Homemade gluten and dairy-free brownies that satisfy my sweet tooth are not an impossible fantasy. In fact, I have collected 18 recipes that will leave you wondering why you ever thought brownies needed dairy or gluten.
I remember clearly thinking that my childhood comfort food was going to fade to a distant memory. A difficult moment of accepting my gluten and dairy-free diagnosis. But, I am over it. Fudgy chocolate brownies are now a part of our weekly food exploration and I have stacks of gluten and dairy-free brownie recipes. Today, I share some of the best here.
It’s a list to share with any gluten and dairy-free chocoholic, especially those feeling discouraged by a diagnosis and diet change. I assure you, flavor is not lost. Better still, some of these gluten-free brownies taste so good, you will wonder why you hadn’t tried them before.
Alternate ingredients used in gluten and dairy-free brownies
While many people simply substitute gluten-free flour and dairy-free butter for the traditional ingredients in a recipe, we find that the best gluten-free brownies are made with a bit more creativity. More importantly, we typically find a straight replacement to be just not right.
Flours in the recipes below range from a general all-purpose gluten-free flour to those made from brown rice, oats, coconut, or almonds. The more creative recipes also used ingredients like sweet potato, peanut or almond butter, pumpkin, lentils, black beans, quinoa, or even beets.
Similarly, interesting liquids are often added like cashew milk, apple sauce, or maple syrup. The endless plethora of flavors featured in this list tempts the taste buds. Make one, or try them all. The choice is yours.
Are keto, paleo, or vegan brownies gluten and dairy-free?
I used to wonder about alternative diets and whether certain labels, like paleo, can be interpreted as gluten and dairy-free desserts. Or, did I need to read the ingredients? While this list will clarify, at this point in my life, I always check the ingredients anyway.
|Diet||Always gluten-free?||Always dairy-free?|
|Vegan||No. The vegan diet allows gluten.||Yes. The vegan diet is dairy-free.|
|Vegetarian||No. The vegetarian diet allows gluten.||No. The vegetarian diet allows dairy.|
|Paleo||Yes. The paleo diet is gluten-free.||Yes. A strict paleo diet is also dairy-free.|
|Keto||No. The keto diet is not strictly gluten-free but very limited carbs.||No. Some forms of dairy are allowed in a Keto diet.|
18 of the best gluten and dairy-free brownie recipes we can find
This list of delicious, creative, and easy to make gluten and dairy-free brownies recipes is from top food bloggers and other connoisseurs of chocolatey goodness.
Gluten and dairy-free brownies
There is no limit to the creativity of gluten and dairy-free options, especially when it comes to chocolate brownies. The most difficult decision you will have after checking out this list will be where to start.
Vegan sweet potato brownies
Decadent vegan sweet potato brownies use brown rice and oat flours plus cashew milk, but the real secret to its success is the sweet potato puree. There is a nut-free option.
Mini chewy gluten-free vegan fudge brownie bites
Vegan and nut-free, these gluten-free brownies are perfect for when you want a small snack. Petit in size, but not in flavor, they are chocolatey, fudgy, and delicious. Best of all, they are free from the top 8 common allergy ingredients.
Vegan peanut butter swirl brownies
Peanut butter and chocolate with a hint of espresso, what could be better? These vegan brownies use an oat flour base.
Bite-size gluten-free and dairy-free brownies
Another bite-sized vegan and gluten-free brownie option, this one is baked in a muffin pan. They are perfect to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Easy grain-free chocolate brownie recipe
These grain-free vegan brownies use just four ingredients, and they are not the ones you would expect. Made with sunbutter, pumpkin, cocoa (or carob), and maple syrup, they are a simple recipe resulting in brownies with a texture like cheesecake.
Quinoa brownie cake
Moist and perfectly textured, this chocolatey brownie cake packs the protein with quinoa and eggs.
Nutritious vegan brownies that use sweet potato for a moist, fudgy texture.
Super fudgy dairy-free brownie recipe
Gooey, fudgy, chocolate-loaded brownies with simple dairy-free substitutions.
Coconut flour brownies (paleo and super fudgy!)
Don't let the traditional look of these brownies fool you. They are, in fact, nut-free paleo brownies with a festive and delicious frosting.
Flourless paleo keto brownies
Try these unique paleo keto brownies with a dense, fudge-like consistency. Check out this recipe before you head to the store, as it has a few ingredients that are new to us.
Deep-dish skillet brownie
This skillet brownie uses black beans and cashews to create a deliciously fudgy texture.
Double “brownie” chocolate cookies
Not actually a 'brownie', but too good to leave off of this list. Check out these yummy vegan double chocolate cookies that taste just like brownies.
Keto pumpkin brownies
Pumpkin, spices, and chocolate, these keto brownies are mouthwateringly delicious. Note: the frosting in the image is made with heavy cream, and no dairy-free frosting alternative is offered.
Vegan chocolate brownie cake recipe
Filled with layers of a vegan buttercream frosting, this vegan brownie cake is based from sweet potato and beets.
Easy paleo low carb brownies recipe with almond butter
With only five ingredients, these low carb paleo brownies are easy to prepare and produce a cakey brownie.
Gluten-free frosted brownies
If you are a fan of frosted brownies, these might just hit the spot. Always gluten-free, the recipe offers product substitutions to convert it to being dairy-free.
What inspired this list of gluten and dairy-free dessert recipes?
Honestly, it was a moment of feeling sorry for myself as I pulled a tray of my traditional gooey chocolate brownies from the oven. Made with both wheat flour and butter, they are no longer for me. However, they smell divine and instantly remind me of their melt in your mouth flavor.
Simply substituting gluten-free flour and dairy-free butter resulted in a shapeless disaster. Yet, I knew there had to be alternatives. I am so pleased to share this list.
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Which of these gluten and dairy-free brownie recipes will you try first?
If want more than just gluten-free brownies, check out this list of 32 GF and DF cookie recipes or one of these treats:
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Nice collection of recipes!!
Oh boy – you’ve been baking your heart out from the looks of things!
Thanks for sharing these tasty recipes and photos.
OMG so many brownies to choose from, it’s gonna be hard just sticking to one lol. This is a great compiled list!
I’m going to start with the deep dish skillet brownie and I know my youngest son is a chocoholic so I know he’s going to devour it.
Jas @ All that's Jas
What a fantastic roundup for guilt-free brownie indulgence! Thanks for sharing!
Gluten-free and dairy-free yes, but I am not so sure they are all guilt-free!
Making gluten-free desserts can be challenging so thanks for the inspiration. I have already found what I will be making for my sister when she comes over!
Lauren Vavala | Delicious Little Bites
Wow these all look SO good! My fiance is gluten free so I’m glad I came across this list. I can definitely find a few new recipes that we can all enjoy together.