Gluten-Free Coconut-Flour Brownies

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I grew up loving brownies. Box brownies, of course. I knew how to make them by the time I was eight years old. But box brownies are not good for you. They are all sugar, white flour, and vegetable oil.

These homemade brownies have none of the gross vegetable oil. Just grass-fed butter and cream. And instead of nutrient-free white flour, this recipe uses healthy coconut flour. So if you're gluten-free, you can eat this.

I found the recipe on the Tropical Traditions website — and I did make a few changes to it. Instead of using the brown sugar and brown rice syrup the recipe called for, I used sucanat and maple syrup — much healthier sweeteners.

They also called for an 8 x 11 baking dish. I did not have one. I had an 8 x 8 baking dish, which is what I used. The brownies were too moist after 30 minutes, so I baked them for an additional 20 minutes, for a total of 50 minutes.

I also added one pinch of sea salt. It's always a good idea to add a pinch of salt to anything sweet — the salt intensifies the sweetness.

I did use regular chocolate which does have some refined sugar. However, you can get chocolate sweetened with sucanat made by Rapunzel (I found it at Whole Foods).

The recipe says this makes 24 bars. This seems absolutely outlandish to me — unless you are eating TINY TINY bars. And who would want to do that?

Also, you will want to have some children on hand to lick the spoons and beaters and bowl and scraper. Otherwise you will have to do all of that yourself, like I did. Quite a lot of work, but if you don't have children, I suppose you will have to manage. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Gluten-Free Coconut-Flour Brownies

  • Author: Ann Marie Michaels

Ingredients

  • Grass-fed butter (8 ounces)
  • Sucanat (2 cups)
  • Bittersweet chocolate (8 ounces)
  • Real maple syrup (2 TBS)
  • Pastured eggs (4)
  • Vanilla extract (2 tsp)
  • Coconut flour (1 1/2 cup)
  • Unsweetened organic cocoa powder (4 TBS)
  • Aluminum-free baking powder (1 tsp)
  • Heavy cream (1/2 cup) — from grass-fed cows
  • Sea salt (1 pinch)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with butter.
2. Add butter, sucanat, chocolate, and maple syrup to a medium saucepan and melt on low heat, stirring until everything is well blended and smooth.

3. Stir in the cocoa powder. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
4. Beat the eggsand vanilla extract together with an electric mixer until frothy. Then on low speed, mix in cooled chocolate mixture and sugar.
5. Add in the flour, heavy cream, baking powder, beating the mixture after each addition.
6. Pour mixture into the greased dish and bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until the top of the brownies is crisp and the edges begin to pull away from the pan. (The original recipe called for 30 minutes but it was SUPER gooey when I pulled it out — so I stuck it back in for 20 minutes.)
7. Serve with a tall glass of raw milk.

These brownies taste delicious. Very fudgy and chocolately! However, I think the recipe still needs a tiny bit of tweaking. The texture was good — but not exactly right. Maybe I will try a couple more eggs…

There is another recipe for coconut flour brownies in Bruce Fife's new book, “Cooking With Coconut Flour”. I think he uses more eggs. I am going to try that one next — I'll let you know how it comes out.

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I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the worldโ€™s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.โ€จโ€จ The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Cheeseslave.com. Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

63 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Coconut-Flour Brownies

    1. Hi Imara,

      I would think it would taste less coconutty since it would have a less stronger taste than unrefined coconut oil.

  1. ;D I guess the customs would be crazy…
    I know some girls who ordered some diapers in US they became the most expensive diapers ever !

    I asked for it today in my local health shop – and she promised she would look out for it .

    Iยดll let you know how it is with almondflour

  2. Yum! I love brownies, and these look great, with my kind of ingredients! I too grew up on boxed brownies, and have found it difficult at times to get the right texture with homemade brownie recipes. This one might do the trick! Thanks!

    Best,
    Sarah

  3. I’m curious about the Kerrygold butter. Nothing on the package I looked at yesterday indicates it is from grass-fed herds. Do you know how/where I can confirm this? TJs sells it for a decent price, btw.

    I’m stocking up on Organic Valley grassfed butter. They only produce it May-September, so I’m freezing some for later in the winter.

