Healthier Brownies


Normally I’m not all that into healthy treats, but these Healthier Brownies are totally dreamy! Now you don’t have to feel like you have to resist the chocolate temptations. These are the perfect indulgence that you can feel fine about eating.

Healthier Brownies

I could have called these Healthier Date” Brownies but then like 99% of you wouldn’t be wanting to try them right? So instead if we leave out the “date” and just think of them as a healthier brownie that tastes amazing and don’t focus on the dates in them then aren’t we all in :)?

I recently bought a date sweetened brownie at the store and loved it so I decided to do a homemade version.


Surprisingly enough you don’t really taste the dates and you don’t notice that these are healthier. They’re still super fudgy, amazingly chocolatey, so rich, and they have a perfect texture.

Healthier Brownies Recipe

So what makes these healthier from a normal brownie??

No white sugar, instead these use Medjool dates to sweeten them and honey.

No butter, instead there’s coconut oil and about 1/2 the amount of fat you’d normally add to brownies.

And no white flour. Here we go with almond flour and no one will notice.

Healthier Brownies Recipe

Then if you are in for a little extra decadence add the mini chocolate chips. Really I just added the chocolate sauce for looks but feel free to add that too if you’d like, I listed it in the notes at the bottom.

Or sprinkle with a hint of powdered sugar that’s always a good brownie topping.

Healthier Brownies Recipe

These will be your new January best friend. Because January is all about those resolutions that are so hard to keep but these decadent brownies make it that much easier!

Note that I cut them into 9 servings here but I thought 12 was more fitting and next time I’ll cut them into 12. The calories listed are based off of my package labels and 12 servings (including chocolate chips but without chocolate sauce).

They aren’t really intended to be a low calorie dessert but rather a smarter choice made with healthier ingredients versus that of your traditional brownie.

Healthier Brownies

Believe it or not my family actually loved these brownies. That’s proof that these are so good because my husband and kids… and who are we kidding I MYSELF, can be picky and we all approved.

So delicious!

You just can’t go wrong with a healthier chocolate treat! Hope you love them!

Healthier Brownies


Healthier Brownies

4.67 from 3 votes

A healthier brownie made without white flour, butter and refined sugar. Still perfectly decadent and deliciously satisfying. Sure to curb those chocolatey cravings!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 215 kcal


  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp (110g) super fine almond flour (spoon and level to measure)
  • 1/2 cup (43g) unsweetened cocoa powder (spoon and level)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup (170g) pitted Medjool dates (about 11)
  • 1/4 cup (80g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (60g) coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (42g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 by 8 inch baking dish with coconut oil (you can also line with parchment if you want to be able to easily lift them from pan). 

  2. Add almond flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, dates, honey, coconut oil and vanilla to a food processor. 

  3. Process until well blended and dates have been finely ground down, about 1 minute. 

  4. Add in one egg and pulse about 15 times (or as needed) to blend then repeat with second eggs. Stir in chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.

  5. Spread mixture evenly into prepared baking dish. Bake in preheated oven until brownies are set (a toothpick will still come out with crumbs), about 20 - 25 minutes. 

  6. Let cool about 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Once cool store in an airtight container.

  7. If you want the optional chocolate syrup, in a microwave safe bowl heat 1 Tbsp coconut oil and 1 Tbsp honey in microwave until coconut oil is melted. Stir in cocoa. Let cool slightly for a thicker consistency.

  8. Recipe source: inspired by Bites for Foodies

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Healthier Brownies - SO GOOD! Made healthier without white flour, butter and refined sugar. Still perfectly decadent and deliciously satisfying. Sure to curb those chocolatey cravings! #brownies #dessert #healthierdessert #chocolate #valentines


  • Chloe (Musings on Dinner): Dates are typically used as the base of sticky toffee pudding (which definitely contains lots of sugar and butter etc), so I can imagine it makes brownies really moist and delicious in their own right January 14, 2018 at 5:11am Reply

  • Lauren: Do you think a blender would work? I cant Wait to try these! January 14, 2018 at 7:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry it’s probably too thick for a blender. January 14, 2018 at 10:09am Reply

    • Kristy: I used my vitamix and it worked just fine. I put the dates, eggs, vanilla, melted coconut oil, and honey in the blender on the “frozen dessert” setting. After it was well blended, I scraped it into a bowl with the dry ingredients and mixed with a spatula. January 14, 2018 at 10:04pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: Glad to know a blender works too. I was totally wrong :). January 15, 2018 at 4:57pm Reply

      • Lauren: Great! I have a vitamix! I cant Wait to try these!
        Thx January 15, 2018 at 6:21pm Reply

  • Lori: Can I substitute the dates with something else or just leave them out, not a fan. January 14, 2018 at 9:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’d likely have to add more oil and coconut sugar or something, because they add both moisture and lots of sweet to this recipe. January 14, 2018 at 10:08am Reply

  • Stephen Huckins: This looks just wonderful can’t wait to make it January 14, 2018 at 12:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them! January 14, 2018 at 12:39pm Reply

  • Shekinah: Stop it! Just stop it! I can’t take it! These look so delicious! I don’t even care that they are healthier. I love your blog! You NEVER disappoint! Every time I come here, I find something else I HAVE to make. January 15, 2018 at 1:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed my blog Shekinah! Thanks for letting me know :)! January 15, 2018 at 4:58pm Reply

  • Sarah: Looks good, but do you have the carb count per serving? I count carbs, not calories. January 17, 2018 at 1:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have that info! January 17, 2018 at 4:26pm Reply

  • Juliana Ramsey: Jaclyn, thank you so much for this recipe! You know my Mom has been having a hard time with her diet plan! It’s a very strict one! I can replace the Chocolate Powder for Carob, and the egsg with applesauce! You have know idea how happy I was to click in this! Now we can have pretty much the same dessert! Thanks again! 💗 January 17, 2018 at 3:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome! Glad you can make the subs to fit into her diet and make it work! January 17, 2018 at 4:26pm Reply

  • Megan: Just made these today, and they are delicious. I left out the chocolate chips and the chocolate drizzle. My husband even liked them, and he says he hates dates. Best refined sugar free dessert recipe I’ve made :) January 20, 2018 at 12:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you guys liked these Megan! My husband and kids were the same way with these, not fans of dates but they loved these. Thanks for your review! January 20, 2018 at 1:57pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Such a perfect stack of brownies – I need these in my life! :) January 22, 2018 at 10:43pm Reply

  • Hallie Thompson: I think might actually work! February 27, 2018 at 2:22am Reply

  • Amy: I would love to make these for school lunch treats but the school is 100% nut free. What could I swap the almond flour out with?
    Cheers! Can’t wait to get baking March 18, 2018 at 2:28am Reply

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