Pumpkin Brownies

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These pumpkin brownies are made with almond flour, coconut sugar and pumpkin puree instead of any oil. They’re rich, fudgy, super moist and absolutely delicious! Gluten-free + dairy-free.

I’m a huge fan of sneaking veggies into my recipes whenever I can, especially when it comes to desserts. I’ve shared zucchini brownies, butternut squash pancakes, sweet potato cookies and now my latest obsession: these pumpkin brownies!

The pumpkin puree not only replaces the oil or butter you’d typically find in brownies, but it also adds some extra nutrients. Yes please! These brownies are just as easy to whip up as a brownie box mix from the store, but they’re healthier and made with just 9 simple real-food ingredients. And no one will even be able to tell they’re made with pumpkin. They are so rich and fudgy and guaranteed to become your new favorite fall dessert.

Overhead view of pumpkin brownie squares scattered around a cutting board.

Why You’ll Love These Pumpkin Brownies

  • Pumpkin not only adds extra nutrition but also extra moisture – no oil needed!
  • You only need 9 simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand!
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free and oil-free!
  • It’s the perfect recipe to use up any leftover pumpkin puree.
A pumpkin brownie with a bite taken out of it.

Why Add Pumpkin to Brownies

Pumpkins are a “nutrient-dense” food, which means they are rich in vitamins and minerals and low in calories because it’s 94% water. They are abundant with beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A, making it a potent antioxidant that’s great for your eyes and immune system. Pumpkins are also high in vitamin K, which aids in blood clotting and is beneficial to bone health. 

You may have noticed that there’s no oil or butter in this recipe, and that’s because pumpkin puree is the perfect fat substitute. It adds moisture to baked goods, allowing you to minimize or eliminate the need for oil entirely.

Ingredients measured out to make pumpkin brownies: pumpkin puree, almond flour, chocolate chips, coconut sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and eggs.

Ingredients Needed

  • pumpkin puree – instead of oil we’re using pumpkin puree! You could either buy canned pumpkin puree from a store or use homemade pumpkin puree. Just be sure not to get pumpkin pie filling, as they will be loaded with sugars.
  • eggs – helps bind the ingredients together and provide structure for the brownies.
  • coconut sugar – I used coconut sugar in this recipe, which is a great alternative to other sugars and adds a nice molasses flavor to these brownies.
  • vanilla extract – just a touch to elevate the flavors in these brownies.
  • almond flour – a delicious gluten-free, nutrient-dense flour, that will add a light nutty flavor to your brownies. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill super fine almond flour as it’s perfect for baked goods.
  • cocoa powder – a much-needed ingredient for that rich chocolatey flavor! Make sure to use unsweetened powder. Cacao powder works for this recipe as well. I like Navitas organic cacao powder.
  • baking powder – a complete leavening agent to help the brownies rise.
  • sea salt – brings all the flavors together.
  • dark chocolate chips – can you go wrong with more chocolate?! I think not! I recommend Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips which are allergen-friendly or Lily’s chocolate chips because they are lower in sugar and calories.
Collage of five photos showing making the batter for pumpkin brownies, and then baking them.

How to Make

Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease an 8×8 inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. In the same bowl, add the dry ingredients: almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix everything together well until any clumps are gone. Then, fold in the chocolate chips. 

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes. You’ll know the brownies are ready when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Let brownies cool completely (trust me, they test better cool, plus you won’t burn your mouth). Cut into squares and enjoy!

Overhead view of pumpkin brownies cut into squares.

Substitutions & Notes

  • Flour: I haven’t tried a substitute for the almond flour in these brownies, but if you have a nut allergy my first choice would be oat flour. The end result might turn out a touch differently, but that would be the closest substitute!
  • Eggs: I haven’t tried it, but I bet swapping the eggs for 2 flax eggs or chia seed eggs would work. The brownies just might not rise as much. Let me know if you try it in the comments below!
  • Coconut sugar: If you don’t like the taste of coconut sugar or don’t have any on hand, you could use cane sugar, granulated sugar or brown sugar for these brownies.
  • Chocolate chips: Feel free to skip the chocolate chips if you want or you could swap them with your favorite nut like walnuts or pecans.
A plate with three brownies with a glass of milk. More brownies are in the background out of focus.

