Flourless Browned Butter Brownies {Gluten-Free + Grain-Free}

April 6, 2014 · 84 comments in Bars and Brownies

Flourless Browned Butter Brownies {Gluten-Free + Grain-Free}

It’s no secret to people who know me that I am a stress-eater.

PMS-ing: Time for chocolate.

60 billion pieces of homework due for tomorrow: Give me all of the shortbread please.

Exams: Ima cry-eat this brownie.

And as a particularly daunting round of exams is looming, it probably won’t be surprising to find me drinking endless mugs of tea alongside all of that food, either.

Flourless Browned Butter Brownies {Gluten-Free + Grain-Free}

I find it easier to control my insane sugar cravings during these times by trying to bake things which happen to actually make me feel full. Eating a regular brownie never makes think ‘wow I am so stuffed’. It’s more like ‘that brownie was a pre-brownie trial round. Now for the real thing, gimme another good sir!’.

And that’s why I often use things like flax seeds and oat flour when baking – the fiber and protein (and healthy fats in the flax seeds) are what keep me satiated so I don’t end up gorging.

Flourless Browned Butter Brownies {Gluten-Free + Grain-Free}

Another ingredient akin to those I just mentioned is coconut flour. It’s basically the dried pulp leftover from making coconut milk. It is really high in fiber (because that’s pretty much all that it is) with some protein and good fats in there to boot. It does have a coconutty aroma but the flavour is easily masked when baked with ingredients like chocolate…for example…

So if it’s such a cool ingredient, then why is this one of the first times I’ve mentioned it on here?

Well, the frustrating thing is that coconut flour is a pain in the arse to develop recipes with. It absorbs crazy amounts of liquid and has no real binding quality so usually requires a LOT of eggs to go with it. I’m not a fan of overly eggy textured desserts (i.e. souffles or custard-like things) so I haven’t used it much in the past.

When I was looking through my friend Josh’s new book The Slim Palate Cookbook (full disclosure, that’s an affiliate link), I noticed he’d used coconut flour in a brownie recipe. I had a bag of coconut flour in the cupboard (and, at £6 a bag, I was like ‘yeah okay lets do this, use up some coconut flour!!’) so decided to give the recipe a go as it looked normal for egg quantities and the picture was making me pretty hungry.

Flourless Browned Butter Brownies {Gluten-Free + Grain-Free}

Holy woah they’re good. They’re not as dense as traditional brownies, I think due to the use of coconut flour and small amount of baking soda, and have about half of the amount of sugar. Of course I went all classic food blogger and browned the butter before mixing in the rest of the ingredients. I amped up the chocolate flavour too, by sneaking some extra cocoa powder into the batter ;)

Verdict: Now I know what I’m going to be using the rest of my coconut flour for.

If you don’t have coconut flour/can’t  get it/ don’t want to spend dolla on a bag for one recipe (I wouldn’t blame you) then you can sub in almond flour (see the recipe notes) which also has a healthy fats, protein and fiber. Win win. We all get filling brownies. Hooray!

Flourless Browned Butter Brownies {Gluten-Free + Grain-Free}

(If you want to check out more about Josh’s blog, Slim Palate, go here!

He also has a really nice book trailer that you should totally go and watch here)

Notes

- I’ve heard that different brands of coconut flours can bake up slightly differently; I used the Tiana brand of coconut flour and it worked really well!

- If you don’t have/can’t get coconut flour, replace with 2/3 cup (75 g) almond flour or ground almonds

- The recipe is adapted from Joshua’s recipe for Paleo Brownies from his book The Slim Palate Cookbook

Flourless Browned Butter Brownies {Gluten-Free + Grain Free}
1/2 cup (8 tbsp /110 g) unsalted butter
3 oz (85 g) unsweetened baking chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup (125 ml) honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) coconut flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
optional: 3 tbsp chopped walnuts (or other nuts)

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease an 8-inch square cake pan with butter. Line the greased pan with a piece of baking paper.

Place the butter into a medium pot and melt over a medium heat. Continue to heat the butter until it foams up and smells nutty then remove from the heat. Add the chocolate to the pot and stir until all the chocolate has melted and mixed in. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the walnuts) to the pot and stir together until well combined.

