Healthy Nut Butter Brownies

Brownie 2

With Christmas fast approaching, I am getting a lot of requests for healthier chocolate recipes, that no-one would ever know were healthier. I fully intend to enjoy Christmas and eat things that are far from what I would normally eat, but if I can make a healthier alternative to something and for it to taste pretty much the same, then that it what I am going to do. It is so easy to go completely off track over Christmas, but by making some small changes, you can stay on track and enjoy what you eat too. These would also make a really nice homemade gift if you wrapped them up nicely.

The brownie recipes on the blog are some of the most popular, so I thought it was time to experiment with some new and even healthier ones that are once again only sweetened with fruit. If you wanted, you could add some fruit into the mix, with chopped cherries, or you could add some chocolate chips – obviously that would change the nutritional information at the bottom though.

With a swirl of your favourite nut butter on top, it makes these bite sized treats even more delicious.


Ingredients – serves 12:

– 90g/1 cup oats

– 50g/ 0.5 cup cocoa powder

– 1 tbsp cinnamon or ginger (depends what flavour your prefer)

– 60ml/0.25 cup skimmed milk

– 1 tbsp vanilla extract

– 150g/0.75 cup plain yoghurt

– 100g almonds

– 150g pitted dates

– 8 tbsp water

– 1 tsp baking powder

– 1 egg


1) Use the 100g of almonds to make almond butter using this method. Alternatively, if you don’t want to make your own almond butter (it is very easy), then measure out around 4 tbsp of almond butter, or nut butter of your choice, and set aside.

2) Put the dates and water into a food processor and blend until a syrup has formed.

3) Add all the rest of the ingredients (except the nut butter) to the food processor that has the date syrup in and blend until smooth.

4) Grease a brownie tin and then pour the brownie mix in. Take the nut butter and drop it onto the top of the mixture and then gently swirl it in. Don’t completely mix it though, as you are looking for a marble affect.

5) Put in a preheated oven at 220C/400F for 40 minutes.

6) Allow to cool completely and then cut into 12 pieces.



Nutritional Information:

Calories: 142

Fat: 6.5

Carbs: 16.9

Protein: 5

Fibre: 3


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  1. Katrina Modlinsky says

    Hi Dannii

    Just wondering what size brownie tin you use. I used an 8inch square one and they came out quite thin. Do you use a smaller one?

    They are however absolutely yummy- I had made mueseli with all the Oats in the cupboard, but instead of pure oats I just used the mueseli and picked out some nuts haha. It seemed to have worked out ok and my other half loves it!

  2. Jazmine says

    I just realized after looking back at the recipe that I forgot the egg! Rookie mistake. LOL. Maybe I’ll add it next time.

  3. Jazmine says

    These turned out great. It’s pretty amazing that they don’t have any added sugar and that they are flour less, because they sure taste like they have both. Yum! Thanks.

  4. Heidi says

    My friend just shared these on facebook and I have just had a look around your blog. it is so good. I look forward to trying lots of your recipes, but this one has to be first.

  5. Kim says

    My kids are going to love these! I usually refuse to make them brownies because of all the sugar that sends them crazy, so these are perfect being sweetened with fruit.

  6. Debbie says

    I want to eat that whole plate of brownies. I hope they taste as good as they look, but I am sure they will, I have cooked lots of your recipes and they have all turned out great!

  7. Alison says

    I love that these can be made with ingredients that I already had in the kitchen. They are in the oven now and they smell really good.

  8. Sophie says

    I have just finished the last of the peanut butter. Otherwise I would be all over this right now. As soon as I buy some, this is the first thing I shall do with it. They look divine.

  9. Lori says

    I have been patiently waiting for these to cool and I have just eaten one (okay, two) and I had to come on here and say thank you. They taste amazing. I can’t believe how healthy they are when they are that gooey. Thank you for everything you post, I am so grateful.

  10. Bonnie says

    These are healthy? But they look so amazing! Are you sure it doesn’t secretly have a ton of sugar in it? You have made weight loss so much more enjoyable so me.

  11. Rachel says

    I have been thinking about these all night :) Thank you for posting the recipe. I have family visiting this weekend and I can’t wait to impress them with these and show them healthy food doesn’t have to be boring.