I don’t know about you, but for us this year has been hard. One thing that makes it a bit better? The smell of Keto Brownies filling our home. Chocolate makes everything more tolerable.
This low-carb dessert is a wonderful holiday gift for friends and neighbors, but it’s so good we devour it all year round.
Why? Because this Keto Brownies recipe is a win-win that lets you stick to your Low-Carb Diet while satisfying chocolate cravings.
Keto Brownies Ingredients
My Keto Brownies’ ingredients are minimal since the recipe calls for only eight items: macadamia nuts, baker’s chocolate, eggs, coconut oil, erythritol, stevia, salt, and baking soda. That’s it!
How to Make Keto Brownies
While most brownie recipes use flour, this sugar-free Keto Brownies recipe uses macadamia nuts as its base.
Don’t worry, it’s nothing fancy, you use plain old macadamia nuts and grind them in the food processor, so there are no hard to find ingredients to make things complicated. Read along to learn how to make Keto Brownies that will quickly become a family favorite.
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The Best Keto Brownies Recipe
I knew I had to create the best Keto Brownies recipe because of your incredible response to my Keto Diet Recipes page. Have you seen it? If not, take a look because readers say it’s amazing!
I went on the Keto Diet in 2014 to help deal with Multiple Sclerosis. I’ve found that this, along with several other alternative strategies including exercise, HBOT, and removing radiofrequency radiation from our home have been incredibly helpful in surviving this awful disease.
The Best Keto Brownies
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 ounces 100% dark chocolate, chopped
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons erythritol
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla stevia
- In a food processor pulse macadamia nuts, salt, and baking soda until the texture of gravel
- Pulse in chocolate and coconut oil until smooth
- Pulse in erythritol, eggs, and stevia
- Transfer mixture to a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish
- Bake at 350°F for 22-27 minutes, batter will set up when cooled
- Cool 1 hour
Sugar-Free Brownies Recipe with Erythritol
I tested this sugar-free Keto Brownies recipe more than a dozen times. During the process of perfecting it, I noticed that erythritol bakes differently than other sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.
While those sweeteners readily caramelize, erythritol does not during baking. I found that these sugar-free brownies were just a tad jiggly when I took them out of the oven. They set up beautifully once cooled for a full hour!
Keto Brownies with Stevia
If you are wondering why I prefer my Keto Brownies with stevia, the stevia adds a sweet vanilla taste I love. Use the brand called for in the recipe to get the perfect sweetness.
The Best Keto Sweeteners
Keto Brownies are a labor of love for my readers since I can’t eat them. If your digestion is compromised this recipe is not for you.
Erythritol, like other sugar alcohols, is tough on the gut. It’s also a corn-based sweetener and I gave up corn in 2001 when I went on a Paleo Diet. For more on this check out The Best Sweetener for the Keto Diet.
Fudgey Keto Brownies Recipe
The boys and their friends, my taste testers, loved these fudgy Keto Brownies. I also made Keto Brownies with butter instead of coconut oil once and the results were every bit as incredible!
Vegan Nut-Free Brownies
I know, Keto Brownies without Almond Flour or Coconut Flour! I absolutely love the macadamia nuts in this recipe, however, if you’re looking for a nut-free brownie, check out my Vegan Nut-Free Brownies made with a sunbutter base.
Paleo Brownies, made with almond flour, baker’s chocolate, dates, eggs, and coconut oil are an Elana’s Pantry classic. These babies are the base for the peanut butter and caramel delights below.
Low-Carb Buckeye Peanut Butter Brownies
Low-Carb Buckeye Peanut Butter Brownies anyone? All I can say is peanut butter + brownies = heaven.
In this format, you’ll find my Paleo Brownies smothered in peanut butter fluff, topped with chocolate ganache. Mr. Pantry’s favorite!
Paleo Caramel Brownies
Paleo Caramel Brownies = the ooooey goooey deliciousness of my Paleo Brownie base with Homemade Caramel and Chocolate Ganache. These are a showstopper.
Almond Butter Brownies
My classic Almond Butter Brownies recipe has a nut butter base, along with antioxidant-rich cacao powder, plus eggs, and honey.
I first shared the recipe over a decade ago and it’s still a beloved fan favorite. With nearly 500 comments, it’s been shared on social media over 60,000 times. Check it out and see for yourself why!
Favorite Low-Carb Keto Diet Recipes
Is there a special Low-Carb Keto Diet recipe you’re looking for? Leave a comment and let me know!
This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this Low-Carb Keto Brownie recipe in 2016.
I have some macadamia nut butter that I need to use up. I thought it would be perfect for this recipe but wasn’t sure how much to use. I Googled it and found a calculator that said 1 cup of whole nuts is equal to 125 grams. I am assuming I can use 125 grams of macadamia nut butter. This also means I can avoid the food processor (which I hate cleaning) and go straight to the Kitchen Aid mixer.
