These coconut flour brownies are so rich and fudgy, no one will ever guess they are keto-friendly. With fewer than 3g carbs per serving, they are the perfect sugar-free dessert for brownie lovers.
When it comes to brownies, I don’t discriminate. I love them all. Give me all the fudgy, chocolatey goodness, please! Make them plain, or with nuts, or with chocolate chips, I don’t care. Just let me eat them.
And these coconut flour brownies are the perfect blank canvas, awaiting your creative touches.
Many readers adore my Fudgy Keto Brownies, and with good reason. But I honestly believe you can’t have too many healthy sugar-free brownie recipes in the world. And this one is completely nut-free!
Why you will love this recipe
This coconut flour brownie recipe is so easy, you can whip them up in about 40 minutes, including the chocolate ganache. And they take standard keto ingredients that you can find at almost any grocery store.
But they are also delicious without the added glaze. They have that crispy top and fudgy underside, just like traditional brownies. And you can add your own personal touches, like nuts or chocolate chips. Or how about some of my keto caramel sauce?
Best of all, these brownies are so low carb that you can have two of them without blowing your macros. At 1.3g net carbs, you can indulge without worry.
Ingredients you need
- Granular sweetener: I prefer to use Swerve for most of my baking, but you can use BochaSweet or allulose. Keep in mind that it may change the consistency a little.
- Butter: You can also use coconut oil or another non-dairy oil for this recipe.
- Eggs: Make sure that they are room temperature before adding them in.
- Cocoa powder: For a deeper, richer chocolate flavor, use dark cocoa or Dutch process cocoa.
- Coconut flour: You only need 3 tablespoons to give these coconut flour brownies the proper structure.
- Whipping cream: Heavy whipping cream forms the base of the chocolate ganache topping.
- Unsweetened chocolate: Keep in mind that this is not the same as sugar-free chocolate. Unsweetened chocolate has no sweetener whatsoever and contains 100% cacao.
- Powdered sweetener: The ganache requires a powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners, for a glossy, smooth finish. While you can use other sweeteners, I find that allulose makes ganache very gloppy and thick.
- Pantry staples: Vanilla extract, baking powder, salt
Step by Step Directions
1. Combine the wet ingredients: Whisk together the sweetener, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined.
2. Add the dry ingredients: Whisk in the cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in 3 tablespoon water, adding more slowly to thin the batter as necessary. You want the batter to be spreadable but not pourable.
3. Bake the brownies: Spread the batter in a 9×9 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350ºF for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove and let cool completely in the pan.
4. Make the ganache: Bring the cream to a simmer and then add the chopped chocolate. Let sit a few minutes to melt, then whisk in the sweetener and vanilla until smooth.
5. Frost the brownies: Spread the glaze over the brownies, making sure to get all the way to the edges. Let set for 20 minutes.
6. Cut into bars: Use a sharp knife to cut into 16 bars. These coconut flour brownies are so low in carbs, you can also cut them into 12 or 9 brownies, if you prefer.
Expert Tips and FAQ
Coconut flour absorbency: Coconut flour can vary a great deal brand to brand. Some are more absorbent than others. So how much water you add will depend on your coconut flour. Add just enough to thin the batter to an easy spreading consistency.
Lining the pan with parchment helps you lift out the whole batch of coconut flour brownies more easily. You want the edges of the parchment to come up above at least two of the pan sides, so don’t just line the bottom.
Let them cool completely before lifting out. The brownies are soft and bend easily when they are warm and will crack if you lift them out too early.
Dairy-Free Option: Use coconut oil or another non-dairy oil in the brownies, and coconut cream in the ganache. You will need a bit more chocolate, about 2 ounces, to thicken the ganache properly.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can’t simply substitute coconut flour for regular wheat flour, as they behave very differently. The rest of the recipe must be changed to accommodate the unique properties of coconut flour. For more information, please read my tutorial on Baking with Coconut Flour.
There are many wonderful keto recipes that are made with coconut flour. These coconut flour brownies are a good place to start, as they are easy to make and have the perfect fudgy texture.
These brownies have 2.9g of carbs and 1.6g of fiber. Thus they have 1.3g net carbs per serving. You can also cut them a little larger, if you prefer. Or just eat two of them!
My favorite coconut flour recipes!
- Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Keto Pumpkin Bread
- Keto Zucchini Muffins
- Chewy Keto Bagels
- Keto Chocolate Cupcakes
Coconut Flour Brownies Recipe
- ⅔ cup Swerve Sweetener
- ½ cup butter melted but not hot
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 to 6 tablespoon water
Chocolate Ganache Frosting (optional)
- ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 ½ ounce unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoon powdered Swerve Sweetener
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9×9 inch metal baking pan with parchment paper with overhanging edges for easy removal. You can also use an 8×8 inch pan but the brownies will take longer to bake through.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetener, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Whisk in the cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in 3 tablespoon water, adding more slowly to thin the batter as necessary. (Batter should be spreadable but not pourable).
- Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan, making sure to get it all the way to the edges. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until set.
