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Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies

double chocolate walnut brownies gluten free recipe

These healthier gluten free brownies are the perfect Super Bowl snack. My family loved them and I’m hoping my guests will too when I serve these treats along with my gluten free Super Bowl Cake Pops come next Sunday when the Packers take on the Steelers and I have my big, bad, gluten free Super Bowl party.

These brownies use high fiber coconut flour and are based on a recipe by Michelle from Gluten Free Fix; her recipe is called Gluten Free Fudge Brownies and her creation seems to be more dense than mine, though these brownies are very rich and dense as well.

Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies

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  1. Place ½ cup chocolate chips in food processor and pulse until the consistency of coarse sand
  2. Pulse in coconut flour, salt and baking soda until combined
  3. Pulse in eggs, honey, grapeseed oil and vanilla
  4. Pour batter into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  5. Sprinkle walnuts and remaining chocolate chips over batter
  6. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes
  7. Cool and serve

Here are some more yummy gluten free brownie recipes for your eating pleasure:
-Almond Joy Coconut Brownies from Baking and Boys!
-Hazelnut Brownies from Lexie’s Kitchen
-Dark Chocolate Brownies from Gluten-Free Goddess

Brownies, even gluten free, can be a very personal thing.  Some people like a cakey brownie, some like a dense fudgey type brownie.  What type do you like?

Leave a comment below with a link to your favorite brownie recipe.


posted on January 28, 2011

  1. Heidi

    For the agave nectar and grapeseed oil are those cup measurements?

  2. Katherine

    Can I sub almond flour for coconut flour? These sound good and I LOVE your website!!

  3. Cassi Friz @ cassifriz.com

    hm…. i’m not crazy about brownies. i think i like fudgey brownie, b/c my recipe for the last 6 years has been dates, walnuts, cacao and vanilla. definitely a fudgey brownie. but for baking, ????

    i think i’ll have to experiment a bit to figure out! thanks for the beautiful post. now i’m dreaming of brownies!

  4. Shirley @ gfe @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Everyone is going to be getting smudges on their monitor from trying to reach through the screen for that brownie right in the front, Elana! (I hope nothing more serious occurs. LOL) Those look phenomenal and I have all the ingredients. Now, can I wait until next Sunday when I’ll have folks to help me eat them? ;-) Thanks so much, my dear!

    xo,
    Shirley

  5. These look delicious! Given a choice I would pick chewy brownies…but I would eat any brownie you come up with. I love your recipes :)

  6. Saundra

    These look delicious! I’m more of a cakey brownie type. I have all of these ingredients right now in my pantry, so I’m going to make some up for the weekend.

  7. Laurie

    These look amazing and I can’t wait to try them. I can’t have grapeseed oil because I’ve got an autoimmune illness and it’s an immune stimulator (Th2). Do you think light olive oil would work or do you have any other suggestions for a healthy oil substitute in all your recipes that use grapeseed oil?

    • Tara

      Coconut oil works nicely as a substitute; I use it in all of Elana’s recipes I have tried (here on the site and in her cookbook). If you can have coconut oil, I’d definitely recommend it – a good unrefined type like Nutiva (good prices online for a larger jar) or something along those lines. Just a note about using it, though… if it comes in contact with cold ingredients, such as eggs, the oil will harden; so it’s best to start with it in a liquid state (warm it gently before adding it to any cold ingredients) or let your eggs sit out a little while so they aren’t so cold.

    • Rebekah

      Laurie,
      I’ve used Spectrum’s Palm Oil Shortening — just melt it down and use the liquid amount called for in the recipe. It works well if you can tolerate it by your dietary restrictions.

    • Mary

      I’ve used light olive oil in bunch of Elana’s recipes and all have been wonderful. I alternate between coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and light olive oil.

    • Louise

      Laurie: I use Sunflower Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil in all my baking. BTW: My husband has Lupus and I didn’t know about Grapeseed Oil having a negative affect on auto-immune illnesses. Thank you for letting us all know!

