Healthy Chocolate Orange Brownies (gluten-free, vegan and paleo option)

The best ever gluten-free brownies made vegan and high in protein! These brownies are so dense and fudgy–you would never know that they are naturally sweetened with dates and not refined sugar!

Hello again with another naturally sweetened creation motivated by my obsession with dates!

WARNING: This recipe is highly addictive and you may be tempted to eat the entire batch in one sitting. DON’T DO IT! Take it from me. This recipe is much better enjoyed when you aren’t shoveling the entire pan into your mouth… not like I did that or anything…

Healthy Chocolate Orange Brownies (gluten-free & vegan)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 9

Serving Size: 1 brownie

Calories per serving: 240

Fat per serving: 9g

Carbs per serving: 32g

Protein per serving: 8g

Healthy Chocolate Orange Brownies (gluten-free & vegan)

Unbelievably fudgy brownies made gluten-free, vegan and without using refined sugar!


  • 1 c gluten-free oat flour or almond flour for paleo
  • 32g chocolate protein powder PEScience 30% off code PBCHOCO
  • 1/4 c unsweetened cocao powder
  • 1 tbsp special dark unsweetened cocao powder**
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 c unsalted all natural almond butter
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 c filtered water (2-3 tbsp for paleo version with almond flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • zest of 1/2 an orange
  • orange slices if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350F and prepare 6x6 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place the flour, protein, cocao powders, salt and baking powder into a stand alone mixer and mix until combined.
  • Place the pitted dates, zest, almond butter and melted coconut oil into a food processor and blend until smooth. Dump contents into the stand alone mixer with the dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Add the water and mix until a batter forms. The batter will be very thick almost dough like.
  • Press the batter into the prepared pan, top with orange slices and bake for 17-20 minutes. Don't over bake. Remove and let cool. Place in the fridge for 1 hour before cutting into squares and serving.
  • ENJOY!


1. Be sure to measure coconut oil AFTER melted. 2. If you are using a VEGAN protein, 32 grams may be too much. Use one scoop and compensate the remainder with more flour OR omit protein completely and use 1/4 cup oat or brown rice flour. Be sure to also watch how much water you use. You may not need as much as this recipe calls for. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach a wet dough consistency. 3. Make sure you are using soft, fresh dates. It will make blending them much easier. 4. If you don't have special dark cocao powder, you can sub for more of the regular unsweetened cocao powder.

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