Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies (Paleo + Refined Sugar Free)

These are the Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies! This easy recipe makes incredibly fudgy, melt in your mouth chocolate brownies with an optional paleo chocolate frosting on top. This recipe is refined sugar free and Paleo-friendly.

These are the Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies! This easy recipe makes incredibly fudgy, melt in your mouth chocolate brownies with an optional paleo chocolate frosting on top. This recipe is refined sugar free and Paleo-friendly.

**2017 Update** I’m back atcha with another recipe update today! These Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies have been a staple in my house and on this site since I first posted the recipe, but the photos needed a little love so I gave the post an update! I also added a new feature to this recipe: a lusciously smooth and creamy chocolate frosting.

The brownies don’t need the frosting, per se, but it amps up the chocolatey fudginess one more level. Only a few bites of one of these rich, chocolatey brownies will satisfy even the strongest of chocolate cravings. Hope you love this one as much as I do!

These are the Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies! This easy recipe makes incredibly fudgy, melt in your mouth chocolate brownies with an optional paleo chocolate frosting on top. This recipe is refined sugar free and Paleo-friendly.

When I took the first bite of my first batch of these brownies a month or two ago, my first thought was I should totally sell these, because there’s NO WAY anyone will believe they’re gluten-free and refined sugar free.

I’ve made the recipe a few times since then, and played around with some of my other brownie recipes as well, switching out ingredients for gluten-free and refined sugar-free ones and seeing just how delicious I could get these Paleo-friendly brownies to be.

These are the Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies! This easy recipe makes incredibly fudgy, melt in your mouth chocolate brownies with an optional paleo chocolate frosting on top. This recipe is refined sugar free and Paleo-friendly.

Let’s just say I’ve eaten so many really delicious chocolate fudge brownies recently that I’m starting to feel like a brownie. BUT – I think I got it!

These brownies are what all your fudgy brownie dreams are made of, and while I say “no one will know they’re gluten-free/sugar-free/Paleo!!!” all the darn time…I really mean it this time.

These are the Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies! This easy recipe makes incredibly fudgy, melt in your mouth chocolate brownies with an optional paleo chocolate frosting on top. This recipe is refined sugar free and Paleo-friendly.

For those of you still giving me the side eye, these don’t have black beans or chickpeas or avocado or any of those other weird things that people are still trying to pass off as normal brownie ingredients. Beans are NOT for brownies.

These brownies are adapted from my favorite brownie recipe. A few simple swaps take these from full of sugar and flour to gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Almond flour swaps in for the AP flour, and in place of granulated sugar and brown sugar, I opted for coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is favorite refined sugar-free sugar substitute because I love that you can sub it in for sugar 1-to-1 without problems most of the time.

These are the Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies! This easy recipe makes incredibly fudgy, melt in your mouth chocolate brownies with an optional paleo chocolate frosting on top. This recipe is refined sugar free and Paleo-friendly.

After sitting on this recipe for a little too long, I decided I needed to stop hogging it and share it with all of you – it’s too good to keep hostage! But a little forewarning: these brownies are NOT joking around. If you’re expecting a little bit of cakiness, forget it. I called these the ultimate gluten-free fudge brownies for a reason. These brownies are pure fudge brownies, and they are for the chocolate lovers.

Chocolate lovers, you are my people. Go forth and enjoy delicious gluten free fudge brownies. You deserve it.

These are the Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies! This easy recipe makes incredibly fudgy, melt in your mouth chocolate brownies with an optional paleo chocolate frosting on top. This recipe is refined sugar free and Paleo-friendly.

