Moist, decadent, and fudgy gluten-free almond flour brownies melt in your mouth and taste super chocolatey. These flourless, grain-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly brownies have a crispy crust and chewy, moist inside. This homemade brownie recipe is perfect for kids and families and can be made vegan, too.

Chewy, fudgy, gooey gluten free almond flour brownies melt in your mouth and taste super chocolatey. These quick flourless, low carb, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo friendly brownies have a crispy crust and moist inside. This simple healthy homemade brownie recipe without flour is perfect for kids and an easy gluten free dessert for a crowd + party. Made with coconut oil and cocoa powder. Can be made eggless and vegan. #brownies #paleo #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

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The best fudgy almond flour brownies

For the most part, Cyna and I like the same cakes and desserts with one major exception: chocolate. I love chocolate in all forms and variations. Just thinking about these chocolate chip walnut brownies, chocolate mousse tart, or chocolate tartlets makes my tummy rumble. Cyna, on the other hand, not so much. Umm yeah, I don’t get it either, but since this means more healthy chocolate treats for me, I’m cool with that.

I haven’t had a homemade fudgy chocolate dessert in a while, so I suggested we whip up a batch of ooey, gooey, sticky, sweet, soft-centred brownies. And let me tell you: these brownies taste soooo good, fudgy, and indulgent.

Honestly, you would never guess that the brownies are paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free. I like nutritious food and clean eating, but healthy desserts still have to be delicious.

Our recipe uses both chocolate chips and cacao powder, so you really get a mouthful of dense, rich chocolate cake with every bite. For extra indulgence, I also insisted we top the whole thing with extra chocolate chips, you can thank me later.

I’ll let Cyna walk you through this chewy gluten-free almond flour brownie recipe, while I enjoy another brownie and a glass of cold macadamia milk. Chocolate foodie heaven for real!

Irena xx

Chewy, fudgy, gooey gluten free almond flour brownies melt in your mouth and taste super chocolatey. These quick flourless, low carb, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo friendly brownies have a crispy crust and moist inside. This simple healthy homemade brownie recipe without flour is perfect for kids and an easy gluten free dessert for a crowd + party. Made with coconut oil and cocoa powder. Can be made eggless and vegan. #brownies #paleo #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com
Do you see the chewy and fudgy texture of these gluten-free brownies? They were evenly baked after 20 minutes but I baked for another 5 minutes to make the crust a bit crispier.

Gluten-free paleo brownie recipe with almond flour

You don’t have to follow a grain-free/low carb diet or be gluten intolerant to love brownies with almond flour. This nut flour is low carb and diabetic-friendly. It also adds moistness, texture, and density – all qualities we want in a good fudgy brownie.

For these brownies, I recommend almond flour from Anthony’s, Oh Nuts!, Nature’s Eats, Bob’s Red Mill, Honeyville, Kirkland, or Wellbee’s.

What’s the difference between almond flour and almond meal? Can I substitute the two?

Almond meal and almond flour are both types of finely ground almonds, and the three terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Usually, almond flour describes finely milled, blanched almonds, whereas almond meal has a coarser texture and can be made be from whole (with the skin on) or blanched (skin removed) almonds.

I only tried this recipe with finely ground almond flour. Almond meal will result in a different texture but might be delicious, too. If you try the brownies with almond meal, leave a comment and let me know how your brownies came out.  You can also use half almond flour half ground hazelnuts.

I wouldn’t use freshly ground almonds as they contain more moisture than premade flour and will make the brownies oilier.

Can I use coconut flour, too?

Coconut flour is another low carb wheat flour substitute. It has slightly more carbs than almond flour and absorbs much more moisture. For this reason, I wouldn’t use coconut flour as a substitute for almond flour in this recipe.

Chewy, fudgy, gooey gluten free almond flour brownies melt in your mouth and taste super chocolatey. These quick flourless, low carb, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo friendly brownies have a crispy crust and moist inside. This simple healthy homemade brownie recipe without flour is perfect for kids and an easy gluten free dessert for a crowd + party. Made with coconut oil and cocoa powder. Can be made eggless and vegan. #brownies #paleo #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

What type of chocolate do I need for fudgy almond flour brownies?

You need two types of chocolate for this double chocolate brownie recipe: chocolate chips or chopped baking chocolate and unsweetened cacao.

While I prepared the brownie batter with semi-sweet chocolate chips, bittersweet or dark chocolate can be used instead. Milk chocolate might be a bit sweet and will make the brownies crumblier, but if that’s how you like your brownies, go for it.

The brownies get the rich chocolate flavour also from the addition of raw cacao, which can be substituted with the same amount of unsweetened cocoa. I won’t go in detail here, just know that cacao and cocoa are differently processed and the former has a higher nutritional value than the latter. You can learn more about the differences between cacao versus cocoa here and here.

