Healthy Flourless Fudge Brownies

These rich, fudgy and delicious flourless fudge brownies need just three ingredients for the base and come with several healthy frosting options! Unlike traditional brownies, these contain no butter, oil, flour or sugar and are suitable for those following a vegan, gluten-free, paleo, keto, refined sugar free and dairy free lifestyle! 

Healthy Flourless Fudge Brownies with a thick layer of frosting.

Keto Low Carb Flourless Brownies

Feedback.

Sometimes we like to hear it, sometimes we don’t. 

Let’s relate feedback to today’s recipe.

I still remember when I first posted this healthy 3 ingredient flourless brownie recipe. It was a recipe I’d made on a whim before I came to America last year. There were two reasons it took me so long to post it (I didn’t post it until September!): 

  1. I thought they were extremely visually unfortunate
  2. I thought they’d be too simple to share  

Saying that, I’m glad I bit the bullet and ended up sharing them on here- They’ve been one of my most made (and copied!) recipes and totally quashes any chocolate craving without the typical butter, sugar, flour and oil counterparts typically found in brownies. 

A stack of healthy flourless fudge brownies with a thick chocolate frosting on top.

Now back to feedback.

While these healthy flourless brownies have been a staple in many people’s day to day diets since it’s been posted (For those who follow my bud Alexis on Snapchat know she even made it live two days ago!), the two biggest ‘complaints’ or ‘feedback’ I’ve received have been-

  1. They can taste too much like banana
  2. The tops (unlike the flourless protein brownies) can be a little flat and lack luster.

I totally get understand both those remarks. Not everyone is the biggest fan of banana, especially in recipes calling for very few ingredients and as for the tops, because of the lack of protein powder, sugar or butter, they pretty brownie tops are often M.I.A. So how to combat that? I’ve got you covered with today’s twist on the original

To combat the overpowering banana flavor, I used strictly dark cocoa powder and increased the amount by 2 tablespoons. Unlike Dutch processed cocoa (which is still delicious in its own right) or baking cocoa powder, dark cocoa powder has a rich, bold, subtle taste which really enhances the recipe and really takes over any trace of banana!

Overhead shot of flourless fudge brownies with thick, chocolate frosting

The BEST Healthy Chocolate Frosting

To combat the tops, I took the easy way out- FROST IT! Now when you hear frosting, you may be thinking ‘Great, so much for keeping the brownie healthy’ but listen up- There are options! Because I’m a fan of adding protein to well…anything possible, I opted to use my stand-by protein frosting which I’ve included in the instructions. I prefer using casein protein powder or brown rice protein powder, but to keep it paleo, use the paleo protein powder. If you have no dietary restrictions, definitely go the casein protein route- It really does resemble a ‘frosting’ texture and packs a protein punch. Not a fan of using protein? I also included a tested dairy free cream cheese version and the standby dairy free chocolate chunk and coconut oil option too! 

Okay, now how about we talk about the actual recipe? 

Flourless Keto Brownies

These healthy flourless fudge brownies are rich, soft and super fudgy, you’d be surprised that they only contain THREE ingredients- None of them being butter, oil, flour or sugar! Thanks to the layer of healthy frosting on top, they taste even more fudgy! While the process of making the brownies is super easy, the hard part is waiting to enjoy them- While tasting amazing from the oven (pre-frosting), for optimum taste and texture, it’s best to allow them to cool completely and refrigerate them.

These healthy flourless fudge brownies are also naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, refined sugar free and dairy free!(pre-frosting), for optimum taste and texture, it’s best to allow them to cool completely and refrigerate them. These healthy flourless fudge brownies are also naturally gluten free, keto, low carb, vegan, paleo, refined sugar free and dairy free!

HACK! Usually when I share recipes which involve frosting, I recommend freezing without and adding it after thawing. These, however, freeze beautifully WITH the frosting and once thawed slightly, take on an even fudgier texture- Seriously, try it out and see!