  4. Oh, how delicious! Even in Australia we can get lots of coconut flour and Im stocked up right now. Im on 3 weeks holidays in exactly 48hrs and I cant wait to bake some of these with my girls. YAY for the holidays…and double YAY for these brownies ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Yay! I’m glad you tried them. I see you used Callebaut bittersweet chocolate! Callebaut is my fave. In cooking school, we did a blind taste test and I preferred Callebaut over Scharffen Berger and others. I’ll have to look for the chocolate made with rapadura. I too found the brownies way to gooey after 30 min’s (I also used an 8×8 square and added pinch of sea salt!). I ended up cooking them a bit too long, prob about 55 minutes so they were very, very brown on the bottom and the consistency was more cake-like than fudgy. I mixed it by hand with a whisk and the batter got really, really thick. Still really good, but I agree, this recipe needs a little tweak. You’ll have to let me know how Bruce Fife’s brownie recipe turns out!

    BTW I made the coconut flour bread. It was very tasty, but I think I should have mixed it with an electric mixer instead of by hand. It got really, really thick like the coconut flour brownie mix and came out really dense and didn’t rise much. It turned out like pound cake. I also think I should have added all the coconut flour at once, not in 3 parts (I was adding it 1/4 cup at a time, whisking after each addition which I think made the batter super thick). Did you use an electric mixer when you made your coconut flour bread?

  6. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Wonder when they’ll come up with scratch and sniff pages…..it’s not taking much, but I think I can smell them now. Let me get just a little bit closer to the screen. Snnnnnnn! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Wow, that’s a ton of sugar! I’ll have to tweak it a bit more. I LOVE Rapunzel cocoa. Are they super sweet???

  7. I am curious, my son, who has a TON of allergies and is deathly allergic to eggs, if there is a sub for the eggs in all the coconut flour recipes? Have you heard of any good ones? Thanks. I have TOTALLY been enjoying your blog btw! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing all your information with us. I know my fmaily is going to be so much healthier as a result.

  8. Hi, Jungleen!

    That is interesting about the Callebaut. I always thought Scharffen Berger was supposed to be better. I saw the Callebaut at Surfas and I thought I’d give it a try.

    My in-laws tried the brownies last night and they gave them thumbs up! My father-in-law said they were “very fudgy, very chocolatey, and moist”.

    Re: coconut flour bread — I did not use an electric mixer. I also did not sift the flour like Fife recommends (laziness, and don’t own a sifter). The bread is pretty dense, kinda like a pound cake. It didn’t rise a lot for me either. I don’t think you’ll see a lot of rise with coconut flour.. I used a loaf pan which worked well. I think you have to use a loaf pan with coconut flour — I don’t think you could do it freeform.

  9. Diane,

    You crack me up you funny lady! :-*

    Yes they are SUPER sweet. For those of us who don’t eat a lot of sweets, maybe too sweet. For regular people who normally eat sugar daily, they are just right.

    I generally think most sweets are TOO sweet. Of course, my taste buds have changed. The idea of drinking a Coke sounds nasty to me now — and I used to like soda.

    Bruce Fife actually has two brownie recipes in his Cooking with Coconut Four book. One is a regular sweet version and the other is a less sweet version of the brownies. I will have to test both and see which I like better.

  10. I’ve made a number of Bruce Fife’s coconut flour recipes using the lower sugar option (usually that is half the sugar amount, plus stevia, but most of the time I leave he stevia and it’s just perfect). I’ve even gone lower than his low sugar option, which is fine with my family, but would perhaps not go over well with others.

    But that’s because I my tastebuds are so sensitive to sugar now (with my low sugar WOE) I can even taste the sugar in very fresh romaine lettuce. It’s amazing how sweet veggies taste if the tastebuds aren’t bombarded with sugar all the time. At first I thought it was because most of our produce comes forma local farm CSA box subscription and it’s so fresh compared to supermarket produce that has to be transported all over and stored in warehouses, etc., but even when I eat away from home, I can taste a faint sweetness in foods others don’t detect. Added sugar items like catsup taste ghastly, like syrup to me now.

  11. I just had another brownie. The more I eat these brownies, the more I like them. And on the third sampling, I can say that they’re not TOO sweet for me. (Although I will try making the less sweet version.)

    I think what is different about the texture is they are more like a cross between fudge and brownie.

    The texture is not like brownie exactly — nor is it exactly like fudge. It is somewhere in between.

    Perhaps we should call them Brudge.

    Or Frownies!