If you’re a fan of these Ultimate Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies, you’ll probably be a big fan of these brownies as well…

Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies
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Cook time
Total time
Serves: 16
  • ⅔ cup (2¾ oz.) almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate, coarsely chopped* (I used 72%)
  • ½ cup (4 oz.) coconut oil
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
For the frosting
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line with parchment and lightly grease an 8x8” baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the almond flour, salt, and cocoa powder together.
  3. Put the chocolate and coconut oil in a large glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, and repeat until the chocolate and coconut oil are completely melted and smooth. Add the coconut sugar. Whisk until completely combined. The mixture should be room temperature.
  4. Add 2 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.
  5. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs attached. Don't over bake!! Cool brownies completely before frosting.
  7. For the frosting, combine the the dark chocolate, almond butter, and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Let melt, stirring frequently. Once melted, whisk in the almond milk and vanilla extract until combined. Spread on top of cooled brownies and place in the refrigerator to set.
  8. Once chilled, cut brownies into 16 equal squares with a very sharp knife.
  9. Brownies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
The darker your chocolate, the richer the brownie! I wouldn't use chocolate over 72% unless you want these super dark. 60% will result in a brownie that's a little sweeter.
To keep the chocolate chunks refined sugar free, trying making my Paleo Chocolate Chunks.
These are the Ultimate Gluten Free Fudge Brownies! This easy recipe makes incredibly fudgy, melt in your mouth chocolate brownies with an optional paleo chocolate frosting on top. This recipe is refined sugar free and Paleo-friendly.


  1. These look delicious! Love that you used almond flour :) Pinning!

  2. Be still my beating heart!!! These look friggin amazing Rachel!
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  3. they look INCREDIBLE, rich, and decadent! Cannot wait to give them a try. THANK YOU!


  4. Mmmmmm, these brownies look so gorgeous and so deliocus. Love they are gluten-free too. Awesome share, Rachel.
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  5. These look so moist and rich!! :)

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  6. YAY for no beans in these brownies! These really do look ultimate, I have a few gluten free friends who I’m going to have to share this recipe with (of course I’ll be trying them out for myself, too!)!
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  7. These brownies look insane! So fudgy! I wouldn’t have even guessed they were gluten free. I’m definitely going to try these out! Thanks for sharing, Rachel!
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  8. I can’t wait to make these brownies for my friend who is Gluten Free. As a chocolate lover, she will go nuts over them.
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  9. Holy cow these look so moist and fudgey! Just by looking at them (and probably tasting them) no one would ever guess that they are healthy!
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  10. These look AMAZING. Oh my the gooey. The FUDGY!!!

  11. Can you substitute coconut flour for the almond flour? I am allergic to almonds.

    • I would use a different nut flour, or regular AP flour if you don’t have a gluten allergy. Coconut flour is much more absorbent than almond flour and the brownies would end up very dry. Hope this helps!

  12. These look so fudgy! Yum!
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  13. Yay, these are GF, so I can have these! They look so incredibly fudgy, I could die <3
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  14. Chocolate lover over here!!! These look out of this world decadent!
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  15. These look so decadent, fudgy and delicious! Yay for no beans – I love that they’re gluten free!

  16. I agree, no beans in my brownies! Gluten or no, I’d eat these lovely brownies!

  17. These look so incredibly fudgy, I love it!!! I can imagine the almond flour would be amazing in it too <3
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  18. WOW!!! This is like the ultimate brownie recipe! They look so perfect and fudgey!
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  19. I am so excited to give these a try! They look magnificent! Pinning for later. xo, Catherine
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  20. These brownies are amazing! My husband said ‘these aren’t one of your healthy recipes are they’ after devouring one in about a split second, he couldn’t believe it when I said it was ☺ made them with the paleo chocolate melted in and regular chocolate chips but my next effort will be full Paleo version. Hoping they don’t turn out too oily with all the coconut oil!

    • I’m so glad you liked them!! I got the same reaction from my friends who tried them :) I’ve found the paleo chocolate chips tend to hold their shape pretty well, so I think it would turn out well. Thanks for sharing your experience with me, Marit.

      • Hi Rachel, made the full Paleo version last night and they turned out beautifully, not too much oil at all! I also made a vegan version at the same time by using a flax egg. I’ve got a couple of workmates who always miss out when there are morning tea treats so thought I’d try it. It looked like a disaster when I took them out of the oven as there was a large amount of liquid left but I left them on a paper towel overnight and they held together beautifully and my workmates thought they were amazing. Everyone keeps asking for my recipes so you are going to be famous in New Zealand before long :-)I love muesli(granola) in the morning and your peanut butter and chocolate is my go to at the moment.

