October 06 2019

Primal (or) Keto Fudgy Brownies

By Editorial Team
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Keto eating should always put nutrients first, but there’s nothing wrong with having treat recipes on hand for when you’re making the conscious choice to enjoy something sweet. This recipe offers it all—whole food, Primal friendly ingredients for whipping up either a Primal brownie batch…or a keto version. You’ll enjoy the rich texture and deep chocolate taste without the typical sugar rush.

Tips: This recipe has a primal option sweetened with dates and a keto option sweetened with a granulated monk fruit sweetener. Feel free to use Swerve in lieu of the monk fruit. These brownies are extra fudgy and taste even better after being refrigerated, so we highly recommend allowing them to cool, cutting them and then placing them in the fridge for a few hours or overnight before enjoying.

Servings: 12 Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Primal Brownies Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Salted Butter
  • 3.5 oz. (100g) 70% Chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 10 Dates, soaked (we used Deglet Nour dates)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 5 Tbsp. Cacao Powder
  • Pinch of Espresso Powder, optional
  • 2 Large Eggs

Keto Brownies Ingredients:

  • 5 Tbsp. Salted Butter
  • 3.5 oz. (100g) 85% Chocolate, chopped
  • 5 Tbsp. Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • ¼ cup Granulated Monk Fruit Sweetener or Swerve
  • 5 Tbsp. Coconut Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Espresso Powder, optional
  • 2 Large Eggs

Instructions:

Primal Option:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Set up a double boiler by filling a pot with a few inches of water and placing it over medium heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce to a simmer and place a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot. Add the chopped chocolate and butter to the bowl and gently mix using a spatula until the mixture is melted.

Soak the dates in hot water for at least 10 minutes. Drain the dates and add the dates, coconut milk and vanilla extract to a food processor. Blend until the mixture is fairly smooth, making sure to stop the processor occasionally to scrape down the sides. Add the chocolate and butter mixture and pulse a few more times. Add the almond flour, cocoa powder and espresso powder and pulse until combined. Add the eggs and blend until smooth.

Pour the brownie batter into a greased or parchment lined baking dish (the one we used was about 7”x7” but made fairly thick brownies, so you can also use a larger dish). Feel free to top with chopped chocolate or walnuts. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the center is fairly firm. Allow the brownies to fully cool before slicing.

Keto Option:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Set up a double boiler by filling a pot with a few inches of water and placing it over medium heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce to a simmer and place a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot. Add the chopped chocolate and butter to the bowl and gently mix using a spatula until the mixture is melted. Remove the bowl from the heat.

To the bowl, whisk in the monkfruit sweetener, and sift in the almond flour and cocoa powder. Add the coconut milk, vanilla extract and espresso powder. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and fold them into the brownie batter.

Pour the brownie batter into a greased or parchment lined baking dish (the one we used was about 7”x7” but made fairly thick brownies, so you can also use a larger dish). Feel free to top with chopped chocolate or walnuts. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until the center is fairly firm. Allow the brownies to fully cool before slicing.

Primal Brownie Nutrition Information (1/12 of pan):

  • Calories: 159
  • Total Carbs: 10 grams
  • Net Carbs: 8 grams
  • Fat: 12 grams
  • Protein: 3 grams

Keto Brownie Nutrition Information (1/12 of pan):

  • Calories: 149
  • Total Carbs: 5 grams
  • Net Carbs: 2 grams
  • Fat: 13 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams

TAGS:  Keto Recipes

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  1. It’s nice that some people can enjoy these things in moderation occasionally… I couldn’t manage to quit sugar at all until I completely gave up the notion of eating anything resembling a brownie, cookie, etc. I still eat 88% dark chocolate because it isn’t sweet, and after a while without sugar, sweetened foods just taste so fake. I think most people would be best off not keeping excessively sweet treats in their lives. A year ago I would have said these look goddamn delicious and drooled over them. Now I think, oh, well they look nice. Legitimately uninterested in ever putting them in my mouth. This is by far my biggest success EVER. Thanks, Mark. Without your blog I wouldn’t have picked myself up over and over and finally gotten over my sugar/sweet addiction. 🙂

  2. These look amazing! Do you have a good alternative to dairy? Thank you, Barbara

      1. I wasn’t sure as it works well in some recipes but not in others. I will give it a try. Thank you

        1. For what it’s worth, I’ve used virgin coconut oil in conventional brownie recipes (long before my primal days!) and loved the way it came out. It made them extra dense and fudgy, so I imagine it would work great in primal or keto brownies as well.

    1. Hi Barbara, coconut oil alone tends to flatten out certain baked goods by making them spread too much (like cookies) but might be okay here. In general, I’ve had quite a bit of luck subbing half coconut oil and half palm shortening for butter in most dessert recipes. Fold the two together while they are softened (not melted) with a pinch of salt and use in place of butter.

  3. These are truly OMG!! Absolutely the best brownies I’ve had…keto or non keto!! ?? I made half the quantity and cut it into 8 pieces instead of 6…they are still generous pieces by my standards. I used 90% bitter chocolate, erythritol, added a few walnuts and substituted coconut milk with cream. Very decadent!

  4. I prefer keto. Thanks for giving me the option!

    Another suggestion: the print on the recipes is difficult to read. Maybe use a more bold font? I love your products but find them difficult to use because I struggle to see them. Thanks for giving me a place to make this request! I opened it from an email you sent.

  5. Tried the keto version and they were perfect! Not dry and great texture. Used 90% chocolate. Had the perfect amt of chocolate and not too sweet. I was satisfied with just one serving since it was rich enough and hit the spot. Thanks for the recipe!