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3 Ingredient Chewy Brownies (No Flour, Butter or Oil)

These brownies are so fudgy and chewy. They taste like box mix brownies but better and you only need 3 simple ingredients. You don’t need flour, butter or oil and you don’t even need a mixer. The brownies are rich and chocolatey and will satisfy your brownie cravings.
a stack of five brownies.

I’ve made a lot of brownies from scratch throughout the years but I can never resist box mix brownies. They are just so incredibly chewy and fudgy and made-from-scratch brownies never seem to achieve that same texture. Until now. These brownies are as chewy, fudgy and sweet as box mix brownies but they don’t need a lot of ingredients. You likely already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

Ingredients

  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Egg Whites

Unsweetened cocoa powder: I have only tested these with dutch process cocoa powder. I prefer dutch process because I think it gives these brownies a richer chocolate flavor and color.

Powdered Sugar: These brownies are sweetened with powdered sugar, also known as confectioners’ sugar. Do not use regular sugar because it will make the brownies grainy and will affect the chewiness of the brownies.

Egg Whites: The key to the very chewy texture of these brownies is using just egg whites, no yolks. You do not need to beat the egg whites either. I used eggs straight from the fridge.

How to Make 3 Ingredient Brownies

The cocoa powder and sugar are first whisked together until they are evenly mixed. The egg whites are stirred in until your batter is smooth. The brownie batter is then ready to be poured into your baking pan and baked in the oven.
close-up shot of a brownie with a bite taken out of it.

Brownie Texture

These brownies have a very chewy, slightly firm texture. Think the corner pieces when you make box mix brownies. They are also very fudgy. The top shiny crinkle layer is thicker than most box mix brownies. It adds a bit of texture to these brownies.
overhead shot of two brownies.

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3 Ingredient Brownies

Servings: 8 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These brownies come out so fudgy and chewy. They are like box mix brownies but better and only require 3 simple ingredients. They don't need flour, butter or oil!
4.63 from 8 votes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp (37 g) unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup (158 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 large egg whites (see notes)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8 ½ inch by 4 ½ inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Add cocoa powder and powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl. Mix together with a whisk until evenly combined.
  • Add in egg whites. Whisk in egg whites until batter becomes smooth and thick. Because this batter has very little liquid, it may seem like you don't have enough liquid at first but as you continue to incorporate the egg whites into the dry mixture, it will turn into a thick batter. See recipe notes for more tips.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check for doneness. The batter should not be liquid but the crumbs will stick to the toothpick when the brownies are ready. As the brownies cool, they will shrink. See notes for tips for keeping the brownies from shrinking too much when they cool. Let brownies cool fully before cutting and serving.

Notes

  • I have also made this recipe with 3 egg whites instead of 2. If you use 3, your brownies will be a little softer. They are still chewy but the texture will be more like the center brownie pieces instead of the firmer and super chewy corner pieces. The shiny surface will also be thinner and not quite as shiny and crackly. The batter is much thinner if you use 3 egg whites and is easier to mix. You will need to bake the brownies for about 25 minutes if you use 3 egg whites. 
  • If you don't feel like you have enough liquid in your batter (and you're doing the 2 egg white version), either you have not mixed long enough or you overpacked your dry ingredients. You can always add a little more egg white until your batter is wet enough to mix.
  • Because there is very little liquid in this batter you do need to be careful with your ingredient measurements. Powdered sugar often gets clumped up when stored. Make sure your powdered sugar is powdery before measuring it for the recipe. When you measure out your powdered sugar, use a spoon to spoon it into your measuring cup and then level off the surface with a knife. Do not directly scoop your measuring cup into your powdered sugar container because this will cause you to overpack your sugar. The cocoa powder should also be measured the same way to prevent overpacking.
  • This recipe may appear to contain a lot of sugar but keep in mind that it is using powdered sugar. 1 cup of granular sugar will make about 1 3/4 cups of powdered sugar.
  • The brownies will initially be puffy when they come out of the oven but they will condense as they cool to become fudgy. As they shrink, the sides of the brownies tend to collapse inward. To prevent this from happening too much, I like to lift the brownies out of the baking pan (by grabbing the parchment paper) after they are done baking and then apply light pressure around the edges, pushing them down and outward. This will help counter the effect of the edges shrinking inward. This is not a necessary step but it does make the brownies have a more even surface when you cut them so that they don't all have edges that stick up.
  • You can also bake these in an 8 x 4 inch pan (though your brownie squares will be smaller) or a 9 x 5 inch pan (your brownies will be thinner). Baking time will need to be adjusted. You can also double the recipe and bake in an 8 x 8 inch pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie, Calories: 104kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 14mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, NET CARBS: 23g

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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69 comments on “3 Ingredient Chewy Brownies (No Flour, Butter or Oil)”

  1. What? Is ingredient amounts not important? They sound great bt would have to trial and error lots, without amounts given.

    • All of the ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the end of the post. You scrolled past it to leave your comment.

  2. I cannot emphasize enough how good this recipe is. Considering the fact that it only requires such minimal effort and ingredients, some may be doubtful but it actually works! I’m a skilled baker and I’ve made dozens of brownies from scratch and the only good ones were the ones with a nice shiny thick crust on the top. Only real way to get that top is incorporating melted chocolate but I don’t always have that on hand. This recipe however called for only cocoa powder and I got that shiny crispy top! Plus it may seem too sweet but it’s really important to have this much sugar to get the right texture. Using dutch processed cocoa powder really helps here too since it’s much more fatty and intense than natural cocoa. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely be using more of it in the future.

