These chocolate hazelnut brownies are super simple and perfectly portioned brownies that combine the divine flavours of chocolate and hazelnut to give you a nostalgic (healthier) nutella taste.
Chocolate hazelnut goodness: gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and no bake!
If you don’t like brownies then we can’t be friends… Ok we can still be friends but full disclosure I think you’re a little weird, brownies are life!
I remember diving spoon first into the nutella jar as a kid, the combination of hazelnuts and chocolate is pure genius – thank you to the Italians for creating this divine spread! I just wish they went a little lighter on the sugar, ya feel me??
The good news is that there is no need to worry about the sugar content in these gorgeous chocolate hazelnut brownies. You get all of the flavour in every bite without even needing to turn the oven on!
If you LOVE chocolate like me and need a serious sugar hit, then try my recipe for hidden oreo cups, you WILL not regret it. If you’re looking for a cold dessert on the healthier side, don’t worry I got you with my Greek Yogurt Parfait.
Ingredients for Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
Hazelnut meal – the star ingredient in this recipe, I buy from my local wholefoods store but you can also find in the baking isle of the supermarket or blend up hazelnuts to make your own.
Dark chocolate – makes these dairy free and low sugar while retaining the chocolatey goodness.
Chocolate Protein Powder this adds a little protein boost to help keep you filling full for longer. You can use a vegan or whey protein in this recipe however, keep in mind that whey protein is much less absorbent than vegan protein. If you use whey protein, you may need to add more protein powder and/or hazelnut meal to the mixture to form a thick dough. I used a vegan protein from the Happy Way range which is clean as a whistle and perfect for baking with (code HAPPYBLONDE saves you 10%).
Stevia or monkfruit – my favourite granulated sugar replacements are from Naturally Sweet Australia (code BLONDE10 saves you 10%). I recommend using one or two tablespoons of stevia for this recipe. If you are happy with a mild sweetness, then one tablespoon of stevia will be plenty. You can always start with one and taste the dough (yum, yum!) if its not quite sweet enough, add a further tablespoon of stevia and work into the dough with your hands or a wooden spoon.
- 3/4 cup hazelnut meal
- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1-2 tbsp stevia
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 30g smooth runny peanut butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 70g dark chocolate
How to make Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
- Melt chocolate with coconut oil to combine.
- Add peanut butter and maple syrup to the mixture and stir until it is all silky smooth.
- Add hazelnut meal, protein powder, cacao, coconut, stevia, salt and mix well to form a thick dough.
- Distribute between 6 silicone muffin moulds or paper muffin cases.
- Place in the fridge to set for at least two hours.
- If you want to make these raw chocolate hazelnut brownies extra special, I recommend drizzling some additional chocolate or peanut butter over the top once set. This really adds the WOW factor to impress your friends.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
- Melt your chocolate with the coconut oil and combine.
- Add in the peanut butter and maple syrup, stir to combine.
- Add the hazelnut meal, protein powder, coconut, cocoa powder, stevia and salt. Mix well into a thick dough.
- Distribute the mixture evenly in six silicone muffin moulds or paper patty cases.
- Place in the fridge to set for two hours or overnight.
- Optional: drizzle with some additional melted chocolate or peanut butter
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