- Remove and let cool in the pan. Lift the brownies out by the edges of the parchment paper and set on a cutting board.
Chocolate Ganache Frosting
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream to a simmer (watch carefully as such a small amount will cook quickly).
- Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let sit 3 minutes to melt, then whisk in the sweetener and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Spread over the cooled brownies and let set 20 minutes before cutting.
Storage informationStore the brownies on the counter in a covered container for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for a week. They can also be frozen for several months. Wrap them up tightly to avoid freezer burn.
Nutritional information for brownies without glaze:Food energy: 77kcal
Total fat: 6.59g
Total dietary fiber: 1.13g
very tasy and simple to make, thanks
This brownies are delicious! Amazing recipe!
Taste great but not sure what I did wrong – added ingredients exactly as stated in recipe (except water, which I omitted) but it was so watery! I added an extra tablespoon of coconut flour and they were still pourable, unlike the “spread, don’t pour” as it is described in the recipe. Still they came out great – any guesses why so watery, so much so that I omitted the water entirely and added extra flour? Thanks for such great recipes…even when something goes wrong, LOL.
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I think I can speak for most anyone who has eaten a keto dessert. They are much to be desired but when you’re craving something chocolatey this will do the trick. I doubled the recipe, because the first time I made them they were flat & barely filled the baking dish.I use coconut flavoring in lieu of vanilla. I also added a few tablespoons of coconut oil lieu of the full amount of butter. I also added one handful of unsweetened coconut flakes. I decided to use parchment paper the second time around, so glad I did!
These brownies had the best flavour out of several recipes i have tried. The only issue that i have is that they are really quite greasy. This may be because i substituted butter for coconut oil. So i am going to try it again and add some psyllium husk to help absorb all that oil. Otherwise very delicious and easy to make treat. It is by the way very difficult to write a review with all of the pop ups interference.
If you used coconut oil, then yes, that’s an issue. It is much greasier than butter because it’s pure fat (butter actually has milk solids so it’s not a pure fat), and you need to use less of it.
Heya! These are really lovely. How many grams/ounce of brownie amount to 1 serving/1 heart? I’m struggling with getting the calorie counting right for these 🙂
I didn’t weigh them but all of the nutritional info is at the bottom of the recipe.
These turned out great – not like a fudge brownie which you’d probably need a recipe that calls for real chocolate. But like a regular chocolate cake brownie! I don’t buy Swerve so substituted 16 packets of Whole Earth Stevia/Monkfruit/Erythritol sweetener. I also had an avocado I needed to use so subbed a small Hass avocado for the butter. When puréed it measured 1/2 cup like the butter. I loved them and will make them again (with the butter this time). They were light enough to be called cake, very chocolatey, not too sweet, and totally hit the spot! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
And I should add that I lowered my temperature to 300 for the avocado and increased my baking time to 25 minutes.
The only 9×9 pan I have is silicone. Would you know if baking time will differ? Will it affect the results any.
I LOVE all your recipes and appreciate you sharing them.
Mary Soco Ortiz says
I made these brownies last night. They are fabulous. The best keto brownies I ever tried.
Instead of sprinkles, I used shredded unsweetened coconut 😉
Glad to hear it!
I didn’t actually love these. I much prefer the chewy brownies in Carolyn’s cookbook, which I’ll make again now. These coconut flour ones certainly had a nice intense chocolate flavour, but I found them dry.
What would serving size be if not making hearts? And carb count?
The nutritional information is for the regular brownies, not for the cut out hearts…
Hey can I substitute brown sugar swerve for the brownies
Some people comment that they didn’t like the flavor of an item. I have found that my personal preference is the flavor is better if you wait until the next day to eat baked items. The flavors marry .
Delicious! I used 1/3 cup flakes coconut instead of cocoa powder and laid almonds on top covered in ganache and I have delicate Almond Joy brownies! ❤️ Thank you Carolyn and ther winner in my book! Appreciate everything you do!
I’m making these right now. Is the nutritional information for the brownies including the ganache or without?
It includes the ganache.
can you freeze them after baking?? super delicious by the way 🙂
I’ve never tried.
I made these in foil/paper muffin cups (sprayed lightly with oil) and they were awesome! Made 12 and baked for 10-12 minutes. Iced them with the ganache per the recipe and froze them in a ziplock bag. So nice to have a stash of these beauties stored in the freezer for a quick treat! I used part granulated Swerve and part stevia, and the flavor is good…although I didn’t know about the stevia+chocolate bitterness issue before…thanks! Also, mine were a little more cake-like than fudgy/chewy, but they are awesome with the ganache icing. THANK YOU!!!
Michael schaefer says
May I use Stevta as a substitute for my sweetner
You can try but in my experience, straight stevia and chocolate are very bitter together.
Approx how long will they last in a closed box left in the fridge?
At least 5 to 7 days.
Rebecca Bragg says
Can I sub for 3 medium eggs? Should I add a fourth egg?
Hi, you can google how to sub smaller eggs for larger ones. I can’t remember the specifics but it’s pretty easy.