How to Serve Pumpkin Brownies

If you feel like getting fancy here are some ideas on how to serve these brownies:

  • Coconut whip – a scoop of coconut whip cream would be so delicious on top of these pumpkin brownies.
  • Nut butter – a drizzle of your favorite nut butter would not only taste great but add some extra protein to your brownie. You can’t go wrong with almond butter, especially if it’s homemade. Other great options are cashew butter, peanut butter or tahini. This pumpkin almond butter would also be delicious!
  • Pumpkin butter – there’s no such thing as too much pumpkin in my opinion so if you want to add some extra pumpkin flavor to your brownie it’d be delicious with a drizzle of this pumpkin butter + dash of pumpkin pie spice.
  • Oatmeal – crumble some brownie bits to your morning oatmeal for a delicious chocolatey treat. It’d be amazing crumbled on top of this pumpkin oatmeal.
  • Yogurt – want to eat a brownie for breakfast? Crumble it on top of some Greek yogurt (or any yogurt of choice) with a sprinkle of granola (this pumpkin granola and hemp granola are delicious) and fresh berries. Like a breakfast brownie sundae… so good!
  • Ice Cream – you really can’t go wrong with adding a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top of your freshly made, warm pumpkin brownie. Vanilla would be my first choice, but for some dairy-free options you can try this banana ice cream or chocolate banana ice cream would be tasty!
Three pumpkin brownies stacked on top of each other.

How to Store Leftovers

These brownies don’t tend to last long in our house, but if you have leftovers they’ll stay fresh at room temperature for about 2 days or in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. For longer storage, I recommend freezing them. Store in a freezer-safe, airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Three pumpkin brownies on a plate with a knife.

More Brownie Recipes to Try

Be sure to check out all of the pumpkin recipes as well as the full collection of dessert recipes on EBF!

Pumpkin Brownies

5 from 108 votes
These pumpkin brownies are made with almond flour, coconut sugar and pumpkin puree instead of any oil. They're rich, fudgy, super moist and absolutely delicious! Gluten-free + dairy-free.
Overhead view of pumpkin brownie squares scattered around a cutting board.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together pumpkin puree, eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract.
    Wet ingredients in a bowl.
  • In the same bowl add almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and mix until combined and clumps are gone.
    Dry ingredients added to the wet ingredients.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
    Chocolate chips added to brownie batter.
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until brownies are set in the center and a toothpick comes out clean. Let brownies cool completely (trust me, they test better cool, plus you won’t burn your mouth). Cut into squares and enjoy!
    Baked pumpkin brownies in a square baking pan lined in parchment paper.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 brownie Calories: 128kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 5g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 80mg Potassium: 211mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 10g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin brownies

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    160 comments
    1. Eloise
      December 4, 2022 AT 6:27 pm

      4 stars
      Nice treat without being overindulgent with sugar. Light and moist texture. Not too sweet.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 5, 2022 AT 3:23 pm

        YAY! I am so glad to hear that you are loving this recipe, Eloise. Thank you for your review & star rating, I truly appreciate it.

    2. Dan
      October 31, 2022 AT 1:18 pm

      5 stars
      Loving how every other recipe this month has pumpkin! I need to try this one asap!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 1, 2022 AT 10:13 am

        Yess! It is definitely that time of year and we are loving it. I can’t wait to hear what you think about this recipe, Dan!

    3. Sarah Chartier
      October 26, 2022 AT 3:22 pm

      4 stars
      I just made these and I’m so confused! The batter was really thick and hard to spread out in the pan. They came out very dry and more of a bread texture. The top is hard and peaked up too. I cooked them for 30 minutes.I read the recipe over and over to see if I missed a step but I didn’t. What did I do wrong?? I substituted white sugar for the coconut sugar and oat flour for the almond flour. I’m so sad because I wanted to love these so much!! What did I do wrong?? Could it have been the oat flour that made them so dry? I love all of your recipes but for some reason this one just didn’t work for me. I gave it 5 stars because I really just want to ask you this question and I know I modified the recipe so I never think it’s fair to rate something on a modified recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 28, 2022 AT 4:25 pm

        Hi Sarah – Yes, I definitely believe it was the oat flour that made them so dry. I recommend the almond flour because it is a much lighter flour, and I mentioned in the blog post that using a different flour such as oat might change the consistency of the brownie a bit. If you give these a try again, you could add a bit more pumpkin purée to help with the consistency. I would definitely recommend giving it a try again and use the almond flour (if you’re able to)!

    4. Michelle
      October 18, 2022 AT 2:18 pm

      5 stars
      I have made this several times and just now for a trial run for this Friday. I had volunteered a pan for my daughter’s youth group this Friday and I’m out of almond flour. I used 1/2 cup Pamela’s gluten free all purpose flour blend and 1 cup oat flour. Flaxseed eggs as usual! It works with those subs! I have read about gluten flour making things gummy which I have never noticed until now but I actually kind of like it! 😆 Thanks again, Brittany! ❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2022 AT 9:36 am

        It is my pleasure! I am so happy to hear that this recipe is a hit, Michelle. Thank you so much for your review + star rating, I really appreciate you being here!

    5. Ashley
      October 11, 2022 AT 3:11 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious and healthy! Even the hubs loved them! Will most definitely make again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 13, 2022 AT 9:43 am

        YAY! I am excited to hear that this recipe is a hit, Ashley. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate!

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