I am so excited to be sharing this brownie recipe today! Not only are they fudgy and delicious, but they are gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free! I did not think this was going to be possible and after my first attempt I almost gave up. It was a bubbly, oily, nightmare. Two more attempts and a lot of ingredient adjustments later and magic happened in my oven!
I did a TON of research to get this recipe figured out. It seemed like all of the gluten free brownie recipes called for a lot of eggs which wasn’t an option because I’m allergic and I just wasn’t sure what kind of flour would work best with the vegan recipes I found. It also seemed like the brownie recipes that claimed to be really fudgy required melted chocolate to make them that way and I really wanted a refined sugar free brownie option.
So I was feeling stumped until I remembered how delicious the double chocolate muffins I had just come across were and they used almond flour. I also remembered that I have an awesome recipe for refined sugar free chocolate. I thought that might make a perfect substitute for the melted chocolate everyone else was using in their recipes. So I got to work.
Like I mentioned before, my first attempt was a disaster! My coconut oil to almond flour ratio was way off and caused the brownies to be a bubbling liquid mess. This was a huge bummer because it was a big waste of ingredients.
Normally if I don’t get a recipe right on the first try, the food is still at least edible, but that was not the case this time. However, I was quite proud of the fact that I saw the outcome and knew exactly what to adjust for the next attempt.
So that same day, I made brownies 2.0 and they were sooo close! They were fudgy and delicious, but they were a bit too thin and a little too fudgy (yes there is such a thing as too fudgy!).
So a couple days later, I attempted brownies 3.0. I doubled most of my ingredients and cut down on some of the liquid in hopes of getting a thicker and a little less fudgy brownie.
They were exactly what I had envisioned and tasted just as amazing as brownie 2.0 but were thicker and the perfect fudgy texture. I can’t wait to take these brownies to the next family get together because I bet no one will even know they are gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free brownies. They are that good!
Have you all had any recipe experiments go wrong? I know I have had my fair share of them, but it’s all apart of the journey and makes it that much sweeter when you finally get it right! I hope you all enjoy these gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free brownies as much as I do!Print
Chocolate Sauce Mixture
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Flax Egg Mixture
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed meal
- 3 tbsp warm water
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups finely ground almond flour
- 1/3 cup finely ground oat flour
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup chopped nuts or vegan chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a small bowl, combine flax meal and water and set to the side to thicken.
- Melt coconut oil in a another small bowl and add the rest of the chocolate sauce mixture ingredients and stir until no clumps remain.
- In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients (except optional nuts/chocolate chips) and whisk well.
- Once the flax mixture has thickened, add coconut sugar and vanilla and whisk until combined.
- Add chocolate sauce mixture to the flax, coconut sugar, and vanilla mixture and whisk until combined.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and add 1 tbsp of water.
- Stir until the batter is smooth. Optionally fold in chopped nuts or chocolate chips.
- Pour into an 8 x 8 greased pan and bake for 23-25 minutes.
- Allow the brownies to cool before serving.
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