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Easy Chocolate Brownies (Gluten And Dairy-Free)

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Not only are these chocolate brownies deliciously soft and spongy, but they’re also gluten and dairy free and paleo friendly. Serve them warm with ice cream or custard for a delectable dessert.

clean eating brownies

Not only are these chocolate brownies deliciously soft and spongy, but they’re also gluten and dairy free and paleo friendly. Serve them warm with ice cream or custard for a delectable dessert.

If you’re making a gluten free dessert, it can be challenging to get the texture right. The key to this recipe’s fantastic cakey texture and yummy taste is almond butter, which is used instead of flour. If you’re looking for more gluten free dessert recipes, try this gluten free pumpkin cheesecake or these chocolate pretzel bites with peanut butter which also make a fabulous Christmas gift!

Why You’ll Love These Easy Chocolate Brownies

  • They’re Paleo compliant – A lot of paleo desserts can be a bit complicated. The thing I love about these easy brownies is how simple they are to make. All you have to do is combine the ingredients, pop them in the oven and bake. You’ll have a plate of homemade brownies ready in less time than it takes to watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix.
  • Chocolatey, moist, and so tasty! – Just wait until you taste them! Even kids like them
  • Beautifully cakey in texture, making them a wonderful dessert.
  • Free from refined sugar – We use only natural sweeteners!
  • Gluten free & Dairy Free

And because the main ingredients are Almond Butter and cocoa powder, I serve them to my kids for breakfast as we are running out the door. It gives them a boost of energy and the almond butter keeps them satisfied until snack time.

I found this particular brownie recipe through Prepdish.com. I just made a few modifications to make them more to our liking!

Ingredients for Homemade Brownies

I started experimenting with these chocolate brownies because I was trying to find a chocolate dessert to give my kids. My kids adore chocolate, but I don’t like how refined sugar is in most chocolate treats. So I make these brownies with cocoa powder or cacao to give a rich chocolate taste and maple syrup or honey for sweetness without the refined sugar, and the kids love them!

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  • Almond Butter You can substitute peanut butter or cashew butter. It will change the flavor but should still be delicious! Not only does almond butter give your brownies a wonderful texture, but it also comes with a lot of health benefits. In particular, almond butter is rich in healthy fats and nutrients that are good for your heart.
  • Honey or Maple Syrup – Used to sweeten the brownies and mean that you don’t need to add refined sugar.
  • Eggs You can make Flax eggs if you want to leave out the eggs. One egg is equal to 1 Tablespoon of ground flax seeds + 3 Tablespoons of Water. Mix well and let it sit for 5 minutes
  • Vanilla Extract – Often used in baking as it brings out the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Cacao Powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • Ground Flax Seeds – This is optional. I like to add to get a little more nutrition into the kids
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon – The cinnamon is optional but it really strengthens the chocolate flavor!

How to make clean eating brownies:

clean eating brownie

In a large bowl, Stir together the Almond butter, honey or maple syrup, eggs and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients – cocoa powder, ground flax seed, baking soda and cinnamon

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Pour in to a greased 9×13′ pan. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until the middle is cooked. It should be fluffy when you press on it.

clean eating brownies

Important Teaching Tips

  • Make sure that you use good quality almond butter – look for almond butter which doesn’t have any ingredients other than almonds. 
  • It’s easy to overcook brownies, so check them before the 30 minutes are up; otherwise, they could end up dry.
  • Ensure that you use cacao powder or cocoa powder without any added sugar.

Brownies Recipe

  • 1 16 oz jar Almond Butter
  • 2/3 Cups Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cups Cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 3 Tbsp Flax (Ground)
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  1. In a large bowl, mix the Almond Butter, Honey or Maple Syrup, Eggs and Vanilla Extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the Cacao Powder, Ground Flax, Baking Soda and Cinnamon
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well
  4. Pour the batter into a greased 9×12 pan
  5. Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes, or until the center is cooked.
  6. Enjoy!
By on September 8th, 2017

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4 thoughts on “Easy Chocolate Brownies (Gluten And Dairy-Free)”

    • I use olive oil to grease the pan. I just use a napkin to spread it over the entire pan. The oil in the almond butter also helps to release the brownies.
      Yikes, can’t believe I forgot that step. I’ll update the recipe!


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