Flourless Fudgy Brownie Bites

Wowzers, I posted the fact that I’d made a successful batch of flourless brownies on Facebook Saturday night and within hours I had something like 50 comments, likes and tweets in response.  Evidently there’s a magic word in the Paleo-sphere!

This recipe is incredibly dangerous: it’s simple, easy and all of the items are always in my pantry – so maker beware, once you make them you can’t turn back to a world before they existed. They may taunt you in your sleep!

Flourless Fudgy Brownie Bites
dairy-free, fish-free, peanut-free, grain-free, shellfish-free, soy-free – contains eggs and tree-nuts


  • 2 C almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/2 C palm sugar
  • 1/4 C coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 oz unsweetened dark chocolate
  • Optional: 1/2 C chocolate chips or chopped nuts


  1. ♥ Melt chocolate on a double boiler or in the microwave and set-aside to cool for several minutes
  2. ♥ Mix all ingredients together (except any optional additions) with an electric mixer
  3. ♥ Once combined, fold in any optional additions into thick batter
  4. ♥ Spoon into greased or lined mini-muffin cups about 3/4 full (batter will puff nicely)
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-14 minutes – cook longer for a brownie resembling more of a cake-like batter and pull out just before done for a fudgy brownie that will finish cooking in the muffin tin after it has been pulled out of the oven

We like to use unsweetened chocolate because it’s extremely affordable, free of any weird ingredients (like soy lecithin) and readily available; if you use a sweetened chocolate or add sweetened chocolate chips later, the palm sugar will not be necessary in the recipe.

Makes 36 brownie bites (more or less, depending on how much of the batter you eat and how big your muffin tins are). Store at room temperature for a couple of days, otherwise keep in the fridge or freezer to enjoy this big batch of brownies for quite some time!

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  • tonny

    What is palm sugar?  I’m new to Paleo so this ingredient is one I haven’t heard of?


    I love these chocolate chips from Enjoy Life.  I think they are Paleo–right?
    Evaporated Cane Juice, Chocolate Liquor, Non-Dairy Cocoa Butterhttp://www.enjoylifefoods.com/our_foods/chocolate_for_baking/semisweet_mini_chips.html

    • Those and the vegan chocolate chip ones from whole food are the other two chocolates we use.  Dagoba is insanely good – but also expensive… The Enjoy Life ones are a little higher in sugar than we wanted for this recipe, so we did unsweetened chocolate with palm sugar but our next batch we’ll be adding 1/2 cup of those instead of palm sugar for an even gooey-er brownie!

      • HMN NOVA

        I use Trader Joe’s unsweetened baking chocolate (Ingredient: cocoa mass) as the main chocolate in my brownies and then throw in some enjoy life chips for extra chocolately goodness.  🙂

        • HMN NOVA

          Also….these Equal Exchange dark chocolate minis are SO good! http://shop.equalexchange.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=18611
          Ingredients: Organic Chocolate Liquor*, Organic Raw Cane Sugar*, Organic Cocoa Butter*, Organic Unrefined Whole Cane Sugar*, Organic Ground Vanilla*. Cocoa 55% min. May contain traces of milk, peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios & pecans. (* = Fair Trade Ingredient) 

        • That’s my plan for next time!

  • Shirley @ gfe

    Perfection!! I imagine many will be making these in the next few days! I think they’d be perfect for caming this weekend. 😉


    • Oh yeah. They’ll be the perfect dessert/snack. Very portable!

  • laura

    They sounds delicious and SO healthy, too!

  • Michelle

    Hey, Stacy — if I don’t have palm sugar, what could I substitute with?  I see you were going to try the 1/2 c Enjoy Life chips for next time, but then would you leave out the unsweetened chocolate?

    • Michelle, I’d follow the instructions for adding in the enjoy life chocolate chips as it states and just leave out the palm sugar.  The batter will be flavored with the melted unsweetened chocolate and slightly sweetened by the maple syrup.  Adding the chocolate chips will add extra sweetness as it melts into the dough as it cooks a bit.  That’d be sweet enough for us, but if you taste it and need more sweetener you could add pureed dates or a bit more maple syrup as well, just don’t know what that will do to the texture.

  • Thank you!<3 I just made a batch and these are by far the BEST brownies i have had sense going paleo. I also shared on facebook with a link back to your AWESOME blog :]

    • Wow! That’s quite the compliment. Thanks for making them, enjoying them and sharing them! Glad we could inspire your enthusiasm!

  • Sara R

    I am really going to have to try these!!

  • almondjoy

    We are having trouble getting them to come out of the pan whole….what did you use to grease the pan?

    • We have a silicon baking sheet, but Spectrum brand coconut oil spray is our go-to when we’re using non-silicon. You can also just rub coconut oil in the pan with a towel. Sorry to hear they’re sticking, hope you can make them work next go-round!

    •  I made them tonight and had issues with them sticking, so I waited until they were completely cool to take the rest out, and they came out a lot better.  I did have to slide a butter knife around each of them, though.

      • I’ll make a note of that in the recipe, I think.

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  • Jill

    I found your recipe awhile back and kept meaning to make it for my kids.  Today I finally etched in the time and you may have utterly changed my 7 year old’s outlook on paleo.  These are sinful.  By far the best brownies I’ve ever had anywhere, paleo or not.  My son has a nut and egg allergy, so I substituted the almond butter for a homemade pumpkin seed/sunflower seed butter concoction and I used 1/4 cup of applesauce in place of the egg.  They were beyond expectation.  I want to make a huge batch and give them away to unsuspecting passersby just to dole out the sunshine.  Thank you so much for these!

    • That’s crazy and fantastic! So glad you found a way to make it for your family and you all enjoyed it so much!

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  • Les

    Is there a substitue for the banana?  My husband loathes ALL FRUIT and would not touch anything made w/ fruit. 

    •  No idea, you’d have to experiment!

    • anon

      Ground flax seed probably. Banana is commonly an egg sub. and so is flax. Or just don’t tell him 🙂

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  • Lynn

    What can be subbed for the maple syrup? Would honey work? Also, how do I start reading your blog from the beginning?

    • Give it a try. It can often be substituted that way. As for the beginning, try here: http://paleoparents.com/2010/06/

      • Lynn

        I’ll try them with the honey as a treat sometimes then 🙂 Thanks for the link. I’m psyched to read all of your great blog!

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  • Jamie

    Hi, can I substitute cocao powder for the unsweetend chocolate? If so, how much? Thank you!

  • Becki

    Am I missing some dry ingredient? Mine turned out wet and nothing like pic

  • Jessica

    I made these and even my son likes them! And that is a huge compliment! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Vanessa

    I sub’d 1/2c applesauce for a banana. Also used honey instead of maple syrup. Turned out fab!!!!!

  • Foreverbehealthy

    Looking forward to making these this week!