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Chocolate-Free Carob Brownies

Chocolate-Free Carob Brownies

Prep: 5 min
Cook: 35 min
Total: 40 min
Servings: 9

That's right, chocolate-free brownies! We use carob powder to replace chocolate and use whole food ingredients to create these wonderfully decadent, but healthy, and gluten-free, whole foods brownies. Perfect for those watching their weight, are caffeine-free, or on a restrictive diet.

Author Every Vegan Recipe
by Every Vegan Recipe
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: Sheet of Brownies (9 Servings)
Needed Kitchenware: Mixing bowls, 8x8 or 9x13 baking dish, oven
  • ⅔ cup whole rice flour
  • 4 tbsp + 2 tsp potato starch
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • ¼ cup chickpea/garbanzo bean flour
  • ¾ cup coconut or date sugar
  • ⅔ cup carob powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1⅔ cup unsweetened applesauce (We used White Leaf Provisions)
  • 7 tbsp water
Recipe Directions


  • Preheat oven to 325°F or 160°C.
  • Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Now add the applesauce and water to the bowl and whisk well to combine.
  • Pour into your baking dish. If you wish to have tall brownies as shown, use a 8x8 inch baking dish. For shorter brownies, use 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • Bake for 35 minutes for 8x8 and 32 minutes for 9x13. Allow to cool before cutting, enjoy!

Potato starch is the same thing as potato flour. Tapioca starch is the same thing as tapioca flour.

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Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: Sheet of Brownies
Servings: 9
Information per serving:
Energy: 175 kcal
Carbohydrate: 45.4 g
Protein: 1.7 g
Fiber: 4.1 g
Sugar: 24.2 g
Fat: 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 0.1 g
Omega-3: 0 g
Omega-6: 0.1 g
Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 10 mg 2% DV
Folate: 15.1 µg 4% DV
A: 0.8 IU 0% DV
B1: 0 mg 4% DV
B2: 0.1 mg 5% DV
B3: 0.5 mg 4% DV
B5: 0.1 mg 3% DV
B6: 0.1 mg 8% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 0.5 mg 1% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 0.2 mg 1% DV
K: 0.5 µg 1% DV
Calcium: 33.3 mg 3% DV
Copper: 0.1 mg 10% DV
Iron: 0.7 mg 4% DV
Magnesium: 13.7 mg 4% DV
Manganese: 0.2 mg 13% DV
Phosphorus: 27.7 mg 4% DV
Potassium: 129.7 mg 3% DV
Selenium: 2.5 µg 5% DV
Sodium: 110 mg 7% DV
Zinc: 0.2 mg 3% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Where possible, we use non-fortified ingredients to calculate the nutrition. We do not include optional ingredients. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

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Chocolate-Free Carob Brownies

We used only the best ingredients to create a great chocolate-free brownie alternative that was also fat-free, gluten-free, oil-free, salt-free, and caffeine-free. This recipe was developed specifically for those following a restrictive health diet or for those who wish to detox from adrenaline or dopamine addiction by using a chocolate alternative like carob powder.

What is Carob?

The carob tree, a flowering evergreen native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, grows up to 50 feet tall and produces edible legume fruit pods.

Carob is typically used as a chocolate substitute in cooking using carob powder/flour, which is made from the dried, roasted, and finely ground carob pods. Compared to chocolate, carob is naturally sweet, does not have any caffeine content, is around 1/3 of the calories, is higher in calcium, is cholesterol free, and has zero fat. Carob on its own is also high in antioxidant content and fiber. Great for people on caffeine-free diets and safe for children! And while not a nutritional choice for animals, it's safe for both dogs and cats to accidentally or moderately eat compared to chocolate.

Carob requires minimal amounts of rain, is not very labor intensive, does not require post-harvest fermentation, and does not have any issues with child labor human rights violations (unlike chocolate). Per year, 125kg can be harvested from a mature carob tree vs 1.5kg cocoa beans from a mature cocoa tree.

Did you know? In days gone by, jewelers used the uniform weight of the seeds of the carob tree (200mg) to measure the weight of gold and gems, and called it a "carat." The "carat" takes its name from the Greek word for a carob seed, keration, via the Arabic word, qīrāṭ.

But what does it taste like? It has its own unique flavor but can be described as tasting like sweetened dark chocolate. It might be a required taste or you might love it the first time you try it!

How to Serve Carob Brownies?

We like them best straight out of the pan for a snack or dessert. Reheat the brownie and top with ice cream or use the brownie crumbled up as a topping for banana ice cream!

What's the Texture Like?

These brownies are cakey with a fudgy finish. If you bake these in a larger baking dish, they'll turn out more fudgy than cakey.

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