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Coconut Flour Brownies

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Soft, rich, and ultra fudgy, you will fall in love with this simple low carb chocolate coconut flour brownies recipe!

Coconut Flour Brownies

Coconut flour brownie recipe

Ever since I published a post on Keto Dessert Recipes, my inbox has been flooded with requests from readers for even more keto desserts.

And many of you have been asking if I have a recipe for coconut flour brownies.

Luckily, I discovered there is already a brownie recipe on my site that, with just a few changes, could easily be suitable for someone following a low carb diet.

While I am not personally on a grain free diet or advocating for any particular way of eating here with this post, I do like to make recipes that everyone can enjoy.

And I’ve actually been making and serving a version of these brownies for years, since long before the keto diet became popular.

Many readers who have tried the recipe are also not eating low carb or counting calories, yet they still love the brownies too.

People also love this Keto Cheesecake

Low Carb Brownies

Flourless brownies

Coconut flour isn’t really flour at all. It is simply dried and defatted coconut meat that’s been ground to a fine flour consistency.

High in fiber, gluten free, and low in digestible carbohydrates, coconut flour is really intriguing to work with.

However, coconut flour cannot be substituted in a 1-to-1 ratio for regular flour in most baked good recipes, including quick breads, dessert bars, cookies, and brownies.

Repeat, cannot.

Coconut flour soaks up water like a sponge, and therefore you need a much higher liquid-to-flour ratio when using it than you would in a recipe calling for regular flour.

If you are not on the keto diet, feel free to use regular or unrefined sugar in the recipe.

Or for a different brownie recipe entirely, you might also like my Sweet Potato Brownies, Black Bean Brownies, Vegan Brownies, or Ultimate Unbaked Brownies.

I am working on a recipe for dark chocolate avocado brownies made with almond flour. Hopefully that one will be up soon, as I firmly believe one can never have too many options when it comes to brownies.

The Best Easy Coconut Flour Brownies
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Coconut Flour Brownies

You will fall in love with this rich and fudgy low carb chocolate coconut flour brownies recipe.
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Yield 9 brownies
5 from 5 votes


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (dairy free brands work too)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar or xylitol
  • 1/4 tsp each: baking soda and salt
  • chocolate chips or sugar free chocolate chips


  • *For frosting, I like to stir together 1/2 cup each of cocoa powder and melted coconut oil, then sweeten with either 2 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup or—for a keto version—vanilla stevia drops to taste. Spread over the brownies, then refrigerate 20 minutes or so, and the sauce will harden into a delicious chocolate shell.
    To make the coconut flour brownies: Whisk together first 5 ingredients, and let sit at least 10 minutes if time allows (or refrigerate overnight). Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment. Stir all remaining ingredients into the wet, smooth into the pan, and bake on the center rack 17 minutes – they should look underdone when you take them out. Let cool, then refrigerate the underbaked brownies overnight. This “overnight trick” is one of my favorite tricks, because the brownies will firm up while retaining their fudginess instead of becoming dry like they might if baked longer. Most brownies are also much sweeter and better textured the second day anyway.
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For brownies without coconut flour, make these Keto Brownies.

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Published on May 9, 2014

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  1. Allie says

    I am going to go check out her Instagram page RIGHT NOW! Such a great guest post, definitely want to make these!

  2. Nancy says

    It’s funny to see the posts about the color….my first reaction was “gross color.” I am sure they taste amazing. Will have to cover with Katie’s healthy cream cheese frosting…

  3. Aimee B. says

    These look amazing! I don’t have an Instagram account and don’t want one, so I’m going to ask a question here, and hope someone can help me. What is the final measurement of the 1/2 of a large cooked beet? A 1/2 c., a cup??? Thanks in advance!

  4. EVA says

    Don’t worry, I’m 18, never had a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, just got my first smartphone last month….I’m WAY behind the times! But I’m old skool anyways, so it doesn’t bother me.

