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  • Writer's pictureMcKenna

the flourless brownie

Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 30-40 minutes Makes about 10 brownies

My usual chocolate craving hit hard the other day. While I'm normally prepared with a chocolate bar stashed close by, I haven't quite been on my game this week. I was house sitting & only had a few ingredients on hand, so instead of taking a trip to the store, I tried to make do with what was in the pantry.

My biggest dilemma was no flour... I'm currently gluten-free & had none of my usual flours - almond, coconut, brown rice, etc. But then I saw it... walnuts!

It got me thinking, I use almond flour all the time which could easily be recreated by blending up a nut of some sort. Plus, I'd be getting a bigger bang for my buck nutritionally speaking by eliminating the added processing / blanching. That said, I wanted to sweeten it up a bit - walnuts can be quite strong and are not always a crowd-pleaser. So I took the coconut flakes and repeated the process. After testing this out, I have to admit, I was blown away by the texture it created!

Okay, flour was solved. But then I realized I didn't have baking soda / powder...

I know there are alternatives but let's be honest, I was lazy. So I decided to skip it and experiment a little. They certainly didn't rise as much but that actually lead to a STUNNING fudgy, very gooey texture - how I personally prefer a brownie. These practically melt in your mouth. I'm not a fan of a crumbly / dry texture, so if that's you too, this recipe is a must :)



1 c walnuts

1 c coconut flakes

1/3 c cacao

3 Tbsp coconut sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

handful of walnuts, chopped

handful of chocolate, chopped


1/3 c maple syrup

1/2 c tahini

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 flax egg

1 tsp vanilla


Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a medium bowl, make 2 flax eggs by adding 2 Tbsp of ground flaxseed & 6 Tbsp water then mix & let sit for about 5min.

In the meantime, place 1c of walnuts into a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend just enough to form a flour consistency then place in a medium bowl (separate from the flax egg).

Repeat step #3 for 1/2 c of the coconut. Add the desiccated coconut to the bowl with the walnut flour. Chopp the chocolate and add the remaining dry ingredients to the bowl and mix.

Add the remaining wet ingredients to the flax-egg mixture & stir again. Next, pour the wet ingredients into the dry & mix.

Place parchment paper into a bread tin (9x5in or so) and pour the mixture into the tin. Place in the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes. *Keep an eye on them! They may take more time depending on your oven. Top with flaky sea salt and enjoy with someone you love.

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