Healthy 3 Ingredient Flourless Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies

These healthy 3 Ingredient flourless butternut squash fudge brownies contain no butter, flour, grains or sugar- Just easy, everyday ingredients! Rich, soft and super fudgy, these brownies are suitable for those following a paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, grain free and sugar free lifestyle! 

Healthy 3 Ingredient FLOURLESS Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies- SO easy, simple and fudgy, only three ingredients! NO butter, NO flour, NO sugar, NO grains and NO oil needed at all! You can use fresh squash or canned squash! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

…and you guys thought I was joking when I said I’d be trying my infamous 3 Ingredient flourless brownies with every starch base possible.

ZING. 

To be honest, I’m finding it more experimental than anything. I knew that no single starch base is created equal, but was surprised by ones within the same family. When I made the pumpkin version, I assumed butternut and acorn squash would totally provide the same texture.

WRONG.

Healthy 3 Ingredient FLOURLESS Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies- SO easy, simple and fudgy, only three ingredients! NO butter, NO flour, NO sugar, NO grains and NO oil needed at all! You can use fresh squash or canned squash! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

If you visually compare today’s recipe with the pumpkin one, you’ll notice a few key differences. The pumpkin version is darker, firmer and a little less fudgy. It’s also got a more subtle flavor. Today’s butternut squash version was quite the opposite. It’s much lighter, insanely fudgy and much more naturally sweet. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. If you’ve ever eaten roasted butternut squash which has caramelized, you’ll know what I’m talking about. 

Before we get talkin’ bout these double B’s (Butternut Brownies, dirty birdies), it’s Wednesday, so let’s see what made my plate! As I mentioned last time, I’ve been trying to incorporate more veggies into my diet. 

Um, massive fail. 

I tried making onion rings for a salad, but I clearly overcooked and over breaded them, because they were like a giant hockey puck of bread crumbs. I DID eat a ton of potatoes, so that counts too. Oh, and these brownies count as a serving of vegetables. I have been eating bland and boring food lately (blame the cookbook) so here’s my petty showing from last week-

What I ate Wednesday- thebigmansworld.com

Breakfast- Avocado toast- It looked terrible plated together, but on its own? A beauty! Lunch(es)- A combination of freezer recipes, along with some leftover butternut squash. Dinner- Marinated tofu and roasted potatoes.

Okay, I just yawned. 

Let’s talk brownies now!

Healthy 3 Ingredient FLOURLESS Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies- SO easy, simple and fudgy, only three ingredients! NO butter, NO flour, NO sugar, NO grains and NO oil needed at all! You can use fresh squash or canned squash! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Even though it’s 3 easy ingredients, I want YOU to have the best possible brownies, so I’ll be sharing the best two ways to prep the butternut squash further down!

These 3 Ingredient Flourless Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies are a quick and easy dessert fix! You only need one bowl, blender or food processor to whip up and it’s adaptable to what nut butter or alternative you have on hand! They are soft, ridiculously fudgy and is a healthy dessert, snack or anytime treat you can enjoy anytime. Unlike traditional brownies, they contain no butter, flour, oil, sugar or grains, so don’t be expecting Betty Crocker. They are, however, perfect for the health conscious, or those who want the taste and texture of brownies, with a more nutritional twist. Because of the ingredients used, they are completely gluten free, vegan, paleo, sugar free, grain free and dairy free!

Now let’s get into butternut specifics! 

Healthy 3 Ingredient FLOURLESS Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies- SO easy, simple and fudgy, only three ingredients! NO butter, NO flour, NO sugar, NO grains and NO oil needed at all! You can use fresh squash or canned squash! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

The best way- Oven roasted!

In my household, I grew up eating butternut squash roasted with olive oil, sea salt and some spices. We will NOT be using this method today, unless you want edible punishment. You can make it this way and then eat it on salad. 

Anyway.

The oven roasted method is simply cutting the butternut squash into very small squares and baking at 350 degrees until they are soft and caramelized. Avoid using any oil if possible (a non-stick baking pan works fantastically) and avoiding any spices on top. It’s tempting to add some cinnamon or nutmeg, but that will make the brownies taste weird. Depending on how much butternut squash you prep (and how big your squares are), you’d be looking at around 30 minutes. Remove from the oven when ready and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, blend until completely pureed. You can try mashing by hand, but this can result in some stringy pieces within. 

The second best way- Microwaved! 

For those in a time pinch (and have access to a microwave), you can follow this method. Once again, cube the butternut squash and place on a plate, in a single layer. Add around 1 to 2 tablespoons of water, and cover. Microwave for 8-9 minutes (cooking time will vary depending on microwave), until completely soft. Allow to cool completely and then blend/food process/hand mix and voila- ready to be used in the brownies! 

The really really cheat’s way- Canned! 

Full disclosure here- I have only used this several times, and they have been in recipes in which it can be heavily masked. This canned butternut squash works well, but I’d really recommend going the extra effort and making your own. If you opt to use this one, it will be extremely fudgy and lacks any natural sweetness whatsoever. I’d ensure you use on of the optional frostings! 

HACK! For my friends with nut allergies, I’ve received a fair few questions regarding an option there. I’ve personally tried all brownies out with sunflower seed butter, soy nut butter, and tahini. Firstly, rule tahini out of the picture- While I love tahini on its own (savory style..shhh), it just gave all the brownies this oily texture, and, without frosting, extremely bitter. I loved the bitter taste (I go through cocoa powder like water) but others thought I was feeding them instant coffee. Sunflower seed butter and soy nut butter worked beautifully, but with one caveat- You’ll be best using the lightly sweetened kind. Like tahini, they were quite bitter on their own. 

