Healthier Cosmic Brownies (vegan + gluten free)

Megan
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These homemade Healthier Cosmic Brownies are moist, nostalgic & delicious. Made with better-for-you ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free & refined sugar-free.

These homemade Healthier Cosmic Brownies are moist, nostalgic & delicious. Made with better-for-you ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free & refined sugar-free.

OMG…this might be one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever created. Cosmic brownies were my absolute favorite growing up. My mom rarely let me have them, but whenever I got my hands on them, I was ecstatic. I’ve been on a nostalgic kick lately, recreating healthier versions of all of my favorite childhood snacks: Samoas, Nutter Butters, Kit Kats, Snickers, Twix… wow, naming them off I realize I was a bit of a junk food junkie LOL. Well, at least now I’m indulging in healthier versions of them, right? Okay, back to these copycat cosmic brownies. They’re moist, fudgy, sweet, chocolate-y and DELICIOUS.

These homemade Healthier Cosmic Brownies are not only incredibly delicious, but they are also guilt-free, meaning you can enjoy them without any worry. They are made with simple, better-for-you ingredients, so you can indulge in them without sacrificing your health goals. They are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free. You’re probably thinking… what could these things be made from? LOL. Well, let’s get into that…

These homemade Healthier Cosmic Brownies are moist, nostalgic & delicious. Made with better-for-you ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free & refined sugar-free.

Healthier Cosmic Brownies Ingredients

• Almond Flour – this helps create that super soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture. 

Cocoa Powder – to add chocolate flavor.

• Cashew Butter – any nut butter will work, but I find that cashew butter has the most mild flavor so it won’t affect the taste too much, as opposed to peanut butter which would make them taste like peanuts. Make sure to use a runny, all natural nut butter.

• Applesauce – our oil-free substitute that makes these brownies moist!

• Flax Egg – this replaces the egg in traditional brownies and helps bind the ingredients together. To make a flax egg, just mix 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal with 2 1/2 tablespoons hot water.

Coconut Sugar – all natural sweetener.

• Maple Syrup – another all natural sweetener. Agave or honey will also work, but honey will make them non-vegan. 

• Vanilla Extract – to add a depth of flavor.

• Salt – just a pinch to bring out all the flavors.

Baking Powder – to add some fluffiness.

 Vegan Chocolate Chips – I always use the brand Hu Chocolate – it’s made with clean, organic ingredients that are vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. Be sure to use my code BOOBOO for a discount.

Non-Dairy Milk – to make our chocolate ganache for on top of the brownies. Any non-dairy milk will work.

Sprinkles – these sprinkles are dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free and made with all natural color.

These homemade Healthier Cosmic Brownies are moist, nostalgic & delicious. Made with better-for-you ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free & refined sugar-free.

How To Make Healthier Cosmic Brownies

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a 7×11 or 8×8 parchment lined baking dish. Prepare the flax egg by mixing 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed with 2 1/2 tbsp hot water in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the cashew butter, applesauce, flax egg, coconut sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir in the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until combined. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and spread out until it’s even.

3. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

4. Make the chocolate ganache frosting by adding the vegan chocolate chips and non-dairy milk to a bowl. Melt in the microwave and use a spoon to stir. Pour the frosting over the brownies and top with sprinkles. Place in the fridge to let the frosting set. Cut into squares and enjoy!

These homemade Healthier Cosmic Brownies are moist, nostalgic & delicious. Made with better-for-you ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free & refined sugar-free.

If you’re looking for a healthier twist on a beloved classic, these homemade Healthier Cosmic Brownies are the perfect choice. They are moist, delicious, and made with ingredients that you can feel good about. Whether you’re craving a nostalgic treat or simply want to enjoy a guilt-free dessert, these brownies are sure to delight your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Indulge in a piece of heaven without any regrets. These moist and decadent brownies will take you on a nostalgic journey to your childhood, reminding you of the classic cosmic brownies you used to love!

What copycat nostalgic treat should I recreate next? Leave a comment below!

These homemade Healthier Cosmic Brownies are moist, nostalgic & delicious. Made with better-for-you ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free & refined sugar-free.

More Vegan and Gluten Free Recipes You’ll Love:

Healthier Nutter Butter Cookies

No Bake Samoas

No Bake Snickers Bars

Copycat Twix Bars

Healthier Cosmic Brownies (vegan & gluten free)

These homemade Healthier Cosmic Brownies are moist, nostalgic & delicious. Made with better-for-you ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free & refined sugar-free.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 14 -16 brownies
Author: Megan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a 7x11 or 8x8 parchment lined baking dish.
  • Prepare the flax egg by mixing 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed with 2 ½ tbsp hot water in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the cashew butter, applesauce, flax egg, coconut sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and spread out until it's even.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • Make the chocolate ganache frosting by adding the vegan chocolate chips and non-dairy milk to a bowl. Melt in the microwave and use a spoon to stir.
  • Pour the frosting over the brownies and top with sprinkles. Place in the fridge to let the frosting set.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so it should only be used as an approximation.

2 Comments

  • Nea

    October 1, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    5 stars
    Love it! ❤️

    1. Megan

      October 4, 2023 at 8:50 am

      So happy you loved them! Thanks for the comment 🥰

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