There is something about a fresh-out-of-the-oven brownie that is irresistible. Like, I dare you to try not to eat one. Unfortunately for us brownie addicts, recent studies (aka my waistline) show that consuming mass quantities of fresh baked brownies is indeed fattening. Lucky for us, there are hundreds of healthy alternatives to traditional brownies. You can substitute sugar and oil for healthier ingredients like applesauce, bananas, and maple syrup. Some healthy brownie recipes even pack in a full serving of veggies such as zucchini, spinach, avocado, and carrot. In honor of National Brownie Day, here are ten delicious semi-healthy brownie recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without forcing you to buy a new pair of (bigger) jeans.

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies via The Yummy Life

dark chocolate zucchini brownies

These brownies only look super decadent and caloric. Made with zucchini, low-fat yogurt, and whole wheat pastry flour, these brownies are much healthier than traditional brownies. Topped with pecans, these brownies provide healthy fats and a bunch of omega 3s.

Carrot Cake Brownies via Crazy For Crust


Carrot cake and brownies combine to make this delicious dessert. Gooey, sweet, and just a little bit spicy, these carrot cake brownies are absolutely to die for. This recipe uses wholesome ingredients like carrots and low fat cream cheese to make a perfect treat.

Paleo Brownies via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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These clean paleo brownies are a great sweet treat. This recipe uses almond flour, raw honey, and unsweetened almond milk to make a perfectly gooey, chocolatey delight! Try adding fresh strawberries to the top of this brownie for a dessert everyone will love (and devour).

Avocado Brownies via How Sweet It Is

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The creamy texture of avocado lends itself beautifully to this brownie recipe. To top it off, we’ve got rich creamy avocado frosting! This recipe uses dark chocolate, avocado oil, and unsweetened cocoa powder to create perfectly sweet brownies. Try garnishing these brownies with shaved dark chocolate or mini dark chocolate chunks.

Skinny Fudge Brownies via Back For Seconds

skinny fudge brownies

Complete with a skinny butterscotch drizzle, these healthier fudge brownies are great when you’re craving something fudgy and sweet. This recipe uses pumpkin puree, Splenda, and cocoa powder to create a brownie that isn’t loaded with sugar and oil. Try sprinkling the brownies with a little sea salt for a sweet and salty finish.

Carrot Brownies via Crunchy Creamy Sweet

carrot brownies

These brownies are secretly healthy and not so secretly amazing. This recipe packs in a whole serving of carrots so you can trick your kids into getting their veggies! Try using low-fat cream cheese to help save some calories and opt for dark chocolate chips for a boost of antioxidants.

Zucchini Brownies via The Girl Who Ate Everything


In order to keep this recipe healthy, Christy of ‘The Girl Who Ate Everything’ uses whole wheat flour, applesauce, zucchini, and unsweetened cocoa powder. The zucchini helps make these brownies dense and rich without a whole bunch of oil and butter. Try adding dark chocolate chips to make these brownies even more delicious.

Chocolate Flourless Avocado Brownies via Heather’s French Press


Not only are these brownies healthy, they’re flourless! This recipe uses dark chocolate, avocado, eggs, and almond meal to create a brownie-like texture without using any flour. These brownies are perfect for anyone with a gluten intolerance!

Spinach and Carrot Brownies via Mama’s Weeds

spinach and carrot brownies

Spinach and carrots are no longer just vegetables you serve as side dishes. Thanks to this ingenious recipe, you can enjoy your favorite dessert and have a full serving of vegetables at the same time. These brownies are made with unsweetened cocoa powder, eggs, spinach and carrots. You could use dark chocolate to make this recipe even healthier.

Peppermint Brownies via Bakeaholic Mama

peppermint brownies

Just in time for the holidays, these recipes are sure to be a crowd pleaser. The combination of mint and chocolate is so satisfying and so delicious, these brownies will definitely hit the spot. Try serving these with a nice cup of hot cocoa.

What’s your favorite brownie recipe?

Carlie is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a communication major and psychology minor with a focus in interpersonal communication. She loves working out and being outside. She also loves to cook and experiment making delicious recipes and favorite foods healthier. Her guilty pleasure is watching cartoon movies (Despicable Me is probably her favorite). Her absolute two favorite foods are peanut butter and frozen yogurt. Someday she would love to write for a food magazine or a fitness magazine. Email her with any questions about the site.