We love testing out new baking recipes whenever we get the chance, but Ii health is a concern, don’t fret—there are so many healthy alternatives to your favorite sweet treats. If brownies are your thing, you’ll want to try all these low-carb brownie recipes—some are even vegan and gluten-free. Indulge in a warm, fudgy brownie made from healthful ingredients like agave, black beans, coconut milk, and cacao powder. These ingredient swaps will leave you with a healthier dessert that tastes just as delicious as the traditional treat. Get cooking—these low-carb brownie recipes will have you reaching for seconds.
Read on for the best low-carb brownie recipes.
Vegan Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
The Recipe: This peanut butter brownie recipe from Minimalist Baker is proof that you can use black beans to make gooey, chocolatey brownies. All you need is a food processor to combine all the ingredients before swirling in natural peanut butter to the brownie pan before baking.
The Healthy Twist: Not only is this dessert vegan and gluten-free, but the ingredients help it fit into a low-carb diet. The best part is that most of the carbs come from the black beans, which are packed with nutritional value.
Vegan Coconut Caramel Brownies
The Recipe: These vegan coconut caramel brownies are a caramel lover’s dream. You’ll bite into a caramel center made from natural ingredients. Laura Wright of The First Mess warns that you’ll need some self-restraint to save enough of the caramel to drizzle on your brownies after they’ve baked.
The Healthy Twist: The batter is made with healthy ingredients like ground chia seed, gluten-free and almond flour, arrowroot, and coconut milk. Swap in a low-carb sweetener instead of natural sugar for a low-carb brownie recipe to enjoy.
Raw Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies
The Recipe: Kiersten of Hello Glow calls these raw brownies “the richest, fudgiest brownies you’ve ever had.” There’s no baking necessary—just combine all ingredients in a food processor, and press the mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper or roll into small balls.
The Healthy Twist: This low-carb brownie recipe calls for only raw ingredients. The treat is full of walnuts, dates, and cacao powder. It couldn’t be simpler, and there’s not even a gram of added sugar.
Vegan Brownies With Berries and Tahini
The Recipe: Taylor of Food Faith Fitness says these brownies are “so dense and chewy that you’d never know they’re a superfood-packed, healthy, and Paleo-friendly dessert.” Dark chocolate combines with fruity berries and nutty tahini for a deliciously healthy dessert.
The Healthy Twist: With only 13 grams of carbohydrates and 107 calories in each serving, these brownies are about as healthy as it gets. Enjoy a yummy treat made with real ingredients and healthy alternatives like coconut sugar and flour and just the right amount of berries and cocoa powder.
Fudgy Avocado Brownies With Chocolate Fudge Frosting
The Recipe: Because there’s no food group that hasn’t been touched by the avocado craze, you can enjoy fudgy avocado brownies, thanks to this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. The avocado replaces butter to give the dessert that creamy, gooey texture you know and love.
You'll need a food processor or blender to make sure you break up all the avocado chunks.
The Healthy Twist: These low-carb brownies are made with avocados and natural coconut sugar with no butter or flour. Brownies can’t get much healthier than this. Even the frosting is made with real ingredients like dark chocolate and cacao powder.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Stuffed Vegan Brownies
The Recipe: These protein-packed brownies from Food Faith Fitness are the perfect guilt-free dessert.
The Healthy Twist: This recipe calls for a sweetener blend of agave and coconut sugar, so there’s less added sugar than what’s found in your average brownie. It also uses chickpeas and powdered peanut butter for protein.
Healthy Greek Yogurt Brownies
The Recipe: These Greek yogurt brownies from Food Faith Fitness taste totally decadent. They’re extremely chewy, rich, and gooey. What more could you ask for?
The Healthy Twist: Gluten-free and low-carb, these chocolate squares are healthy-diet approved. The Greek yogurt subs for oil and adds more protein and healthy fat.