Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies

These extremely fudgey, moist and full of chocolatey goodness chocolate brownies are secretly healthy- Based off Greek Yogurt, they are also gluten free, vegan, dairy free, high in protein and VERY low in sugar! 

Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies- These extremely fudgey, moist and full of chocolatey goodness chocolate brownies are secretly healthy- Based off Greek Yogurt, they are also gluten free, high in protein and VERY low in sugar! @thebigmansworld -

Wow, look! No Gingerbread today! Surprised?

Don’t be.


I was toying with the idea of making gingerbread chocolate brownies but that sounded like punishment. I’m sorry for anyone out there who is a fan of the chocolate and ginger combination, but I am not one of them. Sorry.

Chocolate and coconut? Yes.

Chocolate and peanut butter? Yes.

Chocolate and salt? YES.

Chocolate and potato chips? Yes. (Really. I had it in America.)

Chocolate and ginger? I’ll pass.


To me, gingerbread has such a distinct and lasting taste, when paired with chocolate it’s like a lethal combination. That might be a tad over the top but still. I’ll leave gingerbread to lattes, granola (coming soon!) and biscotti and leave brownies with chocolate. Double chocolate.

In honouring the reader recipe requests, lightened up and lower calorie/fat treats was a huge one! I initially planned on trialling a paleo version of them but opted to lighten it up using the myriad of tips and tricks I’ve found through the blogosphere.

Often when I read recipes which use applesauce instead of oil or Greek yogurt instead of butter, I always give it the side eye- How could that taste good? It may stem from a previously bad experience where I made ‘protein brownies’ which actually turned out to be rocks. Yes. Tasteless rocks. However, I’m always up for giving things a second chance and this was no different. 

My biggest fear was they’d either turn out like rocks like the protein brownies or become like rubber sponges- a common occurrence with recipes that make too many low calorie substitutions however- we got a winner here!


These brownies are deceiving. They may look like one of those 1000 calorie bombs, yet are just wearing a very good disguise- they are anything but that! Compared to the aforementioned counterparts, these gluten free brownies are high in protein thanks to the Greek yogurt, much lower in fat thanks to the use of pumpkin in place of oil. I also reduced the sugar considerably while still maintaining enough sweetness. I had good reason though- We needed to top it with chocolate chips!

The best part is just how fluffy and light they are- no post consumption sugar rush here.


Just like the biscotti recipe, I trialled this out with Natvia and Norbu too so there is a completely sugar free option available too! To my Vegan friends out there- I’m sorry but I didn’t try it out without Greek yogurt or a flax egg but I promise it’s on the books to try out- Especially with my Vegan week experiment coming soon!

I reckon these are warranted to be eaten for breakfast. Right? Right.

Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies- Moist, delicious and LOADED with chocolate goodness, these brownies have NO butter, oil or sugar, but you'd never tell! {vegan, gluten free, dairy free recipe option}-

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies

A lightened up treat using Greek yogurt and pumpkin puree in place of butter and oil without sacrificing taste! Gluten free, dairy free, vegan and sugar free options too!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


Dry Ingredients

Wet ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt Can sub for dairy free yogurt like so delicious
  • 2 large eggs whisked (can sub for 1 flax egg)


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a large, deep baking tray or 9 x 9 brownie pan with oil or butter and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sifted flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa and sugar or sweetener of choice and mix until combined. Stir through 2 tablespoons of the chocolate chips.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, Greek yogurt and eggs and mix well. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan and top with remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and bake for 45- 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before slicing into pieces.


For a vegan/dairy free version, use the flax egg instead of eggs and dairy free yogurt instead of Greek yogurt. Watch the liquid proportions- I had to go slightly more than usual.


Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies- Moist, delicious and LOADED with chocolate goodness, these brownies have NO butter, oil or sugar, but you'd never tell! {vegan, gluten free, dairy free recipe option}-

Do you think gingerbread + chocolate is an acceptable combination?

Do you use these ‘diet’ cooking tips ever?

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121 thoughts on “Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies

  1. About to eat my arm off right now since I am haaaangry for sweets but don’t have anything in the house that’s even remotely dessert-ish. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME. Love how indulgent but secretly healthy these are! Also, your photography is looking fantastic! Did you get a new DSLR/lens?

  2. You’re giving me such a hard time. What should I make next weekend? These delectable brownies or the biscotti?? I guess I already know your answer: both. Haha maybe I’ll do that. I will have to substitute mashed sweet potato for pumpkin though because that’s what I have atm.
    Gingerbread and chocolate is a common combination here. Every eaten chocolate covered gingerbread? Yum 😉

  3. i think my entire life is a recipe substitution! HAHA but i usually go for pumpkin or an applesauce/greek yogurt combo! i think i might need to try this with flax eggs because they look MOIST =l and densely fudgy as all hellllllllll. and with the amount of greek yogurt i own, you could take a trip to greece in my refrigerator.

    to be honest i had never thought about the chocolate ginger combo! but i just realized the best ice cream i’ve had was in france and it was chocolate gingerbread heaven. then i just got youfreshnaturals dark chocolate gingerbread hazelnut coconut butter and it is crack in a jar. so since a+b=c, i’m going to say that yes. I’M A FAN!!!

  4. I saw your video with Gigi! I love your accent and I didn’t know you guys were that close to each other.

    I think ginger goes well with chocolate–I just had coconut ginger chocolate pudding the other day.

