• Gluten-Free Almond Brownies

    January 15, 2014

    I am so excited to share these almond recipes with you!

    As you might remember, I have teamed up with the Almond Board of California to create a number of new recipes that integrate different almond forms around the theme of skinny-ing up your comfort food. This means I took a bunch of my favorite cold weather/childhood recipes, remade them with ingredients like almonds, making them healthful and relatively low in calories.

    In fact, all of the meal recipes that I developed (breakfast, lunch and dinner) have 365 calories or less per serving and the desserts and snacks have 250 calories or less. And, even better, all of my recipes are made with wholesome ingredients—no fake stuff—so you can enjoy them to their fullest without worrying about what you’re consuming.

    Without further ado, here is my first recipe: Gluten-Free Almond Brownies!

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    I absolutely love these brownies—and they’re the real deal: moist, fudge-y, and, oh, so chocolate-y. You won’t even know they’re a “skinny” version of the original. Mal even raved about them, and he’s not someone who typically enjoys healthy-tasting baked goods, if you know what I mean. But, seriously, these brownies will wow you. I promise!

    For those of you who are avoiding gluten in your diet, these brownies are naturally gluten-free since they’re made with almond flour instead of all-purpose flour. Additionally, the almond flour and chopped whole natural almonds provide satisfying protein and fats (6 g of protein, 13 g of unsaturated fat and only 1 g of saturated fat per ounce), which won’t leave you searching for another treat just a short while later.

    I hope you love these brownies as much as I do! Enjoy!

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    Serves 9


    • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 cup chopped whole natural almonds
    • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
    • More almonds for garnish


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Blend in egg. Blend in almond milk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together almond flour, cocoa powder, sea salt and baking powder. Add to butter mixture and blend just until mixed. Stir in chopped almonds and chocolate chips.

    Coat an 8” X 8” baking pan with non-sticking cooking spray.

    Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.

    Bake for 30-35 minutes.

    Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving. Garnish with more chopped almonds or with sliced almonds, toasted.

    I created this recipe for the Almond Board of California; check out my other delicious, comfort food remake recipes here: Almonds.com/TinaHaupert.

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    { 18 comments… read them below or add one }

    Brittney @ Sweets 'N' Greens January 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Yum! And your food photography skills are making me want these NOW 😉


    Alyssa January 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Mmm, sounds delicious!


    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    O.M.G. These sound amazing! I’m gluten free due to gluten intolerance, so I’m always taking regular recipes and making them GF by taking out the gluten ingredients. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I love when I come across a good recipe that is meant to be gluten free! Fudgy brownies are hard to come by in the GF world, so I really appreciate this recipe! And the fact that they have almonds? I love almonds! Thanks so much for sharing! This one is getting pinned!


    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    P.S. Great job on the photos! The look great!


    Lauren @ Peaks and Passports January 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    As a newly-gluten-free person this recipe makes me so happy! And your photos look great, btw 🙂


    Julianna @ Julianna Bananna January 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    yum! these look great!


    Livi January 15, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    these look delicious! I love finding new gluten free treats! It’s so much less restrictive than people think!


    Debbie January 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I am a bit obsessed with almond flour (LOVE it!) and these brownies look delicious, so I baked them tonight, and they are cooling as we speak. Can’t wait to try them. I also baked your Carrot Cake Cookies yesterday and they are super yummy!!


    Rita January 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Hi. How do you determine the calories per serving ?
    I would love to know how to figure this out for myself!


    Holly January 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    YUM! Thanks for sharing!


    Karen - Fit in France January 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Looks yummy. Did you by any chance try it without the sugar ? Any ideas on what to replace the sugar with ?


    Tina January 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Well, they’re brownies, so they taste especially good with sugar! Personally, I wouldn’t leave it out! 🙂


    Caiti January 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I made these today but subbed in cashew meal instead of almond meal. My TJ’s was out of almond. They still tasted DELICIOUS!


    Tina January 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

    So glad you liked them! 😄


    Debbie February 27, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I have made these brownies three times, and they are delicious! But when I try to slice them, they fall apart. I tried refrigerating them before slicing, but that didn’t help. Am I doing something wrong??


    Erika August 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    These sound so yummy I am tempted to bake now, at 930pm. Are you able to sub out butter for coconut oil? Have u tried? If not, I will and will ping you back! You are doing great super mom! Many of your readers and fans have been in your shoes, and just know it gets easier and even more gratifying with every day! But yes, it is hard and ok for the tears to flow! Take it from one who knows 😉 xo!
    Ps CrossFit and then 2 miles? That’s insanity! But I get it too.


    Heidi November 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Love these! Made these for a dinner party and they worked out really well. They were very easy to make and tasted great.


    omlet March 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    hmmm….an interesting recipe – i’ve got to try this one!


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