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Almond Flour Brownies | Dairy Free Brownies

These mouth watering, fudgy and gluten free almond flour brownies are going to win friends and influence people with just one bite. This recipe creates twelve generous servings, so you can easily share your dairy free brownies with friends and family.

What is Almond Flour?

Almond flour, also known as almond meal is used in this recipe as the ‘flour’ making it gluten free and paleo friendly. Despite the name, it is not a milled flour but rather, almonds that have been finely ground into a meal or flour.

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I think the jury is still out as to the official difference between almond flour and almond meal and most of the time the two can be used interchangeably but the general consensus is that almond flour has a ‘whiter’ texture as it is made with blanched almonds which have had the skins removed, click here to see an example of almond flour. While almond meal is usually made with whole almonds (which still have the skin on), click here to see an example of almond meal.

I tend to buy almond flour not almond meal as I prefer the lighter colour and texture however both will work in this recipe for almond flour brownies, so please don’t stress.

Make Hazelnut Brownies with Hazelnut Flour

I purchased hazelnut meal a few months ago when I saw it in the supermarket and thought ‘I’m going to make something delicious with this’. Well that hazelnut meal has been sitting in my pantry for quite some time and I finally got around to that something delicious with this paleo brownie recipe. I switched out the almond flour for hazelnut flour and made hazelnut brownies.

Hazelnut meal or hazelnut flour is essentially just ground up hazelnuts. You could try and make your own hazelnut meal by blending hazelnuts in a high speed blender or food processor however, I find that it is readily available in the baking/health food isle of most supermarkets these days (which saves time). The brand I purchased is called “Lucky” but I have also seen hazelnut meal available in bulk wholefood stores such as Naked Foods.

What makes this recipe Paleo?

I have used maple syrup and coconut sugar to sweeten this recipe which are both unrefined sugars.

There is also no wheat, gluten or dairy in this recipe, however I do use two eggs which means this recipe is not suitable for vegans.

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Ingredients for Almond Flour Brownies

Almond Flour Brownies Method

  • Preheat oven to 175C and line an 8×8 inch baking tin with baking paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine almond flour (or hazelnut flour), cacao powder, salt and baking soda.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with coconut sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into prepared baking tin and bake for approximately 12-13 minutes. The almond flour brownies may seem under baked however it will continue cooking in the tin once removed from the oven. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into twelve pieces or topping with easy chocolate frosting, recipe linked here.
  • You can store frosted or unfrosted almond flour brownies in the fridge for up to one week.

*For the full list of ingredients and instructions to make almond flour brownies, please see the recipe card further down in this post

Substitutions & Variations

  • Almond Flour – As mentioned above, you can substitute the almond flour for hazelnut flour (aka hazelnut meal) in this recipe to make hazelnut brownies. The taste will change only slightly, but the chocolate hazelnut flavour combination will taste divine and still result in delicious dairy free brownies for you to eat. I do not suggest trying any other type of flour in this recipe.
  • Coconut sugar – can be replaced with brown sugar, caster sugar or a blend of stevia or monk fruit.
  • Cacao powder – can be substituted with unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Coconut oil – can be substituted with butter or ghee however with either of these alternatives, you will not have dairy free brownies. You could also try using a vegan butter however I don’t recommend these as they are usually made with highly inflammatory vegetable and seed oils.
  • Chocolate chips – try mixing in some white, dark or milk chocolate chips to make this brownie recipe extra indulgent. Keep in mind if you want to make dairy free brownies, you will need to use dairy free chocolate chips or a dairy free chocolate, chopped into pieces.
  • Nuts – If you like nut pieces in your brownies then throw in some roasted hazelnuts or almonds, either will go perfectly in this recipe.

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Almond Flour Brownies | Dairy Free Brownies

Mouth watering, fudgy and gluten free almond flour brownies ready in less than thirty minutes. This recipe will win friends and influence people with just one bite!
Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword Desserts, Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 175C and line an 8×8 inch baking tin with baking paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine almond flour, cacao powder, salt and baking soda.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with coconut sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into prepared baking tin and bake for approximately 12-13 minutes. The almond flour brownies may seem under baked however it will continue cooking in the tin once removed from the oven. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into twelve pieces or top with easy chocolate icing.
  • Store the almond flour brownies in the fridge for up to one week.

Notes

8×8 inch baking pan is approximately 20 x 20cm. See the link under “Equipment” for the exact pan that I use for this recipe.

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If you love brownies then you might also love my single serve keto chocolate brownie. This delicious fudgy brownie is perfectly portioned into a single serve and is gluten free + vegan friendly. You can find the recipe here.

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