Following our trials and tribulations as we attempt to remove all grains, many starchy vegetables and most sugars from our diet while maintaining our love of good food! We strive to make all of our recipes GAPS and/or SCD compliant. Note: We didn't know about "Grain-Free Gourmet" when we chose our name. We are not affiliated with those good folks.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Almond Flour Brownies

Imagine my delight when I discovered that Dr. Campbell-McBride had decreed that cocoa powder was OK for us advanced GAPSters. Then imagine my sadness when I discovered that there were zero decent almond flour brownie recipes out there on the internet. Of course I had to fill the void. Some things are worth a little trial and error! I believe I have finally got it right. These babies could definitely give the old gluten-laden variety a run for their money. I made these today, and there is one left (only because I don't think anyone else realizes it!).

These make a dense, moist, chewy, chocolaty brownie.

So here it is in all it's simple glory :)

Ingredients

2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup cocoa (I used raw cacao)
1/4 tsp. baking soda (this can be omitted)
1/4 tsp. sea salt (omit if using salted butter)

Method

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix honey, butter, vanilla and eggs until smooth. (If omitting baking soda, beat eggs until foamy before adding in other wet ingredients.) Add almond flour, cocoa, baking soda and optional salt. Stir to blend. Pour into greased 8x8x2 inch pan. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until center no longer jiggles and top feels cakey.

Cool on a wire rack at least until sides pull away from the edge of the pan before cutting.

66 comments:

  1. This looks yummy! I am definitely going to try these out. Thanks :)

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  2. Thanks! excited to give them a go!

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  3. I made these tonight w/some variations: halved honey w/ maple syrup. added a fourth cup of coconut flour. halved butter w/ coconut oil (cuz i like flavor of butter but want a vegi based fat more). dashed in a pinch of cinnamon. they were not a 'chewy' brownie, but WAY WORTH IT. thank you so much for posting this!

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  4. Teri, these look really good. I remember the flourless chocolate cake you made many Thanksgivings ago that was amazing!

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  5. I made these brownies and they are exactly what I have been looking for. Dense, chewy, and they hold together. Finally, a grain free brownie that is fabulous!

    Thanks for the great recipe :)

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  6. This is the best grain free brownie I have tried in the past year. This one is a keeper. I'll probably tweak it a little but this one passed the teenager test (he ate two) and the hubby test. With almond flour and honey, even I can eat this one and I ate two!! Thanks so much. Everybody needs brownies sometimes. Barb

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  7. Thanks to those who have offered feedback. It is great to hear that the recipe works ;)

    Stayc, thanks for sharing your modifications with us. Many people will want to try coconut flour and oil.

    Mary, we have so many fun, food-filled memories with you! I am working on a version of that same cake that I can post here. It's so dense and rich that you can't make it frequently. My first attempt was not a disaster, but not great either. We are going to have to go off chocolate for a bit, as we seem to be reacting to it. Hopefully by Valentine's day, we'll be able to tolerate it again.

    BTW, if you bake this same recipe in muffin cups, you get beautiful individual cakes that could be dressed up with raspberry puree and whipped cream (or sour cream) or homemade ice cream.

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  8. I haven't tried them cooked because they are currently in the oven right now, but the batter is amazing and better than anything else I've ever tried grain free! Thanks so much!

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  9. i've now eaten more than my fair share...soooo very good!!!!! thank you so much!!! i might be a little obsessed with brownies and chocolate...so really, it's so nice to have a great brownie recipe finally!

    erin

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    1. I hear you on the obsession thing :) Glad you enjoyed these though.

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  10. Made these today, very happy with them! I made a couple of modifications - I used agave nectar instead of honey, olive oil instead of butter, and I added cherries to it. Also, the mix was far too wet (perhaps because I used large eggs), so I added about an extra 1/2 cup of almond flour. But they came out soooo good, and really scratched the chocolate itch!!

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    1. Excellent. Thank you for sharing your modifications with us.

