This healthy edible brownie batter is chocolatey and smooth, flavorful and tasty. It is also eggless, vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free! Packed with plant based protein it actually makes for a healthy snack 😉 who said brownies can’t be good for you!
What is Edible Brownie Batter?
Okay so there are a couple of ways to describe this recipe. Texture/flavor wise, think of it just like being a batter you’d be making in order to bake a batch of brownies, but then you just stop there and eat the batter instead! It has all of the great flavors of brownies with that lick-the-spoon delicious texture. And it is safe to eat because it is eggless!
This batter has a base of chickpeas, so you could also think of this recipe as similar to a dessert hummus. Have you ever had one? If not I highly recommend trying it. Sweet hummus sounds weird at first I know but it is actually SO GOOD. And just makes for a really great sweet dip you can eat fruit or cookies with or frankly, just eat it off the spoon! I have a chocolate sea salt dessert hummus, salted chocolate pecan dessert hummus, and a banana bread dessert hummus if you want to give those a try!
Ingredients You’ll Need for your Healthy Edible Brownie Batter:
- Chickpeas – this is the base of our edible brownie batter. Chickpeas make a great base because when you blend them, they become really creamy (hence why they are used to make hummus!). Not only are they a great texture, but they also make this a fairly high protein snack.
- Cashew butter – You could probably use any nut butter that you want for this, but I love it with cashew butter. Just make sure your nut butter is one of the drippy kinds. You should be able to get this with any natural nut butter (you want your ingredients to be as minimal as possible, best is if it is just the nuts and maybe a little sea salt!).
- Cocoa powder – to make it chocolatey of course! You could also swap this for cacao powder which has even more nutritional value than cocoa powder. But either will work. I use a dark chocolate unsweetened kind.
- Agave – this is what I use to sweeten the brownie batter, so it is still refined sugar free. I love agave because it is so sweet you don’t need to use a lot of it, but you could sub this for another sticky sweetener like maple syrup if you prefer.
- Cold brew – this is what I am calling the secret ingredient of this brownie batter. Using cold brew as the liquid adds so much depth to the chocolate flavor, and no, it does not make it taste like coffee! It does of course add some caffeine so feel free to use decaf. And if you don’t have cold brew you could certainly use cooled coffee or even espresso.
- Salt – salt is also a key ingredient of any sweet recipe. Which sounds funny I know. But salt also does a great job of adding depth to the other flavors in the recipe, and I always love adding a dash or two!
Tips for the Perfect Healthy Edible Brownie Batter:
- Remove the skins from your chickpeas – Now I KNOW this is one of the most tedious tasks, but I promise you it will be worth it. It makes the texture sooooo much creamier. To do this you just gently squeeze the chickpeas between your thumb and index finger, and the skin will separate from the chickpea really easily.
- Use a quality cocoa powder – trust me, it really does make a world of difference. Especially since this is the main source of our chocolate flavor for this edible brownie batter!
- Use a drippy nut butter – I realize that everyone might not know what I mean when I say this. But it really just means use a natural nut butter, those are all drippy. Unlike a jar of JIF, if you were to take a spoonful of that, it would just stay on the spoon. A drippy nut butter would drip off! 😉
- If you don’t do caffeine – just use decaf coffee or espresso in place of the traditional cold brew! Easy peasy way to make this friendly for those that don’t do caffeine without giving up the great taste (I really think it is the coffee that makes this recipe so great!).
And that is it! If you have any questions that I didn’t address, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, that is what I am here for! You can do so by leaving a comment at the end of this post, or you can always shoot me a DM on Instagram. Happy to help!
In addition to the listed ingredients, you will need:
- a strainer to rinse your chickpeas
- a food processor
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