      I just bought Peanut Flour from Trader Joes and I’m anxious to try it out in my baking, anyone know if I could replace it in this recipe? It has 16gr of protein for 1/4 Cup and is low fat and I’m worried it will dry out what ever I bake. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you. ;))

    • Anastasia

      I use macadamia nut oil. Grape seed oil is really high in omega-6, which is pro-inflammatory. Macadamia nut oil is mostly monounsaturated fat (good), and what tiny amount of polyunsaturated fats it has is a good 1:1 ratio of omega-3:omega6.

    • Ellen Paulson

      I use organic sunflower oil.

  8. Marsha

    Elana

    These look great. I love your website and recipes. Can you tell me a good online source for purchasing almond and coconut flours. They are so expenseive in my local store but I love using them. Thanks

  9. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking @ thecomfortofcooking.com

    Oh Elana, these look SO delicious and I love that you used such healthy, all natural ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  10. Pat @ gluten-free-around-the-world.com @ gluten-free-around-the-world.com

    Wow, my mouth is watering! Just bought some coconut flour, and since your new cookbook isn’t out yet, I’m happy to have a new recipe to try!

    Thanks, Elana!

  11. have you tried this with almond flour?

  12. Diana

    These look great!
    I have tweaked Elena’s recipe for Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies to make AMAZING brownies!!
    The recipe calls for 2 3/4 cup almond flour and I used 2 1/4 cups almond flour with 1/2 cup coconut flour, keeping all the other ingredients the same. Bake in a 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 pan for 25 minutes for an insane treat!

  13. Okay, I need an invitation to this party! Can I come? The food is going to be AMAZING!

  14. Sue

    Woohoo! What timing! I want to make brownies for my husband’s birthday on Tuesday and was just thinking I’d better start looking for a recipe.

  15. Bria @ West of Persia @ WestofPersia.com

    These look amazing!

    I like brownies that are a cross between cakey and fudgey. A touch undercooked isn’t really a problem for me. Ha!

  16. Hannah

    So if I wanted to make this w/ a regular GF flour mix??? how?

    and the grape seed oil and agave necter i don’t ned…..what can i use to replace those?

  17. Justeen @ Blissful Baking @ theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com

    Mmm these look so chocolatey and delicious! I’ve been looking for a healthier brownie recipe – thank you so much! :)

  18. Thank you so much! I’d made a deal with myself that I wasn’t allowed to buy coconut flour until I had at least 5 recipes to make with it, and I now have 10, thanks in large part to your website. Guess who’ll be going ot her local health food store tomorrow… :D

  19. bridget

    I made these today, but used hazelnuts instead of walnuts.. and also used sugarfree syrup instead of agave.. and also use NOEGG as my egg replacer.. and they have worked out well.. so others that are wanting to sub and use a flax egg or something I am sure that would work fine :)

  20. AndreAnna (Life as a Plate @ lifeasaplate.com

    Will you marry me?

  21. Wow, these look amazing! I love my brownies moist on the inside, with a rich chocolate flavour and preferably with walnuts or hazelnuts inside. Yum :)

  22. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn @ chefkatelyn.wordpress.com

    OH my goodness, if it was possible to make brownies even more deliciously chocolatey you have done it!! I cannot wait to try these, using choco chips as flour is absolutely genius:)

  23. Ummm, I will eat any brownie put in front of me … and will likely ask for seconds :) Again, LOVE your super simple recipes. And thanks for the mention of my hazelnut brownies … one of your recipes was the inspiration for them.

    xoLexie

  24. Caitlyn @ foodwithwit.com

    Elana. I see that you use grapeseed oil for all your recipes. Is there something special I should know? Some secret ingredient element that breaks the protein down better in alternative flour?… Please. I must know!! ; )
    Thank for the all clad pot again!
    C

  25. Hannah

    Caitlyn, look at the FAQ link thats above the add a comment box, it talks all about the grapeseed oil

  26. Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul @ sweetpotatosoul.com

    Hey Elana!
    I’ve never used coconut flour, but I definitely love rich fudgey brownies. Honestly, I like them crumbly too; as long as their chocolaty and moist I’ll enjoy them. I’m going to send this recipe to the pastry chef at the vegan restaurant I work at. I bet our GF customers would appreciate a GF brownie.

