Delicious Paleo Brownie

1 cup coconut oil (solid)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup coconut milk
4 tbs honey or agave nectar
2 eggs
2 cups almond meal
1/4 cup toasted almond flakes

Makes 12

Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160° degrees Celsius/325° degrees Fahrenheit. Line a brownie tin or cake loaf tin with baking paper.

In a medium sized bowl, place the coconut oil, cinnamon and cocoa powder in a bowl and combine well. Add the coconut milk, honey, egg and almond meal and mix until combined.

Place the brownie mixture into the brownie tin and smooth the surface of the mixture.

Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes then remove and allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes.

Top the brownie with toasted almond flakes then cut into individual serves.


  • Jeremy

    I came across this recipe from the Paleo Cookbook FaceBook page a few days ago and gave this recipe a try and it was (in my opinion) the best brownie I’ve had (including non-paleo friendly brownies)! Now I’ve come across the recipe again I’m going to make it again cause my taste-buds are tingling seeing that photo.

  • SandraW

    OoOoo these look SO good! I’m going to try them this weekend! :D

  • Craig Bell

    I love this brownie recipe!!!!

  • Diana

    I’m making this tomorrow but don’t have coconut milk and can’t make it to the shops until the weekend :( Can I use something else instead of coconut milk??

  • Mel

    Wonderful recipe. Perfect for a easy paleo meal when I get a sweet tooth!

  • sophy

    These were very yummy!! They got great reviews at our bbq – will make again!

  • ToddR0ck

    Very simple & enjoyed by all! I added a little extra honey though because I love my sweetssss!

  • Cloey

    Heaps yummy!

  • Lisa

    So, just popped these in the oven. But when mixing the solid coconut oil with the cocoa, it just left big chunks of cocoa-covered coconut oil. What is the remedy for this? Was I supposed to melt the coconut oil first?

    • This shouldn’t be an issue unless the coconut oil you used was really solid (i.e. coming out of the fridge). Best to not have it this hard as it’s too hard to break up. Let it be soft enough but not runny (melted).

  • Fiona

    I LOVED these, thought they were delicious. I also added 15gr crushed walnuts. My non paleo husband did not like them at all, but maybe our taste buds are a little different these days. For me, they hit the spot, gave me a sweet treat. I was worried I would want to eat the whole batch, but like all things paleo, your body knows when it has had enough and you simply don’t want to over indulge :) Pretty sure I am going to buy your books for other delish paleo desserts!

  • Nicole Hershman-Daniels

    Ooooh man! I just got back from store with all the ingredients and realized I have a problem! What if you don’t have a fan forced oven? Can I use a traditional gas generated oven? If so, what temperature do I set it and how long do I bake them? HELP!!!

  • Nicole Hershman-Daniels

    My conversion came to 350* for 30-35 minutes… is that correct???

  • abbi

    I really would love to try these brownies, but I have a gas oven, which I am assuming is not a fan-forced oven this recipe calls for. Is the fan-forced oven really necessary or can I use the oven I have?

  • Mary

    Is the cocoa the unsweetned kind?
    Thank you

  • Kate

    My friend made this brownie recipe and sent me here for the recipe! Thought I would comment as Paleo In A Box is an awesome course, glad to see the word is getting out :)

  • Making these now! So excited!

  • kev1

    great recipe :)
    really delicious

  • Katy

    Do I leave the coconut oil solidor melt it when I mix it for paleo brownies?

  • Dina Ziskin-Fortune

    Can I use my convection oven if so what temp? What dimensions for the cake pan?I can’t wait to try!

  • Heather O'Bryan

    Could you sub coconut flour for the Almond meal?

    • You could try it, however coconut flour is very fibrous and may dry out the brownie. It also hosts a stronger flavour than almond meal, so they will taste different, and have a different texture – whether they still taste good I’m unsure!

  • Whitney

    Ughh I was so excited to make these. I followed the recipe exactly and they tasted like super dark chocolate! I hate dark chocolate! Wish I would have known before I made them.