I haven’t made them yet but when I do, I will try to remember to post the results. But I thought I would share in case anyone else was interested in using nut butter.
Damselfy, i hope you are well! I hope you’ll let us know how it goes :-)
Hi Elana! Nice to see your note. I am doing well. I hope you are too, I think of you often.
I made the keto brownies this week. I wanted to share my feedback. I realized that I did need to use my food processor after all, because the chocolate needed to be ground up into the batter. Oh well, just a little more cleaning.
I decided to make a double batch (I froze half unbaked), but I was a little shy on the amount of macadamia nut butter I needed. So I threw in a little almond butter. Worked just fine.
As you would expect, these brownies are not super sweet and they’re not very chocolate flavored. If I make them again I will probably add a little more chocolate. Maybe even some cocoa powder.
Macadamia nut butter is very expensive and so while I used up some that I had had for too long for this recipe I am not sure that I would buy macadamia nut butter just for this. I am curious if Elana tested this with any other nut butters? I may get brave one day and try it myself.
I cut the brownies into nine squares and put them into the refrigerator. I think they taste better cold. In three days we have eaten six of them.
Hi Damselfly, thanks for letting me know about all of your adjustments to this recipe. I haven’t tried making these with other nut butters :-)
This is a fantastic recipe! I’ve made it so many times and it helped me when I first transitioned to low-carb due to diagnosis of gestational diabetes. I have yet to make it with macadamia nuts. When I first made it, I only had walnuts on hand and have continued to use walnuts instead ever since. I have also regularly substituted the coconut oil with Kerrygold butter and replaced the vanilla stevia with vanilla extract. It’s a very versatile recipe :-). However, since the pandemic started I have not been able to find the Dagoba chocolate and had to substitute with lower quality 100% baking chocolate. I’ve tried going to their website and they don’t seem to sell chocolates anymore. Not sure if you had heard anything on them, but I loved their baking chocolate.
Linda, thanks for letting me know this is a fantastic recipe! Dagoba chocolate is still in business :-)
Oh, glad to see I can use different kinds of nuts! And butter which I sometimes prefer.
I just wanted to add that this recipe also works with xylitol. I find it’s a little easier on the gut than erythritol , and birch xylitol is corn free. I’ve also made it with cashews instead of macadamia nuts and it turned out great.
Janice Dorsey says
How many calories, fats, protein, carbs for The Best Keto Brownie?
Janice, for more on that go here:
Have a wonderful day!
Sarah Dawson-Shepherd says
I love your Keto Brownies, and now that I have managed to transition completely to keto, I am wondering what the macros are for the recipe. I had a look in all the cookbooks, but couldn’t find the info. Can you help me please?
Sarah, for more on that go here:
Have a fabulous day!
Steph McFadden says
Hi, We love your recipes with Stevia as that is the only sweetener my daughter can use. You reference Keto Brownies with Stevia above but I could not find a recipe. Do you have one posted? Thanks for all the great ideas!
Steph, thanks for your comment! This here is the brownies recipe that uses stevia. Here’s a keto dessert recipe that is sweetened only with stevia for you:
Steph McFadden says
Thanks so much for that! Do you have a brownie recipe that uses stevia but no erythritol? We have a hard time with that, as well, and it’s something I’ve been unable to perfect.
Steph, nope :-)
I have had brain injuries in the past. It is very hard for me to plan meals. I can make one thing at a time, but; basically, I have trouble thinking ahead . Could you please help me by giving some suggestions for a week’s worth of meals.
Nancy, here you go:
Julie Coulter says
I have been baking with a mixture of date paste and allulose and had success with cookies and cupcakes. Just wondered if you had experience using those ingredients? Thank you so much for sharing your life experience and advice.
Julie, thanks for your wonderful comment! I haven’t experimented with those ingredients. I hope you’ll let me know what drew you to them :-)
I have a friend/colleague who bakes with date paste for her chocolate chip cookies (And a few others I think). She swears by this paste. I’ve had the cookies and while they’re not gluten free which is what I need, the flavor and texture was delicious!
Nancy, that sounds amazing!
Hi Elena! Can I swap out the macadamia nuts for walnuts?
Denise, I haven’t tried that :-)
Samye Cummings Maesato says
I love love love your blog, Elana. I am an artist and singer-songwriter mother of seven daughters and 14 grandchildren. Our family runs a chocolate store that has been in the family for over 97 years called Cummings Studio Chocolates I live in Salt Lake City Utah. I have autoimmune conditions, I just had to have my thyroid removed, and have multiple food sensitivities. I am sensitive to wheat, dairy and to EGGS, that is the food I miss most because I find it so hard to bake without this important ingredient what do you find is the best substitute for eggs.
Samye, thanks for your wonderful comment and for sharing your story here! I am still experimenting with finding a good egg substitute, and I’ve been working on this for 20 years. For now, here’s a link to my Egg-Free Recipes page for you: