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Close up Overhead view of a gluten free, dairy free peppermint brownie sundae with vanilla cashew milk ice cream, vegan hot fudge sauce with crushed peppermint candies on top

Gluten Free Peppermint Brownies (Paleo Friendly!)

  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x


Crackly tops, deeply fudge-y centers, and a kiss of peppermint make these brownies amazing. (Be sure to read through the notes for best results!)


  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 5 Tbsp coconut oil (can sub butter or vegan butter)
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar (can sub maple or white sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Optional, but recommended: 2/3 cup additional semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

Optional for topping: crushed peppermint candies, or sprinkles*


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line an 8×8″ baking dish with parchment paper. (I like to cut mine 8″ wide but long enough to hang over the edges of the pan a bit, so I can use the excess as “handles” later to remove the brownies from the pan.)
  3. In a small saucepan, gently melt 2/3 chocolate chips and the coconut oil over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat.
  4. While the chocolate is melting, whisk together eggs and coconut sugar in a medium bowl until very smooth and *slightly* lighter in color. (When you lift your whisk, the eggs should fall in a steady stream, instead of in big lumps. See the recipe video for an example.)
  5. When the chocolate is melted and removed from the heat, slowly whisk in your egg/sugar mixture and beat to combine. This will thicken the batter almost instantly.
  6. Stir in vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and salt.
  7. Add baking soda and almond flour. Sift in cocoa powder. (I use a fine mesh sieve just to prevent clumps of cocoa). Stir until just combined (overmixing can mess with the texture a bit).
  8. Fold in additional chocolate chips.
  9. Pour batter into your prepared baking dish. (Batter will be thick) Gently smooth out the batter with a spatula.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees 20-25 minutes, or until brownies have puffed up a bit and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with just a little chocolate. (Brownies will continue to set as they cool).
  11. Immediately sprinkle with peppermint candies (if using) or sprinkles.
  12. Note: the brownies will have more puff to them straight out of the oven than they will when cooled and cut. This is totally normal! (And how you get that crackly crust).
  13. Cool before slicing. Store any leftover brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator (up to 5 days) or freezer (for up to 1 month).
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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