    Is it weird I’ve never had red velvet anything? These brownies look so deliciously gooey in the second picture that I’m totally investing in some beets as soon as I move back in home from college. A great guest-recipe choice!

  5. Chelsea@TableForOne says

    Those are gorgeous Katie! I think I am love with these new pink brownies. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Allison says

    How to you cook beet root? Could regular cooked beets (not root) be used? If so, how do you cook beets? I see lots of recipes that require this and I have no idea!

    • Amber says

      I have never actually baked with beets yet, but I can tell you how to cook them and how I will when I can make this recipe! I wash the beets, rub a touch of olive oil on the outside, wrap them in a foil pouch with some room for air inside, and bake them between 375-400 for 50-60 minutes. I give a range because I usually put them in while I am cooking something else. So longer for the lower temp, etc. Then I let them cool and when I can hold them, the outside just peels right off without a knife!

      • Moyne says

        What a great idea to just pop a few in when you’re baking potatoes. Then, you could have some on hand in the freezer for recipes like this!

  7. Christine Whittington says

    Intriguing! Of course, we eat cake with carrots (similar to beets) and peanuts or peanut butter (legumes like black beans) in it all the time. I wonder if you can use baby food beets instead of cooking a beet? I’m sure you could use canned beets.

  8. Karen Landa says

    Hi, I’d love to make these Red Velvet Brownies, but am totally unable to tolerate even gluten-free oats. What can I use as a substitute for the oats in this recipe? Can I use Quinoa flakes?

    • Emilylovesraisins says

      You can probably sub a scant 1 3/4 cup flour of choice (probably not coconut flour), since you grind the oats into a flour anyways. Don’t quote me, but I’ve done something very similar and it worked 🙂

  9. Paula Bustamante says

    Hello Katie ! i wanted to say a big thank you because you are so beautifu and amazing your recipes had helped me a lot ! and inspire me to make a healthy recipes ! my instagram is @pb_queen and if you see it i am recoverin from an eating disorder and your so yummy and healthy recipes had helped me a lot to lose the fear of eating and that i can enjoy delicious food without feeling guilty 🙂 it would make me so happy if you could follow me there it will mean a lot for me ! also i want to start doing like a healthy recipe blog there do you have any advice hehe sorry if i bother you ! i love you so much and i wanted to say that you are such an amaizzing and beautiful person ! i love you so much ! and it would mean so much if you could check out my instagram and follow me because i love you so much and it would motivate me a lot to keep moving forward in my journey and beat my fears ! katie i dont know how to say in words how much i love you and that you are a truly role model for me ! i love you so much and i hope that your life will be full of blesings ! love you so much and i hope we can talk soon again ! with loads of love Paula Bustamante 🙂

  10. Sophia says

    Hey, I just love your website!! 🙂 Thanks for such great recipes. The main reason I like it so well is because its usually easy to adapt your recipes to my family’s (and me!) way of eating. You should check it out (don’t know if you have ever heard of it).
    It would be so awesome if you could put a substitutions list for people who do Trim Healthy Mama on your recipes. It is a very popular way of eating, so a lot of people would probably find it helpful.
    One of your recipes was featured on Have you ever heard of her website?
    Anyhoo! 🙂 I was wondering if I could use almond meal and coconut flour in place of the oats and 12 tsp. of Truvia mixed with 3-4 Tbs. of water in place of the maple syrup. Do you think this would work?

  11. Shonalika says

    Oh my word, these are STUNNING. If I ever needed a reason to finally try beets in recipes, this is it. This is going to be the next desert recipe I make, and doubtless after that I’ll be a complete and devoted beetroot convert. <3

  12. Dana says

    Hi there – I just tried to make these after admiring them on @lolacooks for weeks. But the “batter” was incredibly dry. I triple checked and I used all the right amounts of ingredients – what do you think went wrong?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Michelle says

      I would guess that you can use either old fashioned rolled oats or quick oats. It shouldn’t matter since they will just be ground up in the food processor anyway.