A close up shot of flourless fudge brownies with a healthy, thick frosting

 

Make these healthy flourless fudge brownies and embrace MOST** feedback.

Sometimes, they can lead to VERY good things. 

Like these beauties. 

** I shall not embrace feedback to replace my sidebar picture with a muppet.

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Healthy Flourless Fudge Brownies (Keto, Vegan, Paleo)

These rich, fudgy and delicious flourless fudge brownies need just three ingredients for the base and come with several healthy frosting options! Unlike traditional brownies, these contain no butter, oil, flour or sugar and are suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, paleo, refined sugar free, keto and low carb and dairy free lifestyle!
Print Recipe
CourseDessert, Snack
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings12 servings
Calories86kcal
AuthorArman

Ingredients

For the Coconut Chocolate Frosting

For the Protein Frosting

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

Instructions

For the brownies

  • Preheat the oven the 350 degrees, grease a small cake or loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter. In a large mixing bowl, add the sweet potato, nut butter, and dark cocoa powder and mix very well.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for around 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, at the frosting and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

For the protein or cream cheese frosting

  • Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Using a tablespoon, add dairy free milk until a VERY thick batter is formed.

For the chocolate coconut ganache

  • In a microwave safe bowl or stove top, on low heat, combine ingredients and heat until just combined- Whisk until a thick, glossy, frosting remains. 

Notes

* Adjust accordingly- Depending on the protein powder or thickness of cream cheese, you may need less or more. 
Healthy Flourless Fudge Brownies (Keto, Vegan, Paleo) are best enjoyed out of the fridge. They are freezer friendly too.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1Brownie | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 1% | Vitamin C: 2% | Calcium: 2% | Iron: 3%

A collage of flourless fudge brownies with a thick, chocolate fudge frosting.

 

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173 thoughts on “Healthy Flourless Fudge Brownies

        1. Plus I read on a different sight that if you sweeten something chocolate with anything stevia based it accentuates stevia’s bitter aftertaste.

  1. These are, without a doubt, the most visually appealing thing you’ve ever posted. They remind me of my all time favorite cafeteria dessert as a kid. Those brownies were crack.
    I am mixed about bananas in desserts. I think I prefer applesauce or pumpkin because I don’t have I wait for them to ripen!

        1. Hi there – if you substitute banana or pumpkin do you go by mass? Or just still aim for 2 cups?
          I mean, google says 2 cups of bananas weighs 600g, 2 cups of pumpkin weighs 450g, and 2 cups of sweet potatoes weigh 400g

  2. These look AWESOME. I’m a texture snob and these look to be the perfect texture. PS ate eggs yesterday and was hungry 30 mins later. <–true story. Needed avocado apparently.

  3. Thanks for the update, the hit the nail on the head- I hate too much banana taste! Will definitely make these soon!

  4. You are a protein powder wizard, mate. Nay, you are a protein powder Harry Potter. I want to stuff my face with those brownies…right now!

  5. Agree with whats been said above – this is by far the most attractive piece of chocolatey heaven you’ve photographed (taking the winning spot with your coconut flour pancakes for drool quota). Apart from the obvious fudgey reasons, I’m saving this solely for the collection of frosting recipes. I’m ALL about cream cheese frosting, in any form. Thanks Arman!!

  6. Yeah so my mouth is watering really bad after seeing this! OMG I am in love <3 Sucks I'm at work or else I'd make them right this second.

  7. THESE ARE LEGIT FUDGY AF. THEY AF (are fudgy) THEY AFF (are f**king fudgy).. and since the only brownies i eat are those of fudge based variety, eggless variety and gluten free variety, looks like i’ve found the only answer to my AF dreams.

  8. Omg we just made them using protein frosting (chocolate casein and vega mixed together) and it was amazing!!!!! Didn’t let them cool that much but can’t wait to eat the rest of them tonight!!! You are wizard!!!!