  12. Oh my golly, I just thought how yummy these would be with homemade raw ice cream! I’m nearly having an attack right now. Lucky Gma Nancy and Gpa Ed!!! So when do I get my invite? If I ever come out to see my sis, I’ll stop by only if you promise to make these for me!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    How’s Kate liking daycare? She’s probably head of the social committee!

  13. Hi! I’ve been visiting your blog for a few months now and really have enjoyed it. It’s always nice to come across someone with similar nutritional philosophies as me.

    Just had to leave this comment to say:

    1. I’m definitely going to have to make these brownies.
    2. I think that you should re-name them “frownies.” (I laughed so hard when I read that. Ha! – and laughed again when I typed it!) ๐Ÿ™‚
    3, Keep up your wonderful posts!

    Thanks,
    Mandy

  14. I’ll make you brownies whenever you like and you are welcome here anytime!

    Katie loves daycare, and yes, you are right — she is running the social committee! That’s our Kate!

  15. Hi, Mandy,

    I’m glad you liked my joke.

    Nobody laughed around here, even though I retold the joke several times. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (“Get it, frownies?!”)

    Thanks for commenting — it makes me feel good to know that someone out there appreciated it!

    ๐Ÿ˜€

    Ann Marie

    1. I’m laughing at the picture in my head. Stuffing my face with brownies telling my kids “No, you won’t like these, they’re ‘frownies.'” With a concerned frown on my face, of course. I don’t think they’d fall for it….

  16. They look amazing. I’m going to try coconut flour for sure. I had never even heard of it before. Lately I’ve been using a mix of nut meal and rice blend flour w/ fantastic results…

    I’ve been given a Bookworm award and now I’m giving it to you. Tag–you’re it.

  17. Well, I broke down today while at the HFS. I passed the chocolate when leaving the produce and it called my name. So without thinking twice, I grabbed enough (which I memorized!) to make the brownies! I’m going to try Dark Choc bars and less sugar, maybe even raw honey. It’s really awful that my chocolate companion is in Germany. That means I’ll have to eat them all by myself. I’ll make them for Christmas Eve dinner. Eww, and they’ll go so well with my homemade raw ice cream. Drool……..

  18. Hahaha Diane that’s so cute that you memorized the amount!

    I’m going to try this fudge next:

    https://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2008/12/easiest-healthiest-most-scrmptious.html

  19. Becca is heading to Ethiopia in January, where they will photograph and publish a book on the extreme poverty there. She’s having the time of her life. They went to Prague for a weekend and will be going back for Christmas break. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. opps forgot to say, I’m not sure when she’s coming home….maybe this summer for a few months and then returning?? or trying to figure out what to do with her life.

  21. Carla, I say why not try it! I haven’t tried baking with stevia. Maybe someone else has a better idea. What about honey? Can you use that? I think honey would work fine.

  22. I have a gluten free version of brownies that uses beans, ground chia seed and sorghum flour. I’ve never seen coconut flour, but I use and recommend coconut oil as oil of choice.

    Will have to source out coconut flour and make this.

    looks yummy

    Rob – @formerfatguyโ€™s last blog post..Build a Bigger Chest

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  24. I just made these brownies and they’re great! I used unsweetened chocolate instead of bittersweet and the sweetness was perfect! Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly (although I quartered it as there are only two of us!) You’re right, they were delicious washed down with a glass of fresh, creamy raw milk.

  25. these look great…. but i have a friend with celiac who says she can’s do dairy either. so i was wondering what would you suggest to replace the butter and cream?? i’m thinking of using coconut oil….any other ideas?

    1. You could try coconut milk and coconut oil.

      However, if your friend has both dairy and gluten allergies, I would not recommend chocolate and sugar. She really should be on the GAPS diet to heal her gut and possibly even reverse her allergies. Honey is the only recommended sweetener for people on GAPS and chocolate is not something they can digest. I reversed my own gluten intolerance.

  26. you wrote:

    “The texture was good โ€” but not exactly right. Maybe I will try a couple more eggsโ€ฆ

    There is another recipe for coconut flour brownies in Bruce Fifeโ€™s new book, โ€œCooking With Coconut Flourโ€. I think he uses more eggs. I am going to try that one next โ€” Iโ€™ll let you know how it comes out. ”

    I’m wondering if you’ve adjusted this recipe or tried the other one in Fife’s book and have a preference? I’ve tried a few coconut flour brownie recipes and haven’t found one I really like. Will try this one, tho…

  27. I just made a half batch these last night this way:

    i used unsalted butter so added an additional 1/8 tsp celtic sea salt; i didn’t have ‘bittersweet” chocolate but did have a 3.5 oz bar of Lindt 70% and supplemented the difference with 85% Lindt chocolate. I baked them in a well-greased 8×8 glass pan for 30 minutes, which was a tad too long (but i was on the phone!).

    other than being too done, they turned out great! even as ‘too done’ as they are, the centers are still very moist! good taste, too.