  13. Ali F says

    I reached out to Lola as well for this answer, but I haven’t heard back yet so I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask you both. I made these yesterday and while they were tasty, the were not red (& a little dry). Any idea what the measurement for the 1/2 large beet would be? I’m guessing I could probably add more beets to get the color/texture I’m looking for, but I want to make sure that I don’t over add next time. Thanks!

  14. j oliver says


    how many baby beets (cooked & packaged from trader joes) can you sub for the 1/2 cooked beet root?


  15. Shannon C says

    Thanks for the recipe! I made these this morning to take to work. Of course I’ve probably consumed 1/5 [okay, omit “probably”] of the brownies by myself. I love the dense texture and beautiful color. I used garbanzo beans to have a lighter, more vibrant red. I also added white chocolate chips [not vegan!] instead of dark chocolate. Next time I think I’ll omit the chips and top them with vegan cashew cream cheese icing. I found the texture pretty dry so I ended up adding more almond milk. Also, in the directions there is no reference to the 1/4 tsp of salt. And it would be helpful if the ingredients were listed in the same order that they are referred to in the directions. Other than that, awesome recipe. I might be picking up more ingredients to make these again before the week is up.

  16. The Vegan Cookie Fairy says

    LOVE THIS! I’m now a big fan of using beetroots in baking, they’re ideal for natural colouring and they add a sneaky dose of health to my baked goods. Aside from cakes, risotto and juices, I just can’t stomach beetroot.

  17. Kimberly says

    Help! I just made these and mine didn’t turn out pink:) They are super tasty & chewy, but definitely not pink! Should I have used chick peas instead of the black beans? Thanks for any advice! Great guest recipe, but I figured it would be because every recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie is delicious!

  18. Shanna says

    Katie do you ever submit your recipes to I follow your blog, and I follow findingvegan and I feel like I’ve never seen you on there. It’s an amazing site.

  19. jacquee says

    I commented on FB yesterday and commented on the email, but failed to comment on this page. Hopefully I’m not too late. I need a vitamix as my bullet (used several times s day), is on it’s last leg! I LUV, LUV, LUV your recipes and go yo them every day. You are s tock star and super sweet. Thank you for all that you put into this site and all that you give to your loyal readers. 🙂

    Jacquee, a frequently hungry and very satisfied reader 🙂

  20. sophie says

    I tried making those the other day and I was trying to go for the color they had in the picture but it didn’t work… It was slightly red-ish but still brown (from the cocoa powder). Initially I had added 1 small boiled beetroot but it wasn’t red so I added another 2 small beetroots but they still refused to turn red or even purple. Although they did taste quite good. I was also wondering if you can sub maple syrup with a few dates and stevia? Thanks!

  21. Isabel says

    These were really “healthy” tasting according to my family. I liked them, but I think they could have been a little more chocolate-y. Maybe adding more cocoa powder (and sweetener to match) would make these even more brownie-like!

  22. Laura Cardinal says

    I loved these brownies but when i made them but the color was not the same in the picture and they were just barely pink but more of a brown color. how did you get them to be this color

  23. Audrey Vitamine says

    Hello Katie,

    This is my first comment here. I love so much your site Katie ! and of course all of your recipes, so yummy and healthy.
    I just wanted to give my experience with this recipe, probably because this one didn’t turn well.
    I did it yesterday and the brownie didn’t turn out pink. My brownie was light brown. I used chick peas and the right amount of chocolate. I think it’s very disappointing. Maybe Lola could tell us the exact measurment for the beetroot ?
    I think the color is a huge part of the attractiveness for the recipe. 😉
    The batter was very dry so I had to add more water/almond milk.
    I know that all of your recipes are very precise. I think that Lola should make adjustment to the recipe. So everyone can have the same result.
    I found that the brownie wasn’t sweet enough but it’s probably a question of taste.
    On her instagram I can notice that she came with 3 different recipes and a lot of difference between them…

    I’m sorry for my approximative English. I’m french.

