The Best Gluten-free Brownies (dairy-free, whole grain)

The best gluten-free brownies! So fudgy, gooey, and incredibly easy to make. If you’re looking for truly delicious gluten-free brownies, look no further. They can also be made with whole wheat for a non-GF version and are dairy-free, too.

There are some bloggers who pretty much label every recipe of theirs as the best (The Best Cheesecake! The Best Chocolate Cake! The Best Everything!) which gets a mega eye roll from me, but here I am doing it.

I apologize for being a hypocrite but… yeah. I’m not changing my title. :D

The Best Gluten-free Brownies (naturally sweetened, dairy-free, 100% whole grain). Can also be made with whole wheat flour!

Like the strawberry rhubarb crumble that I shared earlier in the week, this is also adapted from my book, which is coming out in only a few days (and which is already available on Amazon!)

The brownies in the book are with hazelnut and espresso and this is the stripped down version. Simple, quick, no-fuss, super fudgy gluten-free brownies. They’re also 100% whole grain!

I used gluten-free and whole grain teff flour in these brownies. Teff comes in different varieties like white / ivory or dark and it’s said that the dark kind is earthier tasting (read: it tastes like dirt, like buckwheat).

The Best Gluten-free Brownies (naturally sweetened, dairy-free, and 100% whole grain). Can also be made with whole wheat flour!

I’ve used both white and dark teff flour in these gluten and dairy-free brownies and you really can’t detect any difference – all that Dutch-process cocoa powder does a great job of covering up any earthy / healthy flavors! I think teff isn’t the easiest flour to find but the dark kind is available on Amazon from Bob’s Red Mill.

I’ve also made these brownies with buckwheat for a grain-free version! You can use buckwheat in this recipe or check out my mint chocolate brownies for a minty, yet totally out of season version.

And because I know some people don’t need these to be gluten-free, I’ve also tried them with whole wheat and I’m assuming white whole wheat would work just as well.

The Best Gluten-free Brownies (naturally sweetened, dairy-free, 100% whole grain). Can also be made with whole wheat!

The cool thing is that all of the different versions taste the same. They’re all just as gooey and there’s no grittiness! If you try the brownies while warm, the buckwheat and teff versions do have something a little texturally weird going on but once they cool, it’s a thing of the past!

It’s a really flexible recipe. Just don’t go halving the sugar and then complain that they came out cakey. ;)

I’ve made these brownies (seriously the best gluten-free brownie recipe ever!) so many times to bring to picnics and other get-togethers. Nobody ever even knows they’re gluten-free! Seriously. You can’t go wrong with this recipe. :)

Want more gluten-free goodies?

  • Vegan Paleo Lemon Fudge (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)
  • The Original Grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - no white sugar, no oil, no flour! So gooey, simple and delicious! With a surprise ingredient (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)
  • Coconut Rum Bundt Cake drenched in coconut rum syrup - can be made with all-purpose, gluten-free or whole grain flours. With a dairy-free option (please click through to the recipe to see the dietary-friendly options)
  • Mini Cheesecakes {grain-free, gluten-free}

The Best Gluten-free Fudgy Brownies (dairy-free, whole grain)

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The Best Gluten-free Brownies (dairy-free, whole grain)
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  • Yield: 12 brownies


  • 1 cup (158 grams) teff flour or 1 cup (125 grams) buckwheat flour1 or 1 cup (125 grams) whole wheat flour for a non-GF version
  • 3/4 cup (86 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy (you could also use Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (196 grams) unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly (use coconut oil for a dairy-free version)
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar, raw sugar, or coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (128 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dairy-free chocolate chips, if necessary) + an additional 1/4 cup (43 grams) to sprinkle on top, if desired (I used mini chocolate chips on top)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line an 8"×8" (20cmx20cm) pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the melted butter or coconut oil, sugar, and vanilla extract. Once combined, add the eggs one at a time, and stir just until combined.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir just until almost no streaks of flour remain. Do not overmix! Fold in 3/4 cup (128 grams) chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup (43 grams) chocolate chips on top, if desired.
  6. If using teff flour, bake for 20-22 minutes or until the brownies have formed a thin crust and appear set in the middle. If using buckwheat or whole wheat, you may only need 15-20 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center will come out wet. A toothpick inserted into the sides will come out with some moist crumbs on it, but not totally raw batter. The brownies will continue to bake as they sit in the pan and will firm up as they cool.
  7. Let cool completely and then cover and store at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can also refrigerate them to give them a fudgier texture.


  1. Buckwheat flour is naturally gluten-free but not all buckwheat flour is processed in a gluten-free facility. If you need these brownies to be gluten-free, make sure to use certified gluten-free buckwheat flour!

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196 comments on “The Best Gluten-free Brownies (dairy-free, whole grain)” — Add one!

  • Brianna says
    March 17, 2017 @ 10:52 pm

    I’ve searched for milk free recipes as I am allergic and finally found one! I am really bad in the kitchen yet somehow I managed to whip up this moist brownie. It required minimal ingredients which is a bonus for a poor student like me and was quick to make for my impatient self. O’boy am I excited for it to cool down!!

    • Erin replies to Brianna
      March 18, 2017 @ 9:45 pm

      Haha. I’m excited for you! I hope you enjoyed them. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Phy says
    March 16, 2017 @ 1:22 am

    Hi Erin,
    Could coconut flour be used instead? Would it be same ratio? I just bought a huge thing of coconut flour and need to get using it! Lol Thx Just made the chickpea cookies and the cookie dough was amazing havent had one from oven yet! Will let u know.

    • Erin replies to Phy
      March 17, 2017 @ 7:02 pm

      Hi Phy! Coconut flour is unfortunately not interchangeable with any other flour as it absorbs so much more liquid. Sorry about that! I hope you enjoyed the chickpea cookies. :)


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