Double Chocolate Brownies with Macadamia Nuts {traditional, gluten free, and casein free recipes}

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Double Chocolate Brownies - traditional, gluten free, and dairy free recipes included!

These Double Chocolate Brownies, filled with macadamia nuts and more chocolate are a hit with everyone who tries them. Recipes are included for traditional, dairy free, and gluten free versions.

Can a recipe ever go wrong when it starts with the words “double chocolate?” I made these for a day at the park with friends last week and they disappeared within minutes. I loved the slightly gooey centers, combined with just the right amount of rich chocolate and nuts.

I’ve been playing with casein free baking lately and this recipe works well with butter or with coconut oil. I’ve also been trying many of my older recipes (side by side) both with and without the xanthan gum. I’ve found that it can be left out of a great many recipes without affecting the texture at all.

I don’t think that I could ever have too many great Gluten Free Dessert Recipes. For the die hard chocolate lover who is watching their carbs, this Low Carb Dark Chocolate Almond Bark is heaven in a bite-size package.

And for absolutely everyone, whether there is an allergy in your life or not, these Everything-Free Cookies are a dream come true. (It hardly seems possible that a cookie that delicious is actually dairy free, gluten free, egg free, nut free, and refined sugar free, but it is true.)

Double Chocolate Brownies - traditional, gluten free, and dairy free recipes included!

Kitchen Tip: I use this pan when making this recipe. (The lid is my favorite part!)

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Double Chocolate Brownies with Macadamia Nuts {traditional, gluten free, and casein free recipes}

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Servings: 16 -24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter see note below for dairy free alternative
  • 2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup reserved
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour see note below for gluten-free alternative
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts plus 1/4 cup reserved
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips plus 1/4 cup reserved


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper or line it with foil and grease it very well with butter. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon until they have melted. Remove from the heat, add the sugars and stir to combine.
  • Add the vanilla and then whisk or stir in the the eggs, one at a time. When the mixture is smooth and shiny, slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixture in the saucepan. Add the nuts (saving 1/4 cup for topping) and add most of the reserved white and dark chocolate chips (saving 1/4 cup's worth for topping).
  • Spread the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and then sprinkle the top with the reserved nuts and chocolate chips. Bake for 28-32 minutes, just until an inserted toothpick shows moist crumbs. (30 minutes was perfect for my oven.) Let the bars cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!


GLUTEN FREE ALTERNATIVE: Substitute 2/3 cup brown rice flour and 1/3 cup tapioca starch for the all-purpose flour in this recipe.
DAIRY FREE ALTERNATIVE: Substitute 1/2 cup melted coconut oil for the butter in this recipe. Be careful to purchase an alternative dairy free chocolate as well, if there is an allergy.
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{originally published 4/5/2013 – recipe notes and photos updated 2/24/17}

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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. Jenn says

    Okay, I've never been into stalking.. BUT.. I might have to change my ways after seeing this post. I don't know exactly where you live, but I know you are in Arizona.. I'll find you one way or another!! lol
    Seriously, Mary, these brownies look amazing and yes, how can you go wrong with a recipe that starts off with double chocolate? Might as well have said HEAVEN.. 🙂

    • Mary says

      A gluten-free flour blend should be able to be used in this recipe. However, I haven’t tested it that way. I’ve tested all of the variations listed though, and I know those work.