These Coconut Flour Brownies are made with only a handful of ingredients and sweetened with honey, these treats are Paleo, GAPS and totally dairy free.
These Coconut Flour Brownies are just as delicious as traditional brownies but totally gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free.
I've always had an issue with coconut flour. For starters, it's so easy to overdo with coconut flour and just a tad too much will give you a very dry result. On the other hand, a little goes a long way and you don't really need a lot of flour for your baked goods.
These brownies are not too dry and the addition of cocoa powder is a nice touch to these treats.
The wonderful thing about these brownies is that as much as we love almond flour and butter, a break from nuts serves us well.
That means these Coconut Flour Brownies are completely dairy-free and nut-free. Yes, I realize that technically coconuts are nuts but in the realm of food allergens and sensitivities, coconut does not register in our bodies the same was as other nuts do.
That means, if you're following a nut-free diet, these brownies are totally compliant.
Coconut Flour Brownies with Honey
Since being on GAPS healing diet many years ago, I've grown accustomed to making baked goods with honey as the sweetener.
Note: Honey is the only sweetener allowed on GAPS diet.
It works for our family but if you can sub the honey for maple syrup - that should work just as well.
I will add that these brownies do have a strong honey taste but you have to be really in tune to flavors to notice. I find that the cacao is overpowering any honey flavor or scent.
How do you bake with Coconut Flour?
If you've baked with coconut flour for any length of time, you know that a little goes a long way. Coconut flour is incredibly absorbent, therefore you don't need a lot of it in your baked goods. It's also very grainy which is why it's never an ideal choice to thicken gravies or soups. It's very low in starch so it doesn't behave the same way as tapioca or arrowroot flour would.
The most important thing to remember about coconut flour is:
- use as little as possible to achieve the same result
- be careful not to overbake
Where to buy Coconut Flour?
I love getting my coconut flour on Amazon. If you're a Prime member, you can save more money by using their premium Subscribe & Save option. I love this brand and Amazon has unbeatable prices.
I've also seen organic coconut flour is stores such as Grocery Outlet and even TJ Maxx.
Don't fall for marketing ploys that sell coconut flour as "keto" - coconut flour is naturally keto. To be on the safe side, always check the ingredient label to make sure it doesn't have any additional starches.
What do these Coconut Flour Brownies taste like?
If you're looking for a fudgy brownie recipe - this probably ain't it. The reason is the coconut flour makes these brownies a little more cake-like and less fudgy. They are also more richer because of the cacao content.
Nevertheless, they are just as delicious as their counterpart. They make a great snack in mid-morning or afternoon - add some chopped nuts on the top and you're good to go!
The most important thing to remember is that these brownies are allergen friendly so they will satisfy most healing diets without sacrificing the sweet flavor.
Coconut Flour Brownies
These brownies are just as delicious as they are nutritious. And they don't require a ton of work. I usually mix the dry ingredients in my Pyrex measuring cup and add it directly to the bowl with wet ingredients.
- Mix eggs with honey. Add coconut oil.
- Add dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Bake and enjoy!
Coconut Flour Brownies (Paleo, GAPS)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9X9 pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut or avocado oil.
- On medium-high speed, mix eggs with honey or maple syrup for approximately 4 minutes or until mixture is lighter in color and airy.
- Add melted coconut oil and mix for another 30 seconds.
- In a small bowl, whisk together coconut flour, cacao powder, baking soda, and salt together.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and hand stir until all flour has been combined. Add vanilla and give a quick stir again.
- Pour into prepared pan. Top with nuts if desired and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before cutting into it.
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