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Brownie Batter Bars

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Ooey, gooey, soft, fudgy, decadent chocolate brownie batter bars…

Brownie Batter Bars

Yes, brownie batter bars

So much better than regular brownie bars… it’s not even a contest!

Trust me, you’ll understand immediately if you make them – these are without a doubt the richest and fudgiest brownie bars you will ever eat in your life.

The recipe is dangerously easy to make, and the brownie batter bars are so deeply delicious and chocolatey, you’ll have a hard time believing you aren’t eating straight-up brownie batter!

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I made the brownie batter bars to celebrate

This is possibly the wildest and most amazing thing that has ever happened to my blog

I keep trying to wrap my mind around it but still can’t believe it’s actually real.

Chocolate Covered Katie Brownies

As of this week, Chocolate Covered Katie is now one of the top 30 cooking websites on the entire internet, including not just food blogs, but also sites run by actual corporations such as Kraft, Pillsbury, and Epicurious. It is so crazy!

And it’s all because of you. If you’ve ever made one of my recipes, or mentioned Chocolate Covered Katie to a friend or relative, or even if you’re just reading this blog for the very first time today, thank you so incredibly much.

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Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars

But let’s get to the real reason you’ve come to this blog – for dessert!

Although this brownie batter bar recipe isn’t quite big enough to feed all of you (Oh how I wish..), it is still a great recipe to feed a crowd.

It’s also easily adaptable to suit many different dietary restrictions, whether you’re looking for a recipe that can be vegan, gluten free, soy free, egg free, dairy free, paleo, or keto friendly.

I served them to a group of friends this past weekend, and the entire tray of brownie batter bars was gone in seconds.

Not that I’m surprised.


Chocolate Brownie Batter Bar Recipe (Vegan, Oil Free, Keto)
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Brownie Batter Bars

These ooey gooey chocolate brownie batter bars are always a hit at parties!
Total Time 14 minutes
Yield 16 – 24 bars
5 from 31 votes


  • 2 cups almond butter or allergy-friendly sub
  • 1 cup applesauce or yogurt, such as coconutmilk yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour, such as oat, white, spelt, sorghum, or almond
  • 1 cup sugar or keto sub (for a refined-sugar-free version, try these Almond Butter Brownies)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional


  • *For peanut butter brownie batter bars, simply sub peanut butter for the almond. You can also use cashew butter, sunflower butter, or even pecan butter. I haven’t tried but think a buttery spread or coconut oil should work – if anyone tries it before I do, definitely let me know how it goes!
    Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment. If nut butter is not soft, gently heat until stir-able. Combine the first four ingredients in a bowl. Stir remaining ingredients in a separate bowl (really stir well, as you don’t want to end up with a clump of baking soda when you take a bite). Pour dry into wet and stir to combine. Smooth into prepared pan. I like to place a sheet of wax or parchment on top and smooth the batter by pressing down. (Remove the sheet before baking.) Bake on the center rack, 14 minutes for “brownie batter” bars – they should look underdone when you remove them. Let cool, then very loosely cover and let the pan sit either on the counter or in the fridge for at least 8 hours, during which time they will firm up without losing their extreme fudginess. (If you’d prefer cake-ier bars to fudgy ones, you can simply bake longer, but I’d still recommend removing before they look completely done, because they continue to firm up as they cool.)
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The recipe was adapted from these Sweet Potato Brownies.

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Published on August 20, 2018

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  1. Reading in Boston says

    Congratulations Katie! Well deserved! I made your healthy doughnuts this weekend with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. My daughter is addicted to your coconut magic bars. And I love to make the pumpkin and broccoli cheese sauce over farro for lunches. I am a diabetic and your recipes have really helped me to find tasty desserts that I can enjoy.

  2. Whitney says

    *Gap!* This post was the perfect way to start a Monday! I must make these after my wedding! Looks like a fantastic breakfast or after-workout snack!
    Congrats, Katie! You deserve it! Your blog really does stand out among the rest of any vegan, or dessert, or healthy bloggers I’ve seen, and it always turns out as my fall-back (or, usually, go-to). Blessings!

