super chocolatey brownies (nut-free)

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Dessert, grain-free, nut-free, primal | 31 comments

super chocolatey brownies (nut-free)

Every time I post a baked goods recipe, I get asked about how to adapt it to be nut-free. My answer, sadly, is pretty much always “I really have no idea”. I’m not being snarky here, it’s just the nature of recipe development. I can only attest to the version that I tried, adjusted,  tried again, tested, and then posted.

But all of these nut-free inquiries have made it abundantly clear that a lot of people are nut-free, and I have been promising for a while now that I would step it up with compliant recipes. So when I decided that I needed a perfectly fudgey, rich, grain-free brownie recipe, I went with a nut-free one. I know, I know. I’m starting with the easy stuff… brownies are the easiest things to make grain-free, since they’re usually so low in flour to begin with. But as usual, I was going for perfect here. Perfect, to me, is a brownie that is dense, super chocolatey, and has a bit of chew to it. Bonus for that incredible crust on top. (These have that, but it fades away after a few hours) After a few trials and eating too many not-quite perfect batches of brownies, I think I finally got it.

I hope you love them, too, and my New Year resolution on this Rosh Hashanah is to post lots more nut-free recipes for you! Shana Tova!

super chocolatey brownies

Super Chocolatey Brownies


5 eggs, preferably pastured
1 cup coconut sugar, sifted
1/2 cup honey, preferably raw
1 cup cacao powder, sifted
1/2 cup chocolate chips
8 oz butter OR ghee OR coconut oil for dairy-free
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup tapioca OR arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a 9 x 13″ baking dish. (8×8 if you want thicker brownies, you’ll need to cook them a bit longer)
  2. Melt the butter (or other fat) with the chocolate chips and honey over low heat. Stir to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, or bowl to your stand mixer, beat the eggs until fluffy and light yellow.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and beat for one more minute, or until well combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before serving.

super chocolatey brownies

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  1. Oh! My! Those look great. If I didn’t have a chocolate cake about to come out of the oven, I’d be making them today.

  2. Makin’ these tonight for school lunch! You are the Bomb-Diggity!

    • Bomb-Diggity! Woo-hoo! 😉

  3. I’ll be making these for my husband’s birthday this month. He requested brownies and yours look perfect. Shana tova!

    • Shana Tova! I hope your husband loves these for his birthday!

  4. Over the past few months, I’ve come to count on your excellent recipes. They always turn out. Today happens to be my birthday, and this brownie recipe makes a great present. Thanks so much. No one in my family dares try making me a cake anymore (because of my dietary restrictions) but my 8-year-old was more than happy to help me make these brownies. They’re in the oven right now and smell fantastic.

    • Thanks Christine! I hope you had a fabulous birthday, and that these brownies were the perfect sweet celebration!

  5. Accidentally bought cacao nibs instead of powder. Is it ok to just grind them up in the food processor?

    • Ugh- I’ve totally done that! I’m not sure if you’ll get a fine enough powder in a food processor… Do you have a coffee grinder?

      • Yes I do. Claire actually suggested that. Will give it a shot and let you know how it goes!!

      • Update: pulverized the nibs in the coffee grinder and the brownies came out quite tasty. Will get the powder next time for sure.

      • Oh yay! I’m glad it worked.

  6. These are amazing! Thank you so much. I used cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips, and baked the brownies in a 9×9 inch pan for 35 minutes. Perfect. Much chocolate bliss. You are a genius, and I will pay close attention to every recipe you post.

    • Thanks Kristin! Chocolate bliss is the goal :)

  7. Just finished a batch of these and they rival my all-time favorite (pre-Paleo) brownie recipe for flavor and fast prep! And a perfect way to use up copious amounts of homeraised eggs. Definitely much chocolate bliss but I am going to add nuts next time.

    • woot! Good call on the nuts… I used to always put them in brownies, but there’s a no nuts in baked goods rule in this house. Although if I broke it, I’d get all of the brownies… hmmmm 😉

  8. This recipe is amazing! So delicious. I used half butter half coconut oil and they turned out really well!

    • Yay! So glad you loved them.

  9. Absolutely love these! – I accidentally burnt them (don’t judge me) and they still taste amazing!!!going to make them again and give the non-burnt version a try!

  10. Thinking of baking them for Chanukah / thanksgiving .
    Can’t wait to give them a try

  11. How many does this serve?

    • They’re pretty rich, so you should be able to get 24 small(ish) squares out of a 13×9 pan.

      • Thanks

      • Simone, I have no idea why I just discovered this recipe! It looks amazing and I am super looking forward to your cookbook! Congrats! What do you think about browning the butter before adding it into the batter? Thanks! :-)

      • Thanks, Pete! I’m so glad you’re looking forward to the book :) And I think browning the butter is always a good idea! I bet it would add great flavor. Let me know if you try it.

  12. These rocked my socks. Definitely a keeper! Thanks.

  13. Mmm, you can’t make me tell how many of these I ate today! While I do miss the chewiness of gluten-laden goods, the flavor of these is spectacular! I used half unsweetened chocolate, which I melted in with the honey and butter…the other half I kept chocolate chips and mixed those in with the batter rather than melted them, as I like chunks of something and am sharing with some nut-free friends. Baked in an 8×8 for 30 minutes (I have a compulsion to slightly under bake brownies) and these are great…I might even bake a few minutes less next time I make them – and there will definitely be a next time! Thanks for making this pregnant lady’s day with an easy, wonderful recipe!

    • haha You get to eat too many brownies when you’re pregnant, right? 😉 I’m so glad you loved them!

  14. These look so yummy! Question, Is the anything that could be substituted for coconut flour? My kids’ school is nut free, including coconut.

    • coconut is so unique, it’s tough to find a cup for cup swap for it. Since it’s such a small amount, you could probably play with adding more tapioca or arrowroot. OR removing one of the eggs. It might take some trial and error, but hopefully the not-quite-perfect brownie test runs are still worth eating! :) Let me know if you come up with a good swap!

  15. These are so good. My teenage daughter makes them and adds frosting. We found we like the texture better without the honey. My daughter forgot it one day and we like it better that way.


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