Raspberry Brownies (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
These Healthier Raspberry Brownies are amazingly fudgy! The combination of tart fresh raspberry and decadent chocolate is absolutely perfect. Gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free!
I may have outdone myself with this recipe. It might be my best one yet. I know, I know, how could I make something more delicious than my Secretly Healthy Fudge Brownies?! Well, although those are scrumptious, the combo of raspberry and chocolate in these healthy brownies is heavenly!
The Perfect Chocolate Dessert for Any Occasion
Weirdly enough, Valentine’s day is actually one of my favorite holidays. I just love the combination of pinks, purples, whites, and reds. I also have such fun memories of making little Valentine’s day mailboxes to take to school for the valentines exchange. That was the biggest event of the year! Am I right? And of course, I also love Valentine’s day for the treats! These raspberry brownies are no exception!
Honestly, I will make these raspberry brownies regularly now. No sense in saving them just for Valentine’s Day! They’re perfect for any occasion. Or if you eat dessert every night like me, (healthy dessert that is) just make these raspberry brownies to have as your healthy dessert throughout the week!
What’s in these Raspberry Brownies?
There are a few ingredients in these brownies that may shock you. I’m here to assure you that these healthy ingredients are PERFECT for these raspberry brownies.
First, there is mashed banana in these brownies. Don’t worry! Your brownies WON’T taste like banana in the slightest! I was skeptical when I made my first batch of these raspberry brownies, but trust me, there’s not even a hint of banana flavor. The chocolate cacao powder overtakes any taste of banana.
The next two ingredients that may shock you in these healthy brownies are oat flour and almond flour. If you’ve tried my Secretly Healthy Fudge Brownies, you’ll already know that almond flour does amazing in healthy brownies.
Almond flour gives these brownies the perfect fudgy, ooey gooey texture. I wanted to add a little more cakiness to this recipe and oat flour did the trick!
Oat flour helps these raspberry brownies hold their shape nicely yet still be ooey gooey. Don’t know how to make oat flour? Check out, How to Make Homemade Flour (3 Steps)!
How to Make a Chia Egg
The last shocking ingredient actually makes these brownies vegan. It’s a chia egg! If you’ve never heard of a chia egg, don’t be freaked out. No, it’s not made from a chia chicken! Chia eggs are very simple. I used them in my Vegan Sugar Cookie recipe too! They work just like eggs!
- To start, grind up 1 Tbs of chia seeds in a coffee grinder (or whatever you use to grind things)
- Then, in a small bowl mix ground chia seeds with 2 Tbs water.
- And finally, it will thicken and become like an egg! (BONUS: You don’t even have to wait for it to thicken like you do with flax eggs).
Storing Chocolate Raspberry Brownies
Can you keep these raspberry brownies at room temperature? Of course! You can store your chocolate brownies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
Can you store these brownies in the fridge? YES! The fridge is my ideal storage place for these chocolate brownies. I like to eat my brownies cold, straight from the fridge! You can also heat them up in the microwave or oven before devouring.
Are these brownies freezer friendly? These healthy brownies can most definitely be stored in the freezer! Wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in a resealable storage bag or airtight container. When enjoying the brownies from the freezer, thaw at room temperature for a few hours or defrost in microwave.
What to Serve with Raspberry Brownies
These brownies are amazing on their own, but to take them up another level you can serve them with:
- Homemade whip cream
- Coconut whip cream
- Dairy-free ice cream
- Fresh berries
More Healthy Chocolate Recipes:
- Secretly Healthy Fudge Brownies (Paleo + One Bowl)
- The Best Chocolate Granola (Vegan)
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls (No-Bake
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Raspberry Brownies (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
These Healthier Raspberry Brownies are amazingly fudgy and chewy! The combination of tart fresh raspberry and decadent chocolate is absolutely perfect. Gluten-free and vegan!
- ⅓ cup mashed banana (about 1 very ripe and speckled banana) (can sub unsweetened applesauce) (see note 3)
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- 1 chia egg or flax egg (1 Tbs. ground chia seeds or flax seeds + 2 Tbs. water) (can sub 1 regular egg)
- ¼ cup plant-based milk (or milk of choice)
- ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
- ¾ cup blanched almond flour
- ⅓ cup oat flour
- ¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ cup dairy free chocolate chunks + more for topping
- ½ cup raspberries
- Optional: 1 Tbs. dairy-free chocolate chips + ¼ tsp. refined coconut oil (can sub grass-fed butter or ghee)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. and line a small 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper. (See Note 2)
2. In a medium bowl, add the ground chia/flax seeds and water (you can grind up the chia seeds in a coffee grinder (I use this one)). Allow to sit and thicken for 2-3 minutes.
3. To the bowl, add the ripe banana and mash with the back of a fork until very smooth and all lumps are gone.
4. Add in coconut sugar and plant-based milk. Then sift in cacao powder. Mix until combined. (If you don't have a sifter, just mix until all cacao powder lumps are gone.)
5. Next, fold in the almond flour, oat flour, pink salt, baking powder, baking soda, and chocolate chips. Optional: Melt 1 Tbs. chocolate chips with ¼ tsp. coconut oil and mix into the brownie batter. The batter will be thick!
6. Pour brownie batter into a parchment-lined baking dish and top with raspberries or any berry of choice (fresh or frozen). Top with additional chocolate if desired too.
7. Bake at 350 F. for 35-40 minutes until the top of the brownies are set and a toothpick comes out with a little fudginess.
8. Cool for 10-20 minutes. They will retain shape better when cooled completely, but straight out of the oven are gooey and delicious! Serve with dairy-free ice cream or coconut whipped cream. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
- The reason I added the melted chocolate is to increase the fudge factor of these brownies. Totally optional, but highly recommended!
- This recipe makes 9 smaller-sized brownies. I used a 2-quart size baking dish and just didn’t use the whole dish for the brownie batter. It filled half of the pan and the other half I just left empty. This ensured that I would still get a thick brownie. So feel free to use whatever size baking dish you have. Just note that the thickness of the brownies might change the bake time.
- Make sure your banana is VERY ripe. This ensures it will be sweet and the banana flavor will not be as strong. You can also use 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce instead.
- I have not tested this recipe with a regular egg. They should turn out equally delicious with slightly more fluff to them. Please let me know if you make them with an egg so I can add it to the recipe notes 🙂
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Serving Size:1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 7.3gCarbohydrates: 34.8gNet Carbohydrates: 30.7gFiber: 4.1gSugar: 25.8gProtein: 3.8g
These are AMAZING!! Sooo gooey and soft!
Awh I am so glad you loved them, Ashlyn! They’re one of my favorites too! 🙂