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Having bought Nak'd bars for a year or so, I decided to have a go at making them myself, going by the ingredients listed. Quick to make, too!

10 people made this

IngredientsMakes: 6 bars

  • 170g chopped dates
  • 100g cashew nuts, chopped
  • 60g raisins
  • 16g unsweetened cocoa powder

MethodPrep:15min ›Extra time:4hr chilling › Ready in:4hr15min

  1. Put everything in a food processor, and add two tablespoons of water initially. Start processing, at low speed. You may find you need to add another tablespoon of water (not too much, otherwise it gets too wet), you may have to push it down the sides. Keep processing until it looks like a rough paste. This doesn't take longer than 5 minutes.
  2. Line a rectangular small loaf tin with cling film, leaving plenty overhanging the side. Spoon the mixture in, and distribute evenly with your hands. Press it down well. Cover with the overhanging clingfilm, and pop it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  3. You can then remove the clingfilm and cut it in 6 bars (about 200 calories each, if cut into 6 bars). I then wrapped each one in a small piece of clingfilm, and popped them all back in the fridge, so they were ready to hand when I wanted one.

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These are great and so easy to make. I found that cashew nuts don't have enough flavour to really make an impact so I substituted them with the same quantity of hazelnuts which make a big difference for me.-10 Sep 2017


Healthy One-Bowl Fudgy Brownies During our Michigan food blogger retreat, Liz organized us into small groups to prepare breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Each group took on two meals during the trip, and we cooked recipes from our own blogs to share with everyone else. Tasked with dinner on the second evening, I partnered with Trevor to bake his wife Jennifer’s one-bowl brownies while the rest of our team whipped up the entrée and sides. As a chocoholic, I loved that “assignment!” We made a few minor tweaks since the pantry lacked a few ingredients—melted butter instead of vegetable oil, chopped Ghirardelli chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips—and we baked the brownies in the only rectangular pan in the kitchen, which ended up being smaller and deeper than a traditional 9吉” cake pan… But that resulted in extra fudgy and decadent brownies—always a plus in my book! When Trevor and I set out the pan after dinner, everyone excitedly dug in, and even Jennifer was amazed at how rich and irresistible they turned out! With the idea of a healthier version of those brownies rolling around in my head since that trip, I finally perfected my recipe. These Healthy One-Bowl Fudgy Brownies are just as incredible (and easy!) as the ones Trevor and I made! Supremely fudgy, extremely rich, extra chocolaty… But just 68 calories! In other words… My chocoholic heart’s dream come true! You just need a few key pantry ingredients to make these brownies, including white whole wheat flour (like this!) and coconut sugar (like this!). Those are unrefined ingredients, which make these brownies much healthier than traditional or boxed mix recipes. They’re two staples in my pantry, and I highly recommend you add them to your shelves as well! For the decadent chocolate flavor, you’ll use cocoa powder (like this!). Yup, that’s it! No chocolate to melt (or extra dishes to wash!) in this easy recipe. Can you tell I’m doing a little happy dance about fewer dishes? ? And for the supremely fudgy factor, you’ll mix in Greek yogurt instead of extra butter or oil. It adds the same moisture to your batter, and it gives your brownies a protein boost, too! One last very important tip… It’s crucial that you follow the instructions precisely , especially with the ingredients’ order of addition. This recipe won’t turn out right if you just dump everything into the mixing bowl and stir. As much as I wish it were otherwise… So add the ingredients in the order instructed (just like in my recipe video below!), stir with a fork (no mixer required, aka yet another thing you don’t have to wash!), wait for at least 6 hours for the fudgiest brownie texture, and… Enjoy your supremely fudgy and chocolaty dessert! And when you make your own, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tagging @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself! (That guarantees I’ll see your picture! ?) I’d love to see your brownies and feature them in my Sunday Spotlight series! Brownie Batter Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond butter or allergy-friendly sub
  • 1 cup applesauce or yogurt, such as coconutmilk yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour, such as oat, white, spelt, sorghum, or almond
  • 1 cup sugar or keto sub (for a refined-sugar-free version, try these Almond Butter Brownies)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional

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Published on August 20, 2018

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What ingredients are in Breakfast Brownies?

Here is a quick rundown of things you will need to make breakfast brownies! I use organic and gluten-free, dairy-free ingredients but conventional sugars and milk will work just fine.

***Please see the recipe card below for measurements and instructions!!!

1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (use 2 tablespoons if you want super chocolatey brownies!)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk but regular milk would work just as well)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

(*If you like sweet, you can increase the sugar to 1/2 cup or add 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup to the mix.)

***Please see the recipe card below for measurements and instructions!!!

Plus, get your free printable Healthier Swap-outs Cheat Sheet via email below!


I made only a couple of changes – using white wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour and decreasing the butter by half, which results in a slightly lighter and healthier apple brownie that, I believe, tastes as good as the original.

Although, the original recipe title is for “Apple Brownies,” since these days most of us automatically associate ‘brownies’ with chocolate, a more appropriate name might be “Apple Nut Bars.”

I adapted this old-fashioned apple brownies recipe from one of my favorite old cookbooks, Cooking Down East (affiliate link) by Marjorie Standish, who has been called the Julia Child of Maine.

Her book is a collection of recipes for the kind of simple home cooking I grew up eating and am more drawn to with each passing year.

According to my calculations, each serving of these apple brownies has about 147 calories and:

6 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
6 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
6 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

I hope you like these skinny apple brownies as much as we do. Enjoy!