    Also, I made these lovely Walnut Macaroons, and I thought of you when I realized that they’re indeed GF! Check them out http://www.sweetpotatosoul.com/2011/01/walnut-macaroons.html

    All the best,
    Jenné

  27. My favorite brownie recipe is actually yours, Elana! It’s awesome and everyone (even gluten-eaters!) love them! They’re always a hit! Thanks again for all your work you put into this blog. It’s such a help and inspiration to me. Thanks for your comment on my blog too…that meant a lot to me!

  28. Wow, thanks for the link on my Almond Joy Brownies! Really boosted my analytics!

  29. Alisa Fleming @ alisacooks.com

    These look amazing Elana, and I love that you use coconut flour!!

  30. oh, this looks so delicious! I`m absolutely sure that`s really tasty!

    Have a great time,
    Paula

  31. Elana,
    these look so gorgeous!!! Walnut and chocolate are combinations which i certain love! Thanks so much for sharing :-)

  32. Georgia Pellegrini @ georgiapellegrini.com

    coconut flour, sea salt and agave nectar in brownies is so unexpected and brilliant. Double chocolate brownies bring me back to childhood

  33. Catherine

    Think I’ll make these for my daughter’s birthday on Monday. I’ll try not to eat them all first. :)

  34. Maria

    My kids already love your almond butter brownies, but I love baking with coconut flour, too. Thanks for the recipe.

  35. The Therapist in the Kitchen @ therapistinthekitchen.wordpress.com

    These look divine. And they’re not full of bad stuff. I can’t wait to try them.

  36. Joyce

    Elana, thanks for the great recipe! I love baking with coconut flour. Made the brownies today and they are delicious!

  37. glutenfreeforgood @ glutenfreeforgood.com/blog

    My gosh, you are one prolific recipe creator! I miss visiting your blog for a week or so and I’m 5 recipes behind. These brownies look amazing, as do the orange dark chocolate chip scones! You know where my mind is drifting (to anything with dark chocolate). Although your nachos look wonderful as well. Perfect super bowl food! And I love the looks of the little “pops.” Very cute. Good stuff over here at Elana’s Pantry!
    Melissa

  38. Stacy

    Made these last night. Delish! I used Coconut Secret Coconut Sap Syrup instead of agave. This is the first recipe I used the sap in. I used a 1:1 ratio with the agave. It is perfect (note: sap is very sticky when preparing). Some of my family do not like nuts in their brownies so I added some raw cacao nibs to the tops instead of the nuts for crunch. They came out lovely!

    • Stacy

      Note: The official name of the sweetener is Raw Coconut Nectar by Coconut Secret. It is Gluten-Free, GMO-Free, Grown without pesticides, chemicals or herbicides. It claims it is a low glycemic sweetener and more nutritious than Agave!

  39. Hi Elana! Your recipe inspired me to make my own brownie recipe, if only my stomach would be a bottomless pit and if only I wouldn’t gain weight from eating all these tasty treats ;)
    http://paleofoodie.blogspot.com/2011/01/coconut-brownies.html

  40. Barbara

    I made these brownies yesterday and they are delicious. I wasn’t sure they would firm up because it was a liquid batter. But, they did firm up and they are moist and flavorfull. I am going to make them again very soon because they don’t last long. Thanks for the great recipe. I enjoy making things with coconut flour and would really like some more recipes using coconut flour.

  41. I LOVE this recipe! I loved the almond butter brownies as well, but these are much cheaper and not as dense. After making the batter, I was a bit concerned because there was so little batter that it barely covered the pan. I was shocked to see how much the brownies rose in the oven! I don’t know how you come up with these brilliant ideas, but keep them coming!

  42. jay

    Thanks for the recipes but you may want to read up on Agave, it’s said to be worse than high fructose corn syrup. Here’s a link
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/30/beware-of-the-agave-nectar-health-food.aspx

  43. Catherine

    I made these last night….YUM!

