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4.5 from 8 votes

healthy vegan brownies

A healthy yet decadent version of brownies which sure will win hearts of many this festive season.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: bake, Dessert, healthy
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Khushboo


  • 1 cup/ 140 grams multigrain or wheat flour
  • ¼ cup / 30 grams oats flour*
  • ¼ cup / 52 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup raw sugar *
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon / 8 grams flaxseed meal*
  • 3 tablespoon warm water*
  • 1 cup/ 230 ml applesauce* - recipe and method mentioned above
  • ¾ cup / 231 grams agave nectar or honey
  • 5 tablespoon /88 grams peanut butter *
  • 2 tablespoon avocado oil* or of your choice
  • ¼ cup water or more*


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degree f/ 180 degree c .
  • Now create flaxseed meal gel by mixing 1 tbsp flaxseed meal to 3 tbsp water , keep aside for 5 minutes. It will turn gel like.
  • Sift dry ingredients in one bowl .
  • Quick blend nut butter, applesauce and flaxseed meal gel to form a smooth paste. We are doing this as peanut butter is quiet thick and its difficult to fold it in the batter.
  • Now add the thick paste and agave nectar, water to the dry ingredients , mix well with a spatula/ spoon until lump free . Use cut and fold method , Do not beat with a blender or over mix.
  • Taste test the batter and pour in the prepared pan . Tap it gently on the surface and bake on the middle rack for 28-32 minutes or until the toothpick comes out with fewer crumbs and not batter . Mine was done at 29 minute mark. Do not over bake . Let it cool on a cooling rack . Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight and then cut for clean cut edges.


These brownies are intensely dense , fudgy and chocolaty . If you you prefer bit on a sweeter side reduce cocoa and water by 1 tablespoon.
Total amount of flour is 1 ¼ cup – you can skip oats flour and use wheat only.
Honey can be substituted for agave nectar
I use raw sugar, use preferred sugar / sugar free options like stevia or truvia.
Substitute flaxseed meal with 4 tablespoon thick yogurt
Any nut butter can be used instead of peanut butter- for example almond or hazelnut butter.
Substitute applesauce with banana puree.
Substitute avocado oil with your choice of oil. ( Coconut oil is great).
The batter is supposed to be thick, if its too thick ,add some water -1 tablespoon at a time. The reason being flour quality differs and absorbs different amounts of liquid.
We do not want a cake , we want brownies, hence no whippers or beaters used.
For making brownies in Instant Pot follow this link here for the procedure.