This Best Gluten-free Turtle Brownies post was originally posted 9/13/2019. Updated 11/24/2020.
These turtle-style gluten-free brownies are the absolute best! They're rich and bursting with chocolate caramel flavor. With a fudgy brownie base, chopped pecans scattered throughout, and homemade caramel sauce seeping into every little bite, the best is the only way to describe them.
The Best Gluten-free Turtle Brownies
Who doesn’t love a good chocolate turtle? It’s basically a pecan cluster glued together with caramel and covered in chocolate. What’s not to love?!
As a brownie-obsessed gal, I just knew a turtle-style brownie would not disappoint. A brownie already decked with chocolate flavor so why not add a little more with a touch of caramel and some pecans? After this recipe, I can confirm these gluten-free turtle brownies are the very best!
What you need to make the best gluten-free turtle-style brownies
All you need to make these mind-blowing brownies are the typical gluten-free brownie ingredients plus some necessities to make it turtle-esque:
- Coconut sugar
- Chocolate chips
- Coconut oil
- Almond flour
- Cacao powder
- Caramel sauce
How to make these brownies
Making these brownies is a breeze. Like almost too easy. You need to do a little prep work with the caramel sauce, but other than that these babies can be whipped up in no time!
First, we prepare the brownie batter just like these paleo dark chocolate brownies. The ingredients vary slightly but the method is the same. Beat the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is nice and creamy. Then add the melted chocolate followed by the remaining dry ingredients. After that, stir the chopped pecans into the batter.
Once the pecans are well mixed, add the caramel sauce and stir a few times to incorporate. Finally, pour the brownie batter into a lined 8 X 8 baking pan. I like to hold the parchment paper in place with a couple chip clips. This helps the parchment paper from moving around when you pour in the batter.
Best way to cut these brownies
Something my grandma taught me years and years ago was the best way to cut a fresh batch of brownies. I can't be the only one who hated when they looked so fresh and clean but then a crumbled mess once you cut them into squares. The trick is to use a plastic knife. The plastic doesn't stick to the brownie like a metal knife does and thus ensures a super clean cut!
Want more brownies? Check these out!
- Chickpea Brownie Batter
- Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich
- Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Turtle-style brownies that are rich and bursting with caramel flavor that scream fall! With a fudgy brownie base, chopped pecans scattered throughout, and warm homemade caramel sauce seeping into every little bite, INSANE is the only way to describe them.
For the Brownie
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (semi sweet will work here too)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 cup almond flour
- 3 Tbsp cacao powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt (plus more to top, if desired)
- 1 cup chopped pecans (plus more to top, if desired)
- ¼ cup 3 Ingredient Caramel Sauce (plus more to top, if desired)
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a skillet, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil on the stove over medium-low heat. Remove from heat once melted to cool.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and coconut sugar together until the mixture is creamy and has almost doubled in size (this can take 2 - 3 minutes). Add the vanilla and melted chocolate and continue to mix. Fold in the almond flour, cacao powder, and sea salt until no flour clumps remain.
- Mix the chopped pecans into the batter. Next, fold in the caramel sauce.
- Pour the batter into an 8 X 8 pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 24 - 28 minutes until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean
- Let brownies cool before topping with more chopped pecans, caramel sauce, and sea salt.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days on the counter or a week in the fridge
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