Grain Free Brownies

You may have noticed that most of my sweet recipes are chocolate ones – I love chocolate and don’t really consider a dessert to be worth eating unless it is chocolate flavoured! One thing I have missed since going grain free is a good brownie. I do love the gluten free brownies you can get from bakeries but they contain dairy which doesn’t like my tummy and usually contain other grains which I try to avoid.

I do have one delicious gluten free brownie recipe however it contains a few things I generally avoid plus uses almond meal which means it cannot be packed in school lunchboxes. While I have tried a few paleo brownie recipes and they all taste ok, they were all missing the brownie consistency and a bit lacking in richness.

I love baking delicious treats that my whole family can eat and that contain a veggie or two for some added nutrition. Using coconut flour makes them lunchbox and tummy friendly and both the coconut flour and eggs add a protein hit. Good fats come from the eggs, coconut oil and coconut milk and the spinach, dates, coconut flour and cacao add vitamins and minerals to the mix. Finish off with fiber from the dates and coconut flour, a few extra benefits from vanilla and cinnamon and we have a winner!

I have tested these brownies on several kids and they have got a big thumbs up from all of them. I have had trouble not eating the batter before I can get it in the oven!

As these contain dates they are not fructose free. If you need to make them fructose free then replace the dates with 1/4 cup rice malt syrup and reduce the boiling water to 1 tablespoon. Coconut milk may also need to be avoided and if so then use all water instead. They don’t taste quite as good in my opinion and the texture is slightly different but they are still very nice! You may need to increase the baking time by 5 minutes or so. (Note: technically they won’t be paleo/grain free with rice malt syrup)

Also, please don’t try to replace the coconut flour with anything else – it won’t work!


8 medjool dates – pip removed (see details above for fructose free version)

4 eggs – room temperature (please use free range)

1/2 cup baby spinach or kale

1/3 cup coconut flour

1/3 cup raw cacao

1/4 cup coconut oil, ghee or butter (measured when melted)

2 tablespoons boiling water

4 tablespoons coconut cream

1/4 teaspoon bi-carb soda (baking soda)

1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder (or use extract or paste if you don’t have the powder)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.

If you want the spinach to be 100% invisible then you will need to puree it first – I don’t bother and no kid or adult has noticed but if you look very closely you can see green specks! You could leave it out all together if you prefer.

Pour into a square (20 x 20) baking tin (the mixture will be quite runny) and bake on 160°C (fan forced) for 20 mins or until just cooked (It should be just firm to touch). If you prefer your brownies a but firmer and drier then bake for longer but if you get them at just firm to the touch then they are lovely and fudgy!

Allow to cool for 10 – 15 minutess in the tin before cooling completely on a cooling rack.

These taste better the next day after being stored in an airtight container in the fridge so make them a day early if you can.


p.s. I have added in a bit of cauliflower to these too and no one noticed anything!


I absolutely love hearing from people so please let me know if you make these and pop a picture on my Facebook page or tag me on instagram @thenourishedpsychologist.

17 thoughts on “Grain Free Brownies”

    • They aren’t but so many people asked for a fructose free option because they can’t eat dates so I tested it out. You could use raw honey if you don’t want dates but want paleo/grain free. The actual recipe is the date one.

  1. hi, I have been trying to get my 5yo to like food like yours and quirky Jo for over 12 months, to no avail. However this recipe was an absolute hit and he keeps asking for more! I am in shock! Thank you for sharing.

    • Wow Kellie!
      That is sensational! Thank you so much for letting me know!
      Hopefully this is the start of something great!

  2. This sound good as I’m more conscious in making healthy food for my family. Is there any other ingredient can replace coconut flour ? I cannot get them and I have never heard of it before . Hope to see more of your healthy recipes here .

    • You can’t really replace coconut flour unless you change the liquid in the recipe too. You can order it through nutra organics – you will find the link on the side of my blog post or under ‘shop’ here on my blog.

  3. Hi Monique! I too have a very fussy 5 year old ASD son, so I am always trying new recipes that are grain and dairy free. My son absolutely loved these brownies. He just gobbled it up. It’s so nice to find recipes that aren’t only highly nutritious but appeal to fussy tastebuds. Keep up the great work! Nicky xxx

  4. Just made these for a bunch of Hungary 5,6,7 yo and it was a hit. Cook perfectly! Loving your recipes and you

  5. Hi Monique, these sound fab and exactly what I’m looking for! Do you think using chia seeds instead of the eggs is ok? Thank you.

    • Hi Helen,
      I am not sure how egg replacements work with coconut flour and haven’t tried it myself. I am not sure the liquid content would be enough.
      If you give it a try I would love to know how they work.

  6. Hi Monique,
    I’ve probably told you before but I just love your website and the work that you do! You have inspired me to completely overhaul my family’s way of eating. We have been dairy free and grain free for (wait for it), a whole THREE days now! I thought I was going to die from the sugar withdrawls yesterday but today I feel better. A question for you and I know it’s probably not an easy/simple one, but if I’m changing from a pretty poor diet to a really healthy one, how often do you think I can treat myself with things like your nourshing chocolate mousse, the raw fudgy bites etc, Do you think a few times a week would be ok? I have 5 kg to lose and my hubby 10kg. I’m not after a quick fix (weight loss wise), I want something sustainable and that will make me feel healthier in the long run. Thanks Monique!

    • Thank you Julie! And a huge well done to you!
      This is a hard question and I am sure everyone will have different opinions.
      Because I have young kids I make sure that there are always treats at my place so that they don’t feel deprived by not having ‘treats’ that other kids get. I have a bit of a sweet tooth (although this is much better since cutting out refined sugar) so I like to have a healthy option around. I eat the chocolate mousse for breakfast at work 3 days a week. It essentially is full of super healthy fats – the 3 or 4 dates are spread through a large amount of mousse so I have no problem with eating that!
      To be honest, what you really want to do is change your whole relationship with food so thinking about ‘treating’ yourself with food might be a change worth making. I think if you have a diet that is close to 100% natural, with plenty of nutrients, healthy fats and a decent amount of protein then you will find that you don’t get as hungry for snacks. Learn to listen to your body and eat when you are hungry rather than to cope with other emotions, and if you feel like eating something sweet then make it a healthier choice. One or 2 fudgey bites aren’t going to do anything bad (unless you have a problem eating fructose).
      You have made such a big change that I would have one or two of these things in your fridge – no need to feel deprived of anything. If a while down the track when you are used to eating clean, you feel that you need to make further changes or focus on weight loss (which might happen anyway) then you can tweak things further at that time.
      As you said, you want this to be sustainable. It is not a diet, it is a way of life. A majority of savoury with a bit of sweet is a good balance in my opinion!

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