Baking up a batch of almond flour brownies is an easy and delicious grain-free alternative when a craving for chocolate brownies hits. Using almond flour adds a delightful texture and wonderful nutty flavor to classic brownies.
Enjoy with a cold glass of milk (or almond milk) for a real treat!
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick foil.
In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt. Stir well to combine.
Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread all the way to the edges. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until just set.
Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.
Lift the foil from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Dust with additional cocoa powder. Cut into 16 squares.
Enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
This recipe is grain free, but uses dairy ingredients. If you prefer a non-dairy option, use melted coconut oil instead of butter. As a substitute for the 2 eggs, mix 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal into 1/3 cup water and allow it to thicken for 5 minutes. Then, combine the flaxseed mixture into the recipe. The combination of flaxseeds and water acts as a non-dairy alternative to eggs as the binding agent in baked goods.
This recipe calls for 1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips for added texture and interest. These can be omitted or 1/2 cup of your favorite chopped nuts can be used instead.
What Is Almond Flour?
Almond flour is frequently used by those following a paleo diet and is available in most large grocery stores as blanched almond flour or whole almond flour.
Blanched almond flour is made from ground whole, sweet almonds. The almonds are blanched to remove the skin and then they are ground to a fine texture that makes them ideal for baking a wide variety of gluten free, low carb, and grain free baked goods.
Whole almond flour is ground from whole almonds with the skin still intact. It also makes a great addition to grain free recipes.
Almond flour should be kept in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain optimum freshness. the natural oils in the nuts can spoil when kept at room temperature for extended periods of time.