I have a confession: I like vanilla more than chocolate. I know, I’m one of those rare unicorns, because my friends and boyfriend constantly remind me how superior chocolate is to vanilla.

I get it, chocolate is delicious. I really, really like it. But I’d take a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting over chocolate any day.

Except today.

Because I made some seriously delicious brownies.

I’m not a fan of most brownie recipes because they just taste like boring old chocolate cake to me. “Why would I eat this, when I could be eating vanilla cake?” I wonder. But gooey, dense, dark chocolate brownies are a different ballpark. These are definitely more dense than the average brownie, and that’s exactly why I like them. It’s almost a cross between fudge and brownie, and I am really into that combo.

Plus, like all of my recipes, these are free of wheat, grains and sugar. You can even make it dairy-free by using ghee instead of butter (I’m sure lard or palm shortening would work as well).



  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a blender or food processor, puree all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips (I like to keep them whole).
  3. Transfer to a large bown and mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Bake in a 9×9 baking pan for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Top with my paleo caramel sauce!


  1. joannabanana21 Reply

    your description of these brownies was almost naughty!!! haha

    i am the same- i love vanilla everything- especially vanilla icing from the grocery store bakery!! if i could be healthy forever eating cake from that bakery every day, i would be in heaven.

  2. Um hello! These were fantastic and I love the texture; I subbed maple syrup for honey and only used 3/4 cup since I prefer less sweetness. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  3. Jennifer I. Reply

    Hi Dani, I am brand new to Paleo and made these brownies last night. Mine turned out ok, but are quite grainy in texture and the tops don’t look anything like yours. Do you think there is something I did wrong? Thanks for offering all of your recipes! I will definitely be checking here regularly :).

    • dani stout Reply

      Did you blend the ingredients in a blender? I HIGHLY recommend this, it helps break downy he grainy texture and smoothes it out.

      • Jennifer I. Reply

        I used a food processor, but maybe I needed to do it a little longer. I will try again :). Thanks!

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