  • ana


    i would like to put some chocolate chips and walnuts.

    do you think it will be ok?

  • Julie

    My daughter and I are trying them now. They are in the oven!! Very excited!

  • Emily

    Awesome recipe! Can I use cacao powder instead of cocoa?

  • Renae

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It tastes great and was very easy to make! My kids ate it and most of them loved it! Great gluten-free, dairy-free, protein-filled brownies! And they taste great! Thank you so much!

  • Safaa

    Can I use olive oil instead of coconut oil?

  • Jenny

    I followed the recipe exactly two times and they came out tasking like chalk :( I used unsweetened coco powder and a gas oven. Would that be the problem?

    • Chalk? Bizzar… I could only think it’s the type of cocoa powder you are using. Was it a good quality one?
      Also, maybe the mixture was too dry, outside temperatures do effect recipes.

  • Patti

    I made these tonight and they are absolutely amazing! They are better than any regular brownie recipe I have ever tasted!

  • Elaine

    Is the coconut milk the one from a can or the refrigerated one in a carton? Thanks!

    • I would recommend using canned coconut milk, however as long as it’s not solidified either should be fine. If the coconut milk has started to separate and the fat solidifying as coconut oil does in cooler temperatures, it will impact on the combining of the brownie ingredients.

  • Nikko

    What size pan did you use?. I used a 9×9 pan and it barely filled the bottom. These were not very sweet at all, did anyone else have this problem?

    • If you have a stronger sweet tooth add some more honey, or stevia. It’s best to test any recipe for taste before putting it in the oven that way you can adjust it to be sweeter. If the cocoa powder you used was strong and on the bitter side it would have taken away from the sweetness of the honey as well.

  • Kelly

    I did NOT enjoy these “brownies” at all. They taste nothing like brownies and I understand that they aren’t going to taste exactly like the real thing but these are not even close. I have tried other Paleo baked goods and I have found some really good recipes but I would not recommend these. I even added more honey and they were just dry and not sweet at all. I read all good reviews so I was expecting something different.

  • Marie Peterson

    These were more like fudge than a brownie….???

  • Alyssa

    I just made these – they are very nice.

    Just be careful not to over indulge – I worked out the calories, and one TINY piece has approx 220 cals and A LOT of fat.
    I’m in full support of fat, but you could easily polish off a few pieces, and before you know it, you’ve eaten your daily intake of calories!

  • AGa

    For those on low carb/sugar free diets, I highly recommend using either xylitol or erythritol as sweetned combined with stevia. I found that such combinations yields ultimate sweetness without ANY weird after tastes. Be sure to use quality products though! I recommend brand NuNaturals. Their products have absolutely no after taste.

  • GD

    Can you use a subsitute for egg?

  • Katie

    Brownies fell flat and were extremely oily. Crumbled instantly.

  • Katie

    Nikko, I used the same pan as you. The brownies didn’t rise at all. Think they missed something in the ingredients, almond meal does not hold them together. Think they meant to say almond flour??? I also added a ton of coconut sugar because the taste wasn’t good at all.

  • Samantha whitfield

    I love this recipe. I’ve made it 4 times and it is very important you get quality cocoa to ensure a delicious brownie taste. I have a sweet tooth so I boiled dates with a little water to make a caramel paste. Now the paleo brownies are perfect.

  • David

    What would you recommend to make them chewier/fudgier? Another egg or two?

    Great recipe, and love the website. Thanks for contributing to the Paleo Community!

    • Adding another egg would make the mixture set more (like a cake). You would want to add more ‘wet’ ingredients for a fudgier texture. If you come up with any alterations that work well please share!

  • Micheline

    Just made a batch of this last night. Had to substitute the cinnamon with nutmeg and allspice (intolerance reasons). Also used plain rice milk (don’t know if that’s Paleo or not). Used a 9×9 pan and they turned out more fudgy than brownie like, but they tasted great. Cooked them at 350 for 15 minutes until the top was no longer glossy and there were pinholes in the top of it. Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it again, this time adding chocolate chips.

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