The Ultimate Healthy Brownie

A heart-healthy, dorm-kitchen-friendly brownie recipe? Rae Dehal shares the ultimate brownie recipe with City Lights.

I can’t speak to the experience of men but amongst a lot of women dessert comes burdened with almost paralyzing feelings of guilt or a negative association with “cheating.” Think about how many times a guy’s rolled his eyes at you when you ordered a salad at dinner and then refused dessert, even as you stared across the table longingly at his giant bowl of ice cream. Or we decide that food fixes all of life’s problems and we eat and eat and eat until we feel terrible and suddenly our jeans have gotten a bit too tight.

This is a recipe for a completely healthy vegan, high protein, low carb and fat, gluten free brownie. It tastes basically like a regular brownie but with the benefit of actually having some nutritional value. So the next time you feel like having a lil something sweet, rather than denying yourself or binging, try out this recipe!

What You’ll Need:

112 calories per serving (not including toppings)
12 g Carbs, 4 g Fat, 7 g Protein
Serves 9

  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch or potato starch
  • ⅓ cup Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder (but regular is also okay)
  • 1 ½ scoops chocolate protein powder
  • ⅓ stevia in the raw (optional, I personally don’t use any)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or water)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional- not included in the nutritional info)

(OPTIONAL Toppings)

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

230 calories per serving

23g Carbs, 9g Fat, 18g Protein

Serves 4

  • 1 small to medium sized sweet potato (350g or less), baked with the skin removed.
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

Cookie Dough
145 calories per serving
18g carbs, 6g Fat, 6g Protein
Serves 4

  • 3 tablespoons tapioca or arrowroot/potato starch
  • 2 ½ tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 3 stevia packets (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter or oil
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon alcohol free vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips or dark chocolate

*A note on where to buy the ingredients: I realize that some of these ingredients will probably be hard to find in China but between Avocado Lady, Pic Fresh, KateandKimi and Taobao you should be able to get all of them. For coconut flour in particular look for Bob’s Red Mill products.

How to Bake:


  1. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients.
  2. Then add in the applesauce, greek yogurt, maple syrup, almond milk/water and coconut oil. The coconut oil should be completely melted before you add it in.
  3. Stir the batter until everything is well combined.
  4. Fold in some chocolate chips if you want them, or for a healthier option, 2 squares of 75-90% dark chocolate broken into smaller chunks
  5. Grease a square pan with nonstick cooking spray and pour the mixture into it
  6. Bake for 17-20 minutes at about at 325 degrees F
  7. Take out of the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes until the center is firm

Serve and top with almond butter or peanut butter (not included in nutritional info) OR add any combination of the following toppings-

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Boil and peel the sweet potato
  2. In a food processor, blend sweet potato together with the Greek yogurt and coconut oil
  3. Add in the protein powder and blend until the mixture is smooth
  4. Refrigerate for a few hours

Cookie Dough

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients together in a small bowl
  2. Heat the Greek yogurt, applesauce and maple syrup slightly in a microwave or on a stove top
  3. Add in coconut butter, or coconut oil and stir until it is combined with the yogurt, applesauce and syrup mixture.
  4. Add in vanilla extract and chocolate chips or dark chocolate
  5. Freeze for a few hours


And there you have it! Healthy brownies! A word of caution: yes technically these brownies are healthy enough that you could theoretically eat them everyday if you wanted to. A single serving of brownie with some almond butter is a good daily dessert option. But should you eat them everyday? No, probably not. Try to vary your diet- frozen fruit can also be a good dessert choice!
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 This article was written by Rae Dehal. Please send an email to to get in touch.

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2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Healthy Brownie

    1. Haha, yeah I neglected to add that you could substitute flax meal and 3 tbsp of water for the Greek Yogurt. (Or just add more applesauce…)

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