Cassava Flour Brownies (Paleo & Nut Free)
These Cassava Flour Brownies are incredibly fudge like, gooey and chocolaty. These nut free brownies take less than 40 minutes from start to finish! In addition to being super easy, they taste like a rich and decadent fudge brownie.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
These brownies are insane and mind blowing. Here is why:
- These Cassava flour brownies are insanely fudgy and rich.
- They are reminiscent of Ghirardelli brownies, but they are significantly more healthy.
- Only 7 main ingredients (plus sea salt) are required.
- They are a fun way to use up any cassava flour you have at home!
- These Nut Free brownies have that signature crackly crinkly top.
- The sea salt on top is the perfect garnish to the rich chocolate brownies.
- These brownies are Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free, and easily made Dairy Free. See my Guide to Gluten Free Flours and Gluten Free Baking or my Cassava Flour Guide for more information!
What is Cassava Flour?
Cassava flour is flour made from ground cassava root. This grain free flour is powdery and dust like. The flavor is slightly nutty and earthy. Cassava flour is said to be the most similar to wheat flour.
Cassava flour is great for a grain free and gluten free lifestyle. In addition, this healthy flour is suitable for the Paleo diet. Check out my Guide to Cassava Flour for more inforamtion.
First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8 inch by 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Use enough parchment paper so that it hands over the edge. This helps get the brownies out of the pan when done baking and cooling.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Then, stir in chocolate chips until completely melted and creamy.
Beat eggs and coconut sugar on medium for 2 minutes in a stand mixer.
Once light and frothy, stir in melted chocolate mixture.
Then, add cocoa powder, cassava flour and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
Pour batter into lined baking pan.
Next, bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and carefully bang pan on countertop 2 or 3 times.
Return to oven and bake another 10 to 12 minutes. Brownies are done cooking when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Finally, remove from oven. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Cool completely before slicing.
- High quality chocolate chips will yield the best results. I always use Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips.
- Stir butter and chocolate chips until completely melted. Continue stirring until no clumps of chocolate remains.
- Beat eggs and coconut sugar until light and frothy, about 2 minutes on medium.
- Sift in cocoa powder and cassava flour if they are clumpy to begin with.
- Banging pan on countertop halfway through baking will release air bubbles. I highly recommend this step!
- Do not over bake. Once a toothpick inserted comes out clean, remove from oven. After testing this recipe multiple times, mine are perfect at 27 minutes total every time. This includes 15 minutes initial bake and 12 more minutes after banging pan on countertop.
- Let brownies cool COMPLETELY before slicing into. They are gooey!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, cassava flour is good for baking! It is most similar in texture and consistency to wheat flour. In most cases, it is a great direct substitute for all purpose flour.
Cassava flour acts like regular flour in baking.
No, cassava flour is not the same as tapioca flour. They both come from the cassava root, but cassava flour is made from the entire root whereas tapioca flour is made from the extracted starchy part of the root.
Insert a toothpick into the middle of brownies. If it comes out clean, then the brownies are done. If batter comes out attached to toothpick, return brownies to oven.
Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Yes! These brownies freeze well. Wrap in aluminum foil or in an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months.
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Get the Recipe: Cassava Flour Brownies (Paleo & Nut Free)
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup butter, or coconut oil
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup cassava flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt, optional
- First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8 inch by 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Then, stir in chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is fully melted, smooth and creamy. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer or KitchenAid, beat eggs and coconut sugar on medium for 2 minutes, until frothy.
- Next, pour melted chocolate mixture into stand mixer bowl. Beat until combined.
- Add cocoa powder, cassava flour and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
- Pour batter into lined baking pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and gently bang pan on countertop 2 to 3 times to release air bubbles.
- Return pan to oven and cook an additional 10 to 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Finally, remove from oven. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Cool completely before slicing into.
- Use high quality chocolate chips for best results. I love Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips.
- Beat eggs and coconut sugar until frothy. See photo above for reference.
- Stir chocolate chips and butter mixture until completely smooth and creamy. No lumps of chocolate should remain.
- After initial cooking time, lightly bang pan on countertop to release air bubbles. To do this, use oven mitts on your hands to gently drop pan 2 inches above countertop.
- Brownies are done cooking when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownies comes out clean.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- These brownies freeze well.
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26 Comments on “Cassava Flour Brownies (Paleo & Nut Free)”
This brownie is the best brownie I’ve ever made as gluten free/paleo dessert! My kids usually don’t like “ healthier version desserts “. But they had no complaints with this brownie. I will definitely make it again! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
I am so happy to hear that, Akiko! Thank you for the rave review and comment!
I made it today. Delicious, everybody loved it!
Definitely I’ll make it again. Thanks
I am so glad to hear that! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.
They look delicious. Just wondering if honey could be used instead of coconut sugar or would I be better off using cane sugar. I have sensitivities to coconut. I was so happy to find a recipe that didn’t use a nut flour. Thanks for your help.
Hi Pam! I would suggest using cane sugar or maple sugar (for refined sugar free). Since coconut sugar is a dry ingredient and honey is a liquid ingredient, they cannot be substituted for each other. Hope you love them!
I am wondering the if nutritional facts above (117kcal) is for the whole recipe or per slice of brownie 🙂
Hello! The nutrition facts are for each brownie. I sliced the batch into 16 brownies, so the facts are 1/16th of the total recipe. Enjoy!
Taste good, but mine turned out super oily and flat. I substituted ghee for butter and used egg replacer (Bob’s Red Mill). The excess oil made it difficult to cook through. The flavors were great, but I was really hoping for a brownie, not a cookie. I’ll try again with a different egg substitute.
Hi Rachel! Thank you for trying these out. I do not recommend using an egg replacer with this specific recipe. I do have eggless brownies on my blog. Hope you enjoy!
Can I substitute tapioca flour for casava flour?
Hi Elizabeth! No unfortunately they’re quite different. For a recipe using only tapioca flour, check these out!
Would ghee work for this recipe instead of the butter/coconut oil, by any chance? If so, should I make any additional adjustments to the recipe because of it? This recipe looks great and I can’t wait to make it!
Hi! Yes, ghee would work well. Just follow the recipe exactly as it states and use the same amount of ghee as butter. Enjoy!
Holy moly this is so freakin good! Didn’t measure anything, ended up pretty flat cause cake tin too big, added a sploosh of olive oil.. And still amazing.
Hi Natasha! I’m so happy you loved them! I bet the olive oil added such a great flavor.
Have made this recipe twice. Very good and very easy!
Looks amazing I’m excited to try! Was curious if you could use vegan butter and flax egg?
Have an allergy to both so have get to find a good brownie recipe! TIA
The butter and egg are very important. I’ve tested this using coconut oil instead of butter and it worked well! If you try it with flax eggs please let me know how it works!
What is the substitute to eggs in this recipe?
These Cassava Flour Brownies are making me drool! They look so yummy. I love all the flavors you put.
Oh, wow, just look at the inside of that brownie. So rich and fudgy. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m drooling already.
Makes my mouth water. These brownies look so delicious! I definitely have to try them!
These look divine! I love having options available for friends and family with different food sensitivities. Thank you for sharing!
Such an interesting recipe! I have never heard of cassava flour so I’d be really intrigued to know what else it can be used in.
These look delicious! I have never tried casava flour, but I think I will. I have been trying to bake healthier and lower carb. While these aren’t super low carb, they aren’t too high in carbs either.