Pour the mixture into the lined pan, sprinkle on the chopped walnuts (if using) and bake for 15-20 minutes - it will look set and dry on top but the middle should still be soft. Leave to cool before slicing into 16 squares.

http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2014/04/flourless-browned-butter-brownies-gluten-free-grain-free.html

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Laura April 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

oh I LOVE Josh’s blog! and this looks so delicious! I’ll end up using the almond flour ’cause I can only find the coconut flour online aaaaaaand… well, it’s pretty pricey so.. anyways, very nice recipe ;)

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 12:13 am

Me too! Thanks Laura, haha good plan ;)

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cheri April 7, 2014 at 12:06 am

These look amazing, never worked with coconut flour before, does it have a coconutty kind of flavor?

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

Thanks Cheri! It does have a coconutty flavour but the chocolate masks it so the brownies don’t actually taste of coconut at all!

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Leigha @ Minougirl April 7, 2014 at 12:19 am

I have a bag of coconut flour sitting in my pantry as well! I’m scared of it, lol! These look SO yummy. I love it when dessert has some healthy benefits!

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 12:21 am

It can be pretty daunting to work with but it TOTALLY worked in this recipe :) thanks Leigha!

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Rossi @ A Baking Girl April 7, 2014 at 12:47 am

Okay, so obviously your photos are always gorgeous, but these are especially breathtaking. I absolutely love them (and the brownies)!!!

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 12:48 am

Aww thank you so much Rossi!!! That means so much to me :)

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Rossi @ A Baking Girl April 7, 2014 at 12:48 am

Totally just messed up and wrote “you’re” instead of “your”. I’m hiding behind my hands in embarrassment right now

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 12:49 am

Ahaha don’t worry, I can edit it if you want

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Rossi @ A Baking Girl April 7, 2014 at 1:11 am

Haha thanks girl!

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Anne April 7, 2014 at 1:13 am

I thought I was the only one that ate a bunch of food when I was stressed out! When finals come up, I have difficulty staying away from the kitchen. Who am I kidding? I have trouble staying away from the kitchen always!
These brownies are going to make it even harder. Thanks a lot Izy!

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

High five! Yeah I’m always snacking. Haha thanks Anne

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DessertForTwo April 7, 2014 at 1:15 am

These look fabulous!

So, I’m the opposite. When I’m stressed, I forget to eat. I eat to celebrate happy things! Yay! life is great! Eat a brownie! Life is short, order 2 desserts! But hey, whatever works :)

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 10:58 am

Thanks! If I’m working I can forget to eat too but then as soon as I’m near any food I’m like I will never stop eating ever. Until I get super full and have to leave. Duh of course celebration food happens too ;)

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Gemma April 7, 2014 at 2:10 am

Oh, these look wonderful!
voted for you, fingers crossed! xxx

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

Thank you Gemma!! X

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Kira - HealthAble Old Soul April 7, 2014 at 4:50 am

I have been looking for an awesome GF brownie recipe! Last time I made mine with beans and it was more fudge like than brownie like!

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

They’re define to worth a go :) hah, I’ve never dared to try those black bean brownie recipes!

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ThisBakerGirlBlogs April 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

They look incredible!

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

Thanks Nazia!

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Jess @ Sweet Menu April 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

Wow these look fantastic! So dark and rich! Your photography is amazing as always.

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

Thank you so much Jess :)

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Julia April 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

Could you also substitude the coconut flour with oat flour?

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

I think using 1/2 cup of oat flour might work :)

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Danielle @ I Eat Therefore I Run April 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

I’ve just recently switched to coconut flour from wheat flour, and I know what you mean about needing more liquid. Besides eggs, you could also use almond milk or maybe even coconut milk? A fantastic website that promotes gluten-free, low-carb, high-fat foods is Maria Mind Body and Health, you should check it out for more coconut flour recipes. It is expensive (I have Tiana too), but it goes a lot further than wheat flour or almond flour (aka ground almonds).

where do you get your unsweetened baking chocolate?

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Thanks for the tip about using the milks! and for the tip about the blog, I’ll have a look.
I know exactly what you’re talking about – this recipe only used 1/4 cup of coconut flour! I just know it can be annoying for people to buy a whole bag of coconut flour and then only use it in one recipe, rather than almond flour which is much easier to find and very versatile :)

I bring it back from America, but if I don’t have any then the Lindt 90% stuff is the easiest to find.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Chewy brownies like this are the best. LOVE!