    Have a lovely day

    Audrey 🙂

    I’m sorry for my English.
    But I had to

  24. Kayla J. says

    Made these today, they are delicious! I used honey instead of the syrup and they came out great. Only problem is I was looking forward to the bright color and mine came out looking like a pretty dark brown-reddish color. It was pretty thick when I mixed it and I needed double the milk, so I may have not used enough beet in the recipe… I may have to try the recipe again next week with more beet… dang it. 😛

  25. @youreashy says

    I just made these and they are not even slightly red. They are moist because I added more milk but it’s the same color I expect regular brownies to be

    What caused this problem? Lola made them several times and they are always red/purple

  26. maddie says

    Was so excited to make these and have a soft little treat I could enjoy post-oral surgery — what a bummer! These were so gummy that my vitamix gave out temporarily as it almost overheated. I baked up the gluey mess anyway and sure enough they look and taste like baked paste. Seems like an excessive amount of oats in retrospect. Waste of time/ingredients :-/

  27. Michelle says

    I just made these, but used honey because we had somehow run out of maple syrup. I found the taste to be a bit funky at first, but upon doing further research (cramming more in my face), I have come to really like it! Only one thing I’d change.. it needs MORE CHOCOLATE! These are fabulous, though. Thanks so much for sharing!

  28. 넬리 says

    I followed this recipe almost to the T and they turned out wonderful, thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I used Sunspire white chocolate chips (because I needed to use them up) but next time would use regular dark chips or maybe cacao nibs. I look forward to making these again, going to try homemade date syrup instead of maple and possibly find out what happens if I throw an egg in there, since I don’t follow a vegan diet. 😀 Thanks again, love your blog!

  29. FM says

    I was really enthusiastic to try out this recipe for Christmas 2014 since I love every “red velvet” anything 🙂
    Since I live in Europe I had to convert the U.S. cooking units to metric kitchen units – but that was not a problem since this can be done on many websites.
    I must say that I’m quite disappointed of the outcome, here are the reasons why. Firstly, the brownies were nothing close to being red or pink (ish) although I used the amount of beetroot indicated. Also the brownies’ texture was quite “gummy”. Lastly, me and also my tasters found that the brownies didn’t have any specific taste at all, they just tasted well tasteless.
    Im really sad of the outcome, however, I will give another recipe from the website a shot since I’m really excited that all the recipes are much healthier compared to conventional baking.

  30. Christine says

    I loved this idea and tried making these yesterday. I followed it exactly with the acceptance of using an 8×8 pan and baking it for 22 minutes. However, these came out dry, shallow, and bitter. These pictures made them look softer, fluffier, and fudgier! Don’t know why mine didn’t turn out the same.
    One thing I’d change if I made these again, use an even smaller pan and bake for less time.

  31. Sarah says

    Just made these and OMG they are delicious. My husband couldn’t even tell they were supposed to be healthy. Has all the goey Brownie taste I’m used to. Will absolutely make these again!!

  32. Michelle says

    These are currently in the oven right now but they look like regular brownies, no red is showing at all 🙁 they’ve got about 15 minutes left so lets wait and see the color! Hey Katie do you plan on adding a feature on your site where we can add pictures of our attempt at one of your recipes? You would think most of us are on social media but some of us prefer to refrain from social media. All I have is snapchat, unusual perhaps for a 21 year old but I prefer to live my life outside of a phone and computer.

  33. Sandy says

    Didn’t you used to have a brownie recipe that included both zucchini AND coconut flour? I feel sure that I have made it several times from your blog, but can’t find it…

  34. Chocaholic says

    What happened to your red velvet brownie recipe? My bookmark rerouted to this coconut flour brownie recipe (with almost all old comments referring to the red velvet brownie recipe), although your red velvet brownie nutrition facts page is still up separately.

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hmm sorry we honestly do not even remember. Katie has so many recipes on here and doesn’t recall a red velvet brownie recipe, but clearly there once was one. We are thinking it might have been a guest poster.

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