Flourless Triple Nut (or Seed) Brownies (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, and Vegan)

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Flourless Triple Nut Brownies

I’m a distractible girl. You know the one. When she’s supposed to be getting ready for a big party or event, suddenly she decides that she must clean out her closet from top to bottom and then she thinks hey, why not defrost the freezer, too, because it really needs it, right? Yes, that’s me! So it should come as no surprise that when I’m supposed to be sharing a Thanksgiving recipe roundup (I’ve been thinking about it and talking about it for days on Facebook, right?), that instead I decided to create these Flourless Triple Nut (or Seed) Brownies and I’m sharing those with you instead!

Don’t worry … the Thanksgiving post is still coming, but in the mean time you can check out other suitable gfe Thanksgiving recipe posts—a gfe Thanksgiving all the way, gluten-free galore and more (dozens of bloggers share gluten-free Thanksgiving dishes), a gluten-free, vegan Thanksgiving, over 40 gluten-free pumpkin pie recipes, a No Roll, Never Fail, Press-In Pie Crust, and even get 5 critical tips on enjoying a safe, gluten-free Thanksgiving.

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Flourless Triple Nut Brownies with “Drizzle” of Maple Syrup (Beware of Pouring from the Jug)

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These are “less sweet” brownies (than say these Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Brownies), but they are still plenty sweet to me. Taste your batter before baking and feel free to add a very small amount of maple syrup, honey, or stevia if you like. I say very small amount because the banana adds its own nice sweetness without giving too much of a banana flavor (I know some of you will especially appreciate that latter fact) and too much added liquid will not result in the right consistency and texture for your brownies.

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These are not heavy brownies. Despite the triple nut factor, they feel fairly light in weight and taste. I simply love them. The fact that they are flourless and naturally gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, paleo, and vegan—and even nut free if needed—is just a fabulous bonus! Let’s all sit down to enjoy a treat together, shall we?

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Flourless Triple Nut Brownies (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, and Vegan)
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Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 cups nuts (or seeds) of choice, I used pecans and walnuts—you want a mixture of large chopped pieces, small chopped pieces, and ground nuts (my mini chopper gives me this mix naturally and a food processor will, too)
  • ½ cup almond butter or Sunbutter (use slightly more if you are not getting a spreadable mixture)
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 8 x 8 square baking dish.
  2. Mix ingredients in medium-sized bowl. Taste to see if you need any additional sweetener and add, if desired (see notes).
  3. Spread mixture evenly in greased baking dish using spatula.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick. Cool in pan for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Cut into 16 (or more) squares.
Notes
You can substitute a combination of seeds for the nuts (like pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds) and use SunButter to create a nut-free version of these. Measure nuts or seeds before processing/chopping.


Taste batter before baking. If you feel it is not sweet enough, you can add a very small amount of maple syrup, honey, or stevia. You just don’t want to add too much liquid to this recipe or it will change the consistency/texture and overall brownie factor. Also, instead of adding additional sweetener to the recipe, you can opt to add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey to the brownies when they are done. Just don’t get “heavy handed” with the jug of maple syrup like I did. Well, at least not unless you really want to! Adding a drizzle of sweetener at the end makes for a really special treat and individuals can adjust amounts to their own needs.

Only loosely cover these brownies for storage (otherwise these brownies will get too soft).
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Flourless Triple Nut Brownies in Grandma’s Candy Dish … Far Better Than Candy

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Shirley
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Comments

33 Responses to “Flourless Triple Nut (or Seed) Brownies (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, and Vegan)”

  1. Marianne @ Ragdoll Kitchen on November 19th, 2013 12:16 pm

    There are never enough brownies in the world! Yum, yum, yum….

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2013 5:33 pm

      Agreed, Marianne! :-) I didn’t know that these actually were going to be brownies until I made them and there they were! ;-)

      Shirley

  2. Cheryl Harris on November 19th, 2013 1:33 pm

    Woohoo! Woohoo! woohoo! woohoo! oh, hi there. Just getting a little carried away with myself. These look awesome!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2013 5:34 pm

      Hehe! I knew that the egg-free (and/or vegan folks) were going to love these! Hope you enjoy them, Cheryl! :-)

      Shirley

  3. Vicky on November 19th, 2013 2:51 pm

    Delicious! They wouldn’t stay covered for long here! What a wonderful recipe!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2013 5:35 pm

      Thanks, Vicky! And I have to admit that they do go pretty quickly. ;-) So it’s a good thing that they’re healthy. :-)

      Shirley

  4. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations on November 19th, 2013 3:29 pm

    How creative, I can’t wait to make these :)

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2013 5:35 pm

      Thanks, Cassidy! I hope you and your family enjoy them! :-)

      Shirley

  5. Linda on November 19th, 2013 11:24 pm

    Those look great and so easy! I’m glad you get distracted. :)

    • Shirley on November 21st, 2013 10:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Linda! :-) Glad you like me distracted because I can’t seem to change myself. ;-)

      Shirley

  6. Elle on November 20th, 2013 2:27 am

    I feel that these will be guilt free brownies. Most brownies nowadays are overwhelmingly sweet.

