3-Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Brownies Recipe

3 ingredient healthy chocolate brownies

Healthy sweet potato chocolate brownie recipe that’s easy, foolproof, full of fibre and loaded with nutrition. It’s moist and fudgy with a rich deep dark chocolate flavour but not too bitter with sweet almonds and sweet potato.

There’s more nutrition in a slice of these healthy chocolate brownies than many people have in a day!

Sweet potoato almond brownie

This brownie recipe is suitable for vegan, plant-based, paleo, gluten-free and general healthy whole food diets. To make totally sugar free and keto chocolate brownies make with a chocolate that is sweetened with a keto sweetener such as xylitol.

My healthy chocolate brownie contains no flour or butter but instead, ground almonds and sweet potato are used to give a brownie with great texture. This also means it’s high in protein and low in saturated fat.

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I was planning on calling these no-bake chocolate brownies but I really wanted to bake the sweet potato rather than steam as it’s way easier and more flavourful. With baking, just prick it, bake and then scoop out the insides. Baking makes the sweet potato cook in its own juices and is not too wet like boiling or steaming will.

Easy healthy Brownies

There no need to heat your bowl while making these sweet potato chocoalte brownies as the residual heat from the sweet potato is enough to melt. If you are left with any lumps its actually a good thing as they are lumps of chocolate!

Chocolate healthy brownie stack

As this is a healthy chocolate brownie recipe I’m using an 84% dark chocolate bar that is low in sugar. You can get sugar-free chocolate bars sweetened with xylitol to make it totally sugar-free, I’m fine with a small amount of sugar that will be mixed with lots of fibre and heart-healthy fats so will be absorbed slowly.

As this is a vegan site I use dark chocolate that’s free of butter oil and palm oil as these are creeping into dark chocolate as cheap replacements for cacao butter. Do always choose a high-quality chocolate to make these brownies to avoid inferior grade cocoa beans and cheap padders.

a handful of easy healthy brownies

Use your favourite chocolate you like to make these brownie recipes. Some that are less keen on dark chocolate have made it with a sweeter chocolate that has more sugar and rice to be a vegan alternative to milk chocolate.

You could just add 1/3 cacao powder, sweetener (like maple or date) and fat (cacao or coconut butter) into the brownie batter instead of block chocolate. That would obviously make it not a 3 ingredient brownie recipe anymore but it would be less processed.

Fresh healthy chocolate brownies with sweet potato and almond

A high-quality dark chocolate often contains natural vanilla so no need to add any to this gluten free brownie recipe, unless you want extra!

Another great thing about this vegan recipe is that you can eat it before setting to check the flavour and adust. Think of this healthy brownie recipe as a base to add any extras you like such as dried cherries or chilli pepper.

No bake healthy brownies

Nut-free Adaptation

I’m using ground almonds in this recipe to make it easy with accessible ingredients. If you want to make this nut free then you can either; grind some sunflower seeds, use buckwheat flour or blend desiccated coconut for a few minutes to make finer.

Blend your seeds in a small spice / coffee grinder or bullet device.

simple healthy brownies

Yams or Sweet Potatoes?

I use the orange-fleshed sweet potato for this. Some people in the US do call these yams as they were called this to distinguish between the white flesh varieties when first introduced from the Caribbean. But orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are not a yam and these days have to be labelled as sweet potato in the US. A real yam is a tough and fibrous root that only looks similar from the outer flesh.

3 Ingredient Healthy Brownies Recipe - easy sweet potato chocolate brownies made from just a few ingredients and loaded with good stuff. This vegan recipe is foolproof to make and naturally gluten free

Sweet Potato and Almond 3-Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Brownies

  • Total time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 9 healthy brownies
  • Calories: 120 cal
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  • 2 medium Sweet Potatoes, about 11oz / 300g  with skin on
  • 1 cup / 120g Ground Almonds
  • 4.4 oz / 125g Dark Chocolate


  1. Top and tail the sweet potatoes, prick and bake at 430F / 220C for 40 minutes.
  2. Once cool enough to handle scoop out the hot flesh and mix with the chocolate and almonds.
  3. Press sweet potato brownie mixture into a square dish about 8″ then chill for an hour to set.
  4. Cut into squares and enjoy the healthy chocolate brownie. Store in the fridge where it will last for 5 days.
  5. Don’t throw away the skin – the best thing with baking is you get a chefs treat of the nutrient-dense skins! You can bake the skins for a few minutes to make really crispy.

Equipment: Oven and dish

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17 thoughts on “3-Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Brownies”

  1. Just made these and WOW! They are absolutely delicious. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but they smooth and fudgy. Use the best chocolate you can find. I might add walnuts and cranberries the next time. 😋

    1. Thanks for sharing, that’s great to hear! That sounds like great additions – I think of this as just a base recipe to add any extras or toppings that you like 🙂

  2. Hi, these brownies look delicious! I am just about to make them. Can I use Cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate?

  3. Just made these. Extremely easy recipe and the result is great! Very flavourful, especially if you use good quality chocolate. Definitely a keeper. I might try flavoured chocolate next time…

    1. Thanks Lan that’s great to hear! I agree – think of this recipe as a base to add any flavours or twists to it, I like a bit of orange juice and zest in it to make chocolate orange

    1. Hello, maybe try adding some more chocolate? As my recipes are all high in natural produce they can vary alot. Although if it doesn’t set it will still taste great!

    1. Ah yes that will be why – it needs to be actual chocolate as it has the cocoa butter and powder so will set. Should still taste good but might needs some sweetener

  4. ☹️ I assumed healthy brownies meant no added sugar and to use unsweetened chocolate. Not tasty at all. Bitter; however, that is probably because I used no sweetener.

    1. Hi there, for the recipe I’m using 85% cacao chocolate not unsweetened. If you use something with no sweetness it will be quite bitter, do read the rest of the article and there are hints and tips and talking about the recipe. Just pour some maple syrup or similar on top to sweeten it up 🙂 Hope you get on better next time

  5. I’m guessing date syrup as the sweetener and cocoa powder would work also but as stated I guess it would firm up like a fudge but I guess some melted coconut oil would replace cocoa butter and if chilled it would firm up. Great idea for Christmas brownies especially if nuts and dried cherries were added. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Dolly sounds like that would all work – do adjust and add things as you like. As long as it sets in the fridge it should work great

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