Chocolate Orange Fudgy Brownies (Paleo, Gluten-Free)
Chocolate Orange Fudgy Brownies recipe. A paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free fudgy brownie recipe full of festive orange zest and rich chocolate flavors.
Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite holiday flavor combinations. I love the way that the orange zest breaks through and compliments the flavor of the chocolate when the two are combined.
I actually saw a chocolate orange ball at the grocery store and thought about how yummy that sounded.
Then I thought, how great would that flavor be in brownie form?! And then these Chocolate Orange Fudgy Brownies were born. They are naturally Paleo, Gluten-free, Grain-free, and Dairy-free.
Oh yes… all the deliciousness of chocolate orange but in brownie form! It is what your orange chocolate dreams are made of!
I seriously can’t stop eating these healthy chocolate orange brownies. I have made them twice in one week… they are just so fudgy!
I feel like I need to say that these chocolate orange brownies are for fudgy brownie lovers. They are not cakey at all and are super duper fudgy.
They are also for chocolate orange lovers.
I know chocolate and orange can be a love-it or hate-it type of flavor.
I actually used to hate it. I tried it as a kid and thought it was gross and stayed away. Then, I decided to give it a try as an adult and LOVED it.
It’s funny because I used to wonder why my mother loved chocolate orange treats and now I know why… because they are delicious!
Ingredients needed to make these Chocolate Orange Fudgy Brownies:
- olive oil
- coconut sugar
- almond flour
- tapioca flour
- cocoa powder
- orange zest
- dairy-free chocolate chips
I prefer using light olive oil because the flavor is on the light side.
Also, make sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder, the coconut sugar in this recipe is enough.
Oh and you’ll need a citrus zester! A good zester helps get the orange zest needed for these brownies. It makes all the difference in the taste.
How to make healthy chocolate orange brownies:
To make these brownies, you’ll start off by mixing the wet ingredients together. This includes mixing the olive oil and coconut sugar together and then later adding the vanilla, orange zest and eggs.
Note: to be able to get the amount of zest needed for this recipe, you will need at least two oranges! It takes a little time but it is worth it for the orange flavor.
Make sure to use a citrus grater to grate your orange zest too. I used this Deiss citrus grater and it worked so well. ( I used to try to use a knife and it just didn’t work well ).
Then, you need to mix the dry ingredients together. This includes the almond flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
After that, you mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix them together.
The very last step is folding in some chocolate chips and then baking!
One thing worth noting is that when it is time to take the brownies out of the oven, they will appear to be wet in the center, but they probably aren’t.
If you lightly touch the top of the brownies, you’ll notice that your finger will still be dry.
Once you take the brownies out, then let them cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before cutting them. This makes them easier to cut. It will be a bit messy if you don’t wait.
Though I must admit it is hard to wait that long!
Other Paleo brownie recipes you may enjoy:
These Salted Chocolate Paleo Brownies from Thyme and Joy. They have the yummy combo of chocolate and salt, and have the perfect flakey top!
These Paleo Brookies (Brownie/Cookies Bars). If you like a good brownie, cookie combo, then these brookies are for you!
Paleo Almond Butter and Jelly Brownies (Gluten-free, Grain-free). These brownies have lots of yummy jelly and almond butter mixed throughout them. Yum!
Chocolate Orange Fudgy Brownies (Paleo, GF)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8 x 8 inch pan. (I like using olive oil spray).
- Add the olive oil and coconut sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand-held mixer. Add the eggs, vanilla and orange zest to the bowl and beat for about 30 seconds, until everything is well mixed.
- In a separate bowl, mix the almond flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder and salt with fork until mixed together. Pour the bowl of dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and mix with a fork until combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for 20-24 minutes. 22 minutes was perfect for me. The corners of the brownies will have pulled away from the edges a bit, while the center of the brownies will look wet. However, they actually will not be wet if you gently touch them. Wait 10-15 minutes before cutting up the brownies and serving.
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