Easy Paleo Brownies are deliciously fudgy and made with simple ingredients like maple syrup, almond flour, coconut sugar, and eggs. Because they’re paleo, they’re also dairy- and gluten-free. This easy brownie recipe is ready in just 20 minutes and is sure to be a hit.
The most delicious paleo brownies ever created
Raise your hand if one of your earliest baking experiences involved boxed brownie mix! I know mine did. I remember that whenever we had a school function or birthday party to go to, I’d jump at the excuse to whip up a tasty batch of my all-time favorite dessert.
They were foolproof and so easy, and it meant that I could sneak a bit of the batter! I was sold.
I still love brownies to this day, and I’ve made more versions than I can count! However, there is one recipe that I just recently perfected: the paleo brownie. Yep, you can totally make brownies without the gluten and dairy!
The recipe that I’ve put together is easy to make, made with nutrient rich ingredients, and can be ready from start to finish in less than 30 minutes. Who’s in?!
What ingredients are in paleo brownies?
One thing that makes this recipe great is the simplicity. All of the ingredients used are easily accessible and can be found at any grocery store! You can also find them online, if that’s what you prefer.
Any brand of any of the ingredients will work!
- Coconut sugar
- Maple syrup
- Coconut oil
- Almond flour
- Cocoa powder
- Baking soda
- Sea salt
- Chocolate (for drizzling)
What you’ll need to make healthy brownies
This recipe is kept simple in terms of the kitchen tools that are required too! In total, you’ll need six different items, in addition to your measuring cups.
Additionally, you’ll need to measure out almost all of the ingredients, so be sure to have the following measuring cups handy: 1/4 tsp, 1 tsp, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 2/3 cup, and 3/4 cup.
How to make easy paleo brownies
Believe me when I say that easy paleo brownies truly live up to their name. They’re just… easy! I’m pretty sure that anyone, at any age, with any bit of baking experience could whip these up in no time.
Simply prepare your baking dish, mix your ingredients to form the ooey gooey delicious batter, and bake! In no time, you’ll have a steaming hot dish of fudgy brownies ready to devour.
Here’s a full breakdown of what you’ll need to do to bring these tasty treats to life.
To begin making your own homemade cocoa powder brownies, preheat the oven to 350F and prepare an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or oil.
Then, in a separate bowl, stir together the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until everything is well combined.
Next, pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Finally, let everything cool completely before serving, and enjoy!
Delicious add-ons to include on top
Want to take your brownies one step higher and create a knock out presentation at the same time? Use some add-ons! These delicious toppings will make all of your brownie dreams come true.
- Mini M&Ms: Who doesn’t love candy?! Add these little treats to your brownies for a delicious rainbow finishing touch.
- Crushed Twix Bars: Love caramel? Add some! Crush up Twix bars (or your favorite candy bar) and sprinkle it on top.
- Sprinkles: Can’t go wrong with classic sprinkles! Any kind will work.
- Nuts: Add yummy crushed pecans, peanuts, or walnuts to the top of your brownies for an added crunch!
Note: Some of these toppings may not be paleo-friendly.
What makes these brownies paleo?
If you’re on a low-carb or paleo diet, you do not have to give up dessert… ever! Fortunately for you, many of the recipes on my blog are paleo friendly (I’ve linked to some of my favorites below).
This means that while these desserts are paleo-approved, they’re also gluten- and grain-free. They’re made from alternative flours like almond, coconut, or cassava, as anything with gluten is omitted from the recipe.
In addition to being gluten-free, the paleo diet does not include dairy, so any paleo recipe on my site is also dairy-free! I use alternatives like almond milk in place of milk, and coconut oil in place of butter. I also substitute granulated sugar with natural alternatives like coconut sugar or maple syrup!
For this particular recipe, you’ll find a wide variety of healthy swaps like almond flour, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and coconut oil. These were chosen to bring these brownies to life, sans the gluten, sugar, and dairy!
Helpful baking tips
Have paleo brownie questions? Here are some tips that you may find useful!
Baking pan size
I like to use an 8×8 pan for my brownies, because it makes them turn out thick. Any size pan will work, just note that larger pans will result in thinner brownies. You will also need to adjust the baking time accordingly.
There are a number of ingredients that can be swapped, which comes in handy if you find yourself in an ingredient pickle! You can swap coconut sugar for regular sugar at a 1:1 ratio, and you can substitute coconut oil for any similar high-fat baking oil (also at a 1:1 ratio). As for maple syrup, you can use honey or molasses. Add this one to taste, as a 1:1 ratio may be too much.
Storing almond flour brownies
These brownies can be kept on the counter or in the refrigerator. Either way, store them in a securely sealed container to keep them nice, fresh, and fluffy.
Try these paleo desserts next
Loving these delicious diet-approved paleo brownies? If so, you’re in luck. There are so many more delicious treats where these came from! Below are some of my favorites that I’m sure you’ll enjoy too.
- Preheat oven to 350F and prepare an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or oil.
- In a large bowl, beat together eggs, coconut sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla.
- In a separate small bowl, stir together almond flour, cacao powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to wet, stirring until fully combined.
- Pour batter into prepared dish and bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before serving and store on counter or in fridge.
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