  44. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} @ smartfoodandfit.com

    I can’t wait to make these. We as suppose to get a winter storm on Wednesday so this will be perfect to make after the kids play outside in the snow followed by some hot chocolate! I’ve added you to my blogroll and told many of my nutrition clients (gluten free ones) to check out your blog. Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes!

  45. Julie

    Wow! These are delicious!!

  46. They look really delicious, can’t wait to taste it :-)
    Probably I’ll try to use chocolate with less cacao as I don’t like it when it is too much of it. Hope it will be great anyways. Thanks for this recipe!

  47. Erica

    Made these over the weekend – they are really really good. My only comment is to make sure you chop your nuts really into small pieces. I found that was I cut the brownies they fell apart a bit.

  48. Megan

    I made these brownies yesterday….I haven’t had much success using coconut flour or making brownies (gf or otherwise). I used 1/4 cup agave nectar and 3 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar and these are by far the best brownies I’ve ever had! Rich and not too sweet….and you’ve restored my hope that I can actually bake with coconut flour!

    Many thanks Elana for all you do!!

  49. Bernadette

    I made these Sunday and they were SOOOOOO good. Oh please! Make more recipes using coconut flour! It’s cheaper, less fat and calories and I feel much less guilty eating it than when I bake with almond flour. They are both good for you, don’t get me wrong, but it’s great to have a less caloric option!

  50. Christina I

    Is it too early to ask for Valentines Day recipes for sweets??

  51. Natalie

    I made these brownies last night and have to say they are the best I’ve ever had! They were perfectly moist and not to sweet and it was my first experience with coconut flour. Thanks for all the great recipes!!

  52. These were OMgosh AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    fyi….we have a facebook gluten free recipe swap group. I posted it in there! And if anyone else wants to join the group on Facebook…look us up. Gluten-Free Recipe Swap

  53. Alpana Singh

    Hi,

    Thanks for such a good recipe. Please tell me for how many days we can keep these brownies. Something like best before these many days :)

    Thanks and regards
    Alpana Singh

  54. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve included your post in today’s post on Wheatless Foodie about gluten free party food ideas: http://wheatlessfoodie.blogspot.com/2011/02/gluten-free-superbowl-party.html

    Cindy

  55. nance

    It’s my new favorite brownie recipe! I used a little less agave and oil than called for.

  56. Mary

    just took these babies out of the oven. soooo good. roll your eyes to the back of your head and moan good.
    i made it in the vitamix – because i don’t have a processor. i think i ground the chocolate a little too much because in the end they were uniformly brown (like traditional brownies) instead of speckled like in your picture. i also substituted honey for the agave and coconut oil for the grapeseed.
    the texture was more cakey than dense but that might have been the over blending or maybe mixing the eggs a bit too long. the vitamix has a bit too much power for this one. that being said, they were divinely light and delicious and i would consider them an outstanding success despite them varying a bit from your recipe.

  57. Suzette

    This was my first use of coconut flour and it sure won’t be my last… Wow, Elana! These turned out fabulously. They were delicate, moist, soft, rich, chocolatey and, well, just YUM! Certainly not crumbly like so many GF baked goods. Another success! Thank you!

  58. MaryBeth

    I’m glad comments are still open on this recipe. I made them over the weekend. What an amazing treat. I absolutely love coconut flour and am so happy that these are made with it. They are brownie-like in texture, flavor, and brownie satisfaction! You would not know they are gluten free. Thanks, Elana, for an amazing recipe.

  59. Beth

    Somehow I missed this post. So glad I’ve found it now.
    I believe we have all of the ingredients in the house, which means tonight is Brownie Night :)

  60. I made the brownies for Super Bowl, they were gone, before the dessert time! Super easy and super delicious! I will be making them over and over again! Thank you!

