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Paleo Caramel Brownies

paleo caramel brownies

I had to restrain myself from licking the screen when I uploaded this photo of Paleo Caramel Brownies –pictured with coconut milk.

Paleo Caramel Brownies are a fun and festive treat. Serve these gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free brownies at a holiday party or if you are a crossfitter, after your WOD, as a little recovery treat.

I’ve worked on this heavenly caramel chocolate dessert for the past couple of months, testing the caramel sauce and chocolate ganache recipes numerous times until they were perfected. That was only the start though. After that I worked on pairing these special dairy-free toppings with various brownie recipes until I decided upon the one below.

I hope you enjoy these gluten-free brownies as much as my boys and their friends do!

Paleo Caramel Browniesprint

  1. Allow the Paleo Brownies to cool
  2. Drizzle with Vegan Caramel Sauce
  3. Refrigerate for ½ hour
  4. Drizzle with Chocolate Ganache
  5. Refrigerate to firm
  6. Serve

Makes 16 brownies –store in refrigerator

My son’s friend Kurt told us that these were the best brownies he’d ever had and that they did not taste like they were gluten-free. If you make these Caramel Brownies for a gathering, please leave a comment and let us know if your guests could tell that they ate a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free brownie recipe!

posted on October 8, 2013, 24 comments

  1. Suzanne

    Ha Ha love it! Have a mental picture of you leaning over your desk and licking the screen!
    made me smile and thats before i have even eaten one of these treats.

  2. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    When you create amazing dessert recipes like those three, you can put them together to create something even more sensational! Bravo, dear Elana!


  3. David Baer @ 3bearsorganic.com

    We love the balance of the dates, almond, and ganache. Remarkable, and not as dense or concentrated as we would have expected by simply reading the ingredient lists. Kudos!

  4. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations @ cassidyscraveablecreations.com

    This looks fantastic, thanks for all of your hard work! Can’t wait to make this :)

  5. So this is what the caramel sauce and ganache recipes were leading up to! Looks delicious!

  6. Guyla

    Would prunes be okay to use in place of figs for the brownies?

  7. The Healthy Apple @ TheHealthyApple.com

    OMG you are amazing; these look fabulous Elana! Hope all is well. Have a great night!

  8. EC

    Hi Elana! I wasn’t sure how to e-mail you, so I thought I would just comment. Have you thought at all about putting together some recipes for Thanksgivukkah (http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/thanksgivukkah)?

  9. CW

    Ok these are amazing!my family LOVED them!there worth every bit of work!

  10. Kristin

    How is the chocolate dairy free? Please help. Thanks!

  11. Beverly

    Oh you do woderful things & I am sure they are every bit as good as they look & sound & more.
    I know it would be just to much to ask for them to be Stevia sweetened only(I can’t handle any fruit or other sweetener).
    But keep up the fantastic work, Thank You!

  12. A. Rogers

    My friend made these tonight to share and they truly were amazing. I have to totally confess I ate a few, and wanted more! YUMMMMM!

  13. Renee Pulse

    Made these for our Valentine couples dinner for 8 and it was WONDERFUL. Everyone raved about them….so will be making these again

  14. liz @ n/a

    these are actually the best brownies I have made in a long time… thank you for sharing such a great recipe

  15. These were soooo amazing. I made them for my husband yesterday for Valentine’s Day and we devoured them! I used kerrygold unsalted butter in place of the shortening and it turned out perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  16. Joy

    Hi Elana,

    What type or brand of coconut sugar do you use for the caramel sauce? I used Madhava coconut sugar, I’m wondering if because the sugar is dark if that is why the sauce is dark rather than a caramel color. Super excited to taste them and so is my hubby who is still very much on the fence about the paleo lifestyle.

    Thank you!

    • Brittany

      Hey there,

      I noticed over the 10 minutes of simmering that the flavour darkened and also got more rich. I really enjoyed noticing the transformation! I’m located in Canada and went to my local bulk barn and used Organic Coconut Palm Sugar. It’s not dark, more of a medium brown.

      Hope this helps!

  17. wafercrumbs @ wafercrumbs.com

    I made these yesterday as a Valentine’s day treat; I think they’re fantastic! I love that they are not too sweet, but moist & rich. (I used approx 3/4 cup of cocoa & they are still very chocolatey!) My boyfriend, who eats ‘normal’ baked goods like chocolate muffins on a regular basis, thought they tasted too ‘earthy’, but I am a fan & will absolutely make them again when I am craving a decadent treat, or for a special occasion for a Paleo or GF friend. In addition to topping with melted dark chocolate (70%), I also sprinkled crumbled walnuts on top. Super yum!

  18. JoAnn Alfson

    Where is the ingredient list for the Paleo Caramel Brownies on this recipe? It does not show any ingredients nor measurements of ingredients or directions on this page.

  19. Thank you so much for this recipe! It turned a horrible day into an awesome night! I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve included your recipe on my blog. http://diaryofamadhousewifeblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/actually-good-paleo-brownies/
    I’ve tried Paleo brownies before, but nothing ever turned out. These are amazing!

  20. Jason @ times247.com

    Ugh. These look absolutely amazing. Just what I need, another delicious recipe to tempt me. :-)

  21. dan @ womensfblog @ womensfblog.com

    This looks absolutely delicious. I should try this tonight with my family :)

  22. B Lee

    I’ve made these brownies using “Enjoy Life” Mega Chunks and they turned out great so NOW I want to make them again and add the caramel and chocolate ganache. I notice you mentioned that traditional chocolate ganache is generally made with chocolate and heavy cream. Had you thought of trying “Native Forest’s Organic Coconut Cream” for the ganache?

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