Chewy, fudgy, gooey gluten free almond flour brownies melt in your mouth and taste super chocolatey. These quick flourless, low carb, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo friendly brownies have a crispy crust and moist inside. This simple healthy homemade brownie recipe without flour is perfect for kids and an easy gluten free dessert for a crowd + party. Made with coconut oil and cocoa powder. Can be made eggless and vegan. #brownies #paleo #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

Coconut sugar for brownies without refined sugar

I wanted to make a dessert free of refined sugar and therefore used coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is said to be a healthier alternative to refined sugar and has a lower glycemic index than other sugars.

However, you can use regular sugar or another unrefined sugar in an equal amount. For more info about unrefined sugar alternatives, check out the info section in my 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies recipe.

Interested in low-carb and sugar-free brownies? Then check out this keto cocoa brownie recipe from Gnom-Gnom.

Coconut oil and substitutes

As far as butter goes, you have a few options. For this recipe, I recommend a butter or fat that is solid a room temperature. Not all of the suggestions below are suitable for a paleo diet. I still included them as options and alternatives.

I used refined coconut oil, which I know it isn’t paleo, but I wanted to avoid the coconut flavour.

For super moist and gooey chocolate brownies, use a light tasting oil that is liquid at room temperature like sunflower oil, olive oil, or avocado oil.

Chewy, fudgy, gooey gluten free almond flour brownies melt in your mouth and taste super chocolatey. These quick flourless, low carb, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo friendly brownies have a crispy crust and moist inside. This simple healthy homemade brownie recipe without flour is perfect for kids and an easy gluten free dessert for a crowd + party. Made with coconut oil and cocoa powder. Can be made eggless and vegan. #brownies #paleo #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

Eggs

The recipe calls for 2 eggs. Use an “L” if you live in the US, Canada, or Australia but a size “M” if you live in the UK or Europe.

Egg substitute for vegan almond flour brownies: Flax egg or chia egg

If you’re looking for a vegan almond flour brownie recipe or are on an egg-free diet, prepare this vegan egg substitute with ground flax or chia seeds. The amounts listed below are enough to replace the eggs in the recipe.

How do I make a vegan flax/chia egg with two ingredients?

If using whole seeds, grind a few tablespoon flax or chia seeds in a coffee grinder.

Mix 2 tablespoon ground seeds with 3 tablespoons water.

Put in the fridge for 15 minutes to thicken.

As a side note, this vegan egg replacement will make the brownies fudgier as the batter doesn’t rise. Even if you’re not following a vegan diet, a falx egg might be just what you need for perfectly chewy chocolate brownies.

Chewy, fudgy, gooey gluten free almond flour brownies melt in your mouth and taste super chocolatey. These quick flourless, low carb, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo friendly brownies have a crispy crust and moist inside. This simple healthy homemade brownie recipe without flour is perfect for kids and an easy gluten free dessert for a crowd + party. Made with coconut oil and cocoa powder. Can be made eggless and vegan. #brownies #paleo #glutenfree | countryhillcottage.com

Other ingredients you need to make paleo, gluten-free almond flour brownies

Baking soda

A small amount of baking soda gives the brownies a soft and mellow texture. Baking powder can be used as well. Some brands of baking powder contain cornstarch so it may not be suitable for a paleo diet.

Vanilla extract and sea salt

Using vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste and a pinch of fine grain sea salt is entirely optional. I think both ingredients pair perfectly with chocolate and add more depth to the flavour of the brownies.

Instead of adding salt to the batter, you can also sprinkle the brownies with sea salt flakes after baking instead of adding salt to the batter.

Mini Dessert Platter with gluten free almond flour brownie bites, chocolate sauce, nut spread and fresh fruits. An easy presentation with chocolate and fruits perfect for sharing at parties and entertaining. A simple and beautiful DIY dessert platter idea with sweets and treats great for entertaining. A small plate is used as a party tray and decorated with healthy chocolate cake and candy. Great for kids and for two to share. #dessertplatter #partyfood #fingerfood| countryhillcottage.com
I created this healthy mini dessert platter with chocolate sauce, hazelnut spread, and fresh fruits. The plate would be perfect for play dates, birthdays, a watch party, and dessert buffets. You can easily include any number of sweets, treats, and fruits.

Ideas to customise the flourless almond flour brownies recipe

Now that you know what ingredients you need to bake delicious fudgy chocolate brownies with almond flour, let’s have a little fun and talk about ways you can customise this homemade brownie recipe according to your preferences.

Triple chocolate almond flour brownies

Irena sprinkled 1/4 cup / 40 g / 1.4 oz chocolate chips on top of the brownies before baking, turning these brownies into triple chocolate brownies. Cocoa nibs, caramel chips, or white chocolate chips would be delicious as well. The products I have listed here a re vegan and dairy-free but you may have to check the ingredients list to see if they are suitable for the paleo diet.

Walnut almond flour brownies

For more crunch, incorporate a 1/3 cup / 50 g / 1.7 oz chopped walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, or cashews into the brownie batter. Don’t use nut chunks for toddlers as they may choke on the nuts.

Espresso chocolate brownies

While melting the chocolate and butter, dissolve 1 teaspoon espresso baking powder in the mixture. These brownies feature a wonderful aroma blend of chocolate and coffee and are more suitable for an adult palate.

