Desserts & Treats

Easy Paleo Chocolate Brownies

September, 2022 (Last Updated: October, 2022)

This paleo chocolate brownie is a favoured recipe by many! Super easy and simple to make, using one of my favourite versatile ingredients: plantains! Completely flourless and super delicious, this is a tried and tested, no-fail recipe and takes just over half an hour to make! Every chocolatey minute is worth it! This recipe was recently updated to enrich the flavour of the brownies by adjusting the method!

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Stacks of chocolate brownies on parchment paper

Before Paleo, I was never really the biggest brownie fan. I actually always thought they were TOO chocolate-y, like people made the brownies out of pure chocolate. However, once I found out how to make Plantain Bread  I simply thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to use plantain like a flour in more recipes?”. So, I ransacked Google search in order to find a way.

Thankfully, I found this recipe and ran straight to my kitchen! I was totally prepared to make some plantain sweet treats as the overripe plantains were gloriously awaiting me in my fridge (yes, I frequently put my plantains in the fridge to slow down the ripening process but they shouldn’t really go in the fridge. Just to quickly point that out.)

Lo and behold this fantastic paleo brownie recipe made from plantains! Because of the plantains, this makes the recipe entirely flourless! Yes, a flourless chocolate brownie recipe is real – find out how to make it below or jump to the recipe here!

Plantains are super versatile. This starchy fruit (often confused for a vegetable) is delicious, fried, baked, boiled, mashed, you name it! I was looking for another way to use them besides my plantain bread recipe and I’m so glad I found THE way!

I did make some changes to the original recipe as I tried to infuse the concept of my plantain bread recipe into the mix. This makes the brownie more chocolate and moist, something in between the fudgy brownie texture and the more cakey brownie texture.

Black plantains, eggs and other ingredients for making paleo chocolate brownies on white background

Ingredients needed

  • Ripe plantains
  • Honey
  • Coconut Oil
  • Dark chocolate (70% or above)
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt

It may look like a huge number but this ingredients list should be stuff lying in your pantry (if you bake) or readily available in your local supermarkets. For plantains, you may have to branch out to your nearest Asian or Afro-Caribbean supermarket to find them! 

TIP: The riper the plantains the better. I normally wait till my plantains have gotten black or yellow and soft with black spots, either of these will work. You can use any paleo friendly chocolate you can find or be like me sometimes and use organic 70% chocolate. The darker the better.

Instructions on how to make plantain brownies

Step by step pictogram on making chocolate brownies

Time needed: 40 minutes.

This how to make the easiest gluten free brownies from scratch using plantains. The step by step will show you exactly how to cut and peel plantains for this paleo recipe

  1. Cut off both ends of the plantain

    This is step 1 & 2 in the picture above.

  2. Score the plantain down the middle.

  3. Peel off the skin of the plantain and chop into 3 or 4 pieces.

  4. Add plantains, eggs and vanilla extract to a blender. Process till smooth .

  5. Add coconut oil to chocolate.

    Your coconut oil should already be melted but if not, you can melt at the same time in this step.

  6. Melt in a microwave for 10-15secs. Stir the chocolate till it has melted.

  7. Add chocolate and honey. Process. Then add cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Process.

  8. Pour mixture into your baking pan.

  9. Add chocolate chips. Bake at 175C or 350F for 30-35mins.

  10. Slice, serve and enjoy!

What these flourless brownies taste like

These gluten free brownies are so delicious because they taste nothing like their gluten free counterparts in stores! I was also looking for an easy recipe where I didn’t have to use any expensive flours to make them. The reason these brownies are a winner on the blog, at events and parties is

  • They have a rich, chocolatey flavour – you really wouldn’t believe they are made of healthy ingredients! 
  • They have a moist and fudgy taste, people honestly ask me if these brownies are really flourless and made of plantains! 
  • They are fool-proof, don’t need a lot of measuring out of ingredients and bake in no time!

How to store

If these last the day, simply store them in an air tight container in the fridge up to 5 days. I say the fridge so you don’t have melted bits everywhere and they have this delicious taste out of the fridge. These can also be frozen for up to 6 months; to defrost, leave in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

Equipment I use

  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Hand whisk (can use electric if you have)
  • 9 inch square baking pan

This is a paleo treat so please do enjoy, just don’t go crazy with them! Share the love around 😊

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Stacks of chocolate brownies on parchment paper
Fudgy & Moist Plantain Brownies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These easy paleo chocolate brownies are a delicious treat for any occasion. Fulfil your chocolate desire by making this simple recipe! Completely gluten free and no flour needed!

Course: Treats
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo
Keyword: paleo
Servings: 9 -12 servings
Calories: 138 kcal
Author: Whitney Williams
  • 2 black plantains
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsps coconut oil , melted
  • 3 tbsps raw honey*
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate (Organic, at least 70% cocoa)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsps sea salt
  1. Firstly, always preheat your oven. Set it to 175C or 350F.
  2. Remove the skin of the plantains by chopping off 1 inch of both ends, slicing through the skin and taking off the skin. This process can be seen in the video below.
  3. Next, chop the plantain into 4-5 pieces and add to your blender. This just helps to process it better.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Process till smooth.
  5. Melt your coconut oil and chocolate by placing in the microwave for 10-15 secs and stirring the chocolate all the way through.
  6. Next, add chocolate and honey. Process until incorporated.
  7. Add in cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Process for 10seconds, just to incorporate.
  8. Using a 9 inch baking pan, pour in and spread out your mixture.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes and do a toothpick test after 30 minutes i.e. stick a toothpick in the centre of the brownie, if you pull it out and it comes out clean, it is done. If not, leave in for a few more minutes
  10. Allow the brownies to cool before actually slicing them up into cute little portions

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Recipe Notes
  1. Plantains can also be yellow or yellow with black spots but note that the sweetness will vary.
  2. You can add a little more honey if you’re using one of the above.
  3. Please see video to see how to cut a plantain 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me see your reviews by leaving a comment below or tagging me on Instagram @whittypaleo!

Whitney 🙂
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    November, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    These turn out so moist and chocolatey, my favourite thing to make when I have some overripe plantains

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