These chocolate covered strawberry brownies are a healthy dessert recipe perfect for those on a low carb or keto diet! Made with almond flour and without eggs or dairy, you won’t believe these ooey, gooey brownies are also vegan!
Strawberry Brownies Recipe
Soft and fudgy on the inside, crisp and crackly on the outside, these healthy chocolate strawberry brownies are a winner.
It’s time for brownies to get the action.
Unlike traditional brownies, these don’t have the same ingredients. Firstly, they are flourless and grain-free. Secondly, they are made without eggs and without any butter. They are also completely sugar free.
Before you roll your eyes, hear me out. They have all the best parts of a classic brownie- Ooey, gooey in the center, with those gorgeous crackly tops on the outside. They also have a generous burst of fresh strawberries and chocolate chips to take it up a notch.
As they are made with almond flour and are eggless, these strawberry brownies are completely keto, low carb, paleo, vegan AND gluten-free!
Can you bake strawberries into brownies?
Baking strawberries into brownies are evidently possible, as you’ll see with this recipe! The key is to ensure that you do not add too many strawberries and to also disperse them evenly.
How to make the best strawberry brownies from scratch
Use a ‘flax egg’ as the egg substitute
I’ve tried numerous egg substitutes (chia eggs, ener-g egg replacer, and even applesauce) and the only one which works for these low carb brownies are the flax egg.
To make a flax egg, combine 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 2.5-3 tablespoons of water. I find 2.5 tablespoons work best, but I’ve only tried with this brand of flaxseed. Other brands may require the extra half tablespoon.
Don’t overbake the brownies
These brownies are eggless, so don’t fret too much about them being under-cooked or under-done. However, there is a fine line between raw brownies and ‘just done’ brownies.
Check the brownies around the 34-minute mark, and continue cooking until a skewer comes out the center ‘just’ clean. The reason for this is that the brownies will continue baking in the pan as the cool down.
Pan size matters!
Unlike other brownies, the pan size DOES matter for these ones! Either use an 8.5-inch x 4-inch loaf pan, or something slightly smaller.
Any larger and you’ll be left with thin and brittle brownies.
Use blanched almond flour
Almond flour comes in several varieties- Blanched, super fine and generic almond meal.
Please try to use the blanched variety, as you’ll have a much better brownie texture- soft and smooth, instead of slightly nutty and gritty.
Smooth nut or seed butter
If you use a crunchy or a textured version, you’ll find the brownie batter will be hard to mix.
Divide the strawberries
Try to use half the chopped strawberries in the batter and reserve the other half to top the brownies. I found dividing them up will ensure each slice has some delicious tang!
How to store chocolate covered strawberry brownies
Store leftover brownies in the fridge, in a sealed container or covered in plastic wrap. Brownies kept in the fridge will keep well for at least 5 days.
Brownies are also freezer friendly and will keep well in the freezer for up to 2 months. Ensure the brownies are wrapped in parchment paper, and in a sealed container or ziplock bag.
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Healthy Chocolate Strawberry Brownies (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8.5-inch x 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Prepare your flax egg by combining your flaxseed with water and let sit for 10 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients and mix well. In a seperate bowl, combine your wet ingredients, except for your strawberries and chocolate chips, and mix well. Fold in half your strawberries and chocolate chips into the batter.
- Transfer your brownie batter into the lined pan. Top with remaining strawberries and chocolate chips. Bake the brownies for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out just clean.
- Allow brownies to cool in pan completely, before slicing into 12 bars.