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These clean eating freedom brownies are wonderful, grain free brownies!!

A fan on facebook forwarded a recipe to me thinking I might enjoy a new type of brownie. A brownie made with coconut flour!

Not being one to turn down a good brownie, I took a peek at the recipe. It looked lovely, and withΒ butter, it would have been clean. But since I’m not eating any dairy at the moment, I had to make a change in the source of fat for these. And because I did that, I had to have more egg to help it bind. I also like a heavier vanilla flavor so….. well…. you get the idea. I changed the recipe.

Three of these Clean Eating Freedom Brownies are stacked on top of each other on a round, white plate.

But my, oh my….what a great treat! Something I absolutely needed for my sanity today…

P.S. – These are gluten-free, dairy-free AND grain-free! Oh, and did I mention they are DA-ANG good!!????

But it’s also only fair to say that even though these are called “Freedom Brownies”, that doesn’t mean they are free of calories. These are definitely a once-in-a-while treat.


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Clean Eating Freedom Brownies

Clean Eating Freedom Brownies Recipe

These delicious brownies are grain free and positively delicious!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 112kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract, non sugar added


  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut flour and cocoa powder.
  • Whisk in the coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Blend well.
  • Pour batter into a greased baking dish (mine was about 7x11), and bake at 350 F. for about 30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool. This is important because they tend to fall apart easily when warm, making it difficult to get them out of the pan.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 3/14/15.

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  1. These look so moist, they will also be included in my Christmas Gift baskets for family and friends, I just wish I had this recipe earlier, Thanks for making my Christmas Baskets a lot cleaner!

  2. Caroline Mills says:

    Wow thanks for this recipe I can’t wait to try these.

  3. Nicole 'n David Stine says:

    Could you do this with 10 egg whites instead? My son has an egg yolk allergy.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I haven’t tried it, but It should work.

  4. Aren’t eggs considered dairy?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      No. They come from a chicken. They are poultry.

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Sorry, but I really have no idea. You’d have to ask a dietitian.

  6. graciouspantry says:

    I haven’t tried it that way, but I’m sure it would be fine

  7. graciouspantry says:

    It’s pretty mild, actually. But then I’m used to putting coconut in everything. All I tasted was the chocolate.

  8. Dimmyhome says:

    Tiffany, do you have any recipes using organic rice flour? Do you also have a clean eating recipe for empanada especially pumpkin ones?. Thank you love your site. Merry Christmas to your family.

  9. Thanks for your dedication and hard, if fun, work. I try a new recipe, if it flops the first time, I don’t want to try again!

  10. Jeidi Nunez Pippins says:

    Now that I have a clean recipe for one of my favorite indulgences, brownies, I’m going to need for you to figure out for me how to do baklava!!!

  11. kimwright1225 says:

    These look wonderful. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  12. Maria E. Delgado says:

    My husband has decided he wants to eat healthier maybe this is a good dessert option!

  13. Chanell Shorter says:

    these look nice!

  14. making these with your oreo cookies for our xmas parties. My daughter has a dairy allergy so we appreciate these recipes.

  15. Tammie Moran Smith says:

    HI I made these for my grandmother who now has a gluten allergy. My whole family liked them. They were not super sweet, but good.

  16. graciouspantry says:

    They were very moist for me. Could be an altitude difference or even difference between our ovens. You can always add some apple sauce for moisture. 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

  17. graciouspantry says:

    Hope you enjoy it!

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  19. Lacey Wittmann says:

    I just took these out of the oven! Yum!! These will definitely get me through a tough sweet tooth craving! I did use an electric mixer for a minute or two and the batter was almost frothy. Brownies had enough moisture and really arent falling apart at all. Perfect!

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  21. graciouspantry says:

    This recipe really is formulated for the use of these items. I have other brownie recipes that might work better for you.

  22. Well, these are in the oven but I had to make lots of substitutions so we will see how they turn out :). Had to sub some almond meal and whole wheat flour for the coconut flour, had to sub some honey and unsweetened applesauce for the syrup, I didn’t have 5 whole eggs so used 2 eggs and 4 egg whites… Ill let you know how they taste

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Please do!

  23. Do you melt the coconut oil? I made a similar recipe but it came out clumpy and not much of a batter. I ended up adding almond milk and it came out like a cake. Still delicious but not my intended outcome.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      If you’re concerned about it, then yes. Melt it first. I didn’t, but it was a very lumpy batter as a result. Either way, it’ll taste good. πŸ™‚

  24. Wondering what your thoughts are on substituting the maple syrup with stevia and apple sauce for the moisture? I’m trying to make it even lower in sugar and worried about consistency. Thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      You could certainly try it. I don’t use stevia so I’m not sure what the results would be.

  25. I’d like to make these tonight – I only have raw cacao powder in the house…whadd’ya think? suitable substitute for cocoa powder?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I’ve never used it, so I’m not sure. Worth a shot though!

  26. So glad i found your site, thank you SO much for creating these healthy, yummy recipes. Off to make some brownies. πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure. πŸ™‚

  27. Deb Friddle says:

    Can you do taste the maple syrup…..I do not like maple

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Deb – Not in my opinion. But you could also use honey.