As for the frosting, check out this post for the 3 options- Whether you choose the protein packed one, the coconut cream one, or the cream cheese one- There is something for everyone! Healthy 3 Ingredient FLOURLESS Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies- SO easy, simple and fudgy, only three ingredients! NO butter, NO flour, NO sugar, NO grains and NO oil needed at all! You can use fresh squash or canned squash! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Make these healthy 3 Ingredient Flourless Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies and let’s get those ‘nuts caramelizing.

Mmmm, caramelized butternut squash. 

Healthy 3 Ingredient Flourless Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies
These healthy 3 Ingredient flourless butternut squash fudge brownies contain no butter, flour, grains or sugar- Just easy, everyday ingredients! Rich, soft and super fudgy, these brownies are suitable for those following a paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, grain free and sugar free lifestyle!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butternut squash puree*
  2. 1/2 cup drippy almond butter (can sub for peanut, cashew or nut free alternative)
  3. 1/4- 2/3 cup cocoa powder (more cocoa yields a richer taste)
  4. Frosting of choice (see above)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat a small 4 x 6 or 6 x 6 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside- A smaller pan yields thicker brownies.
  2. Add all your ingredients into a high speed blender, food processor or large bowl and mix until fully immersed and a thick batter is formed.
  3. Transfer brownie batter to loaf pan and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out just clean. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely before frosting. Brownies need to kept refrigerated for the best texture.
Notes
  1. * For a sweeter brownie, sub half a cup of mashed banana
  2. If you want to freeze these brownies, frost them once thawed.
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Healthy 3 Ingredient FLOURLESS Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies- SO easy, simple and fudgy, only three ingredients! NO butter, NO flour, NO sugar, NO grains and NO oil needed at all! You can use fresh squash or canned squash! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

What is your favorite kind of squash? Butternut, but I MAY have another fun twist coming up.

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39 thoughts on “Healthy 3 Ingredient Flourless Butternut Squash Fudge Brownies

  1. Well this is definitely an interesting use of squash!! I’m a fan of kabocha and delicata amd spaghetti squash. I like the taste of butternut but I find it so much harder to prepare (I cook and eat delicata with this skin on yum!). But I’ve never thought about microwaving the butternut! Interesting idea!

    And I love veggiea. As long as I have some prepared I am good at putting them in meals, especially lunch!

  2. This is perfect timing! Did I tell you about my b-nut squash find this past weekend? I was out at a farm in the area, and the farmer was selling pumpkins, gourds and squash. He had the biggest b-nuts I’ve ever seen! (And I don’t mean that in the dirty way.) Seriously. I bought 4 for $2 (total). Guess how many pounds it was when I weighed them at home. 30. I have 30 pounds of b-nuts sitting on my kitchen counter. Looks like I have some brownies coming my way!!

  3. Gorgeous! I love how you’ve been incorporating squash into you recipes recently! So great for getting that rich texture. My nutritionist side also loves the added nutrients : )

  4. Butternut squash is so good! I’m terrible at cutting the things, though, so I cheat and buy the pre-cut stuff. It’s so worth the extra $$. I haven’t been the best at getting in veggies lately. Partly because I’ve been traveling so much we haven’t done any ‘real’ grocery shopping in weeks. Apparently veggies only happen in our house when I’m home.

  5. You are a serious recipe tester Arman; you literally try every alternative. I know that there are so many people who are really grateful for all the work you put into each recipe. 🙂 Thank yoU!

  6. Caramelized butternut squash sounds pretty amazing and today I am actually thrilled that Switzerland has no idea about canned pumpkin puree (how could they – they don’t even know about Whole Foods, sigh) – so I anyway have to choose the baking version. Oh, and speaking of incorporate more vegetables into our diets: I ate a tomato today. I am healthy.

  7. Butternut brownies!! Well I might just have to go all out and actually oven roast it because of course I want as much sweet caramel-squash-ization as possible. Don’t mind if I buy it pre-chopped (<– my very lazy baker side told me to say that) It's so interesting how different every version turns out!

  8. Okay, besides the tofu all I see is vegetables. And avocado what basically counts too. And tofu is made of soy beans which are also vegetables, right? So I think you did amazing. And I won’t change my mind about that because if that doesn’t count as enough veggies I for sure don’t get enough either. So you see, my argumentation is flawless ;-P

  9. hI! I’m obsessed with your recipes 🙂
    I’m stuck though. Between myself and two of my kids, we have allergies to wheat, tree nuts, coconut, and oats. Do you have any good sub ideas for all those flours?
    note: I sub carob powder for cocoa powder in desserts we have late in the day so the caffeine in the cocoa doesn’t keep my kids awake at night. I would love if you made a carob recipe some time, just for fun.

  10. I didn’t even know you could find butternut squash in a can! Who knew?! Oven-roasted butternut squash is always the most delicious. Same with sweet potatoes and pumpkin! And I LOVE being experimental in the kitchen. For instance, I always try to make some different sweet potato combinations every week!

  11. Hi Arman! Just made these tonight with the cream cheese frosting. So good! Would you happen to have the nutrition breakdown for these? I’ve recently started tracking food/calories and would appreciate the info. Please and thank you!

  12. I tried an experiment with PB2 powder instead of nut butter, as I am going low fat. SO I used 2 cups squash puree, 1 cup PB2 powder, 1/2 cup cocao powder and 3 Tbsp maple syrup. I baked for 25-30 minutes. It clearly was never going to firm up and be sliceable, so I removed from oven as it was starting to burn on edges. It is like a baked pudding. Actually pretty tasty, woudl make again.

  13. I made these and definitely very good and fudgy. How though do you use the banana if you choose to?? What is the carb count for this recipe?? Love the recipe, thank you!

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