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    2. Agave nectar is really bad. It has more fructose than HFCS. Better stick to Sucranat.

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    3. I thought so too until I read further than Dr. Mercola. Check out www.Xagave.com and read the respectful & fact filled response to his bash on Agave nectar. It clarified lots of misconceptions and helped me alot.

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    4. Mercola is a quack, but fructose is still harder on your liver than sucrose or glucose, which is why HFCS is terrible for you, and so are some fruits (oranges). Honey is not necessarily better for you than raw cane sugar (though raw honey has medicinal properties, they are pretty much destroyed when baked).

      Xagave is made differently, but I have learned through experience with sweeteners and purportedly low glycemic/low carb/low sugar products not to trust labels too much (when you have a blood glucose monitor, it's pretty easy to figure out what's going on). Heck, I eat regular old refined sugar sometimes, I don't mind what you put in your brownies. But agave isn't health food.

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  11. I added 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut

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    1. I'm sure that was delicious too.

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  12. Yummmm. Used 2 cups of Honey instead of 2/3 as read recipe as 2-3!
    Still fantastic! Great Sunday treat with coffee. Not a lot left over & only made a few hours ago. Thanks for your recipe

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    1. Ha, ha! I've done that kind of thing before :)

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    2. The recipe calls for 2 1/3 cups of honey. Not 2 or 3 cups of honey.

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  13. Just made these and we love them! I thought they were very light with a melt-in-your-mouth type texture. Next time I'll double the recipe and put them in a 9x13 pan. I think they'd be wonderful with ice cream and hot fudge on top or chocolate chips mixed in the batter because they aren't all that sweet (definitely sweet enough for myself, my husband and my nearly 3-year old son, but maybe not quite sweet enough for sharing on their own with friends/family that are used to the processed box mixes). We love them on their own too though (so far we've only tried them warm since they're still cooling). Thanks for the great recipe, we will make these again and again for sure!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them. So far all of our non-GAPS friends have been fine with the level of sweetness, maybe because people have gotten so used to bittersweet chocolate?

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    2. I also kinda found them a bit under-sweet so just added a couple tsps of all natural sweetner like stevia to the batter and it was wonderful! Hope that is an acceptable option at least until my taste buds can adapt to a less sweeter taste :)

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  14. I've made these a few times now and we really like them. I doubled it in a 9x13 and thought they were a LITTLE thick for eating without a fork...so below is my conversion of 1.88 of the recipe to give a not too thick, not too thin brownie in a 9x13. I noticed that if you bake for 25 min, they're more cakey. Less (like 21-23 min), they're more brownie like. So, I think this would be a great recipe for some upcoming birthday cakes and I can just underbake them if I want a fudgier brownie. Thank you for the recipe!

    9x13 Pan

    1 1/4 cup honey
    1 cup melted butter
    2T vanilla extract
    5 eggs

    1 1/4 cup + 2T almond flour
    1 cup cocoa
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp. sea salt

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    1. Thank you for the scaled-up recipe and the suggestion for the fudgier texture :)

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  15. Just made em. Delicious taste. didnt hold together too well, maybe its high elevation.... i sprinkled alomonds on top. the honey is a great sweetness and i love almond. these are great, but next time ill have to figure out how to keep them together with something

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    1. You might try using another egg to help them bind together better. These are definitely more crumbly than traditional gluten brownies, but they hold together pretty well for us here at sea level. Another option, if you're not on GAPS, is to try adding a pinch of xanthan gum at the end of the mixing process. Xanthan gum is not allowed on GAPS though.

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    2. Also you may try using a tablespoon of flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons of water... this is equivalent to 1 egg... this may be better for you than adding an extra egg... good luck! I plan on making some of these myself .... they sound scrumptious!!!!

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  16. These are AMAZING!!! They are definitely better when completely cooled, they are delicious chilled, very rich and moist.

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    1. I am really going to have to try to get some of these chilled :) Thanks for the suggestion.

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  17. I did not have much luck this time, Will try again soon!!

