Baked double chocolate almond flour brownies with a moist, chewy, ultra-fudgy interior! Once you sink your teeth through the crackly chocolate crumb and into the brownies fudgy interior, you won’t believe this gooey dessert is gluten free. Best of all, these grain-free brownies are easy to make at home in less than one hour following a few simple steps.
Double Chocolate Almond flour brownies
If you have not jumped on the almond flour bandwagon yet, it’s time to get on board with this ultra fudgy, chocolatey, grain-free brownie recipe! Just like many other gluten-free dessert bars and brownies shared on the site, this is a recipe that appeals to those with dietary restrictions or not!
Similar to any bakery-style traditional recipe, almond flour brownies made with cocoa powder have the same crackly top, chewy edges, and soft fudgy interior. Plus, this easy one-bowl recipe can be whipped up quickly when a craving strikes!
Using a combination of melted chocolate chips with cocoa powder makes this recipe stand out above the rest. Melted chocolate chips adds moisture and gooeyness without having to rely on pricey unsweetened chocolate. Chocolate chips are much more affordable and readily available.
Adding a small amount of cocoa powder also adds a hint of bitterness, balancing the sweetness from the chocolate chips. Also, since almond flour is denser and heavier, using unsweetened cocoa powder aerates the dry ingredients.
Just like these fudgy oat flour brownies, making brownies with almond flour is an alternative to making brownies with all-purpose gluten-free flour. Both oat and almond flour contains a single ingredient, not a combination of starches like in GF flour, which can be problematic for those with dietary allergies.
Read on to learn for more baking tips, including ingredient substitutions, storage recommendations, and flavor modifications. Also, be sure to check out this guide to gluten-free baking to become a pro in the kitchen!
The only speciality ingredient required for these one-bowl brownies is almond flour. It’s usually stocked in grocery store’s health or organic section or you can make your own in minutes using this easy homemade almond flour recipe!
- Unsalted butter – I have not tested the recipe using coconut oil, but I don’t foresee there being an issue with substituting it to make these brownies dairy-free.
- Semisweet chocolate chips – Also, for dairy-free brownies, non-dairy chips, like Enjoy LIfe, may be substituted.
- Sugar – For an unrefined sweetener, use equal amount of coconut sugar.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder – Use dutch-processed cocoa powder for a deeper, less acidic chocolate taste, just like in almond flour chocolate cake recipe.
- Baking powder – Typically brownies use baking soda, but since almond flour is heavier, a small amount of baking powder helps with lift.
- Almond flour – Use blanched, preferably sifted, almond flour. If you only have almond meal on hand, refer to the section below explaining the difference between almond flour and almond meal.
How to Make Almond Flour Brownies
(Below shows step-by-step photos and modified instructions. For the complete recipe, along with ingredient amounts, scroll down to the recipe card.)
With only 10 minutes of prep time, these double chocolate brownies are the perfect sweet treat to make when you want to serve something yummy, yet don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
If you are looking for a single-serving gluten-free dessert, try this gluten-free mug brownie recipe!
- Begin by greasing an 8×8 pan, then set aside.
- Next, in a large saucepan, melt one stick of room temperature butter with one cup of the chocolate chips. (The rest of the chocolate chips will be used later.) Stir the melted butter and chocolate chips together until the consistency is nice and smooth.
- To the chocolate and butter add sugar and cocoa powder. Mix well and set aside to cool slightly. While cooling, be sure to stir occasionally.
- Next, lightly beat the eggs and add them to the cocoa mixture, along with the vanilla. Stir vigorously and then add the dry ingredients – almond flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
- For an extra touch of chocolate goodness, add the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and give it a stir.
- Last but not least, pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and spread evenly. The baking time is 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan, or on wire rack, before serving. Enjoy!
Using almond flour in brownie recipes
Using almond flour over gluten-free flour or wheat flour has some health and taste benefits. They are lower in carbs and have a higher amount of protein, so you may be tempted to swap it out in all your recipes. Unfortunately it will not have predictable results.
There’s a difference of weight between almond flour and traditional flour, so a one-to-one conversion isn’t always possible. It also contains more moisture, which changes the chemistry of baked goods. Therefore, I would stick with a tested almond flour recipe.
Besides these brownies, recipes for almond flour blondies, quick breads, almond flour banana muffins, and almond flour oatmeal cookies work particularly well. Try some of the linked recipes and see which one is your favorite!
Storing and Freezing tips
Gluten-free brownies made with almond flour will keep up to 5 days, stored in an airtight. To freeze, make sure they have cooled completely then wrap individual servings in plastic wrap. Store in a ziplock freezer bag or airtight container up to 3 months.
If you would to freeze an entire pan, first make sure the cooked brownies have cooled completely. Cover the pan in plastic wrap, wrapping all the way around, like a present, to get a good airtight seal.
Cover the top with a layer of foil and freeze up to 3 months. Pull out the pan to thaw on the counter a few hours before serving.
Is this recipe low carb / keto?
Yes and no. If you are looking for a low carb or keto brownie recipe, this may not be the one for you because of the chocolate chips. However, there are ways to decrease the amount of carbohydrates, such as using a sugar free sweetener, monk fruit, or sugar blend.
Using a sugar-free Sweetener
I personally haven’t tested recipe using sugar free substitutes, but I have received reader’s comments saying they’ve adapted the recipe with success.
Since the sweetener will contain less bulk than sugar, you will have to replace it with something else. Try adding a couple additional tablespoons of almond flour. Here are some additional baking tips for using sugar-free sweeteners.
Using Almond Flour versus Almond Meal in Baking
You may be wondering what the difference is between almond flour and almond meal. Both are made from ground almonds, so they can be used interchangeably in most almond flour recipes.
However, there are some differences to consider. For one, almond flour is more finely ground than almond meal with a uniform consistency. Because of this, it works better in more delicate baked goods, such as cookies, brownies, and pancakes.
Almond meal is typically either blanched (ground with skins removed) or unblanched (ground with skins on), so there might be a difference in color with a slightly more granular texture. Almond meal is good for more rustic recipes, such as breads or breading meats.
additions and modifications
If you feel like taking a walk on the wild side and making these mouth-watering chocolate brownies even more amazing, try one of these fun additions:
- Spread on a thick layer of fluffy buttercream frosting. Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips or sprinkles for texture and flavor.
- M&M Brownies – Add 1 cup M&Ms to the batter for a colorful and yummy surprise.
- Chocolate Candy Bar Brownies – Chop up chunks of your favorite chocolate candy bar and add it to the batter. Serve with ice cream, homemade hot fudge sauce, and extra chopped candy bars.
- Chocolate orange – Add 1 tablespoon orange zest with the eggs and vanilla.
- Espresso – Add 1 tsp espresso powder with the dry ingredients.
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Ultra-Fudgy Chocolate Brownies With Almond Flour
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 8X8" baking pan. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan melt butter with 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Add sugar and cocoa powder. Mix well. Set aside to cool slightly, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.½ cup unsalted butter,1 ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips,1 cup sugar,4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- To the chocolate mixture add lightly beaten eggs and vanilla. Stir vigorously, then add almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.2 large eggs,1 teaspoon vanilla extract,1 cup blanched almond flour,½ teaspoon baking powder,½ teaspoon salt
- Stir in remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips. Pour into prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack before slicing and serving.
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