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The Best Ever Healthy Double Chocolate Brownies

I'm being serious, guys - this really is the best ever healthy brownie recipe. Inspired by my healthy chocolate chip cookie bar recipe, these brownies have the most amazing fudge-like texture, thin crisp topping and intense chocolate flavour  that is so drool-worthy you'll swear you're enjoying a full-fat treat and not something that is actually only 116 calories a piece!

The Best Ever Healthy Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe |

A good chocolate brownie recipe is definitely my dessert of choice - no matter what else is available. I just can't get enough of the deep chocolate flavour which appears two fold in this recipe - firstly in the unsweetened cocoa powder which combines with the chickpeas to create the most gorgeous ooey-gooey brownie ever and secondly in the milk chocolate chips which burst through in every mouthful.

The Best Ever Healthy Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe |

Honestly - if it was a choice between a full-fat full-sugar brownies recipe and this lightened-up version, I really do think I'd choose this one. Plus, since they're gluten-free (as long as you use gluten-free oats and chocolate chips) and don't contain any eggs, they're ideal for people following specific diets.

I cut the brownies into 16 pieces to keep the calorie count as low as possible. Despite the bite-sized portions of the chocolate treats, the deep chocolate flavour and fudgy texture which I just can't big up enough mean that one mouthful is enough to leave you feeling pleasantly happy and keep your chocolate craving at bay.

The Best Ever Healthy Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe |

If you prefer your brownies to be more cake-like than fudge-like, this recipe definitely isn't one for you. Even if you bake them longer than the recommended 25 minutes, these brownies won't dry out and turn cakey.

Fudgy chocolate brownies do it for me every time, but how do you prefer your brownies - dense and fudgy or fluffy and cake-like?

The Best Ever Healthy Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe |

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The Best Ever Healthy Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe |

The Best Ever Healthy Double Chocolate Brownies

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16 small brownies


  • 1 ½ cups chickpeas cooked, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup natural or Greek yogurt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • cup milk chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and line a 9"x9" baking tin with parchment paper.
  • Place all the ingredients except the chocolate chips into the bowl of your food processor and mix on a medium speed for 3-4 minutes, until everything is well combined and the mixture is as smooth as possible.
  • Place the milk chocolate chips into the processor and pulse a couple of times until the chocolate chips are evenly distributed.
  • Scoop the brownie batter into the lined baking tray and bake the brownies in the oven for 25 minutes, until a thin crust develops on top.
  • Leave the brownies to cool in the baking tray set on top of a wire rack for a couple of hours before slicing into 16 even servings.


You can store these brownies inside a Ziploc bag or a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week on in the freezer for up to six months.

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  1. Leesha @ Living Contently

    I'm right there with you! I love a gooey, chocolatey brownie. This recipe looks great, and I love that it's a version I can enjoy even when I'm trying to watch what I eat. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Serena @ Simple Holistic Girl

    OMG...BROWNIES! I love brownies. These look so moist and I love the ingredients! #wakeupwednesday

  3. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect

    Those look amazing! I prefer fudgy brownies, too. 🙂 It's hard to believe those are healthy!!

  4. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence

    Brownies are my favorite! Thanks for sharing a healthier version, I can't wait to make this. Pinned!

  5. Andrea@TablerPartyOfTwo

    This sounds so yummy! Gonna try it for sure. Visiting from Lovely Little Link party. 🙂

  6. Nancherrow

    These look like a perfect way to stick to those New Year's resolutions and still get an occasional treat. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  7. Grace

    Yum yum yum! These look SO good. Stopping by from I Heart Naptime link up and would love for you to stop by my baking blog to say hello!

  8. Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen

    Nicola I can't get over how fudgy these look! Can't believe that it's healthy! I've never tried chickpeas like this and I'm definitely curious about it. Perfect to trick myself into thinking I'm indulging myself when it's actually not bad for me 🙂

  9. Miz Helen

    Yummy Brownies, these look so good. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    Those look nice and gooey, just how I like my brownies. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  11. Mary Denman

    Just popping over from I Should be Mopping the Floor. These brownies look amazing! Trying them this week!

  12. Jelli

    I've got to try these. I need to borrow a food processor, but for brownies, it's no hassle at all! 🙂

    • Nicola Quinn

      You've got that right, Jelli - nothing is too much work for brownies!

  13. Anca

    I love healthy brownies, I've made a few recipes, but didn't try with chickpeas before. I will as they seem delicious.

    • Nicola Quinn

      They really are my most favourite healthy brownies, Anca. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

  14. My Life In Sweden

    OMG! That looks and sounds absolutely amazing! I can't wait to try it! Thank you for sharing!

    Greetings from Sweden!

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thank you so much, Alexandra! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do 🙂

  15. Crystal

    These look so yummy! I am trying to cook healthier and use less sugar this year, so I plan on trying these ASAP! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Carlee

    Mmmmm, soft fudgy brownies are the way to go for sure! These look amazing, you got me with the chickpeas again. I have plenty of them in the pantry, I need to get to work!

  17. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table

    I like them good and fudgy just like this! These sound so divine and I cannot wait to make them! I'll have to give some away though because I would devour the whole batch and then be in trouble 😉