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2 Ingredient Healthy Brownies (No Flour, Butter, Eggs or Refined Sugar)

These brownies are super fudgy, moist, chocolatey and just two ingredients! They don’t contain any flour, butter, eggs or refined sugar. They are easy to make and are a great snack or dessert to satisfy your chocolate and sweet cravings.
 a stack of brownies

It’s hard to believe these brownies are made with just two ingredients, but they are! And even though they are healthier than regular brownies, they still satisfy my cravings for something sweet and chocolatey.

Ingredients

  • Overripe bananas
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder

At first glance, it may seem like these two ingredients couldn’t possibly create a brownie. But keep in mind that bananas are often used as an egg substitute in baked goods and it is used as an egg replacement in this recipe as well as the sweetener. Cocoa powder is often used in place of flour for flourless chocolate cakes and brownies. So when these two ingredients are mixed together and baked, they do become a very fudgy brownie.

Banana Brownie Taste and Texture

The brownies have an intense rich chocolate taste and they also taste of bananas.

As for the texture, these brownies have a similar texture to ultra fudgy brownies that are slightly underbaked. They will firm up enough so that you can cut and hold them. But they can be a little messy and squishy when you hold them.
close-up shot of a brownie

Healthy Chocolate Frosting

If you want to keep these brownies as healthy as possible, skip the frosting. But if you want something a little sweeter and more dessert-like, you can top these brownies with an easy 3 ingredient chocolate frosting made of melted coconut oil, unsweetened cocoa powder and maple syrup.
a brownie with a bite taken out of it

More Easy Brownie Recipes

2 Ingredient Healthy Brownies

Servings: 8 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
These super fudgy and moist brownies are made with just cocoa powder and bananas! No flour, butter, eggs or additional sugar needed.
4.85 from 20 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 large overripe bananas
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Chocolate Frosting (optional)

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Mash bananas until they become a puree consistency and no banana chunks remain. You can mash by hand with a fork or spoon or use a blender or food processor. Whisk in the cocoa powder until a smooth batter forms.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Use spatula to spread the batter evenly across the pan. Tap the bottom of the pan a few times against your counter to remove any air bubbles.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes. When the brownies are done, the surface should look dry and dark in color and the center should not be jiggly. However, the center should also not be completely set (i.e., a toothpick inserted will come up wet and if you press your finger gently on the surface you should feel that the top is firm but the inside is still soft). Let brownies cool in pan. Then place into the fridge for 1-2 hours or until brownies are firm enough to cut.
  • To make the frosting, add oil and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth and completely combined. Your mixture should look like melted chocolate. Add in maple syrup. (Do not add maple syrup until the end. The maple syrup will thicken the mixture. If you add it with the other ingredients, it will make it very difficult to mix.) Whisk until smooth frosting forms. Spread frosting over the surface of brownies after they are set.

Notes

  • Do not skip out on refrigerating the brownies. If you do not refrigerate them, they will not set and the inside of the brownies will remain like a thick pudding. Once they are refrigerated, they will stay set and you can leave them out at room temperature for several hours.
  • Store uneaten brownies in the fridge.
  • This is meant to be a low sugar recipe. The brownies have some sweetness (similar to bittersweet or dark chocolate) but they are not super sweet. You can taste the batter before baking and if you want sweeter brownies you can add some maple syrup to the batter or chocolate chips. You can also frost them after.
  • The outside of the brownies will be very dark, almost black when they are done. This is normal. 
  • You can use either dutch process or natural cocoa powder. I used dutch process. I recommend dutch process if you have it because it is less bitter than natural cocoa powder.
  • I don't recommend baking in a pan bigger than 8 x 4 inch because your brownies will be too thin. If you want to use an 8 x 8 pan, you will want to double the recipe.
  • Nutrition estimate is for the brownies only, without any frosting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie, Calories: 69kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 343mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, NET CARBS: 15g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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122 comments on “2 Ingredient Healthy Brownies (No Flour, Butter, Eggs or Refined Sugar)”

  1. For someone like me always battling with baking and recipes, I want to give you a Big Thank You for the easy recipe.
    This is awesome and delicious.
    A true winner. My people loved it and I almost have my courage back.
    Thank you so much
    Juanita

  2. Can you replace bananas with apples

  3. I’m definitely going to try this this weekend on my days off

  4. Excited to bake!

  5. Can honey be used to replace the syrup?

  6. Be patient and follow her directions carefully. If you do, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with an absolutely scrumptious dessert!
    Virtual Hugs from Nova Scotia!

  7. Hi, 
    Thanks for the healthy dessert idea. Can I swap honey for maple syrup?

  8. Hi! I love your recipe! Can you also use the microwave instead of the oven? And maybe bake it in a mug if you want to make it for one person?

  9. As regards an earlier question about being suitable for Coeliacs, I am Coeliac and if you use Cadbury’s cocoa powder which is gluten free, they will certainly be suitable. I’m looking forward to trying these too.

  10. I just tried these with the kids today. I don’t know what I did wrong but they came out bitter as hell. The non-sweetened chocolate completely overpowered the sweetness of the bananas. Any ideas what I could have done wrong?

    • Hi- You can try reducing the cocoa powder if it’s too bitter. Also, what cocoa powder did you use? While the recipe will technically work with any cocoa powder, I prefer dutch process over natural. Natural cocoa is much more bitter. Another thing is you want to make sure you use overripe bananas. The riper they are, the sweeter they will be.

  11. I tried this yesterday, but used thawed bananas I had frozen; they were very ‘wet’, so I drained off much of the extra moisture before mixing them. Even with extra baking time, they remained very moist. The interior of the brownies ended up like a more-solid lava cake. I used Fry’s Cocoa/cacao powder. Even semi-solid, they were tasty and an interesting experiment, but more like a pudding interior.  I will try again with fresh bananas to eliminate the extra challenge. [I shouldn’t eat wheat, eggs, or milk, so it’s well worth a try.]

  12. Will these freeze well?

  13. Absolutely delicious!! Really hitting the sweet spot in lockdown. UK.

  14. Thank you for this recipe. I tried it and it came out too bitter maybe I was too heavy handed with the cocoa I do like a very sweet flavor. I did add the frosting but it was bitter too also (again too much cocoa). I will have to tweak it to my liking without adding too many calories. Great idea though!!

    • The recipe is very low in sugar so if you prefer or are used to eating sweeter things, it may not be sweet enough for you. You can definitely tweak to your liking by adding more syrup, etc

  15. Interesting,amazing recipe

  16. Would this work in a muffin tin?

  17. What can you use instead of coconut oil?

  18. Can you use frozen bananas in this recipe?

    • You can but you have to make sure all the water is drained from the bananas. Frozen bananas have a lot of water and it will make your batter too wet if you don’t thoroughly drain them first.

  19. Health and easy to prepare. Will certainly try.

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