    I’m glad that my sweet tooth is not as sweet as it was as a kid, because excess sugar will probably cause some unwanted health problems in the future.

    All the sugar from your recipe comes from the banana, which is excellent! No added sugars.

    I love how there are only 5 ingredients in this brownie! It’s high in protein and potassium. I can’t wait to make this over the weekend.

    • Shirley on November 21st, 2013 10:09 pm

      Hi Elle–Thanks for all the kind feedback! Hope you enjoy these brownies. :-)

      Shirley

      • Elle on November 27th, 2013 12:42 am

        Hi Shirley, I just had to give you an update on how it turned out.

        It was so delicious! My family tried it and they loved it too!

        I even left a few at work to munch on when I feel like a snack. It’s so much better than getting something unhealthy from the vending machine!

        • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 9:46 pm

          Thanks for coming back and sharing your review, Elle! It’s always a relief when a reader finally makes a recipe and gives “approval”! ;-) I know I’ll be making these often in the future. :-)

          Shirley

  7. Maggie on November 20th, 2013 1:05 pm

    Love these! They look like they’re so easy to make, and I love that they’re so low in sugar. Will definitely try these out on the kiddies! I like that you can add a little sweetener to the batter!

    • Shirley on November 21st, 2013 10:15 pm

      Hey Maggie–They really are easy to make. Ripe bananas can be magical when it comes to lower sugar baking and also for egg-free baking in this case wen combined with nut butter/seed butter. :-) Hope that these make everyone at your house happy! I like them “as is,” but a little bit of maple syrup does make them seem decadent, although they’re still very healthy. ;-)

      Shirley

  8. Ina gawne on November 20th, 2013 8:25 pm

    Shirley – these sound fabulous…love the nuts and and almond butter – yum!

    • Shirley on November 21st, 2013 10:24 pm

      Hi Ina–Thanks, dear! I love those ingredients, too; hence, where my mind took me. ;-)

      Shirley

  9. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat on November 21st, 2013 7:04 pm

    Bananas, nuts, and chocolate. Can’t go wrong with those flavors! And I’m the exact same way. People are coming for dinner tomorrow night? Great time to organize the spice rack instead of working on my recipes. ????

    • Shirley on November 21st, 2013 10:35 pm

      Your comment made me laugh out loud! We are kindred spirits!! :-) The last time I cleaned out my spice cabinet it was a few hours before my support group meeting. It suddenly just had to be done! I think that such seemingly untimely acts somehow clear out our brains. A good friend said her mom always did these types of things right before major Thanksgiving and Christmas events. Her thoughts were that her mom was trying to make sense out of all the chaos that those events can bring. Close to why I do it, I think. ;-)

      Shirley

  10. Janet on November 21st, 2013 9:45 pm

    Brownies look great, but “grandma’s candy dish” just made my day. My grandma had a candy dish cut just like that only it was pink and clear glass. When I saw it in the first photo it made me think of her. Then when I saw that the candy dish came from your grandma – I just had to comment. Thanks for the recipe and for bringing some sweet memories to mind. :-)

    • Shirley on November 21st, 2013 10:42 pm

      Hi Janet–Welcome to gfe. :-) I’m so glad you took the time to leave a comment—thank you! Your pink candy dish from your grandmother must be so lovely. My grandmother had a huge sweet tooth and this candy dish was always filled with candy. Had she filled it with anything else in the non-candy category, it would have been cake. She loved cake. ;-) I still miss her and think of her a lot. I’m fortunate to have many, many items that were hers. Maybe it’s the approaching holidays, but her dish called to me when I made this recipe!

      Shirley

  11. Candace @ Candida Free Candee on December 13th, 2013 10:58 pm

    Yum! I am going to try this with squash or zucchini puree to make ACD friendly!

    • Shirley on December 14th, 2013 1:24 am

      Hi Candace–Welcome to gfe! :-) That’s a great idea … fingers crossed that one of those options will work. ;-) Love your Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies that you shared in the roundup!

      Shirley

      • Candace @ Candida Free Candee on December 14th, 2013 11:45 pm

        Hi Shirley,
        I can’t wait to try these! I am so glad I participated in the round up, it has introduced me to some great blogs, like yours of course!
        Thank you, that is very kind of you to say!

  12. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts on December 15th, 2013 12:52 am

    When distractable leads to baking, all is good :) These brownies look great!

  13. Ally @ Om Nom Ally on December 16th, 2013 3:14 am

    I know exactly what you mean about being easily distracted – instead of it being before parties though it’s always when I’m meant to be studying. Whoops!
    If you’re ever going to be distracted though, making brownies is a great reason! Love the recipe and love the blog :)

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