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    1. If you let me know what your end results were like, I might be able to help troubleshoot.

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  18. I love to bake and I love chocolate. These are simple, packed full of amazing ingredients and so good. We used almond meal because it's all I had on hand so it turned out to be the most moist Delicious chocolate cake! Then I mixed up a cream cheese cacao icing and topped off the cake. Amazing! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Mmmmm, cream cheese cacao icing...

      I'm glad you enjoyed these! Thank you so much for the feedback :)

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  19. We are so addicted to these! Everyone we've served them too has also loved them. My 7 year old nephew who refuses to eat anything with nuts other than peanuts (or anything with healthy ingredients actually) and lives off of processed food even loves these and has no idea that they're not the usual box mixed brownies he's used to. I now cut down on the amount of vanilla because it was creating too strong of a flavor for our tastes (I just use 1 t now), but other than that the recipe is perfect and so easy! The person above is right - they are better when completely cooled, but still tasty warm. Sometimes when I'm making these to take to a party, I'll also add a few dark chocolate chips for an extra chocolate punch. I'm going to try them next with a cheesecake swirl to see how that works - can't wait to find out!

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    1. Excellent! Let us know how the cheesecake swirl turned out.

      I have also been using less vanilla, just to save it. I got in the habit of using a lot with coconut flour, which seems to mask flavors. I don't mind a strong vanilla taste, but it's not necessary in these.

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  20. Hi is it alright to substitute the coconut oil with olive oil? :)

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    1. Hi,

      You could certainly use olive oil in this recipe, but the flavor would be a bit stronger. Many Italians love olive oil in baked goods, so I think you should try it. If you do, let us know what you think!

      Teri

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  21. thank you so much for this recipe! I had previously tried some GAPS friendly coconut flour brownies and although my family loved them, I was so disappointed, they were just not for me. Brownies are the only thing I have craved since starting GAPS 4 months ago, so it was great to find this recipe. They aren't exactly the perfection I had remembered, but they are so much closer than I expected/than anything else I have tried, hooray!! The flavor is really good, and the texture is almost perfect. I am sure I will be making these again.

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    1. I am so glad you are enjoying these!

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  22. Can you substitute Stevia for the honey? If so, what would be the ratio?

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    1. Hi,

      I'm sure that you could make something like this work with stevia, but I'm not sure exactly how. The texture will change with the elimination of the honey, so you would probably need to increase your oil and/or eggs. If you come up with a good recipe, please let us know :)

      Teri

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  23. Hello! I had a few ingredients to use up, which is how I found your blog post. Never made brownies before -- and not much of a baker, generally -- but these turned out perfectly! Not too sweet, moist and fluffy. I used a mixture of butter and olive oil. As it is, we've eaten two and I have six more -- I used muffin tins. A friend is coming over later and I'll serve these with a bit of icing sugar dusted on top -- and served with a glass of red wine. Thanks so much for posting up this recipe!!

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  24. Just made them they smell delicious I am waiting for them to cool I can't wait, I used half a cup of ground flax seed and a half a cup of coconut flour instead of almond flour they are fantastic thank you for the recipe it's a keeper

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  25. I am doing something similar to GAPS- anti-fungal yeast free. I use Stevia a lot as it doesn't bother me and is allowed on the yeast free diet. I can not have any grains so I use almond meal quite a bit! I can not use honey and I have found that about 1/2 cup of honey is equal to about 1 tsp of Stevia in the concentrated powered form. ( I use either the Whole Foods brand or Trader Joes). I will try this recipe using the substitutions and will most likely add unsweetened applesauce or a little more butter or oil.

    www.goodbyefungus.blogspot.com

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  26. This is my go-to brownie recipe. It turns out great every time! I even double it sometimes. It's also great topped with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream. :-)

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  27. I tried these today and they were a big hit my my brownie-loving family. They are very picky about their brownies and I was so shocked I had to break my diet to try one. It was definately worth it. Thank you for posting it.

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  28. Just made these, and eating them right now...awesome!

