Instant Pot Brownies

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Picture this… it’s a cold, wintery evening. You’re home from a long day at work and the kids have been fussing all afternoon.

Ding! Your Instant Pot clicks off. You open the lid and the mouthwatering aroma of warm chocolate fills your kitchen.

You fix yourself a heaping bowl of warm, gooey Instant Pot brownies – topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, and fresh raspberries.

Convinced yet? You can find my indulgent Instant Pot brownies recipe right here.

They’re so easy to make. All you need to do is add the ingredients to a pan, pop the whole thing into your Instant Pot, and wait for the magic to happen.

Is it a cake? Is it fudge? Neither – it’s Instant Pot fudgy brownies!

Is This a Box Brownie Mix Recipe?

No, this is not a box brownie mix. Sure, box mix recipes are easy; but not much easier than this 100% homemade recipe.

Personally, I don’t like the texture you get from a box mix. I tried to tinker with the premade mix to work in a pressure cooker, but then I realized – why try and improve a box recipe when you can pressure cook delicious chocolate brownies from scratch?

It’s just as simple to cook desserts from scratch in your Instant Pot. I love the simplicity of my Instant Pot Coffee Cake recipe, too. Just imagine how these two flavors would taste together.

Why Should I Make Chocolate Brownies in the Instant Pot?

There are some terrific reasons why making chocolate brownies in the Instant Pot is so great:

  • You can experiment with your Instant Pot functions. To make this recipe, you’ll be using the slow cooker function.
  • Enjoy an easy “set and forget” dessert. We’re all busy; work, kids, holiday prep. With this recipe, you can leave the pressure cooker to work its magic while you work yours.
  • Not everyone has access to an oven. You could be traveling, working on kitchen renovations, or cooking at the campsite. Some of us just love our Instant Pot that much.

No matter the reason, you won’t regret trying out this scrumptious brownie.

I Like Fudgy Brownies. Can I Achieve This in an Instant Pot?

Absolutely! Slow cooking this brownie recipe gives you a super moist, extra fudgy chocolate treat.

All those delicious chocolatey aromas will infuse into the brownie batter, producing an intense chocolate flavor.

The brownie is steamed and cooked in wet heat, rather than the dry heat of an oven. This means your Instant Pot brownie will be incredibly soft and gooey.

Isn’t that exactly how we want them? These Instant Pot brownies are just that little bit more indulgent with a whole lot more fudge.

How to Make Instant Pot Brownies

Gather your ingredients.

ice cream, 1 2 cup

In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, except the water.

add extras like chocolate chips at this stage, 1 2 cup

Stir or whisk until well combined.

Pour the brownie batter into a greased push pan or cake pan. Make sure it fits your pressure cooker. I use a 7-inch springform pan.

Cover the brownie mix with aluminum foil.

Pour 2x cup of water into the Instant Pot. Next, position a trivet in the bottom of the pot then place the brownie pan on top of the trivet.

Lock the lid and select High Pressure. These brownies have a cook time of 45 minutes.

these brownies have a cooking time of 45 minutes

Once the cooking cycle is done, perform a quick pressure release. Cool the brownies and slice into 1-inch squares before serving.

Do I Need Carrots?

Believe it or not – you do.

Okay, okay… it’s not mandatory, but the carrots will give the brownies extra moisture while they cook. This will help make your chocolate brownies in the Instant Pot suuuper fudgy.

I love using carrots in this recipe because it’s a clever ploy to add in a secret healthy ingredient. Hiding veggies in your indulgent dishes is a great way to incorporate more fiber into your diet.

This cheeky method is especially great for picky kids who try to avoid their 5-a-day!

Or if carrots aren’t your thing – why not try this Instant Pot Apple Crisp to warm up those chilly winter afternoons?

How much is one cup of carrots?

For this recipe, you need to use 2 big carrots or 3 small ones.

What Can I Use Instead of Maple Syrup?

