Ah, brownies. The ultimate sweet treat. Not quite cakes but definitely not cookies, brownies are in a league of their own. Whatever category they belong to, they’re a family favorite for any occasion that requires something sugary.
Sugary being the operative word, of course. Gluten-free brownies are nothing new. There are plenty of non-paleo, and unintentionally gluten-free, brownie recipes out there that don’t contain flour. But dairy-free and sugar-free?
That’s a paleo thing. Yet, not as difficult to achieve as you’d think. With a ton of different flavors and textures to try, plus lots of choice in non-refined, natural sweeteners, it’s a wonder anyone uses refined sugar at all! Never mind – we don’t have to. There are a whole bunch of gorgeous, tasty brownie recipes out there that don’t require all the bad stuff. In fact, many of them contain ingredients that are actively healthy! Here are just some of the Internet’s offerings. What are you waiting for?
Chewey, Sweet, Chocolaty Paleo Brownie Recipes
If you’ve never eaten chestnuts, you’re missing out. If you don’t eat these chestnut brownies, you’re depriving yourself even further! No, we wouldn’t have thought of it either. Yes, it works pretty darn well. These thick, sticky messes are proof. Yum.
The avocado in these brownies provide them with a thick, smooth texture, without affecting the rich, chocolatey taste. And no, it doesn’t make them green! The added walnuts can be left out, if you prefer, but we think they give a lovely, crunchy contrast to the soft cake of the brownie.
Do we have any mint chocolate fans out there? Of course we do, because minty chocolate is sooo good. And here’s the brownie version. What makes them triple chocolate, you ask? Well, because there are three doses of chocolate in the recipe. Yep, three. Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, AND chocolate bars. Yeah, we know – you have to go bake now.
Whenever the word ‘magic’ is involved in a recipe, it always conjures high expectations. Geddit? Conjures? Sorry. But seriously, your expectations will be met here. They don’t look like brownies. Not really, anyway. And that’s okay, because they are actually brownies AND THEN SOME. Layers of coconut-ty goodness for everyone!
Yep, one minute. In the microwave, that is. In the oven, it’s more like 10 minutes, but that’s okay. We’re patient people and 10 minutes is nothing to wait for this gooey, molten lava of a brownie. A quick and delicious chocolate fix for any chocoholic!
Mm…ginger nut cookies! Sorry, we can’t help it – ginger-based desserts are too good. That hot kick in the midst of all that sweetness is irresistible. Make these bad boys from sweet potato so you can feel extra good about yourself, and don’t forget to add the optional chocolate chunks, because there is no such thing as too much chocolate. Ever.
These little guys are brownies, but bitesize. All that really means is that you’ll need to eat more, but who’s complaining? And they look cute. Their gooey texture and sweet taste come from the medjool dates, and coconut flakes add a little something extra.
These brownies look, and sound, totally Christmassy, but ignore that, and eat them anyway. Because they’re good. Reeeally good. After all, you know how we feel about chocolate-mint combinations (hint: we love them, a lot). We’re completely head over heels with this recipe.
Is anyone else loving the salty and sweet trend that’s been going round recently? We know it’s been a thing for centuries but it’s finally entering popular culture and boy, are we glad of it! If salty sweetness is your thing, these flax brownies won’t disappoint.
This five-ingredient brownie recipe could not be simpler. The bake time is 20 – 25 minutes but the prep is minimal, so you could throw these together in an instant. And of course, no flour and no sugar – you can’t ask for much more than that!
Vegetable brownies. You might as well eat a salad. Okay, not quite, but it’s still good to know you’re getting a little goodness in your treats, right? These look kind of strange because you can see the little pieces of zucchini inside, but if you can get past that (pretend they’re mint? Or pistachios?), you can’t go wrong with these little beauties. Enjoy.
Or is it cake? Or brownies? Or cake… We’re not sure but either way, it’s good. The recipe is plenty chocolatey, especially if you add the optional chocolate chips (and why wouldn’t you?). And of course, gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free, as per. So chomp away!
These rich, sweet brownies are perfectly formed from sweet potato, eggs, and coconut flour, with a few added ingredients for flavor and texture. They’re gooey, chocolatey, and perfect for any (or every) occasion. Perfect with an afternoon coffee – if you can handle all the rich!
And you thought paleo brownies was asking enough… Yet, here’s a brownie-red-velvet-cake hybrid, of sorts. Oh, and it’s made from beets. And cayenne pepper. Were you expecting that? Nor were we, but it works. Don’t worry, there are other ingredients too. Yucky gluten, dairy, or sugar aren’t one of them.
Paleo foods, even when they taste AMAZING, don’t always look quite as appetizing as their sinful counterparts. These brownies are the exception. Look at them. Just look at them, and then tell us you don’t want to eat them. See? Thought so.
Coffee and blueberries. Now, if that doesn’t spell breakfast brownie, we don’t know what does. Okay, so maybe we shouldn’t encourage eating brownies for breakfast, but you’ll sure be tempted! There’s nothing fancy or intimidating going on here; the recipe simply uses fresh blueberries and whatever ground coffee you fancy. Simple!
These sweet, dense brownies are the most chocolatey of all things chocolatey. This is partially contributed to by the addition of a rich chocolate frosting. Yum. And they’re made from sweet potato, which is just insane.
Any paleo eaters out there missing Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough ice cream? Us too. This isn’t ice cream but it might satisfy your cookie dough craving. There is one layer of brownie and one of cookie dough. Double delicious whammy. Oh, and…no baking required!
No, no, wait! Don’t scroll past! Just bear with us. Yes, there is sauerkraut in this recipe. This brownie recipe, to be exact. But, it serves only to provide a rich texture, not any sourness. Providing you rinse it well, that is. Germany have been using it in cakes forever, and they make pretty good cakes. So trust that, and give this a try. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Yep, someone’s finally done it! They’ve put the word ‘healthy’ in the same sentence as ‘brownies’. And strangely, they might have a point. What are these three magical ingredients, you ask? Bananas, almond butter, and cocoa powder. That’s it. You know, with just three ingredients, these might just be the brownies to end all brownies. You’ve been warned…