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  29. Made these tonight with a little less honey and some stevia, they were chewy and amazing, my kids loved them too.

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  30. Just wanted to add, I made them today and added some peppermint extract...AMAZING!

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  31. mmmm!!! Just made these! And they're amazing! My mum she wanted brownies so I told her I'm making her these grain free ones. She thought they were going to be bad. Now she likes them, my family likes them. :-) oh, and I used dark cocoa. Yumm ^,^

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  32. Hooo-leee-cow! We went (wheatbelly) wheat-free a week ago and have been dying for some chocolate cake or brownies that resemble the real thing. No need to look any further, peeps, this is THE keeper chocolate cake/brownie recipe. I used coconut oil instead of butter, and upped the baking soda to 1/2 tsp. The result was like a super moist chocolate cake! The panic over finding a grain-free birthday cake/ holiday cake recipe is over! THANKS SO MUCH! :)

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  33. I am going to try them on Sunday for my birthday and double the recipe. I am going to make some substitutes. Agar, goat milk butter, carob powder, & omitting baking soda and salt. I usually use xylitol in place of sugar, but not sure how to do with this recipe. I have a great recipe for brownies, but have not made them for so long because it calls for maple syrup and brown rice syrup.

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  34. I made these on Tuesday and they were devoured! My fiancee LOVED these! Since we've gone grain free I've been constantly searching for great recipes that still taste like normal... this one is a keeper! Thank you SO MUCH!

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  35. This recipe is a keeper. So they might not be as chewy or fudge-y as traditional brownies (although I have yet to see what they're like once chilled), but let's face it- they are pretty damn successful for being GAPS. I am personally a fan of bittersweet chocolate so I like the taste, and the combination with coconut is simply heavenly. I will definitely be making these again. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. These are AWESOME! Thank you for sharing!

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  37. These were amazeballs! More cake like than fudge like, but delicious nonetheless. I used 1/3 cup of succanat and a few tbs of raw honey because the latter is so expensive. It had the right amount of sweetness. I did also reduce the vanilla extract to 1 tsp. Thank you!

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  38. Teri,

    Can you please point me in the direction of where you saw that cocoa was GAPs legal for late-stagers? I am teaching some friends about GAPs and want to make sure I am giving them the right info. Everywhere I've looked so far says cocoa is off limits.

    thanks!!

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  39. Hi n*trouble,

    Dr. Campbell-McBride addresses the issue of cocoa in her frequently asked questions, here: http://www.gaps.me/preview/?page_id=32. I hope that helps.

    One could also use these brownies while transitioning from a standard diet to the GAPS diet. Many people like to start on "full GAPS" before working their way to the "intro diet". This recipe is also great for "Nourishing Traditions" folks and those who would just like a more nutrient-dense treat. I believe that these are far more nutritious than a commercial granola bar, for instance.

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  40. I tried these today and they were a big hit!! Love it!!! I added a cup of coconut flour and halved honey w/ maple syrup. Very good. Thank you:)

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  41. These brownies are fantastic. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  42. These brownies are wonderful!! They're also fantastic with peanut butter spread on them. :-)

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  43. I am on my second week of being wheat free. I'm still figuring out different ways to use almond flour. These brownies are so delicious! I'm so happy to have a treat I can eat and also know my kids will enjoy it (and it is much healthier for them). I'm serving these up as dessert for Plam Sunday lunch.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  44. I just want to say these are amazing! They are my go to when I need a treat and everyone grain free or otherwise loves them. Thank you so so much!

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  45. For a sugar free variety, here's how we altered the recipe. First off, we doubled it to make it fit a 9x13 pan. Second, we omitted the honey. Third, we added 2/3 c coconut milk, 4 T stevia and 2 T xylitol. As I said, all other ingredients were doubled. They did have to cook a little longer but turned out fabulous!

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  46. I made these with 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup honey. The taste is very good, but I find the cake is a bit oily. Since butter is not all fat, perhaps that would be better for us.

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