  3. jordan @ dancing for donuts says

    these look SO fudgy OMG.

    i have been craving chocolate pretty hard all summer, but i don’t trust myself with a batch of regular brownies…i love that these have some protein in there from the almond butter and yogurt!! must make soon 🙂

  4. Andrea E. says

    I never post comments until AFTER I’ve made the recipe (which I will definitely be doing), but I want to say Congratulations, Katie!! You do a fantastic job, especially important in spreading the good vegan word! As we say in Israel, Kol haKavod! (All the honor/respect) I could not live without the vegan Butterfinger Bars. I wonder if you know whether any other veg sites made it onto the list.

  5. debbie says

    Hello! Please tell me when I put the chocolate chips on top – is it before I bake, or after I bake? Thank you! ♥

  6. Linda Casados says

    Before I make these I have to ask, is the 1 tbsp. baking soda accurate or a typo? 1 tbsp. seems like a lot.

  7. Amanda says

    Congratulations!! I have made so many of your recipes, and your blog is my “go-to” vegan blog! These brownies look to die for.

  8. Cindy says

    Congratulations Katie! I love how healthy your recipes are—it’s so hard to find healthy recipes that also taste good! Your doughnut recipe is my favourite by far but these brownie batter bars look so amazing as well 🙂 Will definitely try this when there’s time in my schedule to bake!

  9. Ginny says

    Yay, Katie! I am ALWAYS telling friends about your recipes and website! Thank you so much for so many GREAT recipes!

  10. Missy says

    This might be a stupid question, but will it work if I halve the recipe into an 8×8? Would heat and time be the same? I tend to have bad luck if I make any deviations, I don’t have the Katie magic, hehe 🙂

    • Missy says

      So I decided just to go for it and try it halved in the 8×8 and baked it at the same temp and time and oh my wow. These brownies are amazing @_@ I was too impatient to wait the full eight hours so it was a bit softer than if I gave it more time and wooooooow. Mind has been blown xD Thanks so much for this recipe ♡

  11. Marlene High says

    First, CONGRATULATIONS! I am not at all surprised. This is a wonderful site.

    Second, THANK YOU for this great recipe. The five-star rating is well deserved.

    I did stir in a cup of chocolate chips (because I can!) and baked it a little longer, but my daughter is a pastry chef and even her husband loved these!

    And I have no pictures because the brownies are already all gone…

  12. Aarti says

    It looks Awesome!!
    Just 2 questions actually;
    1. Can i use normal butter instead of almond butter?
    2. Do you place the choc chips before or after baking?
    Thanks! 🙂

    • Samantha says

      Please let me know if you used normal butter and how they turned out! I was hoping to be able to make them using normal butter as well 🙂

  13. Margaret Sawatzky says

    For the Browie Batter Bars, what’s a good almond butter substitute? I have never bought almond butter, I will have to see where to find it.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Peanut butter works, and then they taste like a reeses peanut butter cup! Or almond butter should be available at most regular grocery stores or Target, at least in the US.

  14. Leigh Snyder says

    These are VERY dark chocolate brownies. My daughter did not care for them. I would recommend these with vanilla ice cream, and maybe a topping, to dilute the intensity of the chocolate. If dark chocolate is to your taste, they may be for you. I used part stevia and part agave for the sweetener. I felt the texture was much more like regular brownies (cake-like) than Katie’s black bean brownies. I will make the black bean brownies again,and again, and likely try some of the other brownie variations. So far I’ve enjoyed and shared (the desserts) from at least 5 of your recipes after happening upon your website only a few weeks ago, while looking for a healthy dessert idea for my Mom’s 86th birthday. I’ve told many people about this website. I want to try your Ryan Reynold’s blondies soon. Thank you!

  15. TeenChef says

    I just made these! I used PB, because….peanut butter. Turned out amazing- they look nice and tast INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

  16. Cassondra Carlson says

    What sweetener is used for the lower sugar/keto version (according to the nutrition facts you posted). My son is a newly diagnosed diabetic so I’m not real familiar with sugar alternatives yet. Thanks

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi Cassondra, I think a lot of Diabetics on this site will use either xylitol or erythritol, but it depends on their own specific needs, so I’d definitely ask his doctor for what would be best for his personal diet!

  17. Pauline says

    I think my oven runs hot. Mine looked a lot dryer than yours, might try to lower the temperature or not bake as long next time? Maybe after I cool them in the refrigerator they will look moister? House does smell wonderful!

  18. Charlene L says

    I love this recipe! I am on keto and craving sweets. My substitutes were almond flour, full fat sour cream instead of applesauce, an erythritol based sugar substitute and a sugar free chocolate chips. I threw in some walnuts for some healthy fats and crunch too!! I will make these for all special occasions I have coming up! Great website!

