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

These healthy brownies are very moist and fudgy. They are just 4 ingredients and very easy to make. They don’t contain any flour, refined sugar, eggs, butter or oil. The batter takes just five minutes to prepare and then they are ready to be baked.
a stack of three brownies.

These fudgy brownies are one of my favorite recipes to make when I’m craving a chocolate dessert but I also want something a little healthier. They are inspired by my banana brownies but this version is even easier because you don’t need to mash any bananas.


  • Applesauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • Maple Syrup

Applesauce: The brownies are made with unsweetened applesauce. Applesauce helps to add some natural sweetness to the brownies and keeps them very moist. If you need a substitute for applesauce, I also have a version that uses bananas instead of applesauce.

Peanut butter: These brownies use unsweetened natural peanut butter. You want to use natural peanut butter that has no added oils. Only peanuts and salt should be listed on the nutrition label. Peanut butter can be substituted with natural almond butter.

Cocoa powder: This recipe works best with dutch process cocoa powder. I found that dutch process gives these brownies a richer chocolate flavor. You can use natural cocoa powder as well, but I found the taste to be better with dutch process cocoa.

Maple syrup: The brownies are lightly sweetened with a few tablespoons of maple syrup.

How to Make Healthy Applesauce Brownies

All the ingredients are added into a mixing bowl and whisked together. The batter is then poured into your prepared baking pan and ready to be baked.

Brownies can be cut and served soon after they are cooled. You can also put them in the fridge, which will help them taste sweeter and richer and make them a little easier to cut.
a stack of brownies with the top one with a bite taken out of it.

Brownie Texture

These brownies have a very moist and fudgy texture. If you want cakey brownies, these are not it. The brownies are also very lightly sweetened. They have a sweetness level like bittersweet dark chocolate.
a frosted brownie with a bite out of it.

More Healthy Brownie Recipes

4 Ingredient Healthy Brownies

Servings: 8 brownies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These brownies are so fudgy and moist. They are also made with 4 simple ingredients. They don't contain any flour, eggs, refined sugar or butter.


  • 8 oz (227 g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup (128 g) unsweetened natural peanut butter
  • 5 tbsp (35 g) unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Whisk until the batter is uniform and smooth. Taste and if needed, you can add 1-2 more tablespoons of maple syrup.
  • Add batter into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to smooth and even the surface.
  • Bake for about 30-35 minutes. The brownie batter should look puffy and the surface should not be wet. The brownies should not be fully set but when you press lightly on the surface, it should not completely sink in. Let brownies cool completely before cutting and eating. You can also let them sit in the fridge for a few hours which will develop the flavors even more. Store uneaten brownies in the fridge.


  • 8 oz of applesauce refers to weight, not fluid ounces. The individual snack containers of applesauce are usually sold in 4 oz containers. I used 2 (4 oz) unsweetened applesauce snack containers. If you are using a jar of applesauce and don't have a scale, 8 oz of applesauce is approximately 3/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp.
  • These brownies do not need frosting. I usually make them without it to keep them healthier.
  • Optional chocolate frosting: If you want to use the frosting I made in the photos, you will need 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (dutch process does not work) or cacao powder, and 2 tbsp maple syrup. First mix the coconut oil and cocoa powder until smooth. Then stir in the syrup until incorporated and the frosting thickens.
  • Estimated nutrition does not include optional frosting.


Serving: 1brownie, Calories: 135kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 38mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, NET CARBS: 10

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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