Brownies Recipe Without Chocolate (Super Easy!)

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This Brownies Recipe Without Chocolate is truly the best ever! All you need is one bowl and a few pantry staples to make these fudgy, chewy, and moist brownies. They are easily made from scratch, without chocolate or chocolate chips. Try them once and you will never buy boxed brownie mix again!

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You are going to love this rich, decadent brownies recipe without chocolate. Not only is this recipe delicious, it also super simple and convenient. All you need is 30 minutes and one bowl to mix everything together. Perhaps best of all, it uses ingredients that you most likely already have on hand in your pantry and fridge.

Can Brownies be Included in a Healthy Diet?

In my opinion, yes! Including treat foods like brownies in a healthy, balanced diet can be a good idea if you approach it with moderation and take the overall context of your diet into account. Although brownies may not be packed with nutrients, they can still have their place in a well-rounded eating plan for the following reasons:

  1. Enjoyment and satisfaction: Treating yourself to indulgent foods like brownies can contribute to your overall enjoyment of eating. Food isn’t just about fueling our bodies; it’s also about enjoying what we eat. Including occasional treats can enhance your overall dining experience and help you stick to a sustainable and enjoyable way of eating.
  2. Flexibility and sustainability: Following a rigid and restrictive diet can be challenging to stick with over time. Allowing yourself to enjoy treats like brownies now and then can create a more flexible and sustainable eating plan. This approach makes it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle, without feeling deprived or constantly battling cravings.
  3. Mental well-being: Completely depriving yourself of foods you love, like brownies, can lead to feelings of restriction and dissatisfaction. That’s not conducive to a healthy relationship with food over the long run. Allowing yourself to indulge every so often can promote mental well-being. It also makes it easier to maintain a balanced approach to eating.
  4. Balanced approach: A healthy, balanced diet isn’t about perfection, but about the overall patterns of your eating habits. While brownies may not be the most nutritious option, incorporating them once in a while won’t derail your progress, as long as the majority of your diet consists of wholesome foods.

It’s important to keep in mind that moderation is key. While it’s fine to indulge in brownies from time to time, it is still important to prioritize nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats as the foundation of your diet. By striking a balance and practicing portion control, you can ensure that your indulgent treats don’t overshadow the overall nutritional value of your diet.

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Tips for Brownies Recipe Without Chocolate

Here are a few important things I have learned over time about how to make the best homemade brownies:

  • When lining the baking pan with foil, be sure to leave enough overhang on the sides. That way, you can easily lift the cooked brownie out as a whole before cutting it into smaller pieces.
  • Spread out the brownie batter in an even layer when adding it to the lined pan. This is an important step that helps ensure even baking.
  • Once the brownie is done baking, allow it to cool completely before slicing it. This helps ensure a nice, clean cut and allows the flavor of the brownies to develop even further.

I’m positive that if you use my simple tips above, your brownies will turn out perfect, every single time! 🙂

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Brownies Recipe Without Chocolate (Super Easy!)

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This simple Brownies Recipe Without Chocolate is the best ever! All you need is one bowl to make these chewy and moist brownies from scratch.
Alia Kay
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 155 calories

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal. Grease the foil and set aside.
  • Add the melted butter to a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the cocoa, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until combined.
  • Stir in the flour and salt with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until incorporated.
  • Fold in the walnuts. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 20–25 minutes until set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack.
  • Once cooled, lift the brownies out of the pan using the foil overhang on the sides and cut into squares.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Brownies Recipe Without Chocolate (Super Easy!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
155
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
36
mg
12
%
Sodium
 
73
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
91
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
208
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
0.05
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
14
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

The brownies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Keyword Brownies Recipe Without Chocolate, Brownies Recipe Without Chocolate Chips

This post was originally published on December 15, 2017. It has been updated throughout to reflect new information and helpful content.

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5 from 11 votes (4 ratings without comment)

14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh I love fudgy brownies, the more chocolate in my life the better. 🙂 These look so perfect Alia, and I love how easy your recipe is. And with the crunchy walnuts…even better.

  2. 5 stars
    Should brownies ever not be fudgy!? Haha these look SO good, and you’ve hit the “fudge” factor right on the money!! Pinned!

    1. Hi Katherine! I was reading an article the other day that said people either like their brownies to be fudgy or cakey, and I am definitely on Team Fudgy!! Haha 🙂 Thanks so much my dear!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve been searching for a great go-to basic brownie recipe, and I think this may just be it! Love that it can all be mixed together in one bowl too (I’m always a fan of less dishes!). Adding this to my bookmarks for sure!

    1. Hi Shannon! Oh awesome! This is my all-time favorite brownie recipe, so I think you will like it! Let me know what you think when you do make it! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Your brownies look so fudgy Alia!! Would love to try these! Thanks for the tips on cutting these into such neat squares!

  5. 5 stars
    I love brownies – the fudgier the better, for sure! And I always appreciate a homemade recipe for a pan smaller than 9×13. I like that this is a one-bowl recipe, too – quick and easy. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Laura! I agree – fudgier = better! Yeah it’s definitely nice to make small batches of desserts sometimes! You’re welcome, thanks for your kind words!! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This is the best brownie recipe I have ever made. I’m in love with how easy and simple it is and I also love how customisable it is. I made this two days in a row because my family downed it within a day and kept asking for more! The taste was amazing, the fudginess was impeccable and the crunchiness of the walnuts was perfect, making this the perfect recipe for people who enjoy texture over taste or vice versa or even both!
    Thank you Alia for this amazing recipe- This will be my go-to brownie recipe forever!

    1. Oh my goodness what a lovely comment! Thank you so much, Sanchita. I’m very happy you liked my brownies recipe. Please let me know if you try any of my other recipes!