Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies w/ Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting

Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies w/ Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting

Oh yes.  Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting…

Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting

… Are you craving dessert yet??

The past few days I have been teasing about a healthy brownie recipe on Instagram that is out of this world!  The brownies have no flour, no added sugars, and no oils except for the scant amount of coconut oil I recommend greasing the pan with before baking.  This brownie recipe is perfect on its own, but I thought I would kick it up another notch by making a light ‘frosting’ that takes this sweet and healthy(er) dessert to a whole other level.

Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting

The brownie recipe, which could also be classified as a sheet cake in my opinion, is actually adapted from this recipe from Lindsay for Sweet Potato Brownies.  I liked the simple ingredients and the no flour and no added sugar concept of her recipe, but lo and behold, there were no sweet potatoes in sight when I went to bake.  So what do you do in a situation like this when you want to make Sweet Potato Brownies, but with no sweet potatoes?  You improvise, of course!

Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies w/ Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt 'Frosting'

Although using a potato was out of the question, I went for the next tried and true orange produce I could think of and knew would be stocked in my pantry, pumpkin puree!  I also kept the date concept Lindsay suggested in place of sugar because I thought it was not only an ingenious and all-natural way to sweeten up the recipe, but it also added the perfect amount of moisture to the dish as well.  Sometimes when baking healthy treats without oils, the baked good can turn out really dry, but I found that using dates kept the batter from drying out while baking.  Genius!  I also replaced the applesauce with plain Greek yogurt since it was what I had on hand.

Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies w/ Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt 'Frosting'

Along with the lightened-up brownie recipe came a frosting that literally is the ‘icing on the cake,’ or so to speak.  By using plain Greek yogurt as my base, I added in cocoa powder, Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips, and Nutella for even more chocolate flavor and to sweeten it up a bit.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Feel free to make the brownies alone, but the Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting really does complete this special treat!

Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies w/ Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt 'Frosting'

Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies with Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting

Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies - No flour! No added sugars! No oils!  Simply healthy and delicious!

Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies:

Ingredients

1 cup dates

1 cup pumpkin puree

½ cup peanut butter

2 eggs

1/3 cup cocoa powder

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

½ tsp cinnamon

½ cup dark chocolate chips (I recommend using Ghiradelli!  I have yet to find a better chip!)

Flourless Chocolate Brownies with Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a high powered blender, place all ingredients except chocolate chips.  Blend until batter is combined and smooth.

Brownie Batter

Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan using coconut oil or cooking spray, and pour in batter.

Coconut Oil

Flourless Chocolate Brownies

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and bake 15 minutes.

Brownie Batter

Serve warm with a little ice cream on top, or with Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting!

Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting:

Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting - Made with Plain Greek Yogurt, Nutella, Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Chips, and Cocoa Powder!

Ingredients

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

½ cup Nutella

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.  Spread frosting on top of a batch of Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies, or take a spoon and eat all on its own for a chocolate yogurt dessert!

Conversation Time.

  • Which chocolate dessert do you prefer: Cake or Brownies?
  • What are your thoughts on frosting?  Are you more of a cake girl, or do you prefer the icing?
  • Do you follow recipes perfectly, or do you tend to improvise when needed?

 

Comments

  1. Yum! I am always looking at ways to fix my sweet tooth, but keep my nutrition high for my training. The smallest of healthy eating changes can make a huge difference at my level of running, that can be the difference between qualifying for a championship and not!

    I have used dates in bars before, but not brownies! These look wonderful! Cant wait to try :)
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Hey Tina! I am the same way when it comes to sweets. I absolutely love indulging in the ‘real’ thing, but I don’t always love the after effects that sugar has on my body like lethargy, stomach aches and headaches!I am not competitive with fitness at all, but even ‘regular’ people like me can benefit from a healthier treat every now and then too! :)

  2. I really need to try pumpkin pureein baking. Can you taste the pumpkin? These brownies look so amazing!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I use pumpkin puree all the time in baking, and you seriously can’t taste it at all… Unless you want to in recipes for pumpkin bread, etc. I think the cocoa powder really covers up the pumpkin in this dish!

