Pumpkin Brownies


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These pumpkin brownies are a simple and healthy dessert made with just 3 ingredients! No flour, no eggs, and no butter needed, they come together in under 15 minutes.

fudgy pumpkin brownies stacked.

Pumpkin desserts are a common theme around here. When the weather slowly cools, you can bet we’ll be whipping out the pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins. For a chocolate fix, though, we love to make pumpkin brownies. 

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make pumpkin brownies
  4. Tips to make the best recipe
  5. Storage Instructions
  6. More delicious brownie recipes to try
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. Pumpkin Brownies (Recipe Card)

Why this recipe works

  • 3 ingredients. Just pumpkin pie mix, almond butter, and cocoa powder. 
  • Healthy. Like with my sweet potato brownies, these brownies are flourless, egg-free, and glutrn-free. These brownies could actually be something you enjoy for breakfast.
  • Ready in 15 minutes. From prep to oven, this recipe comes together in no time. 
  • Perfect texture and flavor. This recipe makes super fudgy brownies, which is exactly what you want from any brownie. They have a rich chocolate flavor that tastes better than any boxed brownie mix.

What we love about this recipe is just how simple it is. If you are looking for more easy pumpkin desserts, try pumpkin cookies and pumpkin fudge.

Ingredients needed

As mentioned earlier, this recipe calls for just three ingredients and they are very simple ones. You’ll probably have everything in your pantry as we speak. Here is what you’ll need:  

  • Pumpkin pie mix. Also known as pumpkin pie filling, it’s like pumpkin puree but has added sugar and spices in it. If you only have the canned pumpkin puree, you must add some sugar or sugar alternative to it. 
  • Almond butter. Smooth and unsweetened almond butter. You can also use peanut butter or a nut-free alternative (like tahini or sunflower seed butter). 
  • Cocoa powder. 100% unsweetened and sifted. Choose a good quality cocoa powder as it makes all the difference. 
  • Frosting. Optional, but I love to add a simple chocolate frosting on top. 
  • Vanilla extract. Optional, but adds a lovely flavor.

How to make pumpkin brownies

This recipe is very simple and needs less than a minute of hands-on time. You can either mix it in a bowl, use a blender, or a food processor.

Step 1- Make the brownie batter. Start by whisking together the pumpkin pie mix, almond butter, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl until a smooth dough remains. Alternatively, you can blend everything together.  Fold through any mix-ins with a spatula.

Step 2- Bake it. Next, pour the chocolate batter into a prepared baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are firm. 

Step 3- Add frosting. Now, let the brownies cool completely before adding the frosting on top. Slice them with a sharp knife and enjoy. 

pumpkin brownies with frosting on top.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • These brownies are not overly sweet, even with the sweetened pumpkin pie filling. Add a few tablespoons of sugar or maple syrup if you’d prefer ultra-sweet brownies. 
  • Add a tablespoon or two of coconut or oat flour for thicker brownies.
  • Mix-ins are a fabulous idea, and some fun options include pumpkin pie spice (a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves), chocolate chips, nuts (walnuts are great!),

Storage Instructions

To store: Leftovers must be stored in the refrigerator, covered, and they will keep well for up to one week. If you want to keep them at room temperature, they must be enjoyed within two days.

To freeze: Place brownies in an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

a 3 ingredient pumpkin brownie on a baking sheet.

More delicious brownie recipes to try

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do my brownies look like a cake?

Because there are no eggs or flour in this recipe, there is no need to do a toothpick test to see if it’s done. If you over-bake the brownies, they will naturally firm up and be more like a cake.

How do I make these brownies more cakey?

Add some coconut flour or oat flour to the batter to give it more stability. 

pumpkin brownies recipe.

Pumpkin Brownies

5 from 109 votes
These pumpkin brownies are a simple and healthy dessert made with just 3 ingredients! No flour, no eggs, and no butter needed, they come together in under 15 minutes. 
Servings: 12 brownies
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 16 minutes




  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a 6 x 6-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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 adding frosting.


* Pumpkin pie mix has added spices and sugar in it. If you only have pumpkin puree (unsweetened), add at least 2 tablespoons sugar or maple syrup. 
TO STORE: Leftovers must be stored in the refrigerator, covered, and they will keep well for up to one week.
TO FREEZE: Place brownies in an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.


Serving: 1brownieCalories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSodium: 97mgPotassium: 327mgFiber: 9gVitamin A: 3734IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 11g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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    1. Hi Hannah! It shouldn’t be too thick- If it’s really thick, just cook it for a little less, until a toothpick just comes out clean 🙂

  1. Oh yeah!!! This was delicious! I actually added two bananas because I went full-gusto on the cocoa powder and needed a little counterbalance. These tasted like dreamy chocolate truffles; served with black coffee with cream… oh.my.gosh. Heaven!!

  2. Just tried these with sweet potatoes, instead of pumpkin! And a squirt of honey! Very tasty! My sons really enjoyed them!

  3. I made this recipe for my family today. I wanted to follow it exactly as you made it. I did taste the batter and I felt it needed something to sweeten it up so I added a ripe banana to the recipe (without subtracting any of the pumpkin). I did bake it for a few minutes longer than the recipe stated. I used 2/3 cup of cocoa. My husband and children appreciated the recipe but I do think it was a little bitter. Next time I will put in the 1/4 cup of cocoa powder instead. We did follow someone else’s suggestion and spread almond butter on top of the brownies. I appreciate that this recipe is flourless amd sugarless. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. Hi Theresa! I’m so glad you included some banana to sweeten it up! I have to remember to tone down my cocoa recommendations, I tend to go a little cocoa heavy often 🙂

  4. Hmmm, pumpkin with almond butter! My favorite! I am allergic to peanuts and also chocolate, so I keep other nut butters on hand and I use carob powder instead of cocoa. It makes a good substitute for those of us who can’t have chocolate. I keep a supply of nice, ripe mashed up bananas in the freezer in freezer bags. My local grocery store sells bags of over-ripe bananas during the week for $1.49 for a huge bag. I keep them in the freezer to use for smoothies and other baked goods. Thanks for this delicious looking “brownie!” I will definitely be trying this one out:)

  5. I am SO happy to have found this recipe! Healthy brownies without bananas or eggs?! (I’m allergic to both). Oh AND these have no added sugar? I can’t wait to make these! I miiiight try using a mixture of cocoa powder and chocolate protein powder just to up the protein content a bit. If I do, I’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. These are happening this weekend! I’m thinking avocado chocolate frosting for the top. Or maybe blueberry?

  7. These sound so good and simple to make. I bet they would be good with a little almond butter topped on them for the frosting 🙂