Coconut Flour Brownies {Gluten Free}

by lydia on December 15, 2010

Since going gluten free and pretty much grain free this past spring, I have had to come up with a lot of new recipes to replace old favorites. Brownies are one of our favorite easy family snacks, therefore I was determined to come up with a recipe for gluten free brownies using coconut flour. I picked out one of my favorite brownie recipes and attempted to convert it to a coconut flour brownie. It took much trial and error, while I was still learning how to work with coconut flour, but I think I finally nailed it!! This brownies are a huge hit in my home and even people who are not health conscious or gluten free rave about them!! They are very rich and chocolately, so it’s hard to over indulge – just a small square will do! I am happy to share this recipe hoping others will benefit from it! Let me know how you enjoy these if you try them!! I call them ‘Brownies Divine.’

Coconut Flour Brownies (Gluten Free)


  • Makes 1 - 8x8 pan
  • 12 tablespoons butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar or rapadura (if you like use a 1/3 cup of sugar instead), or honey
  • 3/4 cup sifted good quality cocoa powder (Hershey's or Nestle's will simply not do, unless of course it's all you can get!)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Half of a 73% dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe's ( or half a cup of chopped dark chocolate, preferably organic fair trade without soy lecithin in it), or unsweetened chocolate (if choosing this option add 1-2 tablespoons more of honey), or half cup of chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life brand)
  • 3 pastured eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour


  1. Melt together butter, sugar, cocoa, salt and chocolate in a pan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  2. Add in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Mix well, at first it will not be smooth, but keep whisking until you get a smooth consistency.
  4. Add in the vanilla.
  5. Sift in the coconut flour.
  6. Pour mixture into a parchment lined/or well buttered 8x8 pan.
  7. Preheat oven to 325. Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes. (I do it for about 22 minutes). If using honey, 25-27 minutes is best.
  8. Remove from oven, let cool 10-15 minutes before digging in.
  9. These brownies are the perfect palette for some homemade vanilla ice cream!!! Or for a dairy free dessert, use some coconut whipped cream. Enjoy!!

This post contributed to Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan.



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Kim @ The Nourishing Cook Blog December 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

These look amazing! I will definitely be trying them out. My kids love brownies (who doesn’t) but I just have been too busy to figure out a healthy recipe. Now I don’t have to. thanks Lydia!


lydia December 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Cool, I hope you like them Kim!!!


Raine December 15, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hi Lydia! These look delicious and I really want to make them. I have made a variety of coconut type desserts for my family and they have liked them all. I hope they don’t get tired of coconut! I have been aspiring to go completely grain and gluten free for sometime, as I know it affects my son’s behavior and health, as well as my husband’s. I’m actually trying to get them on board for the GAPS diet. I know these would be great once we get off the main part of the GAPs diet where we are not eating any sweeteners….I’m hoping to start this in the new year, keep your fingers crossed for us! Thanks for the recipe! :)


lydia December 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Raine – I am gearing up for GAPS in the New Year too – I have wanted to do it for some time now and am thinking that January is a perfect soup month, ha!! I am sure these brownies could be made with honey too, and I may play with them to see how they turn out that way! I suppose they could be made with carob too. My next feat is creating some blondies!!! :)


Phil December 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Yes please. Right about now! :)


Musings of a Housewife December 16, 2010 at 7:19 am

YUM. I can’t wait to try these!!!!!!!!!


Meagan December 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

These look fudge I made once!


Kim Christensen @ Affairs of Living April 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

These brownies look wonderful! Thanks for sharing, I’ll have to make a sugar-free version ASAP!


lydia April 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Oh cool, let me know what you come up with!!!


Anonymous August 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Did you ever try these sugar free if so what did you use to replace the sugar


lydia August 10, 2014 at 7:49 am

No, sorry I have not. I might try using banana puree instead of the sweetener.


Krista Butler March 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Just made these…. DELISH!!!!! Thanks for these awesome recipes!!!


lydia March 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

Yay! Glad you like them – I haven’t made them in awhile, perhaps it’s high time I did!


Sue in CA September 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Love coconut oil and wanna make these but I do not use honey or syrups, no sugar, so I’ll use Swerve instead and hope that it turns out as good as yours look. YUM


Barb @ A Life in Balance September 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

So glad you shared this at Jo-Lynne’s Gluten-Free linky! I’ve been trying various gluten free recipes, and haven’t found one yet that everyone likes.


lydia September 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Sure thing Barb! Let me know how you like it!


Jen October 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Is it possible to substitute liquid stevia for the honey? If so, how much?


lydia October 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

I’m sorry I don’t know how to sub the stevia for honey, I’ve never worked with it. I would think it would affect the consistency.


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