  3. holy yum!!! i’m definitely a frosting lover!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh yes, me too! When I am at weddings and birthdays I always like to have the end piece of the cake so the frosting to cake ratio is 3:1! Lol! :)

  4. Oooooh,these look amazing! I’ve made the sweet potato version before and loved them, so now I’m going to have to make these. ;)
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks so much Claire! I want to make the sweet potato brownies eventually too, so glad you enjoyed them! :)

  5. Those look amazing. I’d pick brownies over cake any day. YUM!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I love a good rich brownie too! Nothing is better to me than a fresh out of the oven Ghiradelli brownie topped with ice cream… It is my very favorite!
      Not going to lie though, I don’t mind a good piece of cake too, ha! ;)

  6. I adore the fact that there is NO FLOUR in this mix!!! I am impressed that it held together too :)
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh I know! I think it has a lot to do with the dates when it comes to holding the bars together. Also, the cocoa powder almost acts like a flour consistency so I am sure that helps too! :)

  7. These look incredible! AND so simple! I’m not a fan of Nutella- is the taste prominent in the frosting?
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks so much Kim! You really can’t taste the nutella at all, I just liked using it because it was a simple way to add more chocolate and a little sugar to sweeten it up. Do you like Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams? You could substitute that just fine! Or Trader Joe’s makes a dark chocolate almond spread that could work as well. :)

  8. Ok wait, so now flour, how do they rise? Maybe that’s a question I should know? Also, what would be the good part about having no flour? Educate me! :) They look absolutely delicious, so I’m willing to jump on board regardless!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      You asked some great questions girl! ;) The baking powder + baking soda combination helps the bars to rise so even without flour, they resemble a cake-like/brownie-like consistency when they come out of the oven. Also, the whole no flour thing just makes them a bit healthier. I know too much flour, especially white or enriched, can hurt my stomach so substituting out flour when I can really helps me to feel more energized! You could easily add in some whole wheat flour or oat flour to the recipe if you wanted to though. I know that flourless chocolate cake is one of my favorite desserts though because it is super dense and rich tasting! :)

  9. Wow! These look absolutely amazing. Brownies are one of my very favorite desserts. I love when they are just a couple of minutes undercooked with a scoop of ice cream. :)
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Diane, that is so sweet of you! :) Ahh, you are a woman after my own heart in your brownie preferences! Hot out of the oven, a little undercooked, and served a la mode is just how I like my brownies as well! :)

  10. must try with coconut milk yogurt!! This looks divine!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh awesome! Great idea girly! You could also replace the yogurt in the brownies with applesauce if you wanted and make them without the frosting. I have tried both ways and each are yum! :)

  11. Are you KIDDING me?! These look AMAZING! YUM. I’m all about brownies and frosting. I eat cake FOR the frosting. ;)
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh thanks girl! Come over and we’ll chat and eat brownies all day, sound good?! :)

      Agreed, brownies + frosting = love, but I will eat cake for the frosting too lol!

  12. These look amazing! I’m a brownie lover for sure. Yum yum!
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  13. I’m definitely a brownie girl and these ones look scrumptious! Have you tried Black Bean brownies? They’re my favorite non-traditional brownies. I’ll have to try these though to decide which is better…and then I’ll have to make the sweet potato version too, just to be sure :)
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  14. These brownies look heavenly! I would have never thought to use pumpkin and dates as the base, but that sounds so tasty. Thanks for the recipe and cannot wait to try!

  15. these look delish! question- what kind of dates to you use. Whole & pitted or ones that are already chopped? Hope to make these soon! :)

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Hey Jackie! I use whole pitted and then just add them into my blender where they get chopped up. However, if your blender isn’t quite as high powered, you may want to chop them up a bit before adding to the blender!

  16. I’m making these tomorrow night! So excited! Go to sub out the yogurt for the new SoDelicious coconut yogurt. Was your greek yogurt that you used plain?
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