These gluten-free almond flour brownies have a deep fudgy texture, rich chocolaty flavor, crinkle top layer, and come together in about half an hour. This recipe is so easy and made with simple ingredients like almond flour, coconut sugar, and dairy-free chocolate, they may just be better than traditional brownies!
What Makes These The Best Brownies ?
These are by far the best fudgy brownies on the block! They encompass all the essential elements of life changing fudgy almond flour brownies and are sure to satisfy that chocolate craving:
- Taste - intense, rich chocolate flavor
- Texture - crispy edges with a crackled top, just like your favorite regular brownies
- Density - super fudgy but hold their form once sliced, the best part
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Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions
- Almond flour - This is the gluten free flour used in these gluten-free brownies. I like the Bob’s Red Mill meal brand. Almond meal is similar, it is just made with unpeeled almonds (aka the skin is still on) where almond flour is made from peeled almonds.
- Coconut sugar - Beating the sugar and eggs together in the secret to the beloved cracked top layer. More on this step below! Brown sugar is a great alternative if desired.
- Large eggs - These help bind the brownie batter together. I haven't tried this recipe with an egg replacer, but you can try flax eggs to make these vegan brownies.
- Dark chocolate - Yes, this recipe calls for real chocolate! This is what give the brownies a rich chocolate taste. Use high-quality dairy-free chocolate if possible.
- Coconut oil - Melted into the chocolate to provide moisture to the brownies. Swap with avocado oil or melted butter if needed.
- Cacao powder + Espresso powder - Used to add even more intense chocolate flavor to the brownies. Just a little bit of espresso powder (instant espresso) elevates the deep hints of cocoa. Use unsweetened cocoa powder if needed.
Step by Step Instructions
These delicious almond flour brownies are so easy to make! You will need a pot to melt the chocolate, a mixing bowl, and a square baking dish.
Step 1 : Melt the chocolate. For these moist brownies, first we need to melt the chocolate. Combine the chocolate chips and melted coconut oil in a pot or skillet and heat over the stove. A double boiler is best for this to prevent burning but not necessary.
Heat the pot over medium-low heat. Stir the chocolate around continuously until thin and silky smooth. Remove the pot from the element and set aside to cool down slightly.
Step 2 : Beat the coconut sugar and eggs. This is the secret step to the crinkle topped brownie look. Add the eggs and coconut sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat on high with a hand mixer until creamy and the mixture has almost doubled in size. The texture should be slightly thick and look a bit like peanut butter. This may take a few minutes so be patient with the mixer.
This can also be done with a stiff whisk. You will just need to whisk the mixture for a few additional minutes. Plus you'll get quite the arm workout!
Step 3 : Fold in the vanilla and chocolate. Next, add the vanilla extract and the melted chocolate to the large bowl. Fold together with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is fully incorporated. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl along the way.
Step 4 : Add the dry ingredients. Add the almond flour, cacao powder, espresso powder, and sea salt. Fold together with a rubber spatula until no flour clumps remain. Be careful not to over mix!
Add the additional chocolate chips and give the batter a couple big mixes with the spatula to disperse.
Step 5 : Bake! Line an 8x8 inch square pan with parchment paper and pour in the batter. I find it easier to clip the sides of the pan with a chip clip when pouring in the batter. Just remember to take them off before baking if your clips aren't oven safe!
Get any air bubbles out by "dropping" the pan on the counter a few times. Bake in the oven until you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
The crackle top will start to really develop while the brownies are cooling down.
How to Store
Store leftover brownies in an airtight container. They will keep for up to a week in the fridge and 5 days out on the counter.
Are These Brownies "Healthy"?
While the term healthy has a different definition for everyone, the answer to this question is yes and no.
Yes, they are made with wholesome ingredients. You won't find processed sugars, hydrogenated oils, or preservatives in this recipe.
However, these almond flour brownies do fall into the indulgent bucket in the healthy scheme of things.They have a good amount of high-quality dark chocolate and an entire cup of coconut sugar.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are two ways to achieve a clean cut when slicing the brownies. The first, use a plastic knife if you have one. This works wonders every time! The second is with a thin metal knife that has been warmed up. Simply run the blade under some hot water for a few seconds, wipe off the liquid and then cut.
Allow the brownies to cool in the baking pan for at least 20 minutes before slicing into squares.
There is a difference between a fudgy brownies and one that is under baked (aka gooey). Because there are eggs in these brownies, it's important to make sure they are cooked all the way through. When you think they are done baking, insert a toothpick into the center of the brownie pan. If it comes out clean, they're done. If there is a bit of batter on the toothpick, they need a few more minutes in the oven.
High quality dark chocolate is best for this recipe. This brand is my favorite - it's also paleo-friendly and vegan! These chips melt effortlessly into a smooth and silky consistency that's perfect for these brownies.
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Almond Flour Brownies
- 9 oz bag dark chocolate chips - roughly 2 cups, divided
- ⅓ cup coconut oil - melted and cooled
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 eggs - room temperature
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 3 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon espresso - sub. 1 tablespoon strong coffee
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt 1 ⅓ cups of the chocolate and the coconut oil in a pot on the stove over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until thin and silky smooth in consistency. Remove from element and set aside to cool down slightly.
- Beat the eggs and coconut sugar in a bowl using a stand mixer, hand beater, or stiff whisk. Whisk until the mixture has doubled in size and is slightly thick and sticky. This can take about 3 - 5 minutes and is the key to the crackled top layer!
- Once you have beat the coconut sugar and eggs well, add the vanilla and melted chocolate to the bowl. Fold with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is fully incorporated.
- Next, add the almond flour, cacao powder, espresso powder, and sea salt to the bowl. Slowly fold the batter until no flour clumps remain.
- Add in the remaining chocolate chips (about ¾ cup) and give the batter a couple big mixes to disperse the chips. Pour the batter into an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 24 - 28 minutes until you can insert a toothpick into the middle and it comes out clean.
- Let the brownies cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing into squares. See note below on how to get a perfectly clean cut! To store, place in an airtight container. The brownies will stay fresh for up to 5 days on the counter.