An easy recipe for healthy paleo vegan brownies drizzled with a healthy homemade Nutella (chocolate hazelnut) spread! Made with almond flour and completely eggless, these Nutella brownies are super fudgy and gooey! They are also keto, dairy free, low carb and sugar free.
Healthy Nutella Brownie Recipe
Ever since sharing my homemade Nutella recipe, I’ve been adding it to anything and everything- I’ve made Nutella no bake cookies with it, topped my microwave English muffins with them and even used it as a frosting for my flourless muffins.
It’s now time to add some of my favorite brownies ever!
Don’t let the “Nutella” in the recipe name fool you- none of my recipes ever use actual Nutella. Instead, we use my homemade version, which needs just 3 ingredients and contains no dairy and no sugar.
Best Healthy Nutella Brownies
Traditional Nutella brownies tend to use flour, sugar, butter, and oil to achieve a gooey and fudgy dessert. My homemade Nutella brownies also are gooey and fudgy, but you won’t find any of those ingredients in them.
We use wholesome, healthy and low carb ingredients. We also do something a little bit different! Instead of adding Nutella only to the batter, we drizzle the Nutella over the top, ensuring every bite is loaded with the delicious chocolate hazelnut flavor!
Not only are these brownies completely paleo, vegan and gluten-free, but thanks to the ingredients used, they are also keto, low carb and sugar free!
Homemade Nutella Brownies Ingredients
- Almond Flour
- Ground flaxseed
- Cocoa Powder
- Sugar Free Sugar Substitute
- Baking Powder
- Homemade Nutella
- Almond butter
- Vanilla Extract
How to make the BEST healthy Nutella Brownies
Use blanched almond flour
Blanched almond flour is the best type of almond flour to use. Because their skins are removed before being ground up into a flour, they have a lighter consistency.
Allow 10 minutes for the flax egg to form
Set aside 10 minutes to prepare the flax ‘egg’, to allow ample time for it to form a gel. If you are too hasty or don’t allow it enough time to gel up, you’ll find that the brownie batter will seem underdone, even after the cooking time.
Use a mix of homemade Nutella and Almond Butter
To ensure the brownies are fully cooked through and mix well prior to baking, use both almond butter and Nutella in the batter. If you use strictly Nutella, you risk the mixture not fully combining.
You can use strictly almond butter, and then reserve the Nutella for the topping.
Do not overbake the brownies
These healthy Nutella brownies are eggless, so even if they seem underdone, they are safe to eat. However, remember that the brownies will continue to cook while it is cooling, so remove them from the oven when the edges have gone slightly crispy and a skewer comes out the center ‘just clean’.
Drizzle with Nutella once brownies are almost cool
Depending on the texture of your homemade Nutella, it is best to drizzle the brownies when it is still slightly warm, but cool enough to slice. This will allow it to spread amongst the crinkly tops, something we all love in a good brownie.
Ingredient Substitutions and Alternatives
Sugar Free Substitute
If you aren’t strictly keto, you can substitute it for coconut palm sugar.
I often get asked if the cocoa powder can be substituted with cacao powder. To be quite honest, I find the latter to really lack a chocolate flavor and often is a little too gritty for the overall texture.
Can you replace the flax egg with an actual egg?
I’ve tried this recipe with a few egg substitutes (chia egg, ener-G egg replacer) but only the flax egg worked correctly.
If you can tolerate eggs, you can use 3 whole eggs instead.
How to store Healthy Nutella Brownies
Nutella brownies should always be stored in the fridge, either in a sealed container or on a plate covered in plastic wrap.
Brownies will keep fresh in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.
Can you freeze Nutella Brownies?
These healthy Nutella brownies are freezer friendly and keep well in the freezer. To freeze, wrap each brownie individually in parchment paper, then place in a ziplock bag or container.
To enjoy brownies from the freezer, allow thawing overnight in the fridge or at room temperature, for several hours.
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Healthy Paleo Vegan Nutella Brownies (Keto)
- Prepare your flax 'egg' by combining your water and with ground flaxseed. Allow sitting for 10 minutes, to form a gel.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients and mix well. In a seperate bowl, combine your flax egg, vanilla extract, almond butter and 1/4 cup of the homemade Nutella. Mix well. Combine your wet and dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Transfer the brownie batter to the lined pan and spread out in an even layer. Bake the brownies for 35-40 minutes, until the edges start to crisp and a skewer comes out the center 'just' clean.
- Remove brownies from the oven and allow to cool in the pan completely. Drizzle with remaining Nutella and slice into 12 pieces.