The Best Gluten-free Brownies – Super Fudgy and Dairy-free

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.

  • 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 they are dairy-free, too.
  • 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 These really are the best brownies ever!

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. Many commenters have also used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour with success. That’s the one in the blue bag.

I’ve also made these brownies with buckwheat! 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 these gluten-free 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. :)

Need convincing? Check out the reviews below!

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

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The Best Gluten-free Brownies – Super Fudgy and Dairy-free
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  • Yield: 12 brownies


  • 1 cup (158 grams) teff flour or 1 cup (125 grams) buckwheat flour1 or1 cup (138 grams) Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour 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 for a dairy-free version) + 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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  • Jes
    September 14, 2019 @ 1:19 am

    Ah.mazing. Made them dairy free with Myokos cultured vegan butter and ate half the pan basically immediately 😂 These will definitely be high on my list of treats. And so very easy to make.

    • Erin replies to Jes
      September 16, 2019 @ 8:47 pm

      Haha. I’m the same way! So I can’t make these often. ;) It’s good to know that that vegan butter works! Thanks for the tip. :) I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  • Sheree
    September 4, 2019 @ 3:53 am

    These are so good and fudgy! I used pillsbury gluten free flour and also truvia cane sugar blend. They don’t taste like they are gluten free! These are the 1st gf brownies we have tried that are not grainy or crumbly.I also refrigerated them and they are so good cold!! Thank you, this is a keeper!

    • Erin replies to Sheree
      September 16, 2019 @ 8:11 pm

      I’m so sorry for just now seeing your comment! It somehow got mixed in with the spam. Thanks for the tip on Pillsbury GF flour! It’s good to know that they came out well with that. Same with Truvia! Thanks a bunch for your feedback and sorry again for the slow reply.

  • Lindsay
    August 24, 2019 @ 4:59 am

    These brownies are amazing! I have made them many times, and I always get so many compliments on them. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    • Erin replies to Lindsay
      September 6, 2019 @ 8:02 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad that you liked them. :) Thanks for your feedback and sorry for my slow reply (I just got back from vacation!).

  • nic says
    July 14, 2019 @ 5:56 am

    I use this recipe with regular flour (a cup and quarter), and people go nuts over these brownies. I have people begging for the recipe. Definitely a winner you got here!

    • Erin replies to nic
      July 15, 2019 @ 1:03 pm

      I’m glad that you enjoy them and that they work well for you with AP flour! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Leanne Rioux says
    July 12, 2019 @ 12:28 am

    Could I use Becel vegan margarine for a dairy free version?

    • Erin replies to Leanne Rioux
      July 15, 2019 @ 12:59 pm

      I haven’t tried it but if it’s a 1:1 butter sub, it should work!

  • Anthea says
    July 6, 2019 @ 4:23 am

    Wow sounds delicious! Do you think they’d still turn out ok with less sugar?

    • Erin replies to Anthea
      July 10, 2019 @ 8:36 pm

      I tried it but it somehow made them a bit oily. It was years ago, though, so I don’t remember the exact details. Perhaps try reducing it by 1/4 cup?

  • Kelly
    June 27, 2019 @ 9:37 pm

    I make these brownies multiple times a year. Love that they are dairy and gluten free. I usually make them with buckwheat but it turns out last night I was out of buckwheat but I had teff, so I used the teff flour instead. I think they are better with teff than the buckwheat but both are great and I got lots of compliments! Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Kelly
      July 3, 2019 @ 8:46 pm

      Hello again! :D It’s kind of sad but it’s been so long since I’ve made the teff and buckwheat versions that I don’t remember any difference. But now I’m intrigued and want to compare them! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Innocent Spector says
    June 18, 2019 @ 6:16 am

    Wonderful..I used half gluten free bisqick..& half king author gluten free flour as well as enjoy like dairy, soy, gluten, corn free chocolate chunks..I love these😍 I have a pan in the oven this very moment!❤❤❤❤❤

    • Erin replies to Innocent Spector
      June 18, 2019 @ 7:46 pm

      Oooh, interesting! I hadn’t heard of GF Bisquick. Thanks for sharing your version! :) I’m so glad you liked them.

  • Charis Rolls
    June 3, 2019 @ 2:34 pm

    I can’t believe these are gluten and dairy free! Best brownies I’ve ever baked!

    • Erin replies to Charis Rolls
      June 7, 2019 @ 12:53 pm

      Yay! I’m thrilled that you think they’re the best. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Andrea
    May 23, 2019 @ 4:10 pm

    Hi there! I LOVVVVE these brownies!! I make them often with just regular all-purpose flour, and they turn out perfect every time:) Just curious if there is a possibility to adapt this recipe into cookies, and if so, how? Thanks for your time!

    • Erin replies to Andrea
      May 27, 2019 @ 12:59 pm

      I’m so happy that you like them! There’s not a way to transform them into cookies without reworking the entire recipe. :( Sorry about that!

  • L E says
    May 21, 2019 @ 7:26 pm

    That’s a lot of sugar. Does this work with honey or maple syrup instead?


    • Erin replies to L E
      May 23, 2019 @ 1:03 pm

      No, sorry. You’d be adding a lot of liquid.

  • Emilie
    May 13, 2019 @ 3:42 pm

    LOVED these! Zero detection that they were gluten free. I made them with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gf flour and they did need about 30 minutes but they were so perfect-dense and fudgy inside and crispy outside and so rich. Thanks for a great recipe!!!

    • Erin replies to Emilie
      May 19, 2019 @ 8:02 pm

      Hello and sorry for just now seeing your comment! I love that flour and it’s great that the brownies worked well with it. :) Thanks for sharing your feedback! I’m so glad you enjoyed them.

  • Alex says
    May 8, 2019 @ 12:05 pm

    Is there no raising agent in the flours? I’m looking for U.K. versions and don’t want to get it wrong

    • Erin replies to Alex
      May 8, 2019 @ 2:01 pm

      No raising agents in the flour. :)

    • Ginger Kline replies to Alex
      May 12, 2019 @ 7:15 pm

      Most of the brownie recipes I have use no leavening. I have added a small amount of baking powder, which made the brownies cake like and a bit dry.

  • Rose says
    May 7, 2019 @ 11:05 am

    I just want to say bless your dear soul for including all the measurements in grams/cm/Celsius!
    It is such a relief.. Thanks again dearie! And the recipe is just amazing.. Love live love it.. Keep up your good work:-)
    Hugs and smiles from Sweden

    • Erin replies to Rose
      May 13, 2019 @ 8:25 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy the brownies. Puss och kram från Tyskland. ;) Sorry for just now seeing your comment!

  • Frankie Jones says
    April 6, 2019 @ 4:56 am

    This is actually the best gf and df receipe I’ve ever tried. I found it last year and have been making them ever since!! Everytime I take them into work even the “normal” people love them and can’t believe they are dairy and gluten free. This recipe made the dietary outcasts feel like they were eating normal food. Seriously I love you. And I love this recipe.

    • Erin replies to Frankie Jones
      April 9, 2019 @ 8:11 pm

      Aww! I was thrilled to read how much you and the “dietary outcasts” enjoyed the brownies. :) Your comment made my day! Thanks so much for your comment. :)

  • Laura says
    April 1, 2019 @ 2:35 am

    So tasty! We added a cup of unsweetened coconut flakes! So yummy!

    • Erin replies to Laura
      April 3, 2019 @ 7:46 pm

      That sounds like a yummy addition! Thanks for your comment. :) I’m happy you enjoyed them!


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