  21. I have made these twice in 2 weeks. Soo good. Easy recipe to follow.

  22. Robyn Marquez says:

    Is there any way to find it what the carb count on these are?

  23. Hi what gluten free chocolate do you suggest please I’m in Australia . Thankyou

  24. OMG!!! I made these earlier and just tried one, soooo good!! I used a chocolate with almonds in it and it was just amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  25. Hi Rachel! This looks soo fudgy and rich – my dream brownie;) I really want to try this but don’t have almond flour, any substitutions or other recipes that are similar but don’t use almond flour? I have coconut flour and all purpose in hand. Thanks so much!

  26. Can I use your paleo dark chocolate chunks for both the melted chopped chocolate and the chocolate chips, or do you recommend using them for one or the other, if so which?

    • Hi Robin. I haven’t tried them as the base of the recipe, but I’m inclined to think it should work for both…I can’t guarantee it though since I haven’t tried. If you do give it a go, please let me know how it turns out!!

      • Hi Rachel,

        I just wanted to report back as I tried the recipe with your paleo chocolate chunks (btw, one batch of these is the perfect amount to split for melting and for the additional stirred in chunks). I found them to be more oily than when I used chocolate chips, so if I made them again using the paleo chunks I might decrease the amount of additional coconut oil (although my husband absolutely loved them and did not see any need for changes). Also, I found that the chunks melted into the brownies more so they did not give quite as much of a bite in the final brownie. We froze them the same day as baking them and have since finished off the entire batch as they got better and better over time in the freezer as most brownies do. This is a great recipe and I think next time I may try it with a darker chocolate. I like the idea of using the paleo chunks because I can use cacao and control the ingredients in the chocolate more. Any chance you could come up with a brownie recipe that uses more cacao in the base rather than chocolate chips?

        • Hi Robin – thanks so much for your feedback, it’s super helpful for me and other readers, I’m sure! You can definitely adjust the homemade chunks by using less sugar to have a darker chocolate. I’ve been meaning to make and post another paleo brownie recipe I have that is cocoa powder based – I used it for the base of these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies, so you may want to try that recipe next just without the chocolate strawberry topping for plain brownies. Enjoy, and thanks again for the comment :)

  27. Hey, these look amazing! Just wondering if there’s anything I could sub in there for the coconut sugar, since I can’t seem to get it easily in the UK. Would regular sugar work (for a non-Paleo version)? Thanks!

  28. I don’t normally write reviews, but I couldn’t not for this recipe. These brownies are absolutely AMAZING. Best brownies i’ve made, even those with flour and butter. Try these out, you won’t be disappointed!!

  29. Bethany says:

    These are great and are kid approved in our household. We opted for milk chocolate chips instead of dark but used dark chunks for the base. I got a hint of sour…any known reason for that? Maybe use of 2 different chocolates? Not sure…thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Hi Bethany. So glad you enjoy them. I’m not sure what could have caused the sour – I don’t think it would be from the two types of chocolate. That’s super odd and I haven’t ever had that happen with brownies before! Were all of the ingredients fresh?

  30. Might you know if Cassava or Coconut flour could be used instead of Almond flour. Nuts still don’t agree with me.

    • Hi KTC. I wouldn’t recommend coconut flour because it’s so absorbent, but cassava flour would probably work. I haven’t tried it so I can’t guarantee it, though!

  31. I know, I know, you’ll be blown away when I say this, but I have determined that I ahte coconut oil. (Whaaat?! Yes, seriously. NOT at all a neutral flavor to me.) But I am dairy-free as well as GF. Do you think I could use a melted DF “butter” spread, like Earth Balance? Or ghee?!

