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Clean Double-Fudge Brownies Recipe

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Clean Double Fudge Brownies

Clean Double Fudge Brownies

We love brownies in our house, and there aren't too many ways to go wrong when making them. Brownies have to be the number one recipe on the internet next to chocolate chip cookies, but the ingredients are what is truly going to make these stand out from the others.

About 4 years ago, we went sugar free and dropped all processed foods from our diet one at a time. So desserts like cookies, brownies, and pies were among the first items to be cut from our routine. It was sad, but once you learn the truth about what is truly in our regular everyday food items like white sugar and white flour, it's hard to ever look at food the same.

Honestly, it was my first pregnancy that made me make that initial decision. I was diagnosed with something at the end of that pregnancy that could have been fatal to the small baby growing inside me due to the ingredients in the food I was eating, and I would have been considered a very healthy eater. I had to make some big changes and fast in order to spare his life.

The first thing I was told was no more refined sugar, refined flour, or processed foods. It sounded crazy at first, and it was very, very hard to do, but it definitely nailed one thing down very clearly... what we eat is critically important to our health. But suffice to say, here we are over 5 years later, and no processed foods is a no-brainer. I don't miss it in the least, because I have discovered some amazing recipes like the one I'm sharing with you today. Let's get to it!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

45 min

55 min

About 9 large brownies.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup oats (blended)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 + 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8x8 square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all of your dry ingredients except the oats.
  3. Blend the oats in a blender until powdered before adding them to your mixing bowl.
  4. I suggest melting the peanut butter and honey in a separate bowl together in the microwave for about 30 seconds first and then pour them into your mixing bowl.
  5. Then add vanilla, applesauce, and the egg to your bowl, mixing in between.
  6. Finally, add in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the whole mixture into your prepared dish and spread evenly.
  8. Then top your brownies with the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
  9. Pop them into the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  10. Pull out and let cool on the stove before cutting.
  11. When ready, pull your brownies out by the parchment paper and cut on the counter.
  12. Enjoy!
Step One: Get some good help to add all of your dry ingredients to a bowl.

Step One: Get some good help to add all of your dry ingredients to a bowl.

Step Two: Grind up your oats in a blender until powdered.

Step Two: Grind up your oats in a blender until powdered.

Step Three: Pour your oat flour into the mixing bowl.

Step Three: Pour your oat flour into the mixing bowl.

Clean Double Fudge Brownies

Clean Double Fudge Brownies

Who says brownies have to be for dessert?! With this recipe, you won't have to worry about calories anymore because this yummy treat is good for you! Honey, peanut butter, eggs, applesauce.... yum!

There's nothing like a bowl of hot fudge brownies and vanilla ice cream either. By cooking clean eating recipes like this one for double fudge brownies, I never have to worry about what my family is eating and we don't have to avoid any particular kind of food. I can let my toddler eat these any time of day knowing that he's getting good ingredients.

Granted, this doesn't mean that we eat nothing but goodies around here all day long, but we could! Try out a few of my other great recipes to feed your family well, and if you find some less than healthy ingredients in your recipes, just substitute out for better ingredients. Use coconut sugar for any kind of sugar, real butter for margarine, coconut oil for shortening, and pink Himalayan salt for table salt, and you'll have yourself a deliciously healthy treat.

Comments

Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 02, 2020:

These look delicious and health too. Great recipe.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on December 26, 2018:

Absolutely! Have fun and enjoy!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on December 26, 2018:

Absolutely! Have fun and enjoy!

Cocoa Bean on December 26, 2018:

Oh really? That's interesting about the beans! Actually I love pureeing beans and sneaking them into baked goods, so that would be fantastic if it works in this brownie recipe. Thank you for your helpful reply :)

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on December 26, 2018:

Cocoa Bean,

Honestly, I don't taste the peanut butter when I make these, only the yummy chocolate brownies. If you're trying to substitute out the peanut butter though, you'll want to choose something with the same thick, creamy texture. Although coconut oil is yummy, it will melt in your brownies and you'll lose them as it is much thinner than peanut butter.

Cream cheese, bean purees, veggie purees, and possibly even thick homemade applesauce would all work as a delicious substitution.

Cocoa Bean on December 26, 2018:

Wow these sound amazing! I love the ingredients that you used! Do they have a peanut buttery taste because of the peanut butter or is it kind of hidden? Would I be able to sub in coconut oil in place of it since I'm not sure if I have enough peanut butter?

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on May 23, 2018:

Oh, I'm so glad everyone enjoyed them! We love brownies in our house and this is one of our favorites!! I'll have to share a bunch of our other healthy dessert recipes, especially my healthy double fudge cookies!

Leah from New York on May 22, 2018:

Wow, what a great recipe. And I love your little kitchen helper! I've also made the choice to drop processed food and sugar, but love your clean twist on brownies, and look forward to trying this recipe!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 18, 2018:

I love any kind of brownies and am always happy to find a new recipe. I like the sound of yours. The brownies look delicious!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 18, 2018:

Victoria, these look and sound delicious! When I was pregnant (many, many moons ago), I went on a baking binge. I always substituted applesauce for whatever fat the recipe called for. It made for a yummy treat and the fat was never missed. What's great about substituting applesauce, besides the health factor, is the measurement is the same as the original fat called for in the recipe: one cup shortening equals one cup applesauce.

I'll be sure to check out your other recipes as well. Oh, and I love that this brownie recipe is extremely low in sodium. I've cut way back on my salt intake due to high blood pressure. The systolic (bottom) number is directly related to sodium levels in the body. It's amazing how much sodium is in just about everything on the market these days!

RTalloni on May 17, 2018:

Oh yum. And not too sweet. Thanks!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on May 17, 2018:

thank you!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on May 17, 2018:

They were definitely delicious! Enjoy!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on May 17, 2018:

Thank you!

Lydia Workman from Canada on May 17, 2018:

Looks great!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 17, 2018:

My mouth is watering now. I'm definitely going to try this recipe, thankyou.