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Pumpkin Brownies with Cocoa Powder Recipe

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Decadent and chocolatey, these pumpkin brownies with cocoa powder are delicious and naturally sweet! Made with simple pantry ingredients, this all-natural treat will satisfy your sweet tooth.

These brownies with pumpkin are a great fall or winter dessert.

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Here’s a sweet and chocolatey recipe for Valentine’s Day… that you can feel good about eating!  If you’re looking for that after dinner sweets fix, but want to keep it light, then this recipe is for you.

This pumpkin brownie recipe is delicious, made with natural fats, some sneaky vegetables, and raw cacao powder and maple syrup for the sweetness. It’s a tasty treat that is easy to make, and perfect for fall.

These Pumpkin Cocoa Brownies Are:

  • Rich
  • Fudgy
  • Sweet
  • All-Natural
  • Chocolatey
  • Loaded with hidden veggies
  • Thick
  • Vegan, gluten free, paleo, and Whole30 compliant!
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One of the BEST Pantry Staple Brownie Recipes

This pumpkin brownies recipe is a fantastic pantry-staple treat! It uses almost all ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards. You probably already have a lot of these ingredients on hand! Keeping a well-stocked pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious meals using a few staples you can rotate.

By stocking up on whole ingredients you can cook delicious recipes without a trip to the bakery!

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What’s In Vegan Pumpkin Brownie Recipe?

  • Cooked Pumpkin: You can use leftover cooked pumpkin, or canned pumpkin, which I used. Make sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix or else it will be too sweet.
  • Almond butter: or peanut butter if you prefer! Like my peanuts, I only use unsalted peanut butter.
  • Coconut Flour: I really like this coconut flour which is a nice consistency and texture. A little goes a long way with coconut flour.
  • Raw Cocoa Powder: this raw unsweetened cocoa powder is a great in these brownies.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: for that baked goods taste and flavor. Like the cacao powder and maple syrup, please use real pure vanilla extract for your baking… a better quality ingredient will yield the best possible brownies (and is much better for you!)
  • Walnuts: because YUM.

Easy Fall Dessert Recipes

This fall pumpkin brownies recipe is what I call an Easy Weeknight Treat – which is on your table in about 5 minutes. These quick and simple recipes are perfect for those nights when you want a homecooked snack but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

Browse all of our Easy Weeknight Meals, that are great for the whole family. From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a quick meal can be on your table in no time. Even faster than ordering delivery!

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How Do I Make These Pumpkin Brownies with Cocoa Powder?

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 8×8 baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin, nut butter, coconut flour, cacao powder, Maple syrup, vanilla extract.  Mix well to combine.
  3. Fold in 3/4 cup of walnuts, and mix well, batter should be very thick.
  4. Spoon batter into baking dish and spread the batter out to the corners with a spoon.
  5. Top batter with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts.
  6. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, and allow to cool before eating.  Enjoy!

More Easy Treat Recipes You’ll Love!

Vegan Affogato Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Bread 

Vegan Walnut Fudge Recipe 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies 

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Pumpkin Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Kelly Jensen
These pumpkin brownies with cocoa powder are a great treat when you want something naturally sweet. They're vegan, dairy free, and one of our favorite desserts!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Baked Goods, Baking
Cuisine American
Servings 6 brownies
Calories 272 kcal


  • Mixing Bowl


  • 1 13-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour or any gluten free flour you prefer
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or other natural sweetener, see note below!


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 9×5 baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl mash the pumpkin with the nut butter, coconut flour, cacao powder, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  • Stir well until a thick dough forms (thin with a little water if needed), and add to the baking dish.  Top brownies with extra walnuts.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, allow to cool, slice, and enjoy!


A Note on Natural Sweeteners

My favorite natural sweeteners are agave nectar, maple syrup, and honey. Any of these can be used for these delicious pumpkin brownies.


Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 12gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gSodium: 25mgPotassium: 411mgFiber: 10gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 28IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 159mgIron: 2mg
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