If you don’t have maple syrup on hand, you can swap it out for one of these alternatives:

  • Honey
  • Agave syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Golden syrup

This recipe is brilliant because you can tweak various elements to make it work for you. Any of these alternative syrups will give your brownies that much-loved stickiness.

Is This Recipe Gluten Free?

Yes. These brownies are 100% gluten-free. This recipe is suitable for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

It’s so easy to make dessert recipes gluten free. Simply swap out wheat flour for rice flour, which is naturally gluten free. To be on the extra-safe side, I would recommend buying certified GF rice flour.

Of course, if you’re not gluten intolerant, you can always use all-purpose flour.

Love gluten free recipes? Try out my easy and delicious Instant Pot Gluten Free Bread.

Is This Recipe Dairy Free?

Yes. This recipe is 100% non-dairy, milk-free, and lactose-free.

It’s the perfect dessert for lactose intolerant kids.

The recipe states you should use butter on a paper towel to grease your pan. If you’re looking for a dairy-free alternative, I recommend lightly coating with cooking spray instead.

To make this recipe vegan, simply replace the eggs with a vegan alternative. I like to use fruit-based alternatives such as bananas and applesauce for my vegan recipes.

make brownies and serve with ice cream

Can I Add or Swap Ingredients?

I encourage you to add any of your favorite ingredients or swap out any ingredients that don’t work for you. They’re your brownies after all; so go ahead and include what makes you happy.

I love pressure cooker home cooking because you can completely customize your recipes to suit your tastes.

My favorite additions are:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Honeycomb

With all these sugary additions, the recipe can be a bit sweet for some. One great way to combat this sweetness is to use unsweetened cocoa powder.

This is a fantastic way to ensure you’ve still got that chocolatey flavor from the cocoa powder while turning down the sugar to a comfortable semi-sweet.

How to cut brownies

First, let the brownies cool completely in the pan. You an place them in the fridge to speed up the process.

Then, spray the blade of the knife using cooking spray and cut the brownies into squares.

For more info, check out this amazing guide from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.

Cooking tips

  • Grease your cake pan with about ¼ cup butter. Wipe the butter onto a paper towel and use this to swipe around the edges and base.
  • For a vegan or dairy-free alternative, grease your cake pan with cooking spray.
  • If you’re looking to use less fat, line your cake pan with parchment paper.
  • When performing the pressure release and taking the pan out of the Instant Pot, make sure to wear oven gloves or use a cloth. The steam, water, and pan will all be piping hot!

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Instant Pot Brownies
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies, carrot, cocoa powder, maple syrup, rice flour
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup grated carrots 2-3 carrots
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups water for the Instant Pot
Instructions
  • Mix all the ingredients (except the water) in a bowl.
  • Take a push pan or cake pan that fits in your Instant Pot.
  • Pour the batter into the push pan.
  •  Add 2 cups of water to the Instant Pot and set the trivet. 
  • Place the push pan over the trivet.
  • Lock lid and turn the valve to seal.
  • Cook at high pressure for 45 minutes.
  • When the cooking cycle ends, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid and take out the pan.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂
Nutrition
Calories: 359kcal Carbohydrates: 61g Protein: 4g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 9g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 55mg Sodium: 66mg Potassium: 237mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 33g Vitamin A: 79IU Calcium: 98mg Iron: 1mg

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15 thoughts on “Instant Pot Brownies

    1. Yes, you should be able to substitute all-purpose flour without an issue. We chose rice flour because it is gluten free 🙂

  1. In one section you mention to cover brownie mix with foil, but in the actual recipe you don’t. Should it be cooked in instantpot covered with aluminum foil?

        1. It is essentially steaming whether covered or not, and covering with foil keeps water from accidentally getting into the pan.

  2. In your topic lists you wrote,
    You can experiment with your Instant Pot functions. To make this recipe, you’ll be using the slow cooker function.
    However, the instructions are using high pressure. What’s the timing if I wanted to use the Slow Cook function? Thank you.

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