Healthy No Bake Breakfast Brownies

These healthy no bake brownies have been specifically designed for breakfast, and made with no butter, grains, oil or sugar, but you’d never tell! Satisfying, rich and decadent tasting, these healthy no bake breakfast brownies are naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free! 
Just see how EASY these no bake breakfast brownies are to whip up below….seriously.


Healthy No Bake BREAKFAST Brownies- Loaded with chocolate and super fudgy, these wholesome brownies have NO butter, NO oil, NO grains and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Gretchen Wieners may have failed in making fetch happen.

Unlike Gretchen Wieners, brownies for breakfast WILL happen.

Heck, they have happened….but now it’s time for them to be given a (no) bake over.

I remember when I first posted these flourless breakfast brownies, I received an assortment of positive and constructive feedback. A common one stated that brownies before 10am were borderline sinful. These were often from parents who thought the concept was good, but wouldn’t willingly serve it to their kids.

I get it.

I really do.

Healthy No Bake BREAKFAST Brownies- Loaded with chocolate and super fudgy, these wholesome brownies have NO butter, NO oil, NO grains and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

When I think of brownies and their ingredients, the first things that pop into my head are butter, sugar, margarine, brown sugar, eggs, more sugar, Beyonce’s left shoe and more butter. However, my flourless breakfast brownies were designed specifically to NOT include any of the above. They were intended to focus more on a balance of the three macronutrients- Protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates

Progress? I think so.

No, wait.

There was one more big qualm. 

“I don’t want to turn on my oven.” 

Healthy No Bake BREAKFAST Brownies- Loaded with chocolate and super fudgy, these wholesome brownies have NO butter, NO oil, NO grains and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Okay, THIS I totally get.

I’ve spent the last year consistently traveling and more often than not, most of the temperatures experienced have been extremely hot. Clearly, no bake recipes are not a mystery on here and are something I love to share and will continue to do do. So, how about making a breakfast brownie which requires NO baking and also contains none of the classic ‘brownie’ ingredients….without sacrificing on taste? 

With summer clearly present and the concept of yogurt bowls, overnight oats or breakfast cookies to eventually get redundant, so we turn to another dessert for breakfast- Brownies. 

Healthy No Bake BREAKFAST Brownies- Loaded with chocolate and super fudgy, these wholesome brownies have NO butter, NO oil, NO grains and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

These healthy no bake breakfast brownies are hearty, fudgy and loaded with chocolate goodness! Unlike traditional brownies made with butter, oil, multiple forms of sugar and margarine, these contain none of those. Instead, this recipe focuses on smart substitutes to keep you satisfied and fulfilled. The first switch is to replace the white sugar with a sticky sweetener (in this case, I opted for

The first switch is to replace the white sugar with a sticky sweetener (in this case, I opted for pure maple syrup). We then omit the white flour and go grain free, using my favorite coconut flour. For moisture and texture, I used mashed sweet potato and drippy almond butter. This worked as a fantastic replacement for butter and oil, and also added a delicious, natural sweetness. For an (optional) high protein boost, I opted to add a scoop of protein powder (I used this vegan brown rice blend, and also have used this casein blend and paleo blend before). Finally, these healthy no bake breakfast brownies are also naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, dairy free and refined sugar free!

HACK! Obviously, no brownie is complete without a frosting. Instead of using my standard protein frosting, I tried this frosting here, and loved the sheen and added richness it provided! 

Or don’t. 

Whatever floats your (brownie) boat.

Healthy No Bake BREAKFAST Brownies- Loaded with chocolate and super fudgy, these wholesome brownies have NO butter, NO oil, NO grains and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Make these healthy No Bake Breakfast Brownies and let’s remove the stigma that brownies before 10am is unacceptable.

It will be standard. 

Healthy No Bake Breakfast Brownies
Serves 4
Healthy No Bake Breakfast Brownies loaded with chocolate and SUPER fudgy, but made with no butter, oil, flour or sugar! Paleo, vegan, gluten free!
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For the brownies
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  3. 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (optional)
  4. 1/2 cup nut butter of choice (I used drippy almond)
  5. 3/4 cup pure maple syrup (can sub for honey, agave or brown rice syrup)
  6. 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato (can sub for mashed pumpkin)
For the frosting
  1. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  2. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  3. 3 T maple syrup
  4. pinch vanilla extract
For the protein frosting
  1. 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (see recommendations above)
  2. 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  3. 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  4. Milk of choice, to form batter
  1. Line a small, deep baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add your coconut flour, cocoa and protein powder and set aside.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter with your maple syrup until combined. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Stir through the mashed sweet potato until fully incorporated and batter is even. If batter is too thick, add a tablespoon or more of milk of choice until a very thick batter is formed. If batter is too thin, add a dash more coconut flour.
  4. Pour batter into the lined baking dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up. While no bake brownies are firming up, make your frosting and enjoy.
To make the frosting
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until fully combined and thick.
To make the protein frosting
  1. Combine all the ingredients and using a tablespoon, add milk of choice until a thick, firm batter is formed. Spread on cooled cake.
  1. Breakfast brownies are best kept in the refrigerator, but are also freezer friendly. It is best to keep brownies unfrosted if you go the latter route.
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Healthy No Bake BREAKFAST Brownies- Loaded with chocolate and super fudgy, these wholesome brownies have NO butter, NO oil, NO grains and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

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96 thoughts on “Healthy No Bake Breakfast Brownies

  1. I’m totally for brownies at any time of day. I had a slice of Nutella pizza at 6am this morning, so I clearly have no objections towards dessert first thing in the morning!