  61. Jeff @ Photography Tips @ digitalphotography360.blogspot.com

    These look amazing. Definitely a recipe that I’m going to try over the weekend. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  62. Linda Mazar

    I made these the other day – had a few substitutions as I used coconut oil instead of grapeseed and also I subbed another sweetener for Agave (a mix of splenda, Xylitol, and Erythitol) as I can’t use Agave. I also doubled the recipe (except choc chips and walnuts) but baked it in the 8X8 Pyrex for a thicker brownie. They were thick, cake-like, and wonderful! I can’t wait to make these again. Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe!

  63. Laura Dwight

    This is a great recipe. I had to substitute enjoy life chips on the top but they were still great. Cakey, but with a light texture. They also kept well, still soft two days later. Thank you!

  64. Jen

    I just made these and they turned out wonderfully!

    I made them vegan by replacing the eggs with 125 ml of vanilla soy yogurt, a couple tablespoons of flax meal mixed with some warm water and 1/2 tsp of xanthum gum.

    Yum!

  65. Maggie

    I substituted 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips with organic raw chocolate powder and 2 eggs with egg whites. They were more like a cake brownie and delicious.

  66. elana daley @ conceptsintraining.com

    We went to a dinner party on Saturday night and brought desert. Thought I would experiment and found out that our friends have family members who are celiac concerned. Long and short, the entire glass tray was empty at the end of the evening and since I printed a copy of the recipe as I usually do and shared it, you can expect more members to join your blog. They were a huge hit among our non celiac friends and to be a hit among their celiac family members.
    Love, love, love what you do in your kitchen and for all of us.

    Elana Daley

  67. Rachel

    I just tried out this recipe this evening and it was delish!!! Thanks so much for the recipe

  68. Joceline

    This recipe is so great and failsafe! I make a batch every week. :)

    I can also report that these also freeze really well (individually wrapped in baking paper inside airtight container).
    I have to do this because I’ll eat half the tray in one go otherwise! I defrost one a day in the fridge to make the batch last and they still as good as fresh. I LOVE them x

  69. AnnMarie Deis

    We are dairy free and do not care for the grapeseed oil. Has anyone made these with coconut oil? If so, were the measurements equal one-for-one? Mmmmm, I’m excited for brownies!!!

    Thanks!
    AnnMarie

  70. Anastasia

    I just made these, and they taste amazing. This was actually my first time making brownies, so all in all, not too shabby! :))

    The only thing is my brownies turned out too cakey (chocolate cake texture). Any tips as to how to make them more gooey/dense, less cakey?

    Maybe cooked for too long? I had them in there for 30 minutes, since my oven always seems to take on the longer side for any recipes.

  71. sam

    Ok, so this was my first time making anything gluten free, but it didn’t work out. Maybe someone out there can help? I made everything as stated above, except I substituted coconut oil for grapeseed oil. Besides that I followed everything to a T, but my brownies came out flat and cake-like. The picture here looked waaayy better than mine. Anyone know why?

    • elana

      sam,

      I’m wondering if you used the pan size recommended above –if you did not, and used a pan that is even slightly bigger, they would be flat as you mention in your comment.

      Hope this helps!

      Thanks,
      Elana

  72. Eve Ilsen

    This is a dynamite recipe! It satisfies both my love of chocolate, and my love of anything that reminds me of butterscotch.

    My next favorite thing to do with cacao powder: when Pamela’s Gluten-free Bread Mix is getting boring and I start craving rye bread, I use coffe or teccino (which is gluten-free) instead of water in the recipe, and add a heaping tablespoon of cacao powder and another of caraway seeds, and POOF: gluten-free almost-rye bread.

  73. kim

    I made these for myself only and my daughter tried them. Before I knew it, she was asking for more. She swore she would not eat these gluten-free brownies.

    Quite honestly, you can’t tell a difference. I am sold. Thank you.

  74. Lisa Sheffe

    I gave my cousin’s wife your Gluten-Free/Almond Flour cookbook for Christmas. Those recipes look very interesting.

