Sugar Free Brownies

Sugar Free Brownies

Brownies are one of those desserts that require lots of sugar to be gooey, chewy and just right. I have tried before to make lower sugar brownies and I ended up with rich chocolate cake. I even made a video (The Difference between Fudgy and Cakey Brownies) and a blog post to record that lesson.

After this ‘enlightenment’ I decided that sugar free brownies was an impossible task and I just have to stick with the real deal, full of sugar brownies. Until now!

Watch this Brownies No Sugar No Flour video:

What can replace sugar in brownies?

You can replace sugar in brownies with honey, maple syrup, agave syrup but even though people like to think that are healthier than sugar, you still will end up with very sugary and high calorie brownie.

For me that is not a solution. I replaced sugar with bananas and oats.

Bananas add sweetness and volume (more food). Oats add that chewiness that you would expect from the brownies. When you combine both with the right ratios, you get that perfect gooeyness.

sugar free brownies

What happens if I don’t put sugar in brownies?

If you don’t put sugar in the brownies or even just reduce sugar, you will end up with cakey, almost crumbly, and rich chocolate cake.

Sugar adds that chewiness. It also creates that beautiful crackling top that we all love about good, fudgy brownies.

Check out my video about what the difference looks like:

What ingredients you will need for Sugar Free Brownies

How to make Sugar Free Brownies

Prepare oven safe dish, 8 by 8 inches, grease with butter and line with a parchment paper.

If you want to be able to remove the brownies easily and smoothly from the baking dish, make sure to include this step.

baking dish

Smash bananas with a fork

smashed bananas

Add egg and monkfruit sweetener and mix

ingredients for brownies
mixing ingredients for brownies

Add grinded oats (using Nutribullet, I grinded old fashioned oats to a fine flour), cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract and pinch of salt

Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated

mixing ingredients for brownies
mixing ingredients for brownies

The texture will be dense and gooey and that is what we want. The batter is almost sticky

Spread the batter evenly

brownies batter
spread brownie batter

If you want to keep calories low, this is when you would put these brownies in the oven and call it a day

But if you want more exciting brownies, you can add additional ingredients.

Chocolate Chips Brownies and Peanut Butter Brownies

I made these brownies two different ways: Chocolate Chip Brownies and Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies.

sugar free brownies
Peanut Butter Brownies
sugar free brownies
Chocolate Chips Brownies

For the chocolate chips brownies, I added chocolate chips on top, you can also mix them in the batter (they will melt inside much easier than on top).

sugar free brownies with chocolate chips

For extra protein I prepared this peanut butter mix to swirl on top

peanut butter swirl
peanut butter swirl
peanut butter swirl

2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter, PB2 – lower calorie and higher protein than regular peanut butter. Add just enough sugar free syrup to create a thick sauce. I used a mix of sugar free pancake syrup and flavored skinny syrup. I also added some dark chocolate, and mixed it in the batter.

sugar free brownies batter

Spread peanut butter sauce on top of the brownie batter and you can use a wooden skewer to make it pretty.

sugar free brownies

Transfer to an oven preheated to 350F. I baked the brownies for about 20 minutes.

sugar free brownies
sugar free brownies
sugar free brownies

Sugar Free Brownies

These are healthy sugar free brownies that you can enjoy everyday. They are lower in calories than regular brownies and are made with nutritious, wholesome ingredients like bananas, oats and eggs, just to name a few.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 112 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 oven safe dish 8×8
  • Nutribullet or Food processor to grind oats

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium very ripe bananas 3 oz each
  • cups old fashioned oats grind them
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs monkfruit sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 oz chocolate chips

For Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

  • 2 tbs PB2 powdered peanut butter
  • 2 oz sugar free syrups as much as you need to make a thick sauce

Instructions
 

  • Prepare oven safe dish, 8 by 8 inches, grease with butter and line with a parchment paper.
  • Smash bananas with a fork
  • Add egg and monkfruit sweetener and mix
  • Add grinded oats, cocoa powder, baking powder ,baking soda, vanilla extract and pinch of salt. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated
  • Spread the batter evenly

For Chocolate Chip Brownies

  • Add chocolate chips on top, you can also mix them in the batter
  • Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes

For Peanut Butter Swirl

Keyword banana brownies, healthy brownies, low calorie brownies, oat brownies, sugar free brownies

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