Easy paleo brownies done in 30 minutes! This recipe includes simple, clean ingredients like almond butter and coconut flour. They have the perfect crinkly top with a rich and gooey center.
Watch the video below to learn how to make paleo brownies with tons if tips!
Why we love these paleo brownies:
- Paleo brownies are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. And in this case also with a low carb option!
- Pantry staples: this recipe only includes pantry staples for healthy baking. No fancy ingredients you'll only use once!
- Minimal flour: this recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of coconut flour total! No need for multiple types of flour and makes it an easy recipe to adapt to keto.
- So much chocolate: this recipe has double chocolate with the cocoa powder and chocolate chips! We love biting into a melted pool of dark chocolate right out of the oven.
Are paleo brownies healthy?
From an ingredient perspective, yes, paleo brownies are healthy! They’re made with ingredients that your body will love and without any things that can sometimes cause inflammation (ie dairy, sugar and gluten).
They're not going to help with balancing blood sugar, but they're great when you want a sweet treat without a lot of processed ingredients.
The simple ingredients
- Almond butter: this is the base of the recipe and what we're using instead of fat from butter. You can use any nut butter you have on hand like cashew butter, but remember peanut butter isn't technically paleo-approved.
- Coconut sugar: this adds sweetness without any refined sugar!
- Maple syrup: the mixture of coconut sugar and maple syrup is what makes these sweet and the maple adds a depth of flavor.
- Coconut flour: You only need 2 tablespoons here for the entire recipe! Coconut flour absorbs a lot of moisture so this is all you need.
- Eggs: We're using a mixture of eggs and an egg yolk for extra fat and to hep bind everything together.
- Vanilla: for flavor!
- Cocoa powder: this is the main dry ingredient and is why we barely need any flour in this recipe.
- Baking soda and salt: the salt balances out the sweetness and the baking powder is the leavener that helps them rise.
- Dark chocolate: for extra chocolate! Most dark chocolate is dairy free already, but be mindful of the type of chocolate you buy to make sure it doesn't include refined sugar.
How to find paleo chocolate chips
We really love Enjoy Life chocolate chunks or baking bars because they're allergy friendly. However, they do include a small amount of refined sugar so they aren't technically super paleo. My two paleo-approved chocolate brands are Hu Kitchen and Lily's.
How to make paleo brownies:
- Whisk the wet ingredients together in a large bowl until combined and no yellow streaks from the eggs remain. Next, add all of the dry ingredients including the baking soda and cocoa powder. The batter will be very thick, this is what you want! It’s why they’re extra fudgy!
- Pour the batter into a prepared baking pan and bake for the allotted amount of time before removing and cooling on a wire rack.
Must read recipe tips:
- If you like really gooey brownies cook them for a little less time but if you like more chewy brownies cook them a little longer.
- Can you freeze paleo brownies? Place the cooled brownies on a baking sheet and freeze for 1 to 2 hours. Once they're frozen solid, wrap them individually and store in an air tight container or bag for up to 3 months. Cover them in an air tight container and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, place them in the refrigerator overnight to soften then warm up in the oven or microwave
Keto paleo brownies option:
Substitute the coconut sugar and maple syrup for 1/3 cup of your favorite low carb sugar (i.e. stevia or erythritol)
How many carbs in paleo brownies: There are 26.8 carbs in these paleo brownies. If you want to make the keto version, there are 15 carbs (11 net carbs) in those.
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Here are a few more paleo chocolate recipes:
The BEST Fudgy Paleo Brownies
- 1 cup creamy almond butter
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 dark chocolate baking bar chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a square (8x8 or 9x9 inch) baking pan with parchment paper. To do this, cut a square piece of parchment paper then cut diagonal slits in each corner to keep it in the pan easily.
- Whisk the almond butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, eggs and egg yolk in a large bowl until smooth and no yellow streaks remain. Gently fold in cocoa powder, coconut flour, salt and baking soda until there are no clumps. Fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate into the batter. The batter will be thick.
- Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean (some crumbs are okay). Be careful not to overbake!
- Remove and cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes. Grab parchment paper on the sides and lift the brownies out of the pan to cool completely.