudge brownie blondie bar?? And it involves apples…I love apples!! Did you know that I love apples?? 🙂

  2. I’m TERRIBLE at taking criticism. Just kidding, I grew up in a dance studio, where you basically begged to be corrected. To not be given criticism meant the teacher didn’t see much potential in you.
    Years of being told to suck it in, stand up straighter and “no noodle arms” have given me a much thicker skin haha.

  3. Who would have the nerve to comment on your sexuality?! And what does it matter to them anyways???? If I received a comment regarding my race I’d probably privately message them saying SHUT THE EFF UP GO HOME YOU’RE DRUNK! XD but that’s just me! I receive constructive criticism well, unless if it’s by my parents for some odd reason!
    Anyways, these look more like blondies, but they’re with applesauce, so go figure!

  4. Through my personal training and group fitness career, I’ve learned to welcome all sorts of criticism. I think growing older has also made me less sensitive to negative feedback. I read a book recently called The Four Agreements and one of them is to “not take anything personally” – the negative crap that people say to us is not a reflection of us, but of THEM; what they’re going through in their life, their insecurities, etc. It was cool to read!

    Side note: you not only create perfectly shaped treats, but the perfect bites are taken out of them too. Okay bye.

  5. I used to be such a baby about constructive criticism when I was younger (…when I was literally a baby, I guess). In the past few years, especially with blogging, I think I’ve learned to be open to constructive criticism, knowing when to take it to heart and when to take it with a grain of salt. Like when people say I talk about peanut butter and alien brussels sprouts too much.
    I am totally craving these applesauce blondies right now. Like, AGH.

  6. Totally lol’d, you’re funny! I don’t have unsweetened apple sauce on hand, sweetened will do, right? Making this for my friend and me tonight. He eats gluten free and I eat vegan. Total winner this, thanks 😀

  7. I have a 1 yr old chrome book and high speed internet and these video adverts made it very difficult for me to see this page. The only reason I did not give up, entirely, is because I like the recipe of yours that I have previously tried. I just thought I’d let you know, if they are slowing the page down so that I can’t get to the recipe, I usually just close the window and head back to pinterest for another.

  8. Hi Arman! First time commenting (because everything turns out so damn good that I don’t have to)! I just restocked my coconut flour and am looking forward to making these, as well as the pumpkin version and probably a bunch more no-bake recipes… sounds like I’ll have to invite some people over for sharing!

    One thing I notice in a lot of your recipes is that you don’t specify the size of the baking dish you use. Would it be a pain to include that in future recipes? For all your bar recipes, are you using 8×8 or 9×13? Thank you so much!

  9. Hi! I was so excited about this recipe, but the end result was apple mush. They didn’t look remotely like your pictures. What consistency should the batter be, prior to refrigeration? It had a doughy consistency at first, but I added some applesauce, so maybe it ended up to wet? They tasted good, so I’d like to try to make them again. Thanks!

    1. Hey Amanda! Sorry it didn’t work out well for you- It does need to have a thick, doughy consistency- Adding more applesauce would definitely make it thinner. That is the beauty of coconut flour- it’s so thick and absorbant, it works like a sponge 🙂

  10. Hi Armand, I just made these and can’t wait to see how they come out after stayig in the fridge for an hour.
    I hope they will be firm and beautiful like the ones in your pictures 🙂
    I didn’t have coconut sugar, so I added 1/4 natural vermont maple syrup. Of course because that added liquid, I had to add a bit of coconut flour.
    Great job though. If these come out nicely, I’m going to make the pumpkin ones!

  11. So I found this on Pinterest and when I saw these I thought,”I HAVE to make this!” Then I saw it was one of your recipes. 🙂 Your photos always catch my eye and this isn’t the first recipe of yours I’ve made. I’m sure I’ll really like these just like the others. Thank you!

  12. Hi there. I read a few of these negative comments from your readers and noted that you asked how we handle the – feedback. I just wanted to say that I don’t handle it well. I fire back at them. If they said that some of that crap to me I’d tell them to suck a raw egg. If they don’t like your blog then they need to stay off of it. Personally, I love your page because you obviously love food, and yours looks delicious, and I happen to be a food-a-holic but I am not crazy about baking so keep up the good work and ignore the stupid butt heads. Tell them to choke on their stupidity. Luv ya. Deb.

  13. Hello! I made these last week since I have a surplus of applesauce. In true kid fashion, my daughter announced that she no longer likes applesauce, after I stocked up on it (!). Anyhow, these are truly unique, and I can only liken the consistency to that of spoon bread, but better. And, the beauty part is, is that I can slide the tray between shelves and have it concealed by the containers above it. Then it becomes mine, all mine! No one has to know! I did add two scant Tbls. of almond butter, and it mixed in interestingly–some parts were chewier and it was a really neat surprise to happen upon a bite of almond butter. As long as coconut flour doesn’t start going to my butt, I’ll be making these quite often. Thanks!!

