I have experimented with several Paleo brownie recipes, but this one tops the list by far. They come out of the oven very moist and chewy. That means that if you are one of those people who likes the outside edge of brownies, you might want to bake them for a few extra minutes.
I mean, there are even specially designed pans dedicated to making edge-only brownies, so I know you are out there. Also, my boyfriend is one of those people. One way I knew that we were a good match was that he liked to eat the outer edge from the brownie pan and I preferred the fudgy center. Perfect.
These paleo brownies are better than any mix from a box, and they avoid a large heaping of sugar and flour. There actually isn’t any flour in the recipe at all, even gluten-free flour. I don’t know if I would be able to tell the difference between this brownie recipe and its non-Paleo counterpart. They’re THAT good.
Fudgy Paleo Brownie Ingredients
- 1 cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup grade-A maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ½ tsp pure baking soda
The almond butter used in this recipe helps to make your brownies chewy and dense, but almond butter also has some great benefits! Almond butter is a great source of healthy, monounsaturated fats, and also provides your body with a nice dose of magnesium.
Almonds can also help to lower cholesterol and are part of a heart-healthy diet! Who knew brownies could be a part of a heart-healthy diet?
Healthy Paleo Brownie Substitutes
Egg Substitutes: If you avoid eggs due to a food sensitivity or intolerance, not problem. Simply replace eggs with flaxseed! All you need is 2.5 teaspoons ground flax per egg. Before adding to the recipe, be sure to whisk the ground flax seed in a little bit of water until it becomes gelatinous.
Almond Butter Substitutes: Although the almond butter helps to make the brownies dense and chewy, if you avoid almond products in general, you can easily replace these ingredients. You can add in sunflower seed butter as a healthy and delicious replacement. The amount you’ll need for these substitution does not change.
Ghee Substitutes: Melted coconut oil is a great replacement if you prefer not to use ghee. Although the brownies turn out extra fudgy when using ghee, chances are you’ll almost always have coconut oil on hand as part of your Paleo-friendly pantry.
Maple Syrup Substitutes: Be sure to read through the FAQ section of the recipe for examples of other products you can swap for maple syrup!
Tools You’ll Need
- 9 inch baking pan
- Large mixing bowl
Just like the simple ingredient list, the items you’ll need to prepare the recipe are quite minimal as well.
Paleo Brownie FAQ (Everything You Need to Know)
How long do these brownies keep? If you’ve managed to save some brownies for another day considering how delicious they are, store them in the refrigerator overnight. If after an additional 1-2 days have past and you still have leftovers, it is probably best to freeze for added freshness.
Are Paleo brownies healthy? Compared to other non-Paleo brownie alternatives, these are definitely healthier; however, it is still best to fill your day with nutrient dense foods such as lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, and healthy fats! In moderation however, this paleo treat can definitely fit into a healthy diet.
Where can I find Paleo-friendly Almond Butter? Almond butter is readily available in most markets, but to ensure the particular butter you are purchasing is Paleo-friendly, review the list of ingredients. Here is an example of a paleo-friendly almond butter that is highly recommended: https://www.amazon.com/Barney-Butter-Almond-Smooth-Ounce/dp/B00U9VTY48
Is there a way to make paleo brownies low sugar? Absolutely, you can make these lower sugar brownies. Just swap the maple syrup for erythritol, stevia, or monk fruit. There are also blends of these three sweeteners that can be purchased without buying each sugar alternative separately. Blends may be preferable since some individuals feel that stevia has a bitter taste while others have digestive issues with too much erythritol. You may find that you need a smaller amount of sugar alternatives to add sweetness, so just add to your liking!
Paleo Brownie Variations
- No Bake Double Chocolate Brownies (walnuts + hazelnuts + cocoa nibs) (238 calories/serving)
- Low Carb Coconut Flour Paleo Brownies (coconut flour + coconut oil) (147 calories/serving)
- Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies (sweet potatoes + honey) (171 calories/serving)
- Magical Chocolate Brownie Cookies (almond flour + cocoa powder) (160 calories/serving)
- Lavender Maca Brownies (lavender + maca powder + chocolate chips) (224 calories/serving)
- Out of This World Chocolate Brownie Cookies (coconut sugar + ghee + almond flour) (226 calories/serving)
- Mind-Blowing Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies (almond butter + honey) (210 calories/serving)
- No Bake Brownie Bites (walnuts + dates + raw cocoa powder) (98 calories/serving)
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