The Best Dairy-Free Brownies with Various Recipe Options


This dairy-free brownies recipe (with coconut and coconut-free options) is a house favorite. It’s a sample dessert from my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook, that I couldn’t resist sharing online. I like my brownies to be soft and fudgy (not cakey!), but with the perfect light crackle on top. Consequently, these naturally dairy-free brownies are rich, indulgent, chocolaty, and positively delicious.

The Best Dairy-Free Brownies with Various Recipe Options - Make them Classic, Coconut, Peanut Butter, or Gluten-Free!

The Best Dairy-Free Brownies with Various Recipe Options

And did I mention the recipe is easy and versatile, too? It takes minutes to pull together, and you can customize it with or without your favorite add ins. I’ve included one of my favorite variations, in addition to gluten-free options. Yes, I’ve made these many times with a several different flours.

To get the perfect consistency, I do use eggs in this recipe. If you mistake eggs for dairy, you’re not alone. See this post: Are Eggs Dairy? But, if you have a copy of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook 2nd Edition there is an egg-free and vegan option in it! All of the recipes in that book have egg-free options. Some other egg-free options include these Double Chocolate Vegan Brownies or these Gluten-Free Fudgy Vegan Brownies.

Dairy-Free Coconut Brownies Recipe - rich and fudgy with a gluten-free option.

Special Diet Notes: The Best Dairy-Free Brownies

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.

The Best Dairy-Free Brownies (gluten-free options)
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I've been baking these brownies for years, and they always receive rave reviews. This recipe is from my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Ultimate Guide and Cookbook.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 9 servings
  • ¾ cup flour (see Flour Note below)
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (adds richness, but can omit)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup extra-light olive oil, melted coconut oil, or your favorite baking oil
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ to ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips (optional but recommended!)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, coconut (if using), cocoa powder, and salt until no cocoa lumps remain.
  3. Put the sugar, oil, and vanilla in a mixing bowl, and whisk or beat with a hand mixer to combine. Add the eggs and whisk or beat to combine. Stir in the flour blend until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips (if using).
  4. Evenly spread the batter into your prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. It might have some melted chocolate on it from the chocolate chips.
  6. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting the brownies into squares.
Flour Note: I've successfully tested this recipe with all-purpose flour, wheat flour, white rice flour, oat flour, and brown rice flour. Most gluten-free flours seem to work, but I would avoid flour blends with gums added, almond flour, and coconut flour. The recipe would need more adjustments for those flours to work properly.

Peanut Butter Brownies Option: Add 2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter with the eggs. I like this version with the coconut, too!

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Amazing GF brownies, big hit with the family! I used Doves Farm plain flour… I had a few probs converting the quantities so made a few guesses but they have turned out well so must have done something right 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

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