  9. Feedback is very important, actually, and I think you handled it so well! Anyways, I think that to combat the banana taste, it would also be wise to just sub for canned pumpkin or sweet potato, but eh, that’s just me 😉 I think that this is such a fantastic idea! The frosting sounds perfect for it!

    1. Alright then, I screwed something up. That should have read:

      “Brownies! Insert heart-eyed emoji here…”

      Okay, all fixed!

  10. I still can’t get over these. I find it funny when people provide subjective feedback. Sometimes it’s constructive, and sometimes it can be pointless. I think both of these versions look fantabulous and I want them in mah face hole.

  11. Whoa, these brownies look beyond fudgy!! And, I love the optional frostings! For these, I would use peanut butter, because it goes so well with banana’s and chocolate.

  12. I love visually unfortunate. Both as food and as a term.

    I think feedback is always so double-edged. Especially when it is negative under the disguise of giving constructive feedback or when it’s super contradicting. In my job I get so much contradicting feedack. It drove me nuts in the first year now I take it with a grain of salt aka when in doubt I am the professional not the others. But I often ask for feedback and when I do I am more than willing to listen and try what other people suggest. In all areas of life.

    I personally don’t mind if a brownie is made of bananas and you can actually taste the banana. It’s not like a big surprise. Yet I am glad you took this feedback and made these brownies because a) dark cocoa powder and b) BEAUTIFUL pictures. Deal with it 😉

  13. This is something totally for me! I’m a huge brownie fan, workout a lot, so need a lot of proteins and… i love sweets! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! Gonna have to try it soon!

  14. I hate this word, but there really is no other word to describe how these look…. moist! I can handle banana in my brownies, but cannot deal with beans.

  15. Hi there! Made this for my family tonight and we are in love, even my picky 6 year old asked for another piece! Thank you will make again

  16. Oh Arman! I sooooo want to try these but am truly afraid that healthy as they are, an OD on them (I will surely eat the entire batch!) will totally SCREW my weight loss! Oh, woe is me! Seriously dark cocoa powder? And all these protein things – am really needing a protein thingy 101 I think. Never ever tried that stuff. So now I am dutifully making note of the various items above and will be checking to see if they are actually available where I live. Keep fingers crossed that our local bulk/health food shop will have them! You are leaving for Australia? Oh this is sad…! Not permanently? please say not permanently! And as for your pic – that is infinitely better than any Muppet – but I am afraid I am in love with the original one I saw there like last week? Oh bother! Have a good trip – will they let you into Oz with a 1/2 a suitcase of dark cocoa powder?

  17. Hi!
    How many grams of protein powder? (Is each scoop 30 grams?)
    Also, how much cream cheese? You don’t mention the amount.

    Thanks!

  18. Wow…had to make these and they are very yum! They will not last long around here – or I’m sure anywhere they are made:)

    Thanks

  19. Just made these. I used peanut butter because me and almonds don’t agree. I made the icing with chocolate hemp protein. I will try the cream cheese next time. I have a feeling this is going to be a serious go to recipe. Thanks so much!

  20. I didn’t see a quantity amount for the cream cheese for the frosting. Can you tell me how much I should be using? Thank you.

  21. No matter where I look on Pinterest, I always seem to be interested in one of your recipes! It doesn’t get much easier or delicious looking than these flowerless brownies. Thanks …

  22. Hi Arman. My question is can I use regular dairy milk and regular dairy cream cheese if I choose that option for the frosting? I’m not restricted from using dairy in my diet and don’t really care for non-dairy products.

  23. I love all your recipes 🙂 I am currently reading “Wheat Belly” and have had such a hard time finding what to have for breakfast besides eggs (since the wheat belly diet doesn’t allow any damn grains) and these recipes have saved my sanity. I really like the gentle sweetness of banana as well. I admire you for taking in feedback and using it to better your recipes. Keep kicking butt at what you do 🙂

  24. Probably a silly question but do you pick which frosting or can you later the protein and cream cheese icings on top of one another.