  28. Aarin Farrell says:

    Can I substitute any other types of flour ( almond, whole wheat..) ?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Aarin – You can, but I would stick with gluten free varieties as that’s how this recipe is formulated.

  29. have you tried it with less maple syrup? half a cup sounds like a lot. Or could I use coconut sugar?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tali – Maple syrup doesn’t add the same amount of sweetness as honey or other sweeteners. That’s why there’s more. You could use a dry sugar, but you have to sub by weight, not volume. So you would end up using even more. (About 3/4 cup)

  30. Since I don’t have coconut flour, do you think sorghum flour or buckwheat flour would work instead?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sue – I’m not sure if the flavors would work on that. Plus, coconut flour is a very “thirsty” flour, so you might have to reduce the liquid content to replace it.

  31. My husband is allergic to coconut what else could I use?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Murdette – An equal amount of butter should work. But I’m not positive what the outcome will be because I haven’t tried it myself.

  32. Can you post the changes to the recipe when butter is used? I’m not dairy free and would prefer butter over coconut oil. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lauren – To the best of my knowledge, it would be an even switch.

  33. Jenny Dart says:

    These look great! Looking forward to trying a grain-free brownie. Are there nuts in these? Just wondered since the picture looked like it. I love nuts in brownies.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenny – I did not put them in the recipe, but you can certainly add them! Enjoy!

  34. So glad you liked and were able to amend the recipe! Not sure how I missed this post! It is a versatile recipe. I never make it the same!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – I’m confused. Are you behind the Naturally Confused Mom site?

  35. latinavaquerita says:

    I made these in a muffin tin and they have a nice cake like consistency that’s dense enough to pass as cake like brownies. I think they would be better with nuts and shredded zucchini, but this is a good base recipe I’ll be doing again, thanks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Latinavaquerita – Glad you enjoyed them! Great idea to make them in muffin tins!

  36. Elizabeth says:

    These came out more cake like than I expected. Thought they’d be more chewy like brownies. They were ok, but not sure I’d make them again.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elizabeth – Brownies, as I’m finding out, are a very individual thing. Everyone has a preference. I like mine a bit more on the cakey side. But I do have other brownie recipes that aren’t as cakey. Maybe one of those will work for you. πŸ™‚ Sorry you didn’t care for these.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Tiffany. Thanks for your response. I agree–brownies are very individual. I plan on trying some of your other recipes. I enjoy your blog!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elizabeth – Thanks! I hope you enjoy them. πŸ™‚

  38. I made these this morning and they were pretty good, even my 3 boys liked them. They were very crumbly coming out of the pan, so they do need to cool completely. I used an 11 x 7.5″ pan and they were the perfect size. I think a 9 x 13 might be too big. Definitely will be making these again. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tina – My pleasure! πŸ™‚

  39. Could i sustitute the coconut flour for almond flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenn M – I wouldn’t coconut flour soaks up a TON of liquid. Almond flour seems to soak up almost nothing by comparison.

  40. I’m sorry if someone has already asked but where can I buy coconut flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – Many health food stores carry it or you can order it from

  41. Hi – Can white rice flour be used? Also is white rice flour bad? I’m gluten free.


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah – Just because rice is brown doesn’t mean it has gluten in it. No more than white rice. But white rice is very processed and not clean.

  42. KelSeY baUEr says:

    I am newly gfree and i really appreciate people like u that post all these great, simple, and delicious recipes!!! I added a tad flax seed and walnuts and yum yum they r soooo good.(and boy i hav had some horrible experiences with baking gluten free!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelsey – My pleasure! πŸ™‚

  43. Melisa carter says:

    I made these today with oat flour and they didn’t turn out. It’s all I had so i tried it. Could you tell me what I need to change and still be able to use oat flour, for them to turn out? Thank you

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melisa – I haven’t worked a lot with oat flour, so it’s hard for me to say. I’d have to create a recipe that uses it to be sure. Sorry, wish I could be more help.

  44. I made these tonight for dessert. I only had about half the amount of cocoa powder I needed, so I put in chocolate peanut butter powder. My kids think they are amazing! Thank you for this.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erin – Fantastic! Glad everyone enjoyed them! πŸ˜€

  45. Think they’d work with just egg whites? Five eggs is an awfull lot! Thank you!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristen – They might. But you’d have to double up. You’d need 10 egg whites.

  46. Hi Tiffany.

    I was wondering if I could sub the coconut flour for oat flour since I don’t have any coconut flour? (I don’t mind the gluten)

    Thank you.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Isabell – I wouldn’t simply because coconut flour is an incredibly “thirsty” flour. The oat flour won’t absorb as much liquid and the batter may get too runny. You could try it if you cut down on the other dry ingredients, but at that point, it becomes one big experiment in measures. I do have two other brownie recipes on my site here if that helps….