  75. QueenJellyBean

    I love all of Elana’s recipes. I made these tonight but something happened to mine that i didn’t read about in anyone else’s comment. Mine were greasy. They fluffed-up in spongey cake-like fashon, but were dripping with grease from the bottom. I used all ingredients from the recipe, but subbed coconut oil for the grapeseed oil. 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup, right? I measured everything and just thought I’d mention my results here in case someone else wound up with greasy at the bottom brownies and made some fix that i could also try? – Buono apetito!!!

  76. I made these last night with hazelnuts ..

  77. Susan C.

    These are OUTSTANDING. I was little short of agave so made up the rest with grade b maple syrup. I also used a very fine grade of dark chocolate: Callebaut. Maybe not a super fudgy brownie, but really satisfies!

  78. dee m.

    Laurie,thank you for posting about Grapeseed Oil with auto-immune..I didn’t know that either. I have battled extreme Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, reaccuring Endometriosis through the years, all auto-immune. Recently I was struck by lightning totally zapping my immune system now…..

    Elana, your site has helped so much with such wonderful, tasty morsels to devour. My husband and I are enjoying all the recipes I have tried. These brownies are on my to do list tomorrow…they look scrumptious! Thank you.

    Louise, can a bit of applesauce be added with your flour in this recipe to give a tad more moisture to the recipe with your peanut flour? What do you think Elana? Thinking instead of added oil, applesauce would give moisture and nice texture?

  79. Margi

    Hi Elana. I stumbled upon your blog after searching for some low carb inspiration and have since ordered your cookbook. I lean towards low carb so I am now in search of a decent sugar-free agave sub but I love your recipes and will save the honey/agave for after I reach my goal weight.

    Enough about me, you might like Lauren’s culinary delights as well. These brownies are sinful and were my favorite for a long time. :)

    http://www.healthyindulgences.net/2009/05/coconut-flour-brownies-revisited-gluten.html

  80. janetlamb

    Your. Recipes are awesome!

  81. Well goodmorning Elana’s Pantry Facebook I don’t mind if I do. Quick computer break to make some brownies and now I’m back:)

  82. These brownies just look delicious. And since they aren´t very difficult to prepare I absolutely have to give your recipe a try.

  83. Jane

    “cool and serve” who are you kidding, it barely got to room temp before I ate the lot!!!!!!!! OMG do other people know about this? OMG sooo goooooood. I used almond meal instead of the coconut. Thanks so much

  84. Melissa

    I was just looking at the page: http://www.elanaspantry.com/ingredients/cacao-powder/ and you have linked to these brownies, saying you use cocao powder in them. However I can not see it on the ingredient list. Do you use cocao powder then instead of grinding up the chocolate chips?

  85. Sara

    Wow what a great recipe. I will be sure to try this next time I bake.
    Below is a really nice simple brownie recipe which is good for cooking with kids.
    http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/perfect-chocolate-brownie-recipe/

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Sara

  86. Kate Opashinov @ kateopashinov.com

    Thanks Elana for a great recipe! I substituted grapeseed oil for avocado oil and walnuts for pecans because that’s just what I had around and it still turned out beautifully. Thank you!

  87. Becky

    I saw your classes have been in Boulder, but not sure if that is where you live. Is this recipe (actually any of them) good for high altitude or is there an adjustment you would recommend for 5400 feet?

  88. Emily

    This is my favorite, and most successful gluten free recipe ever! I’ve used melted bittersweet chocolate in lieu of the cocoa powder for an extra chocolatey taste and it’s turned out fantastically, light and fluffy (or as light as can be for a brownie!). Thanks!!

  89. Carline Eaves

    This is perfection! Better than the flour based ones. Thanks!

  90. Kristin

    Amazing! Delicious! Yummmmm! Adults and 4
    Year olds agree!!!

  91. Cheryl Shields

    Wowzer! I made these today and can NOT keep out of them! :)

  92. Amber

    Oh Man!!! I made these today and I am seriously trying not to eat them all by myself!! I also pureed frozen bananas to make ‘ice cream’ to top off the brownies ;)

  93. Justine

    Oh my god. I mean OH MY GOD!!! You are a genius and this is so delicious I just want to hide under a desk and eat the hole pan! Seriously. Better than Ryan Gosling.

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