  25. I made these in a special square-shaped muffin pan and they were delicious! After chilling them in the fridge for half an hour, they had the perfect dense, gooey texture. And I felt totally guilt-free eating them (I just had them with no frosting). This is definitely going to be a keeper recipe. Thanks!

  26. There were amazing! We loved them so much. Even without frosting they were good. I made some in a mini muffin top pan topped with chocolate chips so they were like brownie bites and the kids cleaned them out. I will be making these again…a lot!

  27. I am a pastry chef and I’ve been developing vegan edibles for sick patients, etc….thanks for the ideas you have here. I see what you have and tweek it to fit what I need. Great site. Thanks! Diane

  28. How many carbs do you estimate would be in a single brownie? I’m diabetic and this might actually be something I could enjoy again!

  29. I have tried this protein frosting idea a couple times now. Once without nut butter and once without and put it on some homemade donuts. It gets so sticky that it just sticks to the roof of my mouth so bad I actually have to stick my fingers up there to free it. It tastes good but makes things hard to eat! If you know a solution to this I’d love to hear it! Maybe I’m not thinning it enough but I’m afraid if I do it will just all drip off the donuts or whatever I put it on.

  30. Hi there, I just discovered this brownie recipe and can’t wait to try it out with my kids during the Xmas holidays. Just a quick question, can I substitute raw cacao powder for the dark chocolate Coco powder? Many thanks
    Nicole

  31. Hi! These look amazing! If I use pumpkin instead of banana, will the brownies strongly taste of pumpkin or will it affect the sweetness of the brownies? Thanks 🙂

  32. I JUST used three ripe bananas to make just-okay banana bread earlier. I wish I would have seen this recipe first! It looks divine!!! Did I hear someone say you’re from Australia? We will be visiting Sydney next month. It would make my trip if I could have a batch of these ready when we get there! 🙂 After a long flight, they would be much appreciated!

  33. I made the “protein frosting” but added more milk, to make it more into a protein pudding. SOOO goood

  34. Hi Arman,

    I am probably a new fan of you and your recipes. And today i tried making this recipe and OMG it turned out soo good i was literally high on this after having one piece. Keep up the great work. I also put the ingredients into myfitnesspal to check out the calories per slice, it came out between 120-150 calories which is NOT at all bad.

    Thankyou once again 🙂

  35. Hi Arman, would it be ok to use sweet potato instead of banana? These do look DIVINE! I’m really enjoying your recipes! Thanks so much❣

  36. Hi: These look awesome. Would you happen to have the carb count for these, with the frosting, for diabetics on the Keto plan?

  37. Hi Arman,

    This is another fantastic flourless brownie recipe! I love it!

    I would love to feature it in our website GreenThickies. I will not be posting the actual recipe, but I will only use one image from the post, title, a small quote and link directly back to your post.

    Will that be all right?

    Thanks 🙂

    Katherine,
    Greenthickies

  38. I am late to the post but I have been searching for this MHP PALEO protein. Do they still make it? If not do u suggest another paleo protein powder?

  39. These are amazing! When I use the banana I top with dried strawberries, which kind of makes it a banana split dessert. You can also add peppermint extract or orange extract to the coconut chocolate ganache making it taste a little different and delicious as well. I also use %100 cacao for the chocolate coconut ganache and then blended a couple soaked dates through it to add sweetness that was just delectable. Love this recipe! So many options !!

  40. Hi, thank you for the recipe. I made these last night, it was an instant hit. Even though I did alter it a bit (melted dark chocolate chips to add to the batter and added about a table spoon of peanut butter with the almond butter to equal one cup) the brownies will be a definite addition to our monthly desserts. I look forward to making the flourless banana bread.

  41. Hello,
    I just wanted to know for the brownies, if there is any sugar we have to add. I am hesitant to make these as they may lack any sweetness..thanks

  42. These turned out like a mousse. I used the 2 cups pumpkin 1 cup peanut butter and 1/2 of cocoa powder. I baked for 35 mins and stopped at that point. What did I do wrong.

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