  2. Brownies (especially fudgy, healthy brownies) are definitely appropriate any time of day. Aaand I’m probably gonna go make the frosting and eat it with a spoon. And then I guess I’ll have to make more to top the brownies. Twist my arm. 😛

  3. I get way too lazy to turn on the oven too! When I want to bake my sweet potatoes, I microwave them instead, hahaha! I’m impatient–seriously! And these brownies–they look perfect!

  4. Dessert for breakfast, heck yeah! These brownies look so fudgey and when topped with that frosting, ugh, so dreamy. It’ll be a quite a miracle if I can actually wait the full 30 minutes for the brownies to set! I’ll definitely have to sneak a few spoonfuls ;).

  5. Yum! These sound great! As a dietitian, I can’t quite condone the practice of brownies for breakfast, but these sound a heck of a lot more nutritious than lots of stuff marketed as “healthy” breakfast options!

  6. Brownies for breakfast works for me. Although I’m actually into savory breakfasts lately. I’ll switch back to the RIGHT side soon, I’m sure. 🙂 Hope all is well, Arman.

  7. WHat size is the scoop? Or rather…how many grams of protein powder? There’s nothing wrong with cocoa for breakfast. I have it errrryday.

  8. Now this sounds like my way to snack! But here’s the thing…I don’t love chocolate in the morning. (Yes, I am also the Grinch, and I stole Christmas.) But as a mid-afternoon snack? I’d be all over these!!

  9. So I had to chuckle at this: ” While no bake brownies are firming up, make your frosting and enjoy. ” So you make the frosting and enjoy it while the brownies are firming up…and then I guess you make more to replace that frosting you enjoyed while waiting! LOL ah soooo love that…I can get off on enjoying frosting independently from the brownies themselves! Yup I can … and even at breakfast…

  10. I have made these twice – one with the fewest ingredients and once with 3 or 4 I think. You have a few varieties so am going to have to try all of them soon. LOL But I have refrained from making the frosting since I would not stop at one if they had frosting! And believe me, my body does not more calories (even from healthy frosting) will be ingesting! I do love frosting! VERY MUCH! 🙂

  11. Hi. I am loving your site! I just started working out and changing my eating habits. I am wondering if you ever give the macros for your recipes. I am trying to keep track of mine and it would be helpful?

        1. is a good one. It even imports recipes from the internet so you don’t have to type in the ingredients.

  12. Brownie for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do!! I am currently between breakfast foods, so I might have to give this a try! I will also try it as a healthy dessert for my daughter but I will have to try sunflower seed butter in place if the almond butter. Unfortunately I end up using my oven a lot even in the summer months, because I just can’t seem to give up/replace baking/baked goods. So no bake recipes like this are just what I need!

    1. 🙂 so glad to hear that, Hayley! It works with sunflower seed butter, it will just come out a little lighter and if it’s unsweetened, I’d add a little granulated sweetener if you guys prefer very sweet foods 🙂

  13. I LOVE a brownie with coffee for breakfast. I’m so happy to have discovered your recipe; and happier still that I have all the necessary ingredients to make it (except the optional protein powder). You suggested a small, deep baking dish. I have an 8 x 8. Is that too big, you think? The only thing I have smaller is a loaf pan.

    Oh, and I loved the fetch reference, lol!:D

  14. I know they wouldn’t be considered paleo if I sub the coconut flour out, but I’m intolerant to coconut. Can I sub another gluten free flour in?

  15. These look fabulous. Sorry if already answered but can I use raw cacao powder instead of the cocoa powder or will that make them slightly bitter?

  16. I just made these this morning and all I can say is amazing! I used mocha protein powder and added some vanilla and walnuts to the batter…just like a regular brownie but better for you! Thank you so much Arman for the recipe! #thebigmansworld

  17. I have no qualms with eating brownies for breakfast! But I a feeling these would be an all day affair! Thanks for such an amazing recipe. I can’t wait to try them and to poke around your site to find more wonderful things to eat! Good on ya, mate! 😉

  18. Someone else asked but I didn’t see the answer – What size pan do you consider small?
    8 x 8, 9 x 9, 7 x 11? I’ve used all of these for baking brownies, but the cooking times vary.

  19. I just made these and they are THE BEST brownies I have EVER tried. I’m blown away. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Very quick and easy!

  20. Hi, I’m following you on Instagram, your recipes are delicious but I’m missing the nutritional info of each recipe.

  21. The only nut butter I had was tahini, and it came out really good. I didnt even need the icing. This recipe is brilliant since I’m obsessed with experimenting making “healthy desserts” and I like really doughy brownies anyway. When I make baked brownies, I’m the kind of person that bakes it for half the time recommended (and use half the amount of sugar!) so thank you for this, its even better. I used vanilla stevia sweet drops and needed even less maple syrup, for those of you other low-GI folk

  22. This recipe is Incredible! I loved how simple it was , used all whole food ingredients and I didn’t have to turn on oven. The best part? They taste amazing! I will never have to crave “real” brownies again. You nailed it! Thank you Arman! Did I mention I rarely write reviews? This recipe deserves it. Big wow factor with little effort.

  23. Can you use anything besides the pure maple syrup or honey? These have 36 g of sugar per serving ? Just wondering if the sweetener needs to be in liquid form?

  24. Oh my goodness, I just made these and my eyes literally rolled back when I took a bite! I just went vegan recently and the first thing I started craving was a brownie. Your recipe caught my eye and oh boy, was it a good choice! Thanks so much for this recipe, I’ll definitely be trying your other ones!

  25. Is it possible for you to add the nutritional values and total calories to each on your delicious recipes? This would help many who count these values.
    Thanks love your recipes and the fantastic Outcomes!

  26. Seriously these are the best brownies ever! Who said healthy couldn’t be delicious? I would’ve taken a pic to share but sadly they have already been devoured! Sooo decadent and tasty

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