Heavenly Hazelnut Brownie for Two | Paleo | Gluten Free | Refined Sugar Free

by Bethany Kutz | Aug 5, 2016 | dairy free, Diet, Healthy Living, Recipes, sugar free, Weight Loss

Have you ever been on a super restrictive diet, and then you finally discovered something insanely delicious that you could eat on said diet? Well, this brownie is exactly that for Taylor and I when we were on the SIBO diet. And trust me, they didn’t just taste good because we hadn’t had anything decadent to eat in weeks. These brownies are some of the most rich, savory, sweet, satisfying desserts you will ever put in your mouth. Guilt free, I might add!

To say I was happy when I scooped that first bite into my mouth is the understatement of the century. My whole body melted with joy. I’m pretty sure that fact alone got rid of my SIBO. 😉

Just LOOK at that gloriousness!! Perfectly crisp edges, majestically moist on the inside…basically Heaven in a frying pan. (And now I’m hungry again. Welp.)

Okay, now on to the actual recipe. It is from the lovely website of Food Faith Fitness and it is super easy to make! I modified the recipe to make it SIBO diet friendly, but feel free to use the exact recipe!

Paleo Hazelnut Skillet Brownie

Serves: 2 |  Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 Cup Finely ground Hazelnut Meal/Flour (3.5 oz)*
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted**
  • 1/2 Cup Honey**
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped (1 oz)**

*If you can’t find or don’t want to buy hazelnut flour, you can sub for almond flour. Coconut flour is more dry, so if you’re going to sub with that I would suggest using less than a cup or adding more liquid.

**These are the ingredients I substituted. The original recipe calls for grass fed butter and coconut sugar. We made our own dark chocolate by mixing cocoa powder with melted coconut oil and honey and freezing it. Try it! It’s really tasty.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 6 inch Cast Iron skillet.
  2. In a small food processor, add the Hazelnut Meal, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and process until the meal breaks down and becomes lighter, and closer to the texture of flour. This only takes a minute or so. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric hand mixer, beat the melted butter and coconut sugar until the sugar is just moistened. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat for 2 minutes, until the mixture turns lighter brown and the coconut sugar starts to break down. [If using melted coconut oil and honey, just mix until combined.]
  4. Add the Hazelnut Meal mixture into the sugar mixture, along with the chopped chocolate. Stir until everything is evenly mixed.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared skillet and smooth down evenly with a spatula.
  6. Bake until the top feels lightly crunchy, the edges begin to darken and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownie comes out clean, about 16-17 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes and try not eat it in 10 seconds!

Try adding homemade, paleo ice cream on top – that would be divine!

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