Samoa Brownies

You know our good friend and illustrator, Amanda Gates, right?

She’s been a tremendous help to us both on the website and as the artistic half of the Eat Like a Dinosaur design team (with Stacy). So when she asked for the Samoa Cake Balls from ELaD for her birthday, we really wanted to make them for her.

Only one problem: cake balls are an incredibly long and involved process that we simply didn’t have the time for. So, we decided to try something else.

A brownie version!

Would you like a Samoa Brownie that may, in fact, have less sweetener but taste just as good?


Samoa Brownies



  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together maple syrup and oil
  2. Add eggs and beat together
  3. In a separate bowl, mix almond flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until batter forms
  5. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips
  6. Pour batter into greased 11 x 7 pan
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
  8. Meanwhile, make our Caramel Sauce (*ingredients included above)
  9. In a small skillet, toast coconut over medium heat, stirring frequently, until slightly browned, about five minutes
  10. Let caramel and brownies sit and cool a few minutes (a tough one, we know)
  11. Pour HALF the caramel sauce over 1 batch of cooked brownies and top with toasted coconut
  12. Save the other half of caramel for our other recipes, or for topping on coconut milk ice cream!


These brownies may not be the same as the cake balls, nor as fancy, but they were much easier and just as delicious! They were a huge hit everywhere we brought them (including for non-Paleo folk at Amanda & Stacy’s work and at Shirley from Gluten Free Easily‘s picnic on Sunday)! The macadamia nuts aren’t necessary and can be substituted (we’d recommend walnuts), but they offer the illusion of shortbread flavor and texture.

They’re a perfect potluck food – we just recommend you double the batch (why we make a whole caramel batch in the recipe) because they’ll be gone in no time! If for some insane reason you do have leftovers, probably best to keep them chilled.

Most important: Amanda accepted them as a worthy birthday treat!


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