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5-Ingredient Brownies (Paleo, Whole30)

These brownies are fudgy, chocolatey, and so yummy. They’ll just melt in your mouth. They’re vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, Whole30, and Paleo.

stack of paleo brownies

Looking for a yummy dessert – that is good for you too? Look no further!

These brownies are fudgy, chocolatey, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They’re also decadent and sweet, but not too sweet.

And they’re super easy to make. You could even make them with your kids.

But make sure you make enough batter. Your kids may want to gobble the batter all up.

And the batter is safe to eat. That’s because you’re not using any eggs in the batter.

There’s no dairy in the brownies either. In fact, these brownies are gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free.

So they’re great for vegan, gluten-free, whole 30, and Paleo diets. Yay!

four stacked brownies

And best of all, you’re making these brownies with wholesome ingredients. So you can feel good eating these brownies – and sharing them with your kids.

Though let’s be honest – you’ll probably want to keep these brownies all for yourself.

close up of brownie

Ingredients You’ll Need for the Brownies

Ripe bananas – You know those bananas that have spots all over them and are super squishy? Those are the bananas you want to use.

Ripe and over-ripe bananas are brimming with natural sweetness. And they’re super easy to mash.

If you use green ones, your batter won’t be nice and smooth. And your brownies won’t be as sweet as you want.

Almond butter – It makes your brownies rich and moist as well as adds a pleasant nuttiness.

Almond butter is quite nutritious too. It contains a ton of Vitamin E.

Make sure you use creamy almond butter like this. That’s so you don’t have lumps in your brownies.

Cocoa powder – Cocoa powder makes the brownies nice and chewy. It also adds bitterness.

So the cocoa powder balances out the sweetness of the ripe bananas. To ensure your brownies aren’t too sweet, make sure you use an unsweetened cocoa powder like this.

Apple pie spice – Ever heard of Apple Pie Spice? It’s simply a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom.

So it adds warm, comforting notes to your brownies.

Besides using it to make brownies, you can add it to your pancake batter. You can even add it to your morning oatmeal or smoothie.

If you need to stock up on apple pie spice, you can get some here.

Almond flakes – These brownies wouldn’t be the same without almond flakes. Almond flakes add a lovely crunch and nuttiness.

So make sure you don’t skip them!

brownie ingredients

How to Make 5-Ingredient Brownies

 

Making these brownies is so simple. Making them with your kids would be so fun!

Do you have teenagers? Get them to make these brownies – while you relax with a cup of tea or coffee.

mashed bananas in bowl

Start by preheating your oven to 350F.

Next, place your ripe bananas in a large bowl. The recipe calls for 4 medium bananas.

But if your bananas are large, you can use 3 instead. Mash your bananas with a fork.

Or you can use this potato masher, whatever works for you. Mash your bananas until you get a really smooth texture.

brownie mixture in bowl

Open up your creamy almond butter. Make sure you mix the almond butter in the jar first.

That’s so the solids and liquids/fat are mixed well. Add your creamy almond butter to the mashed bananas, mixing gently.

bowl of brownie mix

Add cocoa powder and apple pie spice. Mix well to ensure the batter is as smooth as possible.

Don’t worry if your batter isn’t perfectly smooth. The bananas make this virtually impossible.

adding nuts to brownie mix

Add your almond flakes, and fold them in. I really love the addition of the almond flakes – it really adds more oomph to the brownies.

However, if you need to, you can skip the apple pie spice and almond flakes. You will still have a lovely, yummy brownie.

greasing pan

Then grease your baking pan.

You can use any shape of a baking pan. But make sure your baking pan isn’t too big.

I recommend using a 9 x 9-inch baking pan like this. It’s not too big, so your brownies will be nice and thick, not thin.

Use a silicone brush dipped in olive oil to grease your pan. You’ll want to grease the bottom and the sides.

You can also use olive or even butter if you don’t need it to be vegan.

brownie mix in pan

Pour your batter into your greased baking pan. Make sure you distribute it evenly.

nuts on brownie mix

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350F.

toothpick

Check your brownies with a toothpick to make sure they’re fully cooked. Your toothpick should come out crumbly.

This ensures your brownies are fudgy – but not too dry.

pan with brownies missing

Finally, let your brownies cool before cutting them up. Once cool, cut into 9 slices.

Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee – or even vegan ice cream! Or, to keep it light and fresh, serve with some berries. Yum!

Watch: Full Brownies Tutorial

More of a visual learner? Check out how to make this brownie on Youtube.

How to Store Brownies?

To keep these brownies tasting fresh, longer, you want to pack them in an airtight container.

That’s because you want to prevent air from entering your brownies. When the air gets into your brownies, your brownies dry out.

And no one likes a dry, crunchy brownie.

I recommend these glass storage containers because they keep your brownies fresh longer. If you’re in a pinch, you can also use BPA-free plastic storage containers like these.

After packing your brownies, you can store them at room temperature. They should stay nice and fresh for 3 to 4 days.

Or you can store them in the fridge. They will last longer there – about two weeks.

Or you can store the brownies in your freezer. They will last in the freezer for up to 3 months. Yay!

holding cooked brownie

Ingredient Substitutes You Can Use

Instead of almond butter – If you don’t have almond butter, you can use peanut butter. It will give your brownies the same consistency and a lovely nutty flavor.

Note, however, that your brownies will no longer be Paleo-friendly.

Want to keep your brownies Paleo-friendly? You can use cashew butter instead.

Want to make your brownies nut-free? You can use sunflower butter instead – and skip the almond flakes.

Need some sunflower butter? You can get sunflower butter right here.

Instead of apple spice –  Chances are you may not have apple pie spice on hand.

But you probably have pumpkin pie spice. Good thing pumpkin pie spice is a great substitute.

That’s because pumpkin pie spice is simply apple pie spice, plus cloves. To prevent the cloves from overpowering the brownies, you can just add a bit of extra cinnamon.

Don’t have pumpkin pie spice? You can just use cinnamon.

It works really well in place of the apple pie spice. That’s because cinnamon is the most robust flavor in apple pie spice.

That being said, just the cinnamon will make the brownies one-note. To make your brownies more complex, you can combine cinnamon with nutmeg.

Or you can combine cinnamon with ginger.

Instead of almond flakes – Do you have a nut allergy? You can use these sunflower seeds or crispy rice cereal to add texture.

This crispy rice cereal is not only organic but certified gluten-free too.

completed stack of brownies

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5-Ingredient Brownies (Paleo, Whole30)

5-Ingredient Brownies (Paleo, Whole30)

Yield: 9 brownie squares
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This vegan 5-ingredient brownie is easy to make. Fudgy, soft, chocolatey, sweet, and filling - a perfect dessert even the kids will love. It's paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium ripe bananas (or 3 large)
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
  • 2 tbsp almond flakes

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350F and grease your baking sheet (I'm using 9" x 9").
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas until it's smooth.
  3. Add almond butter and mix it in gently.
  4. Now, add cocoa powder and apple pie spice. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  5. Finally, add almond flakes and gently fold them in.
  6. Pour in the batter and evenly distribute it.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Use a toothpick to check; it should come out crumbly.
  8. Let it cool down before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 squares Serving Size: 1 brownie square
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 9.3gSaturated Fat: 0.7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 18gNet Carbohydrates: 14.1gFiber: 3.9gSugar: 7.1gProtein: 4.8g

Nutritional values were obtained with automatic software using the amounts of products used. To get the most accurate representation of the nutritional values, you should calculate them with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for the nutritional information obtained to be accurate.

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