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Yes! Thanks Katrina

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Lisa @ Simple Pairings April 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Wow, these really look fantastic. I absolutely adore brownies – and I love your take on making them a bit more substantial. I too struggle with the notion that one standard sugar-laden brownie is never enough. Or two, or three…

Can’t wait to try your version! I love the flavors you used. Do you think I could grind up coconut flakes and use them in place of the coconut flour?

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Thanks Lisa. Tell me about it, brownies are definitely a weakness of mine!

That’s a really good question – I have in the past tried making my own ‘coconut flour’ by grinding up the pulp I had leftover from making coconut milk. But I found that it’s not the same thing, it doesn’t absorb the moisture in the same way and has properties more like ground almonds. So you might be able to grind up the coconut flakes and use that like almond flour (2/3 cup) as I’ve advised in the notes…

Let me know if/what you try!

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Marta April 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

It sounds so healthy :) Started calling me ;) Chocoholic Marta ;)

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

ahahah, well I don’t know if I can get away with calling them healthy..but they’re certainly better for you than regular brownies!

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Skye April 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I’m a stress eater too. Or at least that’s my excuse. I sometimes make brownies using aduki beans, coconut oil, dates, cocoa and agave nectar – -h, and coconut cream too. They’re pretty good for fending off the cravings. I’ve never tried coconut flour before, though, so very excited to try these. And the browned butter – lovely touch :)

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I just went and stalked your recipe archives to find that brownie recipe ;) I may have to try it out!
Thanks Skye

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dana April 7, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Gorgeous! And so smart. Adding these to my brownie archive!

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Izy April 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Thanks Dana! Brownie archive…I like the sound of that

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Louisa [Living Lou] April 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Stopped by because I saw this gorgeous photo on Pinterest, but I must say, I do the exact same thing during exams (unfortunately, my first is tomorrow…ah!). This time I’ve been eating a chocolate biscotti recipe I’ve been working on. I think I would devour all of these brownies right now if they were on my counter!

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Izy April 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Good luck with your exams! Mm biscotti are really good snacking material, perfect with coffee ;)
Thanks Louisa

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Erika April 7, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Izy you are the bestest of the best!!! My (several) bags of coconut flour have been withering away…hooray for filling brownies!! Speaking of being full and loving flax, have you ever tried the flax focaccia that’s been floating the interwebs? (It’s all flax, eggs and olive oil pretty much.) I made it again recently and holy cow, I was so full after a few pieces. It’s kind of crumbly and obviously not a brownie, but I love it :)

PS. Congrats again on your nomination and you have my vote!!

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Izy April 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm

hahaa I KNEW I couldn’t be the only one in this situation.
I haven’t!! I remember seeing the recipe floating around as you said, but I didn’t know if it would be good. Sounds like something I’d love too :)

Thanks Erika! <3

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Roxanne April 8, 2014 at 4:34 am

This recipe looks amazing. I have a question regarding the honey – do you happen to know of a low carb substitute? These are almost perfect to make for my husband, who is low carb (would use almond flour), but I don’t know of any artificial sweeteners that would work the same.

Thanks in advance for your time!

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Izy April 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Thanks Roxanne.
In the book, Josh suggests using 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk plus 1/2 tsp of liquid stevia. I haven’t tried this out personally, but sounds like it’d be fine.

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Marissa Trew April 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Hey Izy :)

Just wanted to ask – I’ve got a bag of desiccated coconut. Would blending that into a finer flour work in the same way or does it have to be ‘juiced out’ of all it’s milky goodness before it works as a flour?

xx

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Izy April 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Hi Marissa!

I had someone ask a similar question so I’m pretty much copy + pasting my response from above, here haha.

I have in the past tried making my own ‘coconut flour’ by grinding the pulp I had leftover from making coconut milk. But I found that it’s not the same thing, it doesn’t absorb the moisture in the same way and has properties more like ground almonds. So you might be able to just grind up the coconut and use that like almond flour (2/3 cup) as I’ve advised in the notes

Hope that helps!

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health April 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

thanks for introducing josh’s blog and also this new brownie recipe. i have never worked with coconut flour but almond flour, yes i have it and im gonna make this soon.

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Izy April 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Coconut flour is super weird. It’s kind of exciting but stressful to come up with recipes to use it in!
Great, hope you enjoy them!