    • Errr… *hate*

    • Hi Angie, ghee would probably work better than Earth Balance, but you should also look into refined coconut oil! It doesn’t taste or smell like coconut AT ALL – it’s just a neutral oil the same way canola or vegetable oil is. Here’s a link to the kind of refined coconut oil I have: http://amzn.to/2aXhed7. Hope this helps! :)

  32. deborah pyle says:

    Hi Rachel, I love these brownies and I’m wondering how I could add zucchini to them. I have a ton of it in my garden and have looked at several gluten free zucchini brownie recipes but none of them look as fudgey and yummy as I know these are.

    • Hi Deborah. You know, I’ve never made zucchini brownies before but I’ve had zucchini brownies written down in my brainstorming notebook for weeks now! Unfortunately, I’m not sure exactly what parts of the recipe would need to be changed to incorporate zucchini so I can’t give a solid recommendation that wouldn’t end up with super gloopy brownies from the extra zucchini moisture. I would start with reducing the oil, but it’ll probably require some testing. Sorry I can’t help right now – I’ll bring it to the front of the docket though and try to come up with a recipe very soon :)

  33. Super crumbly. I mean, not at all like a fudgy brownie. I tried to under mix and I def under baked. But they came out like chocolate crumbs which did not taste bad. Just not what I expected.

    • That is so odd, Liz! You mean the brownies are dry? These brownies are always super moist for me, so I can’t imagine what went wrong. Did you make any changes to the recipe or anything? If I have more info, I can help you trouble-shoot.

  34. Hey! Could I substitute a regular gf flour blend for the almond flour in this recipe? I don’t have just almond flour, I have robin hood gf flour blend. Is it too absorbent like coconut flour?

    • Hi McKenna. I haven’t tried these with a GF flour blend and I’ve never used Robin Hood GF flour so I can’t guarantee it will work, but this recipe is pretty versatile. My guess is that it would work, though!

  35. What can i use instead of the almond flour? My GF cant have it

  36. I have so gotta try these! They look like the perfect stack of extra fudgy brownies – and they are GF!!! Girl, you rock!
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  37. I love this recipe. I am going to make it for a part on Saturday. I want to make a double batch. Can I just double the recipe? What size dish should I use? 13X9 or 15X10

  38. I made these with organic 85% dark chocolate cocoa bar (4 oz) with some of the dark chocolate (dairy free) chocolate chips melted. Substituted 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of 2 eggs since I can’t have eggs at the moment. They came out super moist and delicious, thinking of putting them in the fridge overnight to solidify them a little more. Thanks for this recipe!!

    • Glad to know your applesauce sub for the eggs worked out well! So glad you’re loving them Katie, thanks so much for your feedback.

  39. Oh wow…these look AMAZING, Rachel! I am all about fudgy brownies and these look like the ultimate treat. And I always love finding gluten free desserts like this because I’m always surprised at how delicious they taste! And that frosting looks like the perfect addition, too. Wishing I had these babies for breakfast! :)

  40. I’m sitting here, seriously wishing these brownies were in front of me! :) Rachel, your photography continues to stun me! <3 Also… totally #bakergoals at Bakerita, all day, e'vryday.
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  42. So I’m pretty much in jaw-dropping awe over here because of how insanely fudgy these brownies look. I mean holy MOLY, Rachel!! I would never have guessed in a million years that these are paleo and gluten-free!
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  43. Im so glad you shared this recipe. Who doesn´t love a good brownie? but it looks like you have elevated this classic dish making it gluten-free using almond flour, which i love. Truly impressive and creative.

  44. These brownie look fantastic! So thick and delicious :) Pinning to try them asap!
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  45. That brownie stack looks awesome! Yum!!

  46. Droooool city! This looks so incredibly good. I need one (or 5) of these brownies in my life, STAT!

  47. They look so fudgy and irresistible! :)
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  48. Any suggested substitutes for almond ingredients? Can’t do almonds

    • Hi Amy, you could use another nut flour for the almond flour, or a GF all-purpose flour blend. For the almond butter, any other nut butter will work. Enjoy!


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