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Delicious Chocolate Brownies with a Healthy Twist

I have literally just eaten two more of these Healthy Chocolate Brownies and I am counting down the minutes to put the kids into bed so I can eat another one. Is that bad? Hmmm. Maybe. I am also counting down the minutes as husband has jetted off to New Zealand for a weekend of fun with friends and I am solo parenting but that is another story. But back to these chocolate brownies.

They are AMAZE friends! And I just know these Healthy Chocolate Brownies will also be a huge hit with your family. Because: a. chocolate and b. deliciousness – but they also are a healthier option. It’s a win/win people!

Healthy Chocolate Brownies

I am always looking for ways I can sneak a bit of extra nutrition into my kids and reduce discretionary sugars. And I made these Healthy Chocolate Brownies with this in mind. They are lower in sugar than your traditional brownie.

These Healthy Chocolate Brownies only contain 1/3 cup of maple syrup and 50g of dark chocolate chips along with a banana as sweeteners. And if you compare this with the traditional 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 200g of chocolate that is normally added to brownies you will see this is a big reduction in sugar!

The addition of wholemeal flour and zucchini also boosts the nutrient content of these Healthy Chocolate Brownies. And don’t worry, you can barely see the zucchini and you definitely cannot taste it!

If you love healthier versions of baking why not try my delicious Healthy Banana Bread – completely refined sugar free and only sweetened with fruit.

Healthy Chocolate Brownies I just love how these Healthy Chocolate Brownies make a fabulous Christmas plate!

Chocolate Brownie Christmas Trees

  1. After baking your Healthy Chocolate Brownies, allow them to cool. Then with a sharp knife, cut the brownie into thirds width-ways.
  2. Cut the thirds into isosceles triangles (you will get around 5 triangles per third), trimming the edges if required. The base of the triangle should be around 5cm wide. You will have some left over brownie from the ends. These are for you to test 😉
  3. Decorate your Christmas Tree Brownies with piped green icing (I beat 100g softened butter with 1 1/4 cup of icing sugar, 1 tsp milk and a few drops of green icing together to make a delicious buttercream icing) and top with sprinkles and a candy star.

Also a tip for you if you do not have a piping bag, just put the icing into a small zip lock bag, seal the bag and cut a small hole in one of the lower corners. Works a treat!

Healthy Chocolate Brownies make delicious Christmas Desserts

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Healthy Chocolate Brownies

Delicious Chocolate Brownies with a Healthy Twist

  • Author: Bernadette - Goodie Goodie Lunchbox
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 15 generous slices 1x


These Healthy Chocolate Brownies are a healthier take on a chocolate brownie. They have lower sugar than a traditional brownie and are made with wholemeal flour and has zucchini added for a nutritious boost.


  • 125g butter melted
  • 100g (one large) extra ripe banana mashed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sifted cocoa
  • 100g (1 medium) grated zucchini
  • 1/3 cup (50g) dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cup (150g) wholemeal flour
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder


  1. Preheat your oven to 175c and grease and line a 27.5cm x 17.5cm x 3.5cm slice pan
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave and allow to cool slightly
  3. In a large bowl mash the banana until it forms a smooth paste with no lumps
  4. Add in the butter, maple syrup, vanilla and eggs and whisk thoroughly together
  5. Add the sifted cocoa into the bowl and whisk the mixture thoroughly to combine
  6. Mix in the zucchini and chocolate chips and then fold through the flour and baking powder until just combined
  7. Spread into the prepared slice pan and bake at 175c for around 15 minutes or until the brownie is just cooked through and the top bounces back when lightly touched and a skewer inserted comes out mostly clean.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan before removing and cutting into portions.

healthy chocolate brownie christmas trees

If you are looking for other festive, low-sugar baking check out these delicious Low Sugar Chocolate Rudolph Cookies or these Festive Spiced Cookies. This Healthy Christmas Party Food blog post is full of fantastic ideas and inspiration.

I hope you love these Healthy Chocolate Brownies as much as my family do! As always, if you are baking, please share your pics with me on Instagram or Facebook.

Happy baking,

Bernadette x

Healthy Chocolate Brownies


  1. I make these frequently in our house, it’s a great way to get my non vegetable eating son to get some vegetables in him. We don’t hide the fact it’s in there and he’s happy to eat his chocolate brownies. They freeze really well, so I cut in lunchbox size squares and have on rotation frequently. Thanks for another fab recipe Bernadette!

  2. AH-MAZING! Thankyou! We have a little type 1 diabetic in the house so we really appreciate recipes that are a little less than the usual recipe. I used sugar free maple syrup which lowers the total carbohydrates in this recipe. Still tastes really yummy and he can have 1 or 2 pieces without feeling too guilty ❤️ Plus the added bonus of getting in some veg!

  3. Hi are these goey or more spongey

    • Bernadette

      They are more cake like than overly gooey – though this depends on how long you bake them for. Bernadette x

  4. Great recipe. I would however recommend to please consider using canola oil instead of butter. 125g of canola oil has less than 10g of saturated fat, whereas the same amount of butter has overe 60 g. When you take into consideration we should be having no more than 20-25g total in our diet to protect ourselves from heart disease, it makes a big difference, with little influence on texture and flavour.

    • Thanks for your feedback. You can definitely substitute with oil – my preference is extra virgin olive oil – if you would like to reduce the fat content in this recipe. Bernadette x

  5. My son is allergic to banana. What would you recommend as a substitute please?

  6. I just made those delicious brownies and they are absolutely fantastic! My son loves them! Thanks

  7. Lizzie Yorke

    Yummy yummy in my tummy!! I mean the kids tummy’s!! 🤣 thank you these are devine.

  8. Hi! Have you tried freezing these yet?

  9. Do you think they will come good if i substitute the flour to gf one ?

    • I haven’t actually baked a lot with gluten free flour but I would think they should work. Let me know how you go! Bernadette x

  10. My kids are going to love this one, especially the Christmas trees! Great job Bernadette!

  11. Love the idea of hiding the veg, such a great idea! Healthy brownies means I can eat more! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. These are soooooo delicious looking Bernadette!! I absolutely LOVE how you have made them into Christmas Trees as well, that is very creative of you. Yum, I am so going to try these!!

  13. Oh my, these brownies look sooooo good! I love that you used both bananas and zucchinis, it is so original! And those little christmas trees are adorable 🙂

  14. What a clever idea to put zucchini in these! That would make them lovely and moist 🙂 Sounds like a great recipe!

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