The Best Healthier Brownie Recipe

Brownies you won’t be able to stop eating!

The Best Healthier Brownies

Maybe I’m biased but this is the best healthier brownie recipe. I needed a recipe that wasn’t loaded additives or a ton of sugar, but still tasted good so I created it!

I’m a total chocolate fanatic and these settle the cravings. Before changing my diet to be healthier, I would buy the boxed brownie mixes. Although so quick and simple, the ingredients are not ideal.

Homemade VS Boxed Brownie Mixes

When you make your homemade brownie mix you eliminate the processed ingredients such as Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier),Soybean Oil, Milk Powder, and unknown artificial ingredients. These are ingredients to limit or avoid because they are not received well by the body. I promise when you learn how easy it is to make you own batch of brownie mix, you’ll never want to go back to buying the boxed brands.

Let’s compare the famous Ghirardelli Double Chocolate mix with this recipe.

Ingredients in the Ghirardelli Double Chocolate mix:

Sugar, enriched bleached flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), semi-sweet chocolate chips (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, soy lecithin [emulsifier], vanilla extract), cocoa, soybean oil, cocoa (processed with alkali), less than 2% of :artificial flavor, baking soda, salt.

Ingredients in these brownies:

Unsalted butter (or vegan butter), cocoa powder, coconut sugar, pure vanilla extract, eggs, gluten free flour, baking powder, dark chocolate chips.

You really don’t need more ingredients than this.

My rule when deciding what to put in my body, is to choose foods that I can pronounce and know their source. Do you know what thiamin mononitrate or soy lecithin is? Also, anything listing an artificial flavor is a pure mystery. By making your homemade batter, you’ll know exactly what you’re consuming.

Ultimately, it’s all about choice! If that boxed brand is totally your favorite brownies and you don’t care about the ingredients, then go for it. I’m here to just provide education and alternative options if you ever want to try.

Healthier brownies with strawberries and raspberries

The Recipe

This healthier brownie recipe is for the chocolate lovers! I’ve created them to be gluten free, less sugar, and can be dairy free if you swap for vegan butter. In the version I share here, I used regular unsalted butter. Although I’m sensitive to dairy, I’m able to get away with butter in moderation and I think it makes a big difference in brownies.

Save this recipe on Pinterest and “wow” your family and friends at your next gathering (or just make them for yourself, you won’t want to share ?).

I always say that you don’t have to give up your favorite treats when improving your diet. You just have to find better ways of making them! Make sure to check out my Homemade Peanut Butter Cups while you’re here.

Healthy Brownies staged with berries

The Best Healthier Brownies Recipe

Gluten free brownies with less sugar and more chocolate! Make these delicious treats for your next event.
Course Dessert
Servings 8


  • 1 stick Melted butter or vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup Coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Gluten-free flour (I use Bob's GF 1 to 1 Baking Flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Dark chocolate chips Optional and as many as you want


  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • In a mixing bowl add the melted butter, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and vanilla then combine
  • Next, mix in the eggs (just make sure the butter isn't too warm. It can accidentally cook the eggs. I learned the hard way)
  • Add in the flour until you get a slightly thick batter
  • After, combine the baking powder in
  • Optional: add in your chococlate chips. I just add a small handful
  • Last, pour the brownie mix in a greased 8×8 pan and even it out with the spatula
  • Pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes (check regularly in case your oven bakes quicker)


End result:
Brownies you can’t keep your hands off! You can enjoy them with some berries, peanut butter, or of course–on their own.
Tag me @brittbehealthy if you make these!
Keyword chocolate cravings, dairy free, dark chocolate brownies, easy dessert, gluten free, Healthy brownies, less sugar

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