Vegan, Gluten Free and Delicious Brownie? Yes, Please!

December 21, 2016

This holiday season, try to skip the sugary cakes and choose homemade, healthy and delicious treats. We’ve got a special recipe for you! Gluten-free, sugar-free, egg-free brownie recipe and YES it is still super delicious.


What’s amazing about these healthy brownies is that they are very high in protein and fiber- 1 piece has 12 grams of protein and 9 grams of
fiber! This will help you feel full for a longer period of time and will definitely curb our sugar cravings during the holiday season.  


This post is written by Rola Ghaddar, US registered Dietitian and Nutritionist at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon. Check out the recipe of our favorite healthy brownies below. 


Number of Servings:

12 Pieces


Preparation & Cooking time:

55 minutes



For the brownies: 

  • 1 cup of gluten-free quick oats
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups kidney or black beans (canned or cooked)
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut or olive oil
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips


For the frosting:

  • 18 tbsp. low fat Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the decoration:

  • 12 strawberries 



For the brownies 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C and grease a 9×9 brownie pan with coconut oil or non-stick spray.
  2. Blend the oats until they form a “flour” consistency.
  3. Blend in the baking soda and sea salt.
  4. Rinse the black beans very well and shake off the excess water (This makes your brownies not taste like beans!)
  5. Add the rinsed beans, honey, melted coconut oil, and cocoa powder into a food processor.
  6. Blend until all the ingredients are creamy and smooth.
  7. Place in pan and spread out with a spoon and top with chocolate chunks/chips.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes and leave to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before slicing and serving
  9. Make sure to not over-bake! (Keep an eye on them—cooking time can vary wildly.)


For the frosting:

Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.

How to make healthy frosting

Healthy Frosting

For the decoration: 

  1. Cut the brownies in a square form 
  2. Spread the frosting on top
  3. Add a strawberry on top as indicated in the picture below to have a festive-like shape
Healthy Christmas Brownies

Healthy Christmas Brownies

Nutrition Facts:

Per piece: Calories 252, Fat 6.7 g, Saturated Fat 1.8 g, Carbohydrates 38.4 g, Dietary Fiber 9.0 g, Sugars 3.0 g, Protein 12.1 g 


For more healthy recipes check out our blogs. You can also attend our next healthy desserts workshop, make sure to contact us on 76031638, 01788425 or to book your spot. 

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Rola Ghaddar

US Registered Dietitian at Healthy Happy Us
Her smile, positive energy and optimism are transferred to the people around her. She always has ways to motivate you to achieve your health goals! She has a passion for nutrition education and she is bound to make your healthy living journey a fun learning experience. Her extensive experience with NGOs and Syrian refugees allows her to comfortably communicate, counsel, and educate people from different backgrounds and age groups. Her patience is incomparable, as she's always ready to answer all her client’s inquiries.
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