  14. Hey Arman,
    Firstly, if you haven’t cleaned your room yet, you’d better do it. As a mother of two I know the feeling very well.
    Secondly, the feedback:
    1) I like your writing style a lot. In fact, you are one of the three bloggers out of the myriads of them whose articles I read instead of just scrolling down to the recipe.
    2) Your no-bake brownies/fudge variations inspired me for a quick vegan breakfast today, mashing some leftover cooked butternut squash, a banana and some coconut flour, topped with nuts. The only thing I would say is that it was very sweet as it was without adding any sweetener (and I do have a sweet tooth).
    3) If baking makes you a fag, what does making no-bake recipes tell about a person? 🙂
    Thank you for your wonderful food ideas and for making me smile!

    1. Wow- Christiyana, this was such a warming comment to read this morning- So much, that I might even clean my room today 😀 :p

      Thanks for the feedback on your method of making it- I’m like you- I don’t generally add the sweetener as I find them perfectly sweet! Have a fantastic holiday weekend and thanks for your readership and support!

  15. You are amazing! I love your recipes, and your writing style! I make your Paleo english muffins a lot (I can’t imagine eating a packaged english muffin now.). Keep doing what you’re doing!

  16. Have to try these, both with and without natural peanut butter, but where do I get coconut flour? I didn’t even know there was such a thing! I barely have gotten into coconut oil (which is super!).

  17. I made these today, but ended up baking them anyway because they were way too doughy the “no bake” way. My 2 year old daughter and I loved them baked. I baked them at 350 for 17 minutes, flipping them after 12 minutes.

      1. Angie, sorry. Just re-read the post and realized you baked them after refrigerating and cutting. Never mind Duh!

  18. Would a different type of flour work or does the coconut flour add a special flavor? I’m allergic to coconut and everything “new” and healthy is coconut these days. whoa is me…..

  19. Stumbled across this recipe today, and decided to swing by my local international food market to pick up some coconut flour. They didn’t have this particular brand of coconut sugar that I was looking for, so I subbed it out with pure maple syrup. The “brownies” are chilling in the refrigerator right now! I’m hoping these turn out well, because we rarely make dessert in the house. My dad has a serious sweet tooth; he’d just gobble up my baking creations if I did it all the time!

  20. Please can you confirm what you mean by 2 T? Is this tea spoons or tablespoons?
    This recipe looks really good and I can’t wait to make it, just want to make sure I have the right amount of nut butter


  21. Just made the applesauce no bake brownies and I’m surprised how good they are!!! As someone who eats a clean diet it’s always exciting to come across a healthy dessert recipe that actually tastes good! I used natural peanut butter for my nut butter and I followed the directions actually and they taste soooo good!!! Thank you for sharing your recipes with us!!

  22. Love your recipes but would be super helpful to know how many servings and what size baking pans you use for each one so I’m not continuously guessing 🙂

  23. They are chilling right now, I’m so excited. I’m making them for my dad for Father’s Day because he loves apple pie, but it’s so unhealthy. I think he will like this alternative very much.

  24. Brownies are named so for being brown, meaning there is chocolate in the recipe. These look more like blondies. I’m looking forward to trying these.

  25. Would love to try to these for the kids. Any chance you have the nutrition info? Such as calories, sugars, protein, ect.

  26. Man oh man, do these sound good! …..y’know what, I don’t care that it’s like 3:30 in the morning, I’m making these little beauties right now! Alas, no coconut anything in my house =\ hafta be boring ‘ol wheat flour until I get my keister to a store. Hmmm….. I might end up adding in some cocoa powder though… I know it’ll taste good with the pb, but the applesauce? Experiment time!

    I take constructive criticism, if it truly IS constructive criticism and not just criticism, fairly well. I figure I always have room to improve myself and whatever I’m doing/making, especially if the person took the time to think out nice and helpful things to tell me. Plain criticism? Not so much.

    But yeah. Applesauce brownies? No bake??? My mind has been blown apart by the new possibilites of easy breakfast. I mean dessert.

  27. First time I stumbled across you. I just made these and have them chilling in the fridge as I type this. I did add 2 TBSP ground flax and 1 TSP chia seeds and 1 TBSP Adam’s 100% Natural Crunchy Peanut butter (I must admit that I have a slight addiction to it). I cannot wait to taste these brownies. I love easy, healthy recipes. Thank you!

  28. Hi, Arman. I’m about to make these for the first time. Everything looks great, but I’m wondering what adding oats would do? Or using a different kind of flour? Thanks!

  29. This is going to be a bit of a long-winded comment, so I apologize in advance. I’ve been scouring the internet for an easy paleo dessert, and honestly, these look perfect – incredible, easy, and no-fuss. I’m not a big dessert person, but I am quite addicted to mixing homemade applesauce and coconut flour with vanilla paleo protein powder – it turns it into a cake batter consistency. I bet if you mixed vanilla protein powder (or powdered coconut sugar) with a little of coconut/almond milk, you could create a nice glaze to go on top. It seems like these might even work with canned/pureed pumpkin, and then top it with caramelized pecans. I’ll update if I try either of these variations. Thank you!!

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