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Almond Butter Swirl Fudge Brownies

These almond butter swirl brownies are dense, fudgy, and will satisfy even the biggest of chocolate cravings. Gluten free dairy free brownies, so you can indulge without the guilt!

uncut brownies in pan surrounded by chocolate

If you’re here because you’re looking for a fluffy, cake like brownie…you came to the wrong place. I can’t help. (You might try Nora’s brownies over at A Clean Bake.)

But if you came here because you’re looking for a pan of dense, fudge brownies that is completely decadent and will solve all your chocolate cravings in just a few bites, you’re in the right place. Stay right where you are.

These gluten free dairy free brownies are just what you’re looking for.

brownies in pan with broken chocolate on table

When it comes to dessert, chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite combination.

So. Delicious.

Unfortunately, peanut butter is not paleo, as peanuts are actually a legume and not a nut. Womp womp. We’ve replaced peanut butter in our house with almond butter for the most part, and it does a pretty decent job of filling in for peanut butter’s job.

Some people feel that desserts are not something that falls under the “paleo” umbrella. I like to call these people the “Paleo Police.”

If you’re the paleo police judging my paleo treat creation, move along. I’m a firm believer in finding what shade of paleo works for you, and my shade includes the occasional paleo dessert. And these gluten free dairy free brownies, my friend, are worth it.

four brownies stacked tall, viewed from the side

Ummm just look at that chocolate. You can see that these are TRUE fudge brownies. Dense, chewy, chocolatey goodness.

No room for fluff here.

Gluten free dairy free brownies on table with flakes of chocolate and pan in background

I cut my pan into 9 big squares, because…brownies. That being said, you could easily cut it into 12 smaller brownies and probably be just as satisfied.

And if you’re not, eat two!

cut up gluten free dairy free brownies with pan in background
cut up brownies with pan in background

Almond Butter Swirl Fudge Brownies

Yield: 9 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A gluten free, paleo, extra fudgy brownie topped with an almond butter swirl. 



  • 4 oz unsweetened baker's chocolate
  • 1/2 cup palm shortening
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • pinch of salt

Almond Butter Swirl:

  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. 
  2. In a double boiler over medium-low heat, combine the baker's chocolate and the palm shortening, whisking until melted and combined. (Alternatively, you can use a microwave - just don't burn it or get it too hot, as we're going to add eggs and you don't want them to scramble! Blech.)
  3. Once melted, remove from heat, add the coconut sugar and whisk to combine. 
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk once more until combined. 
  5. Add almond flour, arrowroot powder, and salt and stir until combined. You'll have a thick, fudgy batter. 
  6. In a separate small bowl, combine the almond butter, honey, vanilla and salt and stir well. 
  7. Put the brownie batter into a greased 8x8 pan ( I just used a little extra of the shortening to grease!) 
  8. Spoon the almond butter mixture in random dollops on top of the brownie batter. 
  9. Take a table knife and stand it up vertically in the pan, touching the tip of it to the bottom. Keeping the knife vertical, begin to move the knife around the pan, swirling the almond butter mixture in. When you're happy with the swirls, lift the knife straight out. 
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, then allow to cool before cutting. 


These brownies are dense and fudgy. They will look somewhat flat in the pan; that's ok! They go great with a cup of coffee. 🙂 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 5g

Brownies aren’t your thing, but still looking for a paleo treat? Check out my Sweets & Treats category. From cakes to smoothies to pies and tarts, you’re bound to find something that satisfies your sweet tooth!

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