  28. This looks great. I’ll be trying it out. I wonder if this can be adapted to be more GAPS friendly.
    Cheeslave, I noticed in another post you made brownies with date syrup? Any chance for the recipe?

  29. Cheeseslave- did you ever experiment with the brownies again? I have been trying different recipes to find one really really brownie like. I will try this one too.

  30. Those look AMAZING! I suppose they probably won’t help me drop any pounds but the next time I can’t resist a brownie, I’m making these!

  31. I know this is an old post, but thought I’d add my experiences with the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just made these up last night with some adjustments (I’m trying to go mostly sugar-free and grain-free for now to get rid of hormonal acne – it’s working!).
    The flavor is excellent, with some tweeking. (very chocolatey!)

    I should have paid attention to what Karen said about 30 min being too long of a baking time for 1/2 of a recipe in an 8×8 pan because mine definitely got overdone (more dry and crumbly than I like). Next time I’ll start checking @ 20 min. These are a definite “do-over” when I am craving something sweet that I won’t over indulge on. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My ingredient adjustments for 1/2 recipe:
    -1/2 C Sucanate plus enough stevia to equal 1/2 C.
    -3 oz unsweetened chocolate plus 2 Tbsp carob powder (in the future I might make this 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, 4 Tbsp carob powder, adding 2 extra Tbsp of fat to recipe)
    -1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 butter plus 1 Tbsp extra coconut oil to make up the difference for the decreased solid chocolate
    -Increased salt to about 1/4 tsp fine ground sea salt. (This definitely brought the flavor of the brownie up to “entirely satisfying”, vs “flat” and “not quite what my mouth wanted”)
    -A few hefty sprinkles of cinnamon (1/2 tsp?) and probably about 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. Yum!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve grown to love spice in my chocolate – makes it more satisfying somehow. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I tweeked the mixing technique to what I’ve always used for brownies (wonderful chewy fudgy Betty Crocker recipe) : melt the chocolate and fats together, remove from heat and stir in sweeteners. Then while mixture is still warm, beat in 1 egg at a time til well incorporated – will be smooth and fudge-like in consistency. Add flavoring, mix in well. Add dry ingredients, beat the heck out of it (this was mostly for the benefit of the coconut flour ๐Ÿ™‚ ), add cream – beat til smooth and incorporated. The batter looked just like it should (with “normal” brownies). ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi cherylp,

      I’d love to hear more about the hormonal acne control and your before and after. Thanks for sharing the recipe mods, too!

  32. Try subbing blanched almond flour for some (or most) most of the coconut flour for a better texture. I make my brownies with these wholesome ingredients, but use only 2 T coconut flour with the remaining 3/4 cup of almond flour. I recommended Honeyville’s Blanched Almond flour.

    I love the specifics in your ingredient list!!! I endorse them all!

  33. I just made these but modified the recipe slightly. First of all, I used Splenda. (yes I know it’s horrible… please don’t comment on that. I will be giving it up soon, but one bad habit at a time) Secondly, I didn’t have chips so I used extra cocoa powder.

    The brownies turned out pretty good, but I am very glad I checked them after
    30 minutes. They were totally done and would have burned if I had left them in longer. I am at altitude, so I don’t know if that makes a difference.

    This was my very first time cooking with coconut flour and the results were pretty good. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  34. My kids didn’t like these. I thought they tasted good but were so crumbly. I am now going to make balls out of them.

  35. I loved this recipe, I baked the brownies for 36 min and I found the consistency very nice, it was somewhat between a brownie and flour less cake. Very yummy substitute for the box!

  36. I use almond flour/meal in my brownies, but it’s just a small amount, mixed with some rice flour. It is a bit grainy but it just makes it taste nutty. Less flour makes a moister brownie, anyway. Your recipe does look good.

    I also found that adding chopped up tart cherries is good.

  37. Would this recipe also workout well with increasing/just cacao powder as I can’t get good chocolate over here? and can I also leave out the cream,or maybe substitute it for yoghurt?

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