  47. I made these tonight for my mother and I. Followed the recipe to a T and they turned out deliciously! I absolutely love your page, everything I’ve ever made had been soooo good! Thank you so much and keep up the great work :)!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mandi – My pleasure! So glad you both enjoyed them! πŸ™‚

  48. I added chopped almonds and unsweetened coconut to mimic an almond joy.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Alicia – Sounds wonderful! πŸ™‚

  49. Mike Luque says:

    While I’m not vegan or gluten free or dairy free, these still look awesome and I’m always up for trying new ideas. Plus anything I can share that will help folks be able to enjoy a clean treat is good with me.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mike – Let me know how you like them! πŸ™‚

  50. Can I use whole wheat pastry flour instead of coconut flour ?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tara – No, coconut flour is a very different animal. But I do have a different brownie recipe you might try instead.

  51. They are in the oven! I can already tell by licking the batter they are going to be great! I tried some avacado brownie recipe a few days ago and what a let down…I only trust your taste buds now lady!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dian – Haha!! Well I hope you enjoy them. πŸ˜€

  52. Can I use gluten-free flour instead of coconut flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Madison – You can, but you’ll have to use more of it. I don’t know what the conversions are, but coconut flour is very “thirsty” stuff. If you did equal amounts, you would have something closer to soup rather than batter.

  53. Page Martin says:

    Hi! So I’m wondering if you think substituting stevia for maple syrup would be a bad idea? I’m sure it wouldn’t be the same. Not doing sugar for another week, but thought it might be worth a try. Dairy free, gluten free and sugar free is a tough combo when it comes to good desserts. πŸ˜‰

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Page – You probably could, but you’d have to figure out how to make up the difference in the liquid.

  54. Page Martin says:

    Good point…thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Page – Sure! Let me know how they turn out and what changes you made!

  55. Can i substitute the maple syrup with honey ??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cherrie – Yes, but the level of sweetness will go up.

  56. I used cacao instead of cocoa. My brownies were very thin (1/4 inch) and cooked in less than 15 minutes. Not sure why. Figured i would stack a few and put some kind of filling in between slices.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Wendy – It’s possible you used a bigger baking dish than I did. That would be my guess.

  57. As soon as I added the coconut oil, it hardened and everything clumped up. I had to throw away the whole batch. Can you recommend another oil?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – That’s okay! Just mix it the best you can and bake it. It will melt in the oven just fine.

  58. Followed the recipe to the tee, even baked it 8 min less. Came out like cake brownies. Very disappointed since I wanted chewy…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bella – I’m sorry you didn’t care for them. πŸ™

  59. Wondering if I can sub agave for the maple sugar?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jill – You can, but it won’t be clean. Agave is highly processed stuff.

  60. Hi Tiffany! Just put brownies in oven. Can’t wait! I have a question about the blending. Do you mean by hand or with a blender, because when I added the coconut oil it started to solidify, making it hard to blend and lumpy. Is this normal for it to go into pan slightly lumpy??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michele – That’s normal. Just blend it the best you can. You will definitely have lumps. But it’s nice if you can get those lumps broken up a bit.

  61. Ok Tiffiany! These are DELICIOUS!!! I left them in my glass pan, and put them in the fridge. I think they are even better cold. When the coconut oil solidifies, it makes me think that I am biting into choc chips. Ha Thank you for another great recipe!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michele – My pleasure! So happy you enjoyed them! πŸ˜€

  62. Mine came out with almost like an eggy layer at the bottom like it had all separated πŸ™

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emily – Oh no!!! Something definitely went wrong there. Did you mix well enough?

  63. Made these today!! So Yummy!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lauren B – I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  64. These recipes all sound great however…. I hav a severe coconut allergy… so eating these clean recipes have been difficult. Is there anything you would recommend for switching out the coconut oil and coconut flour for?


  65. You have the patience of Job! I read many comments and noticed a lot of repetitive questions. You were very gracious to reply each time. I’m just urging folks to take a moment and read before they ask! Great, informative website. Glad I stumbled onto it! Definitely bookmarked. Is there a link to your cookbook? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – Haha! Thanks. πŸ™‚ If you look up at the top at the main navigation area, you’ll see the “cookbooks” link at the top. Once there, you can filter by clicking on the black text for either ebooks or published books. Thanks!

  66. Hi do you have the calorie count on these brownies? I’m using them for my nutrition project and am citing you as a source!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Geet – Sorry, no. You would have to plug the recipe into an online recipe calculator. has a really easy one. Good luck with your project!

  67. Hi there! I just finally tried this recipe today! I baked it for my husband for our Fathers Day dessert! It tastes yummy! I’m sure the kids will love this too! Thanks for sharing ! By the way, I shared it on my blog as well and linked back to you at
    Thanks a million!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ria – Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing it! I’m so happy you all enjoyed it! πŸ˜€

  68. Hi! Can’t wait to try this. Do you have any sense for whether or not they would freeze well?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenn – I haven’t tried, but I think they might do okay. Just make sure they are packed air-tight. πŸ™‚

  69. 5 stars
    These brownies are really good! I did melt my coconut oil before adding it to the batter and wound up added pecan pieces to the mix, too! Almost makes you think of an Almond Joy bar when eating them! Baked mine in a 9×9 for 30 min., which was perfect.


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      C – Yay!!! I’m so happy you enjoyed them! Pecans sound like a delicious addition! πŸ™‚

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