Nutbutter Brownies: Guilt and Gluten Free!

I got this recipe from my friend and mentor in all things nourishing, Claire (whom my daughter is named for). She called it ‘Flourless Brownies’, which they are, but I think “Nutbutter Brownies” sounds tastier. Either way, if you’re looking for a healthier chocolate fix, this is it.

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Nutbutter Brownies: Guilt and Gluten Free!

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  • Author: Trina Holden


Nutbutter Brownies


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  • 1 c. almond or cashew butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 c. honey or maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Blend first four ingredients until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Place in a greased 8×8 pan
  4. Bake at 350 for 20-25 min. until set in center. Don’t over bake!
  • Category: Gluten Free

My notes:

  • 1 1/2 batched it and put it in a 11×7 in. pan
  • skipped the nuts and sprinkled mini chocolate chips on top – yum!
  • amazed at the appearance and texture of the brownies – perfect!

These made a great, high protein snack for me and the kids at the ski lodge. I plan to make them again this weekend, with cashew butter.

This Recipe is just one of over 50 family favorites in my eBook, Real {Fast} Food. Treat you and your family today to fresh inspiration in the kitchen!

This post is part of Pennywise Platter over at Nourishing Gourmet! 

21 responses to “Nutbutter Brownies: Guilt and Gluten Free!”

  1. Erica Avatar

    Yum I made these, again, and still keep coming back to this recipe! I love sugar but feel better knowing sugar isn’t the first ingredient in these!!! I used a mixed nut butter from Costco and it worked great! I also like that this doesn’t take too many ingredients or dirty too many dishes! Thanks for this recipe!

  2. Danielle Avatar

    I’m in love with this recipe. I have made it 3 times already. I’d love you share it on my blog with your permission ofcourse!

    1. Trina Avatar

      Danielle, since this is one of the free sample recipes from my cookbook, I’m happy to have you share it as long as you include links to where people can buy the book Real Fast Food. 😉

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  6. Brooke Avatar

    I just made these yesterday and the pan is almost gone. I added an extra egg because I like my brownies moist and I had a banana that I needed to use so I threw that in there as well. It tastes like banana nut chocolate brownies. DELICIOUS!

    1. Trina Avatar

      sounds scrumptious, Brooke–thanks for sharing your variations!

  7. Amy Avatar

    These are delightful in cupcake form. I made them as a birthday treat, (since all my whole wheat cake attempts were brickish). Top with a sliced strawberry & homemade whipped cream! We had them in September for a birthday, and my daughter has been requesting them for her birthday ever since.

    If you are paranoid about overbaking & pull them out early, they fall, making a nice little place for the strawberries. My mom thought I did it on purpose.

  8. Sara Avatar

    question: when you 1 1/2 batched the recipe for a 7×11 pan, how long did you bake them for? I noticed in your cookbook it says bake for 30-35 min. and on here it says 20-25. Obviously, I’m trying to play around with it to find what’s right for my oven. So far, I’ve landed on either side (too burned and too underbaked). Just wondering what you usually do?

    1. Trina Avatar

      oh my, yeah–you are just going to have to play with it! start testing for doneness at 20 min. with a butter knife poked in the the center, and keep popping it back in until it’s not runny in the middle.

  9. Krista Avatar

    Can’t wait to try the brownies!

  10. Diane Avatar

    Ooooh…. I am going to get a batch of cashew butter when I go to the Amish store tomorrow and make these puppies! I suspect Noah will especially appreciate them:)

  11. Gretchen Avatar

    My sister has been making these for she and my oldest. She’s begun adding a second egg to make them even lighter and more cake-like! Ru calls them her “special brownies” and Mary is getting jealous that she doesn’t have special brownies. 😉

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  13. Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free Avatar

    Looks like a delicious way to make brownies!

  14. Melissa Naasko Avatar

    I always like seeing lovely Christian touches in blogs! My father-in-law is gluten free and I am always om the look out for new treats for him>

  15. Trina Avatar

    Serena, I'd love your cookie recipe!

  16. Serena Avatar

    Oh yum! This is similar to my favorite cookie recipe. The ingredients are nut butter, egg, sucanat, vanilla, and chocolate chips if desired. Yum!

  17. Kateri Avatar

    Interesting that they looked and tasted like brownies. I will have to try them. They sound like a great high protein treat.

  18. rahraht Avatar

    Oooo these sound so yummy, and I really like my almond butter! I will have to try these!

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