  3. It’s so simple

  4. Would honey work instead of powdered sugar?

  5. I swirled the batter with the batter fir your three ingredient peanut butter recipe in a 9X5-inch pan. I mixed them separately and alternated dollops into the pan. Then I used my spatula to swirl them. I baked them at 350-degree for 26 minutes. They are so good.

    I used your exact recipe when making the batter. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m wondering if they can be frozen to enjoy at a later time.

  7. Can you use powdered Monkfruit sweetener in place of the Confectioners sugar?

    • We haven’t tried it so can’t say if you’ll need to adjust the amount or how it will work.

  8. I am really looking forward to trying this

  9. Hi! I was wondering how many servings you count per batch when you list nutrition facts for 1 brownie (like how many would I cut total to have that nutrition info?) thank you!!

  10. Can I use monkfruit powdered sugar to make them keto friendly?

  11. I live in Cape Coast, Ghana. We do not have confectioners sugar. We have “icing sugar” which is for cooked icing. We have castor sugar which is very fine grain white sugar. I find that when I use the “icing sugar” in recipes that call for 10X confectioners sugar, the texture is gritty and too sweet. Can I use the castor sugar in this recipe? I have a freezer full of egg whites and want to use them. Could I grind the castor sugar in my mini food processor? Thanks!

    • Sorry, but we’re not sure what substitute would work best if icing sugar doesn’t. You could try grinding the castor sugar to get it finer, but can’t say for sure how that will work in the recipe.

    • Hi Patti, you can put 2 cups of sugar and 2 tablespoons of corn starch in your food processor to make confectioners sugar. You could probably use castor sugar but I don’t know if that would lower the amount of corn starch you would need

  12. Could yo please amend the recipe for the majority of home cooks who use 8”x8” pans?? Why the heck would anyone have a 4.5×8.5??

    • DO you ever make bread or quick bread? A 8×4 or 8.5×4.5 is very common loaf pan size. The recipe can be made in either. I also state in the notes that the recipe can be doubled for an 8 x 8 pan.

  13. You sound delicious, however I am in wheat workers and was hoping you could help me with converting this to points. Thank you very much

  14. Can i use the yolks too?

  15. Can a 1:1 powdered sweetener, like Lakanto or Swerve, be used in place of regular powdered sugar for these? Looking to reduce carbs and these sounds like they would be a great treat.

    • Unfortunately no. Powdered Swerve doesn’t melt the same way regular confectionary sugar does. I am working on trying to make a keto version though

  16. Hi, thank you so much for sharing this recipe

  17. Any idea if this recipe would work with a sugar substitute such as swerve?

  18. would more like this please

  19. Quick and easy, I like it

  20. Sounds Great.

  21. These did not turn out so great for us. I followed the recipe to a T. Was sad because they smelled heavenly. Maybe I’ll give it a second try. 

  22. I like the fact it has no flour.Especially when you ensure everything to begin with.Heathly and gluten free. I’ll baking them today

  23. Question . Is it one AND 1/2 cups sugar or 1/2 cup?

  24. Have you tried these with honey or any other sweetener?

  25. Very good for those midnight craving get your desire in about 45 minutes when completely cool all steps finished not bad for sexy chocolate lovers lol ?

  26. It came out so perfect and I have liked it so much easy to make and tests good

  27. Is it possible to make this with Swerve sugar free powdered sugar?

  28. Could you replace the powder sugar with an alternative to make it Low Carb or Keto friendly?

    • Unfortunately it won’t work with something like confectionary swerve. I am working on creating a keto version though

  29. Okay, they are definitely fudgy, which I love. Pros: they come together quickly, they are a small batch (a definite plus), and they are tasty. Cons: they took much longer than 25 minutes not to be complete liquid with the toothpick test (I took them out at 37 minutes and let them cool and solidify a bit more in the pan), they aren’t as shiny as I thought they would be (although they have a nice crackled top), and boy they are sweet, which I should have expected given the amount of sugar. Will I make them again? Probably. I may juggle the amount of sugar and substitute in some pulverized oatmeal to keep the toothiness but make them less sweet.

    • Hi, if you make the 2 egg version you’ll get a thick layer of shiny crust. But the 3 egg version doesn’t have as much of a shiny surface as stated in the recipe notes. I’m not sure why yours took so long to bake. Mine were done at 25 minutes.

  30. I love this recipe because you can very easily substitute confectionery swerve for sugar and make it keto friendly.

  31. I love so many of your recipes and am looking forward to trying this one. Do you think aquafaba could be substituted for the egg whites? I would like to begin using it in more of my cooking. Thank you!

  32. Will using less sugar or a sugar substitute work for this recipe?

  33. What is the measurement for 3 Ingredient brownie

    • All of the measurements are listed in the recipe card at the end of the post.

      • Please put a warning at the beginning not to use Swerve. I rarely read comments unless I am making one. Boy…it was awful. It was all powder like and not chewy at all. What wasn’t powdery was crunchy. I ate one anyway but the Swerve also makes a cold sensation in your mouth. Next time, regular powdered sugar and the reading of comments.

      • We would have included it as a possible substitute if we thought it would work. It’s safe to assume that if we don’t mention a sub then we haven’t tested the recipe with it. We’re always happy to answer questions, so feel free to drop us a comment if you have questions about substitutes before making a recipe.

  34. Thank you 

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