Gluten-Free Vegan Carob Brownies

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Irresistible Gluten-Free Vegan Carob Brownies are a must to prepare, they are so moist and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar. The perfect healthy treat!

Gluten-Free Vegan Carob Brownies

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I was ready to take on the challenge this morning when Daevyd woke up and requested that we make brownies. I opened the pantry and was happy to find just enough Carob powder remaining to make a batch. He helped me to measure the ingredients and he couldn’t wait for them to bake.

I used a combination of oat flour and almond flour as the base. For sweetener, I used coconut sugar.  I wanted to make a really moist brownie without using any carob chips. I prepared flax eggs with almond milk and then added coconut oil, vanilla, and almond extract. You could substitute it with applesauce.

I allowed to carob to cool slightly while in the pan, then top it with carob frosting. The frosting further made the carob brownies really moist.

The results were amazing and we all enjoyed it. These Gluten-Free Vegan Carob Brownies had the perfect balance of flavor!

You might be wondering what is Carob? To find the answer and more recipes check out Dr. Axe’s article:

Carob Chips: The Caffeine-Free Chocolate Substitute that’s Actually Good for You


Gluten-Free Vegan Carob Brownies


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Cooking Time

Preparation: 20 min
Cooking: 25 min
Ready in: 45 min
For: 9 slices




  1. Preheat oven 350. Prepare an 8x8 inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. Combine, almond milk, flax seeds, coconut oil, vanilla and almond extract in a medium bowl. Sit for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together oat flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, carob powder, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Stir wet mixture with the dry ingredients and mix well. Scoop batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Meanwhile mix the frosting.
  5. Remove from oven and allow brownies to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan.
  6. Spread frosting on top of brownies and allow to completely cool before slicing. Enjoy!


  1. To prepare the frosting, add almond butter, maple syrup, carob powder, vanilla and almond extract to a food processor and process until smooth.


Gluten-Free Vegan Carob Brownies

Gluten-Free Vegan Carob Brownies

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Sara
    April 21, 2020

    BEST vegan brownies I’ve made yet. New dietary guidelines for my husband suggesting removing chocolate. So, I was elated to find that I could still make his favorite dessert! Just made these brownies a second time using applesauce instead of coconut oil and it turned out basically the same! Just had to bake for an extra 5-10 minutes. I Found that it tasted better with the frosting if leaving the oil out. I also put walnuts on top both times. So good! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Monique Youmans
    April 7, 2020

    Hi Michelle,
    Is there anything that can be used in place of almond extract?

  3. Denise
    August 15, 2019

    Hi Michelle. These look delicious but I’m not a fan of oat flour. Can I use coconut flour instead?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 15, 2019

      Hello Denise, I’m not sure because I don’t like coconut flour and I have a 5-pound bag for over 3 years in my pantry. I recommend that you use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend in place of the almond flour. However, if you try the coconut flour and it turns out great, please let us know.

  4. Mirta Brady
    April 3, 2019

    Hi, can coconut flakes be as good as coconut sugar?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 3, 2019

      Mirta, I’m not sure if I understand you correctly. Are you asking if you can substitute coconut flakes for coconut sugar? No, you cannot. You can substitute regular sugar for coconut sugar though.

  5. Moalyne Honore
    February 12, 2017

    This was amazing! I made it last Friday and my family devoured it! I made a double batch, one was plain as muffins and the other with carob chips in a square pan. We preferred the plain muffin cups over the pan but they were both good. Thanks for such great recipes! I need to try it with the frosting next time!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 12, 2017

      Moalyne, I’m so happy that you and your family enjoyed my recipe. It goes pretty fast in my home as well. I would love to add carob chips but my local store only carries unsweetened carob chips and I have requested the sweetened kind. The frosting makes it super moist and decadent!

  6. Debi
    February 12, 2017

    This look amazing! I’m working on making them … what size pan do I use?