5 Healthy Brownie Alternatives

Lately, my husband has been on a brownie kick.  He rarely eats sweets, but every now and then he will crave something and before you know it, 2 weeks have gone by with him eating some sweet treat every day!  We’ve had weeks of gummy bears, caramel corn, and now… brownies.

We’re talking these kinds of brownies:

 

Kyle has been buying a box from the store weekly for the past, I don’t even know, maybe 5 weeks?

Inevitably, if there are brownies around, I will eat them.  In the morning when I go downstairs to make my coffee, I will slice off a little brownie sliver to enjoy while my coffee brews.  Then when I come home from work, it’s brownie time!  And after dinner, who doesn’t need another brownie for dessert?

To avoid eating 3 brownies a day, I normally ask Kyle to hide them from me.  Every now and then I will ask him for a brownie and he will take them out of hiding so I can have one.  But, this technique does prevent me from having multiples each day.

I thought it would be helpful to come up with some healthy brownie alternatives, so here goes!  I’d love to hear what you use as a sweet alternative when you want to avoid hanging out with Betty Crocker every day :-)

1.  Chocolate protein cookies or protein brownies

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I recently made these and they were oh so good!  I improvised the recipe, but it was something like:

1 cup almond flour

1/3 cup coconut flour

2 scoops chocolate protein powder

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup cacao powder

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 mashed banana

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I’ve used basically the same recipe to make protein brownies, but added in chocolate chips and some fresh mulberries.  These were AMAZING.

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2.  Chocolate ‘brownie’ pudding

I swear this really tastes like brownie batter.  I find it to be so rich and decadent!  I like to top it with some nuts or anything else crunchy I have lying around like granola.  Next to a glass of almond milk, this is divine!

I take one frozen banana and microwave for 1 minute.

The banana will be all melty and mushy which is what you want.

Stir in 1 tbs coconut oil.  The hot banana should melt the oil and stirring it all together should form a pudding-like consistency.

Add in 1 tbs cocoa powder.  The cocoa will stiffen the pudding up a bit.  If it’s still too runny for your taste, you could add some oat flour or even protein powder.  This is gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free (except for the banana), and really really good.

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Here’s a recipe that I found on Yummly that kind of combines the banana pudding and the avocado pudding.  It sounds really good to me!!

Ingredients

  • avocado
  • bananas (ripe)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • medjool date
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsps cacao (/cocoa powder)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

3.  Chocolate avocado pudding

I know it sounds weird, but I promise it’s not.  There are a million recipes for chocolate avocado pudding online, but I tend to be pretty simplistic and lean toward recipes with the fewest ingredients.

I mash up 1/2 avocado.  Then I add about 1 tbs cocoa powder, sometimes a little more.  Then I add either stevia or maple syrup to taste.  I’ve even used avocado to make chocolate frosting and it was excellent.

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4.  Healthy almond joys

These little bites are super yummy, high in protein, and easy to make.  What more do you want?

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5.  Dark chocolate

Just a few bites of really good dark chocolate can almost always quash a craving.  I love this kind:

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Well, actually I love all kinds.  Really anything chocolate…

 

Tell me, what do you do when confronted with chocolate brownies every single week?? 

5 thoughts on “5 Healthy Brownie Alternatives

  1. Great recipes! I’m usually too lazy to bake anything, so I buy a bar or two of 70%+ cacao when I grocery shop. I’ll treat myself to chunks as dessert, but won’t let myself buy any other sweets until the next week. So I have to make it last! I typically find that I’m satisfied with a smaller quantity of the extra dark chocolate because the taste is so much richer.

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