Healthy, Paleo, Gluten Free Brownies!

1 Jul

Do you love brownies, but avoid it because you think it’s not good for you?  Fear no more! You can eat it once in a while… Here’s an easy recipe for making brownies with healthier ingredients!

Healthy, Paleo, Gluten Free Brownies!

Paleo and Gluten Free Brownies
Paleo and Gluten Free Brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup almond flour/meal
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • Chocolate chips(optional)

Instructions

0.  Preheat oven to 350 ºF.

1.  In a large bowl, mix your almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and pinch of salt together.

2.  If your butter is still in its solid state, throw it in a smaller bowl and heat it up in the microwave for a few seconds.

3.  Mix your liquid ingredients together:  Eggs, melted butter, honey, and vanilla extract.

4.  Pour this liquid mixture into previous dry mixture, and mix it all together well.  You can use a hand mixer like I did to speed things up!

5.  (Optional) If you want to have chocolate chips, you can add it to this mix too.  I couldn’t make up my mind on the chocolate chips so I added it at the very end after I had already put the brownie mix in the pan.

6.  Now grab a 8×8 baking dish, and pour the brownie mixture in it.

Healthy, Paleo, Gluten Free Brownies!

Brownie Mix in Pan

6.  Bake this for about 30-40 minutes.  It kind of depends on your oven how long exactly, but a good way to check is to poke it with a toothpick.  If the toothpick comes out clean (it’s okay if there’s a few crumbs) then you’re good.

7.  Let it completely cool down before cutting it in to your desirable brownie sizes.  And then you get ready to shove your face!

Healthy, Paleo, Gluten Free Brownies!

Cutting Brownie Pieces

Healthy, Paleo, Gluten Free Brownies!

Mmm… Brownies!

Healthy, Paleo, Gluten Free Brownies!

Stack ‘em up and eat!

 

 **Edit 7/20/13: So sorry, every one!  Apparently, I was super dumb and forgot to include honey on the list of ingredients!  Please do add honey so that your brownies are sweet (unless you don’t want to, I can’t tell you want to do).

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23 Responses to “Healthy, Paleo, Gluten Free Brownies!”

  1. Kelly July 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    I love brownies and these look really good!.

  2. Scott S October 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Just to make them a little more special, we mixed 2TBS of lemon zest, 1/3 cup raw honey and 1/3 cup of coconut oil together as a glaze and dribbled it over the top. Great brownies!

    • Tina T. October 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      What an awesome idea! I’ll have to try that next time!

  3. Amber November 23, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    I made these and while they are good, they taste more like nutty bread. But I’ve made them twice now, so I really do like them. Gives me my bread fix!

  4. Victoria March 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    I made these today and they were great! I did make a few changes though – I put in 5 tbsps of cocoa, substituted coconut oil for butter, added 3 drops of liquid stevia, and a handful of instant coffee granules…..delicious!!!!

  5. Sandi Piazza March 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Made these today and they are delicious!! More importantly, my 4yo daughter LOVED them. I’m trying to wean her off gluten (she would eat ONLY crackers and bread if I let her) to see whether she’ll be more open to other foods.

    And now–looking at the comments–I have ideas for customizing them.

    Thanks for this!

  6. Jayne April 2, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Sorry, nice texture but completely tasteless! :-(

  7. Sarah April 13, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    We got a little carried away but loved the result: We used a full stick of butter, 4 T of cocoa, 1/2 cup almond and 1/2 cup coconut flours, 1/3 cup of agave instead of honey, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, (all of our attempts lately have been really dry, so I did double the butter AND add applesauce) and then 1/2 cup of choc chips & 1/2 cup of peanut butter cups. They were BRILLIANT. Finally a brownie everyone in the family loved AND can eat!! Thank you for the guidelines!

    Next time I’m going to take suggestions of coconut oil instead of butter, and 5 T cocoa instead of just 4… just to see what happens.

  8. Jennifer April 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    I just made these this morning; really enjoying them- they are quite light & relatively healthy for a brownie- more like a sponge cake, with a light but moist texture. I actually used less cocoa, & added some green tea powder (Matcha). Next time I will split the batter into 2 halves, adding cocoa to one half & Matcha to the other, in order to create a swirl effect. (Will send a picture when I do!)

  9. Daniela July 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    Can i use coconut flour instead of almond meal?? how much will i have to use??

  10. cathy froelich August 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    These are great! I’ve made them twice. Does anyone have calorie count? I make them in my muffin top pan. Makes 10.

  11. Kate August 31, 2014 at 3:14 am #

    I made them yesterday for my tabletop group, which is non-paleo except for me. Instead of chocolate chips I put some walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds in them and my group just loved them! The texture’s so fluffy and they’re not so sweet. Great for snacking while playing!

    And right now I’m having the leftover few brownies for breakfast ;)

    Really delicious, thanks for the recipe!

    • jess October 4, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      Did anyone realize these aren’t Paleo Brownies because they have butter? Just wondering.

      • tsaitina October 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

        Hi Jess! Lots of paleo eaters are actually include butter in their diet because they are a pretty great alternative to some other cooking oils/fats. (If you’re interested in this: http://paleoleap.com/the-many-virtues-of-butter/ ) But if you yourself don’t do butter, no problem! You can substitute it with coconut oil instead. Thanks!

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