Vegan Skillet Brownies (with Lentils!)

These Vegan Skillet Brownies are a rich, fudgy, sneakily high protein dessert that are perfect paired with a scoop of vegan ice cream.

No one will guess that lentils are hiding in this Vegan Skillet Brownie! It's rich, fudgy, and perfect with a scoop of vegan ice cream. Gluten-free!

Vegan Skillet Brownies

Who doesn’t love warm, chocolatey brownies straight out of the oven? And with an extra drizzle of melted chocolate on top? SIGN. ME. UP.

Omg, this recipe though. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes (and tastebuds) when it came out of the oven. Honestly, these skillet brownies blew my mind.

A gold fork digging into a vegan brownie served in a cast iron skillet with a scoop of vanilla dairy-free ice cream.

These vegan gluten free brownies are baked in a cast iron skillet because, let’s be honest, it just looks cooler. 😎 Perfect for serving to guests!

Grab a spoon. Let’s dig in.

A vegan brownie baked in a cast iron skillet drizzled with melted chocolate and topped off with a scoop of vanilla vegan ice cream

Ingredients for Vegan Skillet Brownies

You all know I love sneaking unconventional ingredients into recipes just for fun. Tofu in cheesecake? Done. Spinach in muffins? Not a problem.

You’ve heard of black bean brownies, I’m sure. Maybe chickpea blondies. But we’re going a step further and adding some LENTILS to these skillet brownies!! They’re truly one of my new favorite high protein desserts.

After one bite into these brownies, you’ll be convinced that you CAN eat lentils for dessert. The whole pan was gone in 2 days. Nuff said.

Just like most of my desserts, these skillet brownies are made with wholesome ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • Dry brown lentils. Adds protein and fiber to the brownies. I promise you won’t know they’re there!
  • Soaked pitted dates. Dates add rich, caramel-like sweetness to the brownies
  • Rolled oats. Not only are oats a great gluten-free substitute for flour, but they also add fiber and protein alongside the lentils
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Salt. Helps to balance out the sweetness and richness
  • Unsweetened applesauce. These skillet brownies get most of their sweetness from the dates, so I recommend going with unsweetened applesauce.
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Almond butter. Or substitute another nut or seed butter of your choice
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Dark chocolate chips. Because who doesn’t want melty chocolate chips in their skillet brownie?

A brownie baked in a cast iron skillet is served with a scoop of vanilla dairy-free ice cream and a drizzle of melted chocolate. The pan is served on a white countertop, surrounded by a tablespoon of cocoa powder, dates, a jar of chocolate chips and a gold fork

Tips for making high protein desserts

Let’s be real. No one wants their brownies to taste like they’re a healthier option, and these skillet brownies are no exception. There are plenty of ways to sneak in extra protein if you’re having trouble adding enough plant-based protein to your diet, but you shouldn’t sacrifice on flavor! Here are tips for making high protein desserts like these skillet brownies without skimping on the yum-factor:

  • Include multiple protein sources. The lentils, oats and almond butter all add protein to these vegan gluten free brownies and work together to make the brownies satiating and delicious
  • Use legumes or pulses. Not only are legumes and pulses like lentils packed with protein, but they also add fiber! Most American’s don’t consume enough fiber, so adding more legumes into your diet is a great way to boost your protein and fiber intake.
  • Add some texture. The added texture from the chocolate chips and dates help disguise the lentils in these skillet brownies. You could also try mixing in walnuts!
  • Amp up the flavor. You would never know there were lentils in these brownies if the recipe didn’t give it away! Adding flavor-packed ingredients like almond butter, dates, vanilla extract and of course plenty of chocolate, makes these skillet brownies super decadent.

An overhead shot of a gold fork scooping into a brownie baked in a cast iron skillet. The brownie is topped with melted chocolate and a scoop of vanilla vegan ice cream

How to make:

Vegan Skillet Brownies (with Lentils!)

These Vegan Skillet Brownies are a rich, fudgy, sneakily high protein dessert that are perfect paired with a scoop of vegan ice cream.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
A close up of a baked brownie served in a cast iron skillet, drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with vanilla dairy-free ice cream
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Rating: 4.5 from 2 reviews


  • 1/3 cup dry brown lentils
  • 1 cup pitted dates, soaked
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup almond butter, or nut/seed butter of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a small saucepan, add lentils and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil; cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until lentils are tender and most of the liquid is gone.
  3. In a small bowl, add dates; cover with boiling water. Let sit for 5 minutes, then drain.
  4. In a food processor or high-speed blender, add oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pulse until a fine flour forms.
  5. Add drained dates, lentils, applesauce, milk, almond butter, and vanilla; process until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. In a 12-inch cast iron skillet, pour batter. Smooth the top so that it is even. Sprinkle with more chocolate chips, if desired.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm.


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