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Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies

Brownies stacked up with the text "Flourless Bittersweet Brownies"

I once heard someone say that with any change that occurs in our lives, there comes a sort of mourning process.  The reason for this being is that with any change, be it a good change, a bad change, a big change, or a small change, something is always lost.  Even if this something is negative, it is still taken from our lives.

On Wednesday I experienced this in a rather unexpected setting and situation.  I was in the dentists chair, already anxious for a root canal I was needing badly.  As the Endodontist started inspecting this tooth I could hear in his voice that things did not look good.

He informed me that the tooth was too cracked to be saved and that it needed to be pulled.  I. Lost. It. Right there in the dentist chair.  I was a big blubbering mess of tears and I was horribly embarrassed.  I was so not prepared for this news, nor my uncontrollable reaction to this news.

Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Brownie sandwich with cherry ice cream in the middle

After all was said and done I started thinking about why I freaked out so much about this.  It is just a tooth.  It isn’t like they told me I had cancer or something.  But I think it was just the whole situation and really the loss of control I had in the situation.

I had no choice, it HAD to come out.  And hey, I’ve had that tooth for a long time.  I guess I’m kind of attached to having a mouth full of teeth.  I had to remind myself of this mourning process with change to make myself feel much better about the embarrassing reaction I had.

Overhead view of Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies on parchment paper

When I got home I was exhausted.  Thankfully, I still had one of these brownies left over from earlier in the week.  It was just what I needed.  Something comforting, yet still not completely indulgent.  I know it can be dangerous to always use food as our comfort, but sometimes I feel like you just need to.  This day was one of those days…

Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Brownie sandwich with cherry ice cream in between, ramekin of ice cream

Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies stacked up

Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies

Yield: 12-16 Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder (can substitute cornstarch)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 TBSP natural salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup butter, or vegan butter (I recommend Earth Balance)
  • 12 oz dairy free bittersweet chocolate, at least 60%
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs or equivalent Energ-G egg replacer
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup honey (not technically vegan), or sweetener of choice (agave, maple syrup, sugar)
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 9X9 baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the arrowroot powder, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
  4. Set up a double boiler (a large heat proof bowl over a pan with simmering water that does not touch the bowl) and put chocolate and butter in the bowl.
  5. Stir constantly until the chocolate is just melted.
  6. Stir in the vanilla and eggs until well combined.
  7. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Add sweetener to taste. (I found that ¼ cup of honey was plenty but I enjoy bittersweet chocolate)
  8. Stir in chopped pecans if using.
  9. Pour batter and spread evenly into baking dish
  10. Bake at 350 until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 25-35 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool before slicing.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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31 comments on “Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies”

  1. I recently had to have all four wisdom teeth (surgically!) extracted, and I reacted in the exact same way. from the freak out to the comforting food (which I totally justified with the fact that I would not be eating solids for several days…) 🙂

    these brownies sound perfect!

    • I am going to have to have mine out soon too. And I hear you on the not eating solid food thing. I went on a liquid diet (juicing and smoothies) for the 10 days leading up to having mine out because I could not eat anything without being in extreme pain. So at least with the tooth out I can eat somewhat normal now!

  2. yum! these look delicious.

  3. Sorry about your tooth. I don’t think anyone likes to visit the dentist. 🙁

    These brownies look delish, though! A perfect snack!

  4. sometimes it’s hard not to have control…especially over something in your body….but these brownies would certainly make things better….. 😉 Thanks for liking and following my blog! Your’s is delightful!

  5. Ouch! I hope the rest of day was happy after a little brownie therapy. Take care, BAM

  6. I hope you recover well with these brownies! Looks scrumptious!

  7. God these look delicious and fudgy. Here is the raw brownie recipe I use (although I tend to adapt it quite a but and use almond meal instead of ground walnuts). And they are amazing, so amazing in fact that my boyfriend only realised something was up because they were even fudgier than normal brownies!

  8. Those look amazing… flourless chocolate brownies are easily my favourite. I’d be all over these.

  9. Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed & followed you on pinterest … can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

  10. Some brownies comfort is always welcome. These sound interesting with flax eggs, an absolutely new term for me. I hope to try them soon. Have a good weekend!

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  12. These look amazing! Definitely on the list to try soon.

  13. Wow, these look absolutely amazing! x

  14. I totally love your thoughts on change, and that even if it is good/bad/big/small, that there is always some mourning. I struggle with change too, so I’m sorry to hear about your tooth!

  15. Can’t wait to try, Bettie. Yes, good can come from sad, hey?!

  16. Yum!!! These look delicious. I have been wanting to try a gluten-free brownie recipe for ages. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  17. I just want to reach through my computer screen and grab one! Who am I kidding, I really want 3 of them. Shared, Pinned and will be trying soon!

  18. Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids 🙂
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,

  19. Will definitely try this recipe! I’m going to substitute the cocoa powder with carob powder. Thanks!!

  20. So sorry about the tooth!

    I saw in the directions you melt the chocolate with some coconut oil, but I do not see it listed. How much coconut oil is needed? Or is it in place of the earth balance?

    Thanks! I am hoping to make these tomorrow 🙂

    • Sorry, I didn’t see this until today! It is supposed to be butter. I have made it before with coconut oil and then I updated the recipe when I tried it with Earth Balance and liked that batch better. I just missed it in the directions I think. I hope you enjoy them if you make them!

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  22. I can not tell you how excited I am to find these! I am in NEED, if you know what I mean….

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  25. OMG I just made these and they are AMAZING! thank u!

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