Gluten Free Brownies

browniesLet’s first acknowledge that any paleo baked goods aren’t really following the framework of the Paleo Diet.  However, if you have decided to indulge in a baked treat, paleo versions with nut butter, almond flour or coconut flour are at the much healthier end of the spectrum as well as being completely gluten free.  Way better to indulge in one of these than go off the deep end and eat the traditional version, especially if you are highly sensitive to gluten.  It’s good to remember that these should be treats and indulgences rather than an everyday thing, especially if you want to keep your daily sugar intake low and your weight from creeping up.

All that aside, these brownies are a great way to indulge and best of all, you can serve them to non-paleo people and they love them too!  I made them recently for a big family gathering (who all have various dietary preferences) and they were thoroughly enjoyed by all.  We served them plain or with amazingly sweet, fresh Michigan strawberries for the paleo eaters, with whipped cream and strawberries for those adding dairy and with scoops of vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and strawberries for the non-paleo clan.brownie with whipped

This was the very first brownie recipe I attempted after starting paleo and is one I turn to most often when bringing dessert to a gathering.  I’ve tried others and most are quite delicious, but these get the rave reviews.  The recipe for these brownies, like most of the baked goods I make, are from Elana’s Pantry.  Elana has taken all the guess work out of great gluten free baked goods and for that I am very grateful!

Easy Gluten Free Brownies

  • 1 16 oz jar creamy roasted almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks (I use dark chocolate)
  1. In a large bowl, blend almond butter until smooth with a hand blender
  2. Blend in eggs, then blend in honey and vanilla
  3. Blend in cacao, salt and baking soda, then fold in chocolate chips
  4. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish (I use coconut oil)
  5. Scoop batter into baking dish
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-40 minutes (30 minutes works perfectly in my oven)

Be aware that the brownies will rise to the top of the pan while baking, but will sink down in the middle when cooled.

For a more paleo version which is also delicious, try Elana’s Paleo Brownies.  As Elana puts it: “Sweetened with a mere seven dates in the entire batch of brownies, and a bit of stevia, these Paleo Brownies are also full of rich coconut oil and dark chocolate. And when I say “dark chocolate” I mean super dark chocolate –as in 100% cacao with no added sugar.”