Swap out the flour in these ultimate grain-free brownies! Made with almond flour and ghee, these paleo brownies are a delicious dessert that are both nutritious and good for your soul!
I’m a firm believer in the nourishing power of foods: both for your gut and for your soul. After the last few weeks recovering from shingles I know this statement to be true. The real challenge is knowing which situation calls for what.
After I got diagnosed, I made it my mission to really tune into my body and give it exactly what it was craving. Funny enough, it was craving a ton of bok choy. No but actually, I had insane cravings for bok choy and lots of broth. I was basically guzzling Kettle & Fire Bone Broth and sauteeing multiple heads of bok choy. It didn’t occur to me to reach for a cookie or a brownie or really anything sweet at all. This is strange coming from someone who preaches dessert every.single.day.
But I listened and 3 weeks out I’m feeling much much better. And then suddenly, as I began feeling better I felt myself craving some good soul food. I was desperately craving some sourdough from The Mill, which my bestie graciously hand-delivered to my house (!!!) and had an intense desire to bake brownies.
My body was like, “homegirl, get yourself a brownie ASAP!” Cool, let’s do this.
The main difference between current Davida and Davida 5 years ago is that this brownie or that bread or whatever it may be does not come with a side order of guilt. I don’t “deserve” a brownie, nor do I require punishment for eating it. I’m not a better human because I ate bok choy and bone broth when I was sick and then got bumped down a few notches because I ate a brownie when I was feeling better. What makes me a better human now vs. 5 years ago is that I actually know how to listen to my body.
When I wasn’t feeling well my body was telling me what it wanted to feel better and once I started to feel better it let me know how I could expand that list. Same goes for exercise. When I wasn’t feeling well I did not have the energy or the strength to workout or even move but as soon as I started recovering I felt a deep craving to hit the yoga mat or go on a walk.
…our bodies. They’re way smarter than we give them credit for!
That being said, when my body was like “homegirl, get yourself a brownie ASAP!” I wasn’t exactly prepared for a brownie baking escapade. I simply had to work with what I had, which apparently was a TON of almond flour. I was also out of butter so I used ghee (which was awesome) and while I normally reach for some rich dark chocolate for my brownies, Trader Joe’s chocolate chunks would have to do.
It rarely happens with baking but round one was perfection. C even told me they were his favorite brownies I’ve ever made! So I tested and wham bam here they are on the blog. These grain-free brownies are not only the ultimate, but also a celebration of being in a place where I truly know how to listen to my body, and that my friends is worth celebrating!Print
The Ultimate Grain-Free Brownies
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 9 brownies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 1/4 cup ghee (butter or coconut oil works too)
- 2/3 cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease an 8 x 8 brownie pan with ghee/butter/coconut oil
- In a small pot add chocolate and ghee (or fat of choice) and over low heat stir until mixed and melted. Watch carefully and make sure it doesn’t burn!
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl combine almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and stir until well-mixed.
- Add in eggs, coconut sugar and vanilla and mix well.
- Stir in melted chocolate and ghee until well combined.
- Add batter to pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until top of brownies have set and edges slightly crispy.
- Allow to cool for 20 minutes before cutting and removing from pan. I like to cut into 9 brownies (3 x 3)
What are some of your favorite soul foods? Do you feel like you can listen to your body?
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paigeDecember 21, 2020 at 1:30 pm
Hello! Do these freeze well? If so how long can i put them in the freezer for?
kiannaSeptember 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm
OH. MY. GOD.
THESE ARE TBE BEST BROWNIES IVE EVER MADE OMG
they’re too good I can’t explain!! they’re everything a brownie should be :))
I replaced the sugar for 1/3 cup of maple syrup, were out of ghee so I used coconut oil.
Once out of the oven I put them in the fridge overnight, THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS, I 100% recommend it, defiantly will make again
Thanks for sharing the recipe <33
Kimberly SchwartingMay 29, 2019 at 1:02 pm
Hi!! I have an intolerance to almonds ? is there a replacement I could use instead? Like oat flour?
Tamara AliceaJanuary 26, 2019 at 10:13 pm
Just made it with the brown sugar. Delicious!
JenniferJanuary 14, 2019 at 6:18 pm
This has nothing to do with the recipe. I am frantically looking for a all purpose flour recipe using almond flour, coconut flour, flax seed and ?
Lisy GeeMarch 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm
What’s the difference between almond flour and almond meal?
Davida @ The Healthy MavenMarch 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm
Almond flour has been blanched (skin removed) whereas almond meal is whole ground almonds. You can use either but almond flour works better and has a much nicer texture!
Kris KelbrantsMarch 10, 2018 at 8:38 pm
I definitely have to try these soon. I’m so glad you’re feeling better too! Take care!
Davida @ The Healthy MavenMarch 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm
Thanks, lovely! Hope you enjoy them!
Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the RunMarch 10, 2018 at 9:11 am
Mmmm, these sound great. I bake with almond flour all.the.time and the boy loves brownies, so I think this recipe is going to have to happen in our kitchen soon.
Glad you’re feeling better! xo
Davida @ The Healthy MavenMarch 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm
Doooooo it!! They’re so easy and delish!