Chocolate Cherry Almond Brownies


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Chocolate Cherry Almond Brownies - Gluten Free or Not recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

After picking up a bunch of cherries this past week, I wanted to bake them into something richly chocolate. I didn’t want to try a new recipe though and I wanted to use ingredients that were already in my house.

I remembered my childhood brownie recipe as being very simple and all made in a single pot. This is a simple one-pot brownie recipe that never disappoints.

As proven by my own past, even a child can make these. I’ve converted the original recipe to make it gluten free and I have listed both versions below.

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The cherries kept the brownies incredibly moist. The bars almost begged for a quick reheat with ice cream on top. I’ve made these twice now and served them both plain and with ice cream on top. I really loved these brownies!

Everyone who tasted these brownies loved them as well and commented on the unexpected and subtle flavor of the fresh cherries.

Check out all of the Gluten Free Dessert Recipes on this website! And for another cherry favorite, Black Forest Cake is a must make dessert as well.

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Chocolate Cherry Almond Brownies

Servings: 16 servings


  • ½ cup butter
  • cups chocolate chips, divided (reserve ½ cup)
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour*
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped about 1½ cups whole fresh cherries
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

*Gluten-Free Alternative

  • cup brown rice flour
  • cup potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper or line it with foil and grease it very well with butter.
  • Melt the butter in a medium size saucepan, then add 2 cups chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon until they are melted. Remove from the heat, add the brown and white sugars and stir to combine.
  • Add the almond extract and the eggs, one at a time, stirring between each addition. When the mixture is smooth and shiny, slowly add the flour and salt to the mixture in the saucepan. Stir until well combined.
  • Add the chopped cherries and the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips. Spread the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and then sprinkle the top with the almonds.
  • Bake for 28-32 minutes until an inserted toothpick shows moist crumbs. Let the bars cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!


Calories: 172kcal · Carbohydrates: 21g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 9g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 56mg · Sodium: 141mg · Potassium: 59mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 14g · Vitamin A: 237IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 24mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 6/28/12 – recipe notes and photos updated 5/27/21}

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. aconservativerebel says

    I made these today – the first gluten free baking that hasn't had a gritty texture!! Woohoo! These are seriously amazing!! I did use canned cherries as I didn't have any fresh and they still came out fantastically. 🙂 Saved for future use!!