  5. I LOVE Greek yogurt for baking purposes. I use it in almost every recipe. On the subject of ginger–it goes really well with pb and butterscotch, if you care to try. And dark chocolate covered ginger is fan freaking tastic.

  6. These Brownies look amazing! Okay serious (okay almost serious) question: Why don’t you come over to Germany and hire as my personal chef? It’s not possible to make all of your recipes myself. I just can’t. But I really really want to because a) everything sounds and looks so appealing and b) none of your recipes ever disappointed me. Seriously, are you a machine/ robot/ superhero/ do you even sleep?

  7. Ok, I am totally on board with you here, Arman. Gingerbread and anything is amazing…except for chocolate. Blech. You know I love me some chocolate, and you know I love me some gingerbread…but keep em separate! Oh, and I can’t believe chocolate potato chips haven’t made their way to Aussie-land yet. That clearly needs to be fixed.

  8. Uh oh if you don’t like chocolate and gingerbread together you’re not going to like my recipe I’m posting next week. 😛 I’m not a fan of when chocolate and gingerbread are totally mixed together but I like gingerbread flavours with bursts of chocolate from chocolate chips, if that makes sense haha.

  9. These look amazing. And I totally know what you mean by protein rocks. I had many, many mugcake rocks. Seriously, they were perfect to kill someone.
    I think I never had the chocolate ginger combo? Anyway, I bet chocolate and potato chips tastes wonderful. I am serious.

  10. Now that I’ve seen the video on Gigi’s blog I read all your words in your voice and it’s epic. It’s funny how many people were like “I mean I knew he was from Australia but I didn’t realize he’d have an accent” hahaha. But you’re so right about chocolate combinations — chocolate and coconut, chocolate and pb (NOT calorie-free pb haha), chocolate and potato chips…it’s all perfect. And sneaking greek yogurt in any dessert is such a wonderful idea because it doesn’t change the texture much but it makes eating a brownie stick to you a little better because of the protein.

  11. I discovered chocolate covered ginger about a year ago and my world was rocked. It was so freaking delicious. I think I need to make some from straight crystallized ginger. I know I won’t have to worry about sharing with you so that’s good. These brownies are gorgeous. Did you have chocolate covered potato chips from Trader Joe’s? I thought they were horrific….so…you keep those I’ll take the ginger. Deal.

  12. I’m with ya on the no chocolate + gingerbread! But these look SO GOOD! I’m sure the pumpkin/yogurt combo keeps them real… moist. Even though I hate that word. :p I would say one of my fave substitutions is actually yogurt. I’ve found that it really does up the ante on recipes if you’re trying to cut the oil.

  13. Blech to the chocolate and gingerbread too! Andddd I’m with you on the chocolate potato chips. I actually have a recipe on my blog from a couple years ago before they became popular. That flavor combo is the bomb!

  14. If you don’t like chocolate and gingerbread together, you’re doing it wrong. That’s all I’m sayin’ 😛 Well, that and you forgot the chocolate + coffee, chocolate + ALMOND butter, and chocolate + raisin combos in your list. Fail, Mister.

  15. Greek yogurt in brownies?! I like it!!

    I’m exceptionally picky about ginger and ginger bread. First, it must be soft (Starbucks ginger molasses cookies are my weakness) and it must also not be too gingery. Yup, I’m a pain!!

  16. Yessss, Arman!! I need these in my life. But I need you more. And I so agree on the whole gingerbread chocolate thing. Thirdly check you out with these healthy recipes galore– I am a proud balanced blonde!! PS make me these and send them por favor?

  17. Omg STOP! Stop with all these mouth watering recipes, seriously I need like a day to set aside and make all these treats! First off, I LOVE inocrporating greek yougrt into baked goods. It’s my ultimate savior and lover in all things baking. Secondly, these photos. Amazing. And thirdly these look like they have the best texture! Not too bread-like, but perfectly fudgy crisip and chocolatey!! Okay, I’ll stop with the rambling and go make these 🙂

  18. Too bad, too bad. I was -this- close to simply say that this recipe rocked and you had mad brownie baker skills buuuut then you ruined it for yourself with the gingerbread comment. The combination with chocolate works SO well. Granted, chocolate + peanut butter take the cake [brownie??] but it’s still a perfedct match. Actually, I could totally see adding gingerbread spices to your recipe here. Though the pumpkin would put me off then a little, I think …
    I’m also surprised you said your applesauce brownies turned out as rocks. The applesauce baked goods I tried so far usually ended up way too gooey.

  19. Is the pumpkin super noticeable? I totally want to make these for the dudes I half live with, but they are good at guessing fakes, and one of them (unlike every other person in fall) does not like pumpkin flavor.

    They look super delicious though. I’m kinda with you on the chocolate and ginger, I feel like when paired, they’re fighting one another with flavor.

  20. Leave it to us Americans to create such a classy food combination as chocolate and POTATO CHIPS! Haha. That’s almost as bad as chocolate coated gummy bears or deep fried snickers bars 🙂

    Gingerbread brownies sound AWESOME! If you’re not going to go for that one, maybe I will 🙂

  21. Chocolate and gingerbread sounds like an overstimulation of the senses. No thank you.
    But ARMAN, these brownies are going to be in my dreams tonight!! I love subbing Greek yogurt in for some of the fat components of a baking recipe. I also like subbing in peanut butter whenever I can, because…well you know.

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  23. Could you explain “whole meal flour”? I am gluten free & not sure what I can use. I am dying to try these!!! They look totally awesome & I need a healthier brownie compared to the g/f box mixes.

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