January 22, 2018
This post is sponsored by Sunsweet. Thank you for supporting the companies that encourage my creativity and work.
For days where you want to pack a healthy treat inside the lunchbox or want a 3 pm snack that packs more nutrition per bite than a handful of crackers, these three-ingredient healthy fudgy brownies do the trick!
I know, the words brownie and healthy don’t usually go together but this recipe is the exception. With my family’s recent participation in MOMables’ Family KickStart Program, where I’ve removed processed foods and sugars for 30 days, my kids and I have been turning to real foods for the nutrition our bodies need throughout the day.
Of course, my kids still ask for a snack and treats and we continue to turn to our favorite natural candy: The Amaz!n Prunes from Sunsweet. If you’ve been a long-time reader (or you just stumbled upon this recipe), you should know that I’ve not only partnered with Sunsweet for a few years now, but my family and I are big fans of this delicious dried fruit.
As you can see from the video below, I practically have to ask my kids to leave enough prunes in the bag for us to make this fun and easy recipe –plus, I’m never short on volunteers to help make these.
My kids typically eat a couple of these sweet, juicy morsels every day. They are the Feel-Good Fruit and offer a good 3 grams of fiber and only 100 calories per serving, making them the right idea for a snack. I also use them quite often to make smoothies like my High Fiber and Protein Smoothie Bowl or an incredibly easy, yet impressive dinner, Chicken with Prunes and Sage. Prunes are very versatile for cooking although often we enjoy them right out of the bag!
The best part is that this recipe is great for both kids and adults. With just three ingredients we are able to provide our bodies with healthy fats, fiber and lots of vitamins and antioxidants. Knowing what we put into our bodies is essential, especially when it comes to taking care of our family. Compared to other dried fruits, Prunes are lower in sugar and have a low glycemic index. In other words, they are digested and absorbed slowly, by the body, which helps to sustain energy over a longer period.
This is one of the main reasons I love packing a couple of healthy fudgy brownies inside my kids’ lunchboxes. While their lunchbox is typically filled with a variety of foods, these add nutrition and provide that sweet treat my kids love to enjoy. Most importantly, I know they are made with real, whole, ingredients that we can all feel good about eating.
They look like a brownie, they taste like a brownie, so it must be a brownie… but better-for-you than traditional brownie recipes.
Plus, making them is so easy! Did you watch the video and noticed how I made them with my 5-year-old? Easy peasy. One thing to consider, however, is making these with nut-free butter if your child goes to a nut-free school. The recipe works great, and it will be safe to eat around kids with nut allergies as well.
Whether you pack these in a lunch box or enjoy with a cup of afternoon coffee, you can feel good about eating these chocolaty, fudgy brownies!
What are some of your favorite healthy treats?
Three Ingredient Healthy Fudgy Brownies
- 1 ½ cups prunes, about 8oz bag
- 1 cup smooth nut butter, or nut-free alternative
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons liquid stevia, optional*
- Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease or spray a mini muffin pan.
- In a food processor, add prunes, nut butter, and cocoa powder and puree until smooth.
- With a cookie scooper, fill each mini muffin cavity with brownie mixture.
- Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow brownie bites to cool down completely prior to serving.