Paleo Fudgy Brownies

These brownies are seriously dangerous. They’re too good. I swear, neither one of us could tell the difference between these and “conventional” brownies–except for the fact these don’t make you feel like poo after you eat them. I made 2 batches in two days and….they’re all gone. Oops.

Besides the fact that these are completely gluten free; you could leave out the sugar in the brownies and be almost 100% Paleo. Try and find chocolate chips with the highest percentage of cocoa. The higher the percentage the less sugar in the chocolate. If you can’t find a good quality chocolate chip, you could always chop up a chocolate bar instead.


  • 1 c almond butter
  • 1/2 c canned coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c coconut sugar
  • 1/3 c chocolate chips (use the highest % cocoa you can find, around 70% is good)
  • 1/3 c chopped nuts


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish.

In a bowl whisk together the almond butter, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla extract and salt. Then add the cocoa powder, sugar,  and chocolate chips.

Pour into the prepared baking dish and top with chopped nuts.

Bake for approx. 18 minutes.

121 thoughts on “Paleo Fudgy Brownies

  1. Tonya Reply

    I made these for my husband to take to a work gathering today. They were a HUGE hit…and these people are not healthy eaters. In other words, they tasted like a “real” dessert. :) Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  2. Ella Reply

    Can you use normal butter instead of almond butter? -i can’t find almond b. in my area.Thanks

  3. Ella Reply

    I meant if you could substitute it with something else? – No almond butter in romania. :)

  4. Sylvia Reply


    What is the most sweetener I can use without throwing proportions off completely?

  5. Haven Reply

    Just use milk chocolate chips or add some melted white chocolate to the batter because it is a sweeter substitute, while still being almost like a solid in the batter……hope this helps….

    • Amber Reply

      Wendy, if your friend (or maybe your new neighbor, who you didn’t really know) brought these over to your house and you didn’t like them, would you shout at them that these were disgusting? Saying it across the internet isn’t any nicer, or any less hurtful. People really need to think before they post online!

  6. Amira N Reply

    I just made these todays. The texture is amazing, very fudgy :> However, it’s actually not sweet enough. I used brown sugar and stevia powder and add raw cocoa beans instead of chocolate chips in the recipe so that could be why but I would definitely make this again. For now, since they are so fudgy, I decided to add some more stevia powder and make some brownie balls. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

  7. fatimah Reply

    Do you have the nutritional facts for this recipe? Thank you

  8. Diana Reply

    I made these for my family’s Passover seder last night. They were delicious!! We were 20 people so I doubled the recipe and baked in what was I think a 9×13 in pan and this worked well if anyone wanted to do the same. They were flatter but my idea was to cut them into little one or two bite squares as a fudge-like addition to our macaroon tray. Needles to say we had way too many deserts that were non-paleo and had a much higher sugar content (along with the traditional four cups of wine, my work out today SUCKED), but since these brownies also don’t have baking soda, they are a great and fun way to be able to share paleo treats with my family during the week that none of them eat grains either :)

    • Susan Reply

      How long did you bake the 9×13 dish of brownies for? Just curious. I baked them for 30 minutes and am waiting for them to cool.

      • Diana Reply

        I actually don’t remember, I think for about 23 or 25 min?

  9. Dancingtigga Reply

    Great texture but despite using 85% cocoa chocolate, I found them a little light on chocolate flavour – I need an intense hit! Next time I’m going to try increasing the chocolate and decreasing the sugar. Will report back any successes. Many thanks for your inspirational recipes – my kids are very grateful for your healthy treats, they might just be coming around to tolerating Paleo…80% of the time!

  10. Jill Reply

    Unfortunately we did not care for these. The texture was good and had that fudgy mouth feel, but the flavor was off because the nut butter just wasn’t the right flavor for “conventional” brownies.

  11. Saskia Reply

    You guys rock. I just made these with hazelnut butter instead of almond butter and am now enjoying some utterly heavenly nutella-flavoured brownies. Also added some honey for sweetness. Keep up the good work!

  12. Amanda Reply

    These are great! The only thing I added was 1/3 cup of coconut flour. Thanks for sharing! I’m new to paleo, and it’s good for choc. craving!

  13. Sandy Reply

    I have kept this recipe as my go to for brownies! I love these! I made the brownies in your new book, but I honestly like these much better. Thank you for making this recipe available. :)

  14. Catherine Reply

    Thanks for posting this great recipe! We are experimenting with gluten-free eating and having some treats like this makes it so much easier! I made these twice, both times I left out the sugar in the batter and just added chocolate chips, which was fine. I did notice that the baking time seems to make a huge difference in texture–the first round I left in for a few minutes extra and the brownies were a little tough/dry. Next time I paid more attention and the texture was SO much better! I think I might try these again and leave them slightly “underdone”–the fudgier my brownies, the better :)

  15. Casey Reply

    Wow! I’ve tried a lot of brownie recipes in hopes of finding the perfect, healthy, “better-than-the-box” recipe, and all have failed to deliver. . . until this one. These are the bomb! Perfectly fudgy, perfectly sweet, perfectly chocolatey. I used heavy cream since I didn’t have coconut milk, tossed in Enjoy Life mini chips, and sprinkled chopped walnuts on top. Perfection. Thanks for such a fantastic recipe!

  16. Casey Reply

    Forgot to add that I cooked them for 16 minutes; the edges were starting to get dry and I didn’t want them to overcook — 16 minutes was perfect.

  17. Liz Reply

    These were delicious! Just started on the paleo path after a whole30 and these brownies with fresh strawberries on top were a great birthday treat. Thanks!

  18. Abby Reply

    Incredible and easy! Totally going to bookmark these bad boys… Thank you!

  19. emily Reply

    These are my favorite paleo brownies! They turn out delicious each time I make them. I use Navitas raw cacao powder instead of regular cocoa powder, which gives them an even richer chocolate flavor. They taste fantastic out of the freezer too. :)

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