Best Fudgy Paleo Brownies

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This Fudgy Paleo Brownies recipe is the best! This heathy dessert recipe is ready in 15 minutes flat and makes the best paleo brownies ever! 

stack of 3 paleo brownies with another leaning against them

Have you ever hit recipe gold? I mean…you’ve created something and think, “this is so good it could be used as currency.” Thats how I feel about these Fudgy Paleo Brownies. They are fudgy, gooey, irresistibly chocolatey.

These paleo brownies are insanely delicious and are gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and vegan! Plus, they come together in 15 (yes, fifteen) minutes flat!

This paleo brownie recipe was born out of my desire to make super fudgy paleo brownies that didn’t call for melted chocolate. I wanted to create cocoa-based brownies that were just as good as their melted-chocolate counterparts. And, as I said previously I totally did it…jackpot.

paleo brownie sitting on it's side with other brownies around it

Paleo Brownies: Ingredients & Substitutions

Ok these paleo brownies are actually fairly versatile, so here are a few tried-and-true, delicious ways they can be slightly altered and still achieve the ultimate brownie perfection! Just be sure to choose ingredients that comply with your dietary needs.

photo of the ingredients in this paleo brownie recipe
  • Almond butter. If you are allergic to almonds cashew butter is a phenomenal substitution int his recipe. Like out of this world good! You can also use tahini, sunflower seed butter, or peanut butter (not paleo).
  • Coconut oil. Grass-fed butter or ghee can be used in place of coconut oil.
  • Maple syrup. Honey is a delicious option to use in place of maple syrup.
  • Almond milk. Any non-dairy or regular dairy milk can be used in this recipe.
  • Almond flour. I do not recommend tampering with the flour in this recipe. However, I have heard some people have success with regular flour, all-purpose gluten-free flour and tapioca flour. Do not use coconut flour, it is not an acceptable substitution for almond flour.
  • Chocolate chips. You can use your favorite healthy/paleo chocolate variety, chips, chopped up bars, etc. See below for my favorite paleo chocolate options!
up close photo of a stack of 3 Fudgy Paleo Brownies

Paleo Chocolate Chips & Bars

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which chocolate chips are Paleo, so I’ll discuss some of my favorite healthier chocolate options!

How to Make Fudgy Paleo Brownies 

This recipe makes a small batch of fudy paleo brownies! If you’re like me and either a) don’t like taking risks with expensive ingredients or b) like to make a new dessert every other day…this is the perfect recipe for you!

It’s so simple, mix the wet ingredients, add the dry and bake!  Go ahead and lick that batter straight out of the bowl because it’s VEGAN (no eggs, no worries)! Let’s walk through the process together, and don’t forget to watch the video.

Combine dry ingredients

The first step in this paleo brownie recipe is to combine the dry ingredients. I like to do this first so that I don’t have to wash my measuring utensils.

two photos showing how to make Fudgy Paleo Brownies - mixing dry ingredients

Combine wet ingredients

In the microwave or on the stovetop gently warm almond butter and coconut oil until melted and stir until combined.

Add honey (or maple syrup), applesauce, coconut sugar, almond milk and vanilla. Stir well.

two photos showing how to make Fudgy Paleo Brownies - mixing wet ingredients

Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients

Once the wet mixture is smooth, add the dry ingredients and stir until there are no lumps.

two photos showing how to make Fudgy Paleo Brownies combining wet & dry ingredients

Fold in chocolate chips

Next, fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.

two photos showing how to make Fudgy Paleo Brownies adding chocolate chips

Bake

Bake the paleo brownies for 10-15 minutes or until just barely set. This is how you determine the fudge-factor of these brownies. Do you want brownies that are basically like eating gooey, warm brownie batter? Then bake for only 10 minutes. Do you prefer your brownies a little heartier? Then bake for 15 minutes (NO more)! If you like something in between, go for it. My favorite baking time is 11-12 minutes.

Note about Pan size. Either an 8×4″ loaf pan. or a small 5″ Le Creuset baking dish, or a 6″ cast iron skillet, can be used to bake these brownies! I know this is a unique size, but it’s really not that hard to find (click here)! I have one of the Le Creuset pans and three of the loaf pans and use them all.the.time. to make small-batch desserts and baking homemade bread!

two photos showing how to make Fudgy Paleo Brownies baking

Cool slightly and serve

Let the paleo brownies cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting. The cooler they are the better they hold up to cutting – they can be a little crumbly or gooey right after baking. Sometimes I like to eat them straight from the pan with a spoon!

Serve them with this paleo vanilla ice cream on top or a scoop of this paleo chocolate ice cream for an extra special dessert.

FAQs about Paleo Brownies

Can I double this recipe?

Yes! Double this recipe and bake in an 8×8″ pan for 12-15 minutes.

Can I omit chocolate chips?

Yes! If you don’t want to worry about finding paleo chocolate chips, you can omit them and these paleo brownies are still amazing.

Overhead photo of 8 Paleo Brownies cut into squares

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Fudgy Paleo Brownies

Laura
This Fudgy Paleo Brownies recipe is the best! This heathy dessert recipe is ready in 15 minutes flat and makes the best paleo brownies ever!
4.92 from 72 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 brownies
Calories 302.9
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease an 8×4” loaf pan or a 5″ baking pan** with coconut oil, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  • In the microwave or on the stovetop gently warm almond butter and coconut oil until melted. Stir until combined.
  • Add honey (or maple syrup), applesauce, coconut sugar, almond milk and vanilla. Stir well.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • Gently fold in mini chocolate chips.
  • Spread batter in your prepared 8×4” loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until just barely set. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting.

Video

Notes

Notes about baking pan/time

**If you only have a 9×5″ loaf pan check after baking 8-10 minutes. If you bake these for 10 minutes they will be very gooey, almost like warm brownie batter (YUM). The longer you bake, the heartier and less gooey they become. My favorite baking time is between 11 & 12 minutes. 

To double the recipe: 

Double this recipe and bake in an 8×8″ pan for 12-15 minutes.

Ingredient Substitutions 

  • Almond butter. If you are allergic to almonds cashew butter is a phenomenal substitution int his recipe. Like out of this world good! You can also use tahini, sunflower seed butter, or peanut butter (not paleo).
  • Coconut oil. Grass-fed butter or ghee can be used in place of coconut oil.
  • Maple syrup. Honey is a delicious option to use in place of maple syrup.
  • Almond milk. Any non-dairy or regular dairy milk can be used in this recipe.
  • Almond flour. I do not recommend tampering with the flour in this recipe. However, I have heard some people have success with regular flour, all-purpose gluten-free flour and tapioca flour. Do not use coconut flour, it is not an acceptable substitution for almond flour.
  • Chocolate chips. You can use your favorite healthy/paleo chocolate variety, chips, chopped up bars, etc. See below for my favorite paleo chocolate options!
Paleo Chocolate Chips & Bars

Nutrition

Calories: 302.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7.7g | Fat: 21.6g | Potassium: 65.6mg | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 15.4g | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Have a question? Leave a comment below!

I have made this recipe almost weekly for years because it is one of my all-time favorites! You really have nothing to lose! These healthy, delicious, OoOoey, gooey paleo brownies won’t let you down. This might be my favorite recipe creation since these!!! No joke please make them! Please!

A front view of a stack of 3 goodey fudgy paleo brownies

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