Super rich, fudgey, and packed with incredible ingredients, these Grain-Free Hazelnut Brownies are a brownie game-changer. You’re going to fall in love these grain-free brownies and swoon over how simple they are to make. These are the best paleo brownies.
Have you ever tried a Ferrero Rocher? If you don’t know what I am talking about Ferrero Rochers are little chocolate hazelnut balls of deliciousness. They were one of my favorite candies until going gluten-free. I wish they’d make them gluten-free. I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts, especially when the hazelnuts are hazelnut flour.
These grain-free brownies remind me so much of them, and I’m not complaining about it. I love how quick this paleo brownie recipe pulls together and a fresh grain-free hazelnut brownie out of the oven is moan-worthy.
Hazelnut flour is hazelnuts ground up into a flour, similar to almond flour or coconut flour. It’s very rich in flavor and typically works best if you mix hazelnut flour with other flours when baking. Hazel nut meal is another for of hazelnut flour, just not as finely ground.
I’ve been craving chocolate and hazelnuts like mad lately. I’d reach for the Nutella, but that could be dangerous – I’d eat too much. We’ve been making more grain-free recipes lately and I’ve been having fun with hazelnut flour and hazelnut meal.
These Grain-Free Hazelnut Brownies are one of the first recipes I’ve made with hazelnut flour, and they are amazing. I actually use a combination of hazelnut flour and almond flour, otherwise the hazelnut flour flavor is a bit too overpowering for my taste. You can use hazelnut meal in this brownie recipe.
What can I use instead of hazelnut flour
If you don’t use hazelnut flour then they wont be hazelnut brownies but you can use all almond flour if you want. Also, you can use hazelnut meal. These grain-free brownies will still rock your taste buds.
How to make paleo brownies
- In a large microwave safe bowl, heat oil and 4 oz. of chocolate chunks for 30 seconds at a time until melted (about 60 seconds total). You can also heat the oil and chocolate over a pan of boiling water to melt it.
- Add sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs and mix until well incorporated.
- Stir in the hazelnut and almond flours just until combined.
- Add the remaining 3/4 cup of chocolate chunks and stir until combined.
- Spoon the brownie batter into the pan and spread until even.
- Bake as directed.
These numbered steps showing how to make paleo brownies match the numbered photos above. They are for illustration purposes only. See the printable recipe card below.
You can buy hazelnut flour (or meal) at the store but it’s usually super expensive, in my opinion. To save money and ensure that my hazelnut flour is fresh for these Grain-Free Hazelnut Brownies, I bought hazelnuts and made my own flour out of them.
How to make hazelnut flour
Hazelnuts are about half the prize of hazelnut flour. Simply put 1 cup of hazelnuts at a time into your blender or food processor and blend until the hazelnuts are chopped into a fine meal.Don’t over-blend though or you’ll end up with hazelnut butter (which is still delicious, it just wont work for this Grain-Free Hazelnut Brownie recipe).
This Grain-Free Hazelnut Brownie recipe only uses one bowl, and is ready to pop in the oven in less than 5 minutes. The center of each brownie is super fudgey while the tops are slightly crispy and have a nice little surface crinkle to them. These paleo brownies are simple to make.
I used chocolate chunks in this paleo brownie recipe but you can use chocolate chips or leave them out all together.
Hazelnuts can be strong in flavor. I found that a combination of almond meal/flour and hazelnut meal or hazelnut flour provided the best overall flavor. You can use all hazelnut flour if you want, but they will be really hazelnut-y.
If you make these paleo brownies please come back and let me know what you thought. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will get back to you.
Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g