  19. Ljay says

    HI Katie I have a friend has problem with gluten eggs and Dairy feels very deprived I Googled recipes that are free of these products and found your website made the brownies originally with almond butter wasn’t quite sweet enough using truvia, I noticed the chocolate chips on top made it taste sweeter, I gave a batch to my friend she and her family loved your brownies my husband was not impressed at the beginning however he came back for more and nibbled nibbled and nibbled on the brownies LOL they are addicting I really like the recipe I tried it with peanut butter it was ok not as good as the almond butter I covered the top of brownies completely with chocolate chips made mistake cutting brownies after removing from the refrigerator chips got hard was difficult to cut but when I left it out for a while it was much better looking forward to trying your other recipes ? can you tell me which brand of almond butter and peanut butter you use I’m thinking some nut Butters taste better then others would like to try one that has a really nice flavor for this recipe thank you 🙂

  20. Lisa says

    Hi Katie. My friend made these when I was visiting her in Canada and they were delicious. I’m going to make them but wanted to ask if I could halve the amount of sugar ? Anyone tried that yet & they’ve still been as good ?
    Also as almond butter is soooooo expensive here in New Zealand, could I make half and half with peanut and almond butter? Just as long as it’s gooey and runny.
    The chocolate I use is a 70% dark chocolate, that should be ok yes ?

  21. Shaunna Carroll says

    Omg I have just made these and these are amazingly good. So tasty and fudgey. I baked them a little longer as they looked abit too googey. I will always make these from now. So easy to make. I have just discovered food heaven on this site. Well some for making such a lovely recipe and sharing

  22. Sue says

    I made these with rice flour and they tasted fine, although they were a bit crumbly. I’m thinking about adding a bit of xanthan gum next time. Has anyone done this?

  23. Sara says

    Holy freaking deliciousness! Katie, these are out of this world. I am a big fan of dessert, and I often visit your website when i want to try a new healthy recipe that tastes like dessert. I enjoy so many of your recipes, but these are the best healthy brownies I have every eaten. I had told my kids they were a healthy treat, but as we ate this gooey chocolate deliciousness and they repeatedly asked for another piece, I kept pausing because it really felt like I was giving them an unhealthy dessert. This is my new favorite recipe on your site. (Made with oat flour, splenda, 1/2 c mini chocolate chips, and Jif peanut butter, mine came out to 32 servings with 117 calories each, with only 3 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.) PS- I baked for 14 minutes, cooled for 20, and dug in. They were a little difficult to cut and serve, but I didn’t mind. I wanted to share that they are totally awesome after only 20 minutes of waiting in case anyone else is feeling impatient.

  24. Sara says

    I made these the other day with a mixture of almond and peanut butter. I don’t know if Katie put a tablespoon of baking soda in or not but I think a teaspoon would taste better. The tablespoon gave it an unpleasant after taste to me. I’ve been baking and cooking for many years and I think these would taste great with that one change.

  25. Elizabeth says

    These are delicious! I made them just as instructed except I used bread flour instead of all-purpose. The bread flour lent a slight chewiness to these bars that I love. I left out the chocolate chips but don’t miss them a bit. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  26. Dee Gee Johnson says

    I really want to try these but I can’t find sugar free coconut yogurt (I’m keto too) Do you think coconut cream (from canned coconut milk) might work?
    Thanks for your advise!

    • Jason Sanford says

      Honestly, we don’t see any reason why that wouldn’t work! Please be sure to report back if you try!
      Jason (media relations)

  27. Holly Wood says

    These are FANTASTIC! My family and I were so impressed with how wonderful these taste – thank youuuuuu!

  28. Beth Bailey says

    I love this! Thanks Katie! I adapted it to my needs so it became:

    1.5 c (1/2 sunflower and 1/2 salted pumpkin seed butter)
    0.5 c coconut oil
    1 c plus 1/4 c silk coconut yogurt
    1/4 c water
    10 drops vanilla creme stevia
    3/4 c oat flour
    Stevia- 1 tbsp plus 1/2 tbsp
    1/4 c protein powder (amy Myers paleo birthday cake)
    1/2 c cocoa powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    Sprinkling of lilys chocolate chips

    I actually use pierces of it as a topper on oatmeal cookies to make half of an oat fudge bar… yummy!!

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