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Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies (paleo, gluten-free)

Say hello to my newest brownie recipe.

These brownies are flourless and even contain no oil or butter.

The secret to the chewy, fudge consistency: cashews and flaxseed meal!

They are also rich, dark and everything you would want a savory brownie to be.

Give these a try and let me know what you think in the comments below ↓


5.0 from 2 reviews
Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies (paleo, gluten-free)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup 70% dark chocolate chips (optional)
  1. preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, covering all four sides of the pan
  3. in a food processor or high speed blender, process the cashews and water until creamy, scraping the sides as needed. Make sure you end up with a very creamy paste and there are no chunks of cashews remaining.
  4. in a bowl whisk the egg, then add all ingredients listed, including the cashew butter and chocolate, and mix to combine. Batter will be thick.
  5. pour batter evenly onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 20 minutes
  6. set pan on a wire rack to cool then cut into squares
  7. optional: melt about ¼ cup dark chocolate in a double boiler and drizzle over the top of each square. I do this by using a ziplock bag and cutting a small whole on one end.

⇒ Recipe serves 10+ people. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or refrigerated.


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Comments: 15

  1. sara July 15, 2014 at 8:47 am Reply

    Can I substitute the flax seed meal for something else instead? If so, about how much of the substitute would I have to use?

    Many thanks!

    • adriana July 15, 2014 at 9:05 am Reply

      Sara, that’s a really tough question, because I would have to do some tests before I could give you the right answer. You could try adding butter or coconut oil and maybe some almond flour instead.

    • connie August 12, 2014 at 10:39 am Reply



  2. Purelytwins July 15, 2014 at 10:32 am Reply

    those sound amazing! love the simple ingredients! yum yum

  3. Jen July 15, 2014 at 10:45 am Reply

    Do you think I could substitute macadamia nuts for the cashews or is there something special about cashews that the recipe needs them in particular?

    • adriana July 16, 2014 at 9:20 am Reply

      Jen, the cashews have a creamier consistency compared to other nuts and helps to give these brownies that chewy texture. However macadamia nuts might work as well.

  4. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine July 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm Reply

    These look amazing. Do you think I should soak the cashews first if I’m not using a Vitamix? Or is it not necessary for them to be totally smooth? Chewy brownies are the only brownies for me. Otherwise they’re cake-just not the same!

    • adriana July 16, 2014 at 9:16 am Reply

      Michelle, you can soak the cashews if you want. It will definitely help if you don’t have a powerful blender or food processor.

  5. Carly July 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm Reply

    All I can say is OMG! I just made these exactly as per your recipe and they are amazing! Will post a photo on instagram. Thank you!

  6. Tom July 18, 2014 at 8:04 am Reply

    Can we use cashew butter instead of the raw cashews and water? If so, how much would you recommend subbing?

  7. Nancy Power July 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm Reply

    Ok. These are by far the BEST gooey brownies myself and my hubby have EVER eaten!!! Although I did substitute the water for coconut water (after I scooped out all the cream).

    Thank you SO much or all these wonderful recipes. :-)

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  9. Sara August 10, 2014 at 9:12 am Reply

    These look so good…my brother is allergic to all nuts but almonds. I guess they wouldn’t work because they aren’t as creamy as cashews? Kind of a petty question, I know. They just look so GOOD. What do you think if I added more oil/water or something?

  10. Marcella August 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm Reply

    This looks amazing!! I know it’s a long shot, but do you think there is any way to substitute the honey for xylitol or coconut sugar? I can’t do honey or maple syrup due to the high glycemic index. I’m desperately trying to find recipes that are decent!

    • adriana August 22, 2014 at 10:21 am Reply

      Marcella, this recipe will work with coconut sugar, but I have not tried it xylitol. If your batter becomes too thick when you use coconut sugar, add about 2 tablespoons of water or coconut oil to the mixture.

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