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These Paleo chocolate brownies (and yes, that means they’re gluten free brownies!) made with cherries and coconut flour are so incredibly moist and full of flavor, you won’t even miss the processed flour, sugar, and dairy ingredients found in more traditional recipes.

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After years of allergic reactions to coconut, I am happy to discover that I’m no longer allergic It’s a good thing, too, since coconut oil and coconut flour are just so darn useful!

These Paleo-friendly chocolate brownies are so incredibly moist and full of flavor and bits of cherry, you won’t even miss the processed flour, sugar, and dairy ingredients found in more traditional recipes

 

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I have to admit – when I first heard about Paleo, I thought it was a bit of a fad. Well, for a fad, it has managed to hang on and grow. More than that, though, doctors are now getting on board. At my last medical checkup, I was told, in no uncertain terms, that my grain and carbohydrate consumption had to drop.

Turns out the concept of basing your diet on bread, potatoes, and starchy vegetables was a recipe for diabetes, obesity, and all sorts of health problems. Imagine talking to your mother thirty years ago and telling her the unhealthiest part of chocolate brownies is … the flour.

I need my chocolate! Thankfully doctors aren’t telling us to avoid chocolate – and in fact, many are recommending that we increase our consumption of dark chocolate. I don’t really need encouragement.

This chocolate brownie recipe comes to the rescue. Paleo Chocolate Brownies … coconut flour is the magic ingredient that makes it work.

Coconut oil is the edible oil extracted from coconut meat. If you’re less strict with your diet, you can certainly use butter instead of the coconut oil BUT you’ll need to use slightly less or bake it a bit longer. Butter has about 20% water, which coconut oil doesn’t have.

Use your favourite non-dairy milk in this. We use Veggemo at our house, which is made from pea and tapioca. It tastes great and acts just like milk in our recipes. You might be able to find it at your local grocery store, but if you’re in the United States, you can also get it from Amazon.

Get your Veggemo vegetable milk from Amazon. It’s available as Original, Unsweetened, and Vanilla. I used Unsweetened in this recipe and added homemade vanilla. I haven’t tried using Vanilla Veggemo, but it should work.

Close up of Paleo Chocolate Brownies using coconut oil and coconut flour

You can use either fresh or frozen cherries. If using frozen cherries, let them thaw completely at room temperature before chopping and adding to the batter.

You can also collect the juice while thawing and add it to the batter, as well. You will need to increase the cooking time by several minutes to account for the extra moisture, however.

There’s not a lot of preparation time with this recipe – ten minutes to get it in the oven and then 25-30 minutes of cooking – just like any other brownie recipe. Make them in an 8×8″ baking dish and cut in 9 squares. Do brownies last long enough in your house to make leftovers? I should probably figure out the best way to store things, but to be really honest, even Paleo chocolate brownies are gone before they’ve fully cooled off. (Even? I shouldn’t say that. These are good – you won’t feel deprived.)

Using about two tablespoons melted coconut oil, grease an 8×8″ baking dish well. Preheat the oven to 350F with the top oven rack in center position.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, honey, non-dairy milk, and vanilla until completely smooth. Set aside.

You can make your own paleo-friendly, all natural vanilla extract very easily. YES, pure vanilla extract is Paleo.

In a smaller bowl, combine the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Add the chopped, pitted cherries and any juices (if using frozen cherries) and fold until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and place in the preheated oven to bake until the brownies are set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, approximately 25-30 minutes.

Cooking time will vary by oven. Check after 20 minutes and adjust cooking time accordingly.

Remove from oven and cool to room temperature before slicing into squares and serving.

Go, go, go – make yourself a pan of Paleo Chocolate Brownies and enjoy the deliciousness without the gut pain!

Make Your Own Paleo Chocolate Brownies

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Paleo Chocolate Cherry Brownies


  • Author: Marie Beausoleil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped, pitted cherries

Instructions

  1. Using about two tablespoons melted coconut oil, grease an 8×8″ baking dish well. Preheat the oven to 350F with the top oven rack in center position.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, honey, non-dairy milk, and vanilla until completely smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the chopped, pitted cherries and any juices (if using frozen cherries) and fold until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and place in the pre-heated oven to bake until the brownies are set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, approximately 25-30 minutes. (Cooking time will vary by oven. Check after 20 minutes and adjust cooking time accordingly).
  5. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature before slicing into squares and serving.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 9

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