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Chocolate,  Desserts

Healthy Copycat Cosmic Brownies (Gluten-Free)

You’ll never guess these copycat Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies are healthy, gluten-free, paleo, and have a vegan option! This diy homemade brownie recipe is easy and so delicious! You’ll pick them over the store bought version for sure!

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Healthy Copycat Cosmic Brownie Recipe

What makes these cosmic brownies any different from the unhealthy store-bought version? Well, here is a chart showing just a few of the macro differences… (I love making charts like this. Check out my Carrot Cake, Chocolate Mousse Cake, and Homemade Nutella for more comparison charts!)

calories in a cosmic brownie compared to a healthy cosmic brownie

Healthy Cosmic Brownie Ingredients

Not only are these healthy cosmic brownies lower in fat, calories, and carbs, they also only contain GOOD FOR YOU INGREDIENTS. Unlike the store bought kind that have artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and many other processed ingredients.

  • Pumpkin Puree: You can’t even taste this healthy ingredient in these brownies, trust me! It’s the secret ingredient to making these brownies ultra fudgy. Check out my original One Bowl Secretly Healthy Fudge Brownies to read about all the health benefits pumpkin gives you!
  • Cacao Powder: Rich in antioxidants and vitamins! Read all about the benefits of cacao powder and how it’s different from cocoa powder in my 6 Low Cost Superfoods article!
  • Natural Sweeteners: Coconut sugar and pure maple syrup give these brownies the perfect sweetness without having to spike your blood sugar levels. Read more about why I love coconut sugar and it’s benefits here.
  • Eggs: High in healthy fats, protein, and Vitamin B12. Read more here. I have not tested these brownies with flax eggs, but they should come out similarly! Check notes below for ratios and let me know if you try!
  • Refined Coconut Oil: I love using this kind of oil in baking because it’s a great vegan, paleo option. It’s also an unprocessed oil and has many key nutrients and you can use it for just about anything (outside the kitchen too!). I did a 28 day coconut oil pulling challenge to whiten my teeth!
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How to Make Gluten-Free Cosmic Brownies

Store-bought cosmic brownies are not gluten-free. They’re made with processed flour. Our recipe is made with 100% almond flour! Making these copycat cosmic brownies, gluten-free and paleo! Plus, almond flour has so many amazing health benefits!

Commonly Asked Questions

  • How Many Calories in a Cosmic Brownie? These healthy cosmic brownies only have 114 calories. See above chart for all the nutrition facts in comparison to the unhealthy version.
  • Are Cosmic Brownies Vegan? Our healthy cosmic brownies are not vegan because of the eggs we use, but as I stated earlier, subbing flax eggs is an option! Let me know if you try it!
  • Are Cosmic Brownies Gluten-Free? These cosmic brownies are 100% gluten-free and paleo! We use almond flour to get the perfect fudgy, thick cosmic brownie texture.
  • Are Cosmic Brownies Dairy-Free? Store-bought unhealthy cosmic brownies are not dairy-free, but this healthy homemade version is 100% dairy-free without having to substitute anything!

How to Store Homemade Copycat Healthy Cosmic Brownies

How long do cosmic brownies last? Store diy cosmic brownies in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Brownies shouldn’t dry out because they’re made with almond flour.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Skillet

Chocolate Banana Bread

I cannot wait for you to give these healthy cosmic brownies a try! Please snap a picture and share it with me! 

Seeing your kitchen creations makes my day and encourages me to keep making new recipes for you!

Happy Cosmic Brownie Makin’!

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Yield: 15

Healthy Copycat Cosmic Brownies (Gluten-Free)

healthy cosmic brownies

You’ll never guess these copycat Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies are healthy, gluten-free, paleo, and have a vegan option! This diy homemade brownie recipe is easy and so delicious! You’ll pick them over the store bought version for sure!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs (Room temp if possible) (See Note 1 for sub opts)
  • ¾ Cup Pumpkin Puree (Canned or fresh)
  • ½ Cup + 1 Tbs Coconut Sugar (I love this brand)
  • 2 Tbs Pure Maple Syrup (affordable brand)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbs Refined Coconut Oil, Melted & Cooled Slightly
  • ¼ Cup + 2 Tbs Cacao Powder (can sub cocoa powder)
  • 1½ Cups Almond Flour (my favorite brand)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Dash Pink Himalayan Salt

Chocolate Frosting

  • ¼ Cup Cashew Butter (See Note 2 for sub opts)
  • 4 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1½ Tbs Cacao Powder
  • 5 tsp Water
  • ¼ Cup Naturally Colored Sprinkles (I love this kind)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. and line a 2 quart baking dish with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl mix eggs, pumpkin purée, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla until well combined and smooth.

3. Add in melted coconut oil and mix until smooth.

4. Next, mix in cacao powder, almond flour, baking powder, and pink salt until combined.

5. Bake at 350 F. for 30-35 minutes until set on top and a toothpick comes out with a little fudginess.

6. Let cool completely to allow almond flour to set.

7. While brownies are cooling, make the frosting by combining all frosting ingredients in a medium bowl and mixing with an electric hand mixer or standing mixer (See Note 2).

8. Once brownies are cooled, top with chocolate frosting, smoothing into an even layer. Then, sprinkle on naturally colored sprinkles, cut, and enjoy! (Makes about 15 brownies)

Notes

  1. Flax eggs: I have not tried this recipe with flax or chia eggs yet, but you are welcome to try it! I would use 1 chia egg or 1 flax egg to replace the 2 eggs (read how to make a egg how to make a egg replacer here). If you do, please let me know how they turn out!
  2. Nut Butter Options: Cashew butter has a neutral flavor so that’s why it's the best option for this frosting. The next best sub option would be almond butter. You can use any nut or seed butter of choice though. Just note that it may change the flavor and texture of the frosting and you may need to adjust the amount of water to get desired thickness depending on how runny your nut/seed butter is. (If you try another nut/seed butter, please let me know how it turns out in the comments!)
  3. Coconut Oil Hardening Again: We mix most of the wet ingredients together first to ensure the batter is not too cold before adding in the melted coconut oil. If your mixture is too cold, the melted coconut oil will harden again and become clumpy in the batter. If this happens, it’s not a big deal and it will melt while baking. Just follow the steps in the recipe to try and avoid this.
  4. Storage: Store diy cosmic brownies in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1 brownie with frosting and sprinkles

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 6.9gCarbohydrates: 10.8gNet Carbohydrates: 9.4gFiber: 1.4gSugar: 6.2gProtein: 2.7g

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