Curious about Weight Watchers new myWW Green , Blue and Purple plans? Watch this short video to learn more:

If you like these healthy apple brownies, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes including: Low-Fat Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Cookies, WW Slow Cooker Apple Cake, Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies, Crock Pot Apple Compote and Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cake

If you’ve made this Apple Brownies, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it. And stay in touch on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.


Gooey Chocolate Chip Brownie Bars

Gooey, fudgy, rich, decadent, peanut buttery, chocolatey, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip brownie bars – I could go on with adjectives, but you really need to try them to understand!

This recipe was created to say thank you.

I found out last week that my book made the list of Amazon’s Top 20 Best Cookbooks Of 2015. Seeing my name included on that list when I opened the email was such a shock… I think I probably screamed… and maybe scared the neighbors… I can’t stop smiling… and still can’t believe it.

Please forgive me for mentioning the book again… there is no way I can keep this exciting news to myself! Making Amazon’s Top 20 Cookbooks of the year is by far one of the MOST exciting things to happen in all the time I’ve been blogging. And I can’t ever thank you enough.

Before the book came out, my publisher had warned me that because not everyone eats dessert, cookbooks with only desserts rarely sell as well as non-dessert books and that I should keep this in mind and not get my hopes up too far. Neither of us ever expected this amount of incredible success we have been stunned at how many people have been buying the book.

Words are failing me once again, and therefore I wish to express my thanks to you all in my usual favored way: through—what else?—dessert!

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog.

Thank you to everyone who has ever made one of the recipes or mentioned the site to a friend.

Thank you to everyone who has bought the book.

But mostly, thank you to everyone simply just for reading. I know full well it’s because of YOU that I’m able to do what I love every day, and I never want to take that for granted. I wish I could send a batch of chocolate chip brownie bars to each of you as a thank-you for making this all possible. Thank you again and again and again. Thank you, a million times over. ♥


  • 220g/8oz dark cooking chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 50ml/2fl oz vegetable oil
  • 120g/4½oz soft brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 80g/3oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

Line the base of a 20cm/8in square cake tin with baking paper.

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a pan of gently simmering water (making sure the base of the bowl is not touching the water). Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, sugar and almond extract with an electric hand-held whisk for 8–10 minutes, or until pale and thick.

Sift in the cocoa, flour and baking powder with a pinch of salt. Gently fold in using a large metal spoon.

Pour over the melted chocolate and gently fold in until well combined.

Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 20–25 minutes, or until slightly fudgy. When cool, remove from the tin, cut into 4cm squares and serve.


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Think of chocolate brownies as a perfect canvas for your sweet tooth. If you've never made this classic dessert, you can learn how to make brownies. Other additions to this classic, fudgey treat include decadent cheesecake, peanut butter and even bacon and coffee! The possibilities are endless and—more importantly—delicious! They're an ideal treat for a holiday, birthday party or potluck. Brownies are perfect when matched with other desserts like cookies and cakes. Fruity desserts are also an excellent pairing.

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Think of chocolate brownies as a perfect canvas for your sweet tooth. If you've never made this classic dessert, you can learn how to make brownies. Other additions to this classic, fudgey treat include decadent cheesecake, peanut butter and even bacon and coffee! The possibilities are endless and—more importantly—delicious! They're an ideal treat for a holiday, birthday party or potluck. Brownies are perfect when matched with other desserts like cookies and cakes. Fruity desserts are also an excellent pairing.


You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients in this healthy brownies recipe:

  • Coconut sugar — You can buy coconut sugar at health food stores, in the health food section of many grocery stores, or online. You can substitute brown sugar.
  • Chia seeds — You can substitute ground flax seeds.
  • Vegan yogurt — Any plain dairy-free yogurt will work here or you can substitute dairy-free sour cream.
  • Almond milk — I used unsweetened almond milk, or add any plant-based milk like soy milk or even cashew milk.
  • Rolled oats — Otherwise known as old-fashioned oats. You can substitute instant oats.
  • Almond flour — I like adding almond flour to my baked goods because it makes them very moist. Besides, it makes these brownies gluten-free as well. I buy almond flour at health food stores, but I get the best deals during my vegan shopping trips at Costco!
  • Cocoa powder — You can use natural or dutch-process cocoa powder.
  • Baking powder
  • Chocolate chips — There are so many great dairy-free chocolate chips to choose from!

There’s no flour in these healthy brownies, which makes them gluten-free in addition to vegan. And yet, this list of ingredients delivers delicious, fudgy, healthy brownies in a matter of minutes.


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Even though we love baking from scratch, we&rsquore in full support of a shortcut in the kitchen every now and then. One of the most delicious store-bought secrets? Using boxed brownie mix in your desserts. With these brownie mix recipes, you can serve a gorgeous dessert that no family member will realize started with a box from the store. Boxed brownie mix is great on its own, but these brownie mix recipes prove that when it&rsquos dressed up a bit, it can be showstopping. Make adorable single-serve Banana Brownie Sticky Toffee Puddings or a gorgeous layered Chocolate Trifle. Want to know the secret to the fudgiest cookies you&rsquove ever had? That&rsquos right: brownie mix. Whether you&rsquore looking for an easy Bundt cake to give a neighbor or chocolate-peanut butter bars for the kids, these recipes make the most of packaged brownie mix. The next time you&rsquore short on time or patience, grab a box of brownie mix at the store and let these desserts amaze you.



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