Holiday brownies with spices

For festive holiday brownies, mix 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or gingerbread spice into the brownie batter. A handful of dried cranberries would make another festive and tasty addition.

How to make gluten-free brownie bites

Instead of slicing the brownie into larger squares, cut tiny brownie bites. Brownie bites taste delicious dipped into strawberry sauce and are a great treat to sever as finger food at a kid’s birthday party, on buffets, or to dip into a chocolate fountain.

Serve the brownie bites with toothpicks/cocktail sticks on a large plate next to whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and fruits.

Mini Dessert Platter with gluten free almond flour brownie bites, chocolate sauce, nut spread and fresh fruits. An easy presentation with chocolate and fruits perfect for sharing at parties and entertaining. A simple and beautiful DIY dessert platter idea with sweets and treats great for entertaining. A small plate is used as a party tray and decorated with healthy chocolate cake and candy. Great for kids and for two to share. #dessertplatter #partyfood #fingerfood| countryhillcottage.com
Today, I fulfilled my husband’s life-long dream of becoming a published hand model. Just kidding, Simon only cooperated because I promised him that he could have the entire dessert platter to himself. He left me a few blueberries tough.

Tips & tricks: How to make perfect almond flour brownies

Before jumping to the recipe, read the tips below to learn how to make the best gluten-free almond flour brownies. The process of making this delicious paleo-friendly dessert is very easy and quick.

I baked the brownies in a 8 in x 8 in / 20 cm x 20 cm square baking pan/tin. You can use a slightly smaller pan/tin for thicker cakes, or a larger pan/tin if you prefer thinner brownies.

You can grease the pan/tin with non-stick cooking spray, but I find it easier to lift out the cake when the pan/tin is lined with parchment/baking paper.

You don’t have to set up a double boiler to melt the chocolate, sugar, and coconut oil. Instead, heat the three ingredients in a small saucepan on the lowest flame while stirring constantly.

The chocolate coconut oil mixture needs to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before whisking in the eggs. If the mixture is still hot, the egg white will curdle.

No mixer is needed to make this one-bowl brownie batter. Put the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl, pour the wet ingredients on top and whisk together. Done. To avoid overbeating, stir the mixture only until the ingredients are just combined and no dry lumps are visible.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. I found that testing the cake is useless. We want soft and fudgy. Baking until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean will result in dry, crumbly brownies. The brownies will firm up while cooling.

If you don’t want to fuzz with cutting, bake the brownies in a muffin pan/tray. Simply, line the pan/tray with cupcake liners and fill each 2/3 with batter. Bake for 20 minutes.

Irena said that the brownies taste best fresh from the oven when the chocolate chips are still soft and melty. Just let them cool for 15 to 20 minutes before digging in. My husband liked the brownies better the next day because the chocolate aroma was even stronger the texture chewier.

How do you like brownies? Warm out of the oven or cold and chewy?

Fudgy Almond Flour Chocolate Brownies

Fudgy Almond Flour Chocolate Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Fudgy gluten-free almond flour brownies melt in your mouth and taste super chocolatey. These flourless, grain-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly brownies have a crispy crust and chewy, moist inside. This homemade brownie recipe is perfect for kids and families and can be made vegan, too.

Instructions

      1. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4.
      2. Cut out two 14 in x 8 in / 35 cm x 20 cm strips of parchment/baking paper. Line an 8 in x 8 in / 20 cm x 20 cm square baking pan/tin with the paper strips, overlapping in a “+” formation so that the paper hangs over both side of the pan/tin.
      3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cacao powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
      4. Heat the chocolate chips, coconut oil, and sugar in a small saucepan over low flame. Stir constantly until melted. Take off the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
      5. Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract into the chocolate mixture.
      6. Add the chocolate-egg-mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Mix in any optional add-ins.
      7. Transfer the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan/tin and spread in an even layer. Optionally, sprinkle with additional chocolate chips.
      8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
      9. Allow to cool. Then lift out the brownies using the parchment/baking paper overhang as handles.
      10. Cut the brownie into squares or brownie bites.

Notes

Storage and shelf life

Package the brownies in an airtight container putting wax/greaseproof paper between layers. Brownies made with eggs will stay fresh for up to 3 days at room
temperature. Egg-free brownies have to be stored in the fridge.

Can you freeze gluten-free brownies?

Yes, this is a freezer-friendly brownie recipe. To freeze, cut the brownie into squares and layer the squares into a freezer-safecontainer or zip lock bag. Separate the layers with sheets of wax/greaseproofpaper, so the brownies don’t stick together. The brownies can be kept in the freezer for 3 months.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 42mg Sodium: 174mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 18g Protein: 4g
Mini Dessert Platter with gluten free almond flour brownie bites, chocolate sauce, nut spread and fresh fruits. An easy presentation with chocolate and fruits perfect for sharing at parties and entertaining. A simple and beautiful DIY dessert platter idea with sweets and treats great for entertaining. A small plate is used as a party tray and decorated with healthy chocolate cake and candy. Great for kids and for two to share. #dessertplatter #partyfood #fingerfood| countryhillcottage.com

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