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Katie @ Produce on Parade April 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Oh my goodness, that is totally me. Binge eating chocolate chips (straight-up) and lots and lots of tea. That’s currently my diet. Chocolate chips and tea. Don’t look at my instagram! Haha. Coconut flour is a tricksy little thing. These are awesome looking…I might have to make…except vegan, cus, you know. ;)

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Izy April 10, 2014 at 1:03 pm

hahaha I can’t be left alone near a bag of chocolate chips or there will be none left in about 5 minutes! Let me know if you manage to veganize them and I’ll add a note to the recipe :)

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Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme April 9, 2014 at 6:09 am

Um, I am the WORST stress eater! Candy is my ultimate weakness when things are rough. Sour candy, specifically. Don’t ask.

Definitely have to try these brownies!!

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Izy April 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Whenever I’m in the US I buy those sour patch watermelon candies. I usually can’t stand watermelon anything but THOSE CANDIES are just too good. I can imagine stress eating them to the max if I could get them here.

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cherie April 10, 2014 at 5:52 am

hi if I use all purpose gluten free flour what is the measurement? thanks :) lovely recipe btw :)

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Izy April 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Hi Cherie, You should be able to use 1/2 cup (65 g) of all purpose gluten-free flour in place of the coconut flour.
Thanks!

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Jane April 11, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Hi Izy! I just made these and THEY. ARE. FABULOUS. I am so stinkin’ happy right now. I also used extra dark cocoa powder, halved the honey with maple syrup, and sprinkled white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and walnuts.. :) :) BEAUTIFUL!!

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olivia April 12, 2014 at 7:08 am

We at OliveandPearls.com have been trying to incorporate coconut flour into our baking too! Its usually done in combination with a few other gluten-free varieties. Love the idea of using them in brownies… I bet it would even be great featured centrally with the whole shebang: coconu oil, sugar, flour, and flakes !!

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Renee April 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Love a good gluten free recipe!

Renee x

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Phoebe Lapine April 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

YUM! These brownies look incredible, I need to try them out soon!

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Tracy | Pale Yellow April 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I stress bake, which then leads to stress eating! Love the photos of these brownies!

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Alanna April 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I think I need to make these…stat.

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Helen @ Scrummy Lane April 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I really love this idea of making the brownies a little healthier (and tastier) by adding coconut flour. These look so dense and fudgy and I love your photos, too!

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ATasteOfMadness April 14, 2014 at 2:43 am

Haha, I am also a stress eater. I’d stress eat the whole batch of these brownies if I made them!

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marine April 14, 2014 at 5:10 am

hello, will this recipe work for almond meal/flour? (:

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Izy April 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

hi marine! Yep :) see the ‘Notes’ just above the recipe

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Kelly April 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Thanks for posting this brownie recipe! My dinner guests all agreed that they were the best brownies ever, never mind that they were gluten-free. Substitution note: I didn’t have quite enough honey on hand, so I filled up the rest of the measuring cup with maple syrup, , maybe an ounce or so. It worked fine. I loved the texture and richness of this treat! Yummm!

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michelle April 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

these brownies look so so so indulgent! and your photography is stunning :)
i was just wondering about the method; when you add all the ingredients to the butter and chocolate in the pot, is the element still on?
thanks :)

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Izy April 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

thanks Michelle! Take the butter + chocolate off of the heat once melted, then stir the other ingredients in :)

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Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine April 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Ohhh my goodness oh my goodness oh my goodness. I can’t wait to try these out. I have a bit of leftover coconut flour from when I was experimenting with coconut flour pancakes.

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Susan G May 1, 2014 at 1:33 am

Thanks so much, I am taking a break from flour (genuine sad face) and have been needing some info on coconut flour substitution – thanks. I’ll make these for the kid’s lunch box treats for next week.

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Lauren May 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Hi, I just saw these, and I’ve got to admit; they look delicious!
My mum can’t eat gluten and her birthday is coming up on Tuesday, I was wondering the coconut flour is it, can I use gluten free flour instead? My mum gets it from the pharmacy, and I’ve always wanted to use it.
How much would I need, flour wise?
By the way, could I make a non gluten free recipe by adding normal flour instead of the coconut flour?
Can’t wait to try these!
Lauren x

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Izy May 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I’m pretty sure you can replace the coconut flour with 1/2 cup (125 g) of regular flour or gluten-free flour, and they’ll be fine!

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Beverly July 30, 2014 at 1:55 am

Finally a gluten free brownie I can feel comfortable feeding to the grandkids!

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Keira August 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

can you substitute granulated sugar for the honey? thanks so much!!!

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Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} September 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm

The look so good Izy! I’ve been wanting to make these for along time. One question though: how many people does this recipe serve? :)

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