These paleo almond flour brownies are your new best friend. They’re easy, fudgey yet cakey and SO DELICIOUS. You’d have no idea they’re grain free, dairy free, and refined sugar free! Let’s get baking.
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A big brownie with a scoop vanilla icecream on top is one of my favorite desserts. Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing is my all time favorite, but brownies are definitely up there on my list!!
I personally don’t like brownies that are super fudgey. I like them somewhere between fudgey and cakey, and that’s exactly what these almond flour brownies are.
They’re also paleo, gluten free, and can easily be made vegan. I personally like the vegan option better because they’re a bit denser, whereas the egg version is a bit fluffier.
How to make the best brownies
The best part about this recipe is how delicious they are, but the second best part is how easy they are to make. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have perfect brownies in less than an hour!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, eggs (or fax eggs), coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and plant milk and whisk until well combined. Make sure there are no chunks of anything and the batter is really smooth.
Add in all remaining ingredients and carefully fold together using a wooden spoon.
Transfer to an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper or greased with oil. A 9×9 pan will also work, but the brownies will be spread pretty thin and will therefore be thin when they bake.
Bake for 27-35 minutes (will depend on your oven) or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool completely before slicing to prevent the brownies from getting really crumbly.
What is the difference between almond flour and almond meal?
In a lot of my recipes, you may notice I use a lot of almond flour. It’s a great flour to use when making gluten or grain free recipes. However, there is a big difference between blanched almond flour, and almond meal from whole almonds.
If a recipe calls for one, do not sub for the other as this will completely change the recipe!
Almond flour is made from blanched almonds which have the skins removed and is made into a very fine flour.
Almond meal on the other hand, is made from whole almonds with the skins and has a slightly different texture. They will yield very different results in baking, so stick to the recipe!
A few notes on these paleo almond flour brownies
- This recipe calls for 2 eggs. However, you can easily make these brownies vegan by subbing the eggs for flax eggs. See the recipe notes for how to do this!
- I recommend using refined coconut oil in this recipe to make sure there is no coconut aftertaste. Refined avocado oil also works really well and you don’t run into the issue of the brownie batter thickening because the coconut oil hardens.
- The almond butter can also be subbed with tahini. I imagine a runny peanut butter would also work! Leave a comment below if you try it and let us know how it turns out!
- Regardless of the nut butter you use, make sure it is very runny. Otherwise, you may need to add an extra tablespoon of plant milk to make sure the batter isn’t too dry.
- Once prepared, these paleo brownies will be good for about 5 days at room temp, though I doubt they’ll last that long! Store them in an air tight container or on a plate with aluminum foil on top to prevent them from drying out
- The chocolate drizzle is made from 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 2 tsp coconut oil. Add the chips and oil to a sauce pan and put the sauce pan in a larger pot with water (makeshift double burner) and melt over low heat. Drizzle on top of the brownies once they are cool!
Try these other gluten free desserts next!
- Gluten free chocolate chip banana muffins
- Chewy paleo chocolate chunk tahini cookies
- Cake batter protein energy balls
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
These paleo almond flour brownies are your new best friend. They’re easy, fudgey yet cakey and SO DELICIOUS. You’d have no idea they’re grain free, dairy free, and can be made vegan! Let’s get baking.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut sugar, maple syrup, eggs (or flax eggs), melted coconut oil, plant milk, vanilla and almond butter.
- Whisk together until well combined.
- Add in all remaining ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon.
- Add the batter to an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper (or lightly greased with oil).
- Bake for 25-28 minutes (it will depend on your oven) or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before slicing. They tend to fall apart if you cut them prematurely, so really try to wait a good 20-30 minutes before slicing (though longer is even better)! They hold up really well as long as they’re cool when sliced 🙂 You can always heat them up in the microwave after they’re sliced if you want to enjoy them warm.
The eggs can be subbed for 2 flax eggs. To make, combine 1 tbsp ground flax seeds (for every 1 egg and you need 2 for this recipe) with 2.5 tbsp of water. Combine and let sit for 10 minutes to thicken.
The chocolate drizzle is made from 1/4 cup chocolate chips plus 2 tsp coconut oil. Add the chips and oil to a sauce pan and put the sauce pan in a larger pot with water (makeshift double burner) and melt over low heat.
Once prepared, these brownies will keep for about 5 days.
The almond butter can also be subbed with tahini or any nut butter. I imagine a runny peanut butter would also work! Leave a comment below if you try it and let us know how it turns out!
The very best almond butter is the raw almond butter from Trader Joe’s. It has the best flavor and consistency for baking and works really well in this recipe.
If using flax eggs in place of real eggs, the brownies will be a bit less fluffy and more dense, but the flavor is still delicious.
- Serving Size: 1 brownie
- Calories: 252
- Fat: 15g
- Carbohydrates: 22g
- Fiber: 3.7g
- Protein: 6g
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