My coconut flour brownies are packed with antioxidants and healthy ingredients that boost energy levels and aid digestion. The combination of cacao powder, dark chocolate chips and maple syrup is rich and sweet — but heart-healthy too! And, the star ingredient of this recipe, the coconut flour, is gut-friendly and won’t leave you feeling drowsy an hour after eating these brownies.
I’m always looking for new coconut flour recipes because coconut flour doesn’t contain any grains, making it completely gluten-free. Plus, coconut flour is high in fiber, easy to digest and it doesn’t lead to blood sugar spikes like white, processed flour does. So, if your looking for a dessert that comes with a range of health benefits, look no further than these delicious coconut flour brownies.
Regular Flour vs. Coconut Flour
I’m excited that coconut flour is becoming easier to find in local supermarkets and health food stores because it’s one of my favorite gluten-free flours out there (along with almond flour). A major benefit of choosing coconut flour for your baking instead of regular, processed white flour is that coconut flour has a lower glycemic index, and it won’t lead to blood sugar highs and lows.
Research shows that coconut flour is actually beneficial for patients with diabetes because it contains a high dietary fiber content and doesn’t alter blood glucose levels the way that regular flour does. Coconut flour also aids your metabolism, energy levels and digestion.
And don’t worry. Making your chocolate brownies with coconut flour may make them a little more dense than traditional brownies, but it won’t take away from the desired fudgy texture and chocolatey taste.
Aside from the No. 1 ingredient in this recipe, the coconut flour, here’s a quick glance at some of the top health benefits associated with the other ingredients in my coconut flour brownies:
1. Dark chocolate
A little dark chocolate is more than just a delicious treat, it’s good for your health too. Studies show that the benefits of dark chocolate include protection against disease, due to its antioxidant content, improved heart health, promoting healthy cholesterol and better brain function. Dark chocolate also has a richer flavor than milk chocolate because of its cocoa content.
2. Cacao powder
Cacao is considered a superfood because it contains powerful bioflavonoids that have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antidiabetic and neuroprotective properties. When added to smoothies, baked goods and trail mixes, cacao nibs and powder help to maintain muscle and nerve function, reduce the risk of heart disease, correct digestive issues and boost your mood.
3. Coconut sugar
Coconut sugar is one of my favorite natural sweeteners. It comes from the sap of the coconut tree and is then dried to form sugar. Coconut sugar contains the same amount of calories as granulated sugar, so you don’t want to eat a ton of it, but it also provides trace minerals and antioxidants, making it the healthier choice.
How to Make Coconut Flour Brownies
To make these delicious coconut flour brownies, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and take out one bowl for mixing your ingredients. First, mix your wet ingredients, which includes 4 eggs, half cup maple syrup, one tablespoon vanilla extract and one-third cup of coconut oil.
Next, mix in your dry ingredients, which includes one and one-fourth cup coconut flour, one-fourth cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder, if you prefer), one-fourth teaspoon sea salt, one teaspoon baking soda, one-fourth cup coconut sugar and one-third cup of dark chocolate chips.
Stir until all of the ingredients come together. Pour the mixture into a greased 8 x 8 brownie pan, top it with chocolate chips and nuts, if you’d like and bake the brownies for 25–30 minutes.
After letting your coconut flour brownies cool, drizzle on some of my caramel sauce that’s made with coconut milk, maple syrup, coconut sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract. And just like that, your gluten-free and gut-friendly brownies are ready to enjoy!
Even those picky eaters in your life who don’t love trying gluten-free recipes will want these coconut flour brownies.Print
My coconut flour brownies are packed with antioxidants and healthy ingredients like cacao powder, dark chocolate chips and maple syrup. They’re as tasty as they look!
- 1¼ cup coconut flour (or use Paleo flour)
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 4 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup maple syrup (for sugar-free, go with applesauce here)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar (for sugar-free, go with monkfruit)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 homemade caramel sauce recipe (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a medium bowl, add the wet ingredients and combine.
- Next, add the dry ingredients.
- Stir until all ingredients are incorporated together.
- Pour the mixture into a greased 8 x 8 pan.
- Top with chocolate chips and/or nuts if desired and bake for 25–30 minutes.
- Let cool and then drizzle with caramel sauce.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 brownies (59g
- Calories: 208
- Sugar: 14.8g
- Sodium: 185mg
- Fat: 10.5g
- Saturated Fat: 7g
- Unsaturated Fat: 3.4g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 23.8g
- Fiber: 2.4g
- Protein: 5.4g
- Cholesterol: 55mg
Keywords: coconut flour brownies, gluten free brownies