Chocolate brownies – GAPS and Paleo approved version at the end




DSC03318These chocolate brownies are amazingly healthy and disappear without a mama feeling the need to chase down sneaky children. There are two ways to make the recipe: gooey brownies or cake brownies (shown). Gooey brownies are the same recipe as the cake brownies without the eggs and baking powder.


Cocoa is an unapproved item on GAPS but cocao is a totally different product. It’s more expensive, has better flavor and according to Dr. Natasha, author of GAPS, it doesn’t feed the bad bacteria in your gut or play games with blood sugar levels.  This bag of cocao was purchased from Azure Standard, a non-GMO, organic, food co-op that delivers to your area if you have a local group creating enough orders. They cater to most food snobs from vegan to paleo, GAPS to fruititarians.

If you prefer to use regular cocoa powder make an equal substitution of cocoa instead of cocao.


The whole recipe is made in the Vitamix. Add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Then pour into a greased 8 X 8 pan and cook at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until cooked in the center.

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies

4 cups navy beans, properly soaked and cooked in meat stock

1.3 blocks Kerrygold grassfed butter (or 1 stick butter of your choice)

1/2 cup local honey

1/2 cup cocao

pinch of salt

1 tablepoon vanilla

6 eggs (preferably from a sun soaking bug eating chickens)


Add all the ingredients into a Vitamix or Cuisinart and blend until smooth. Pour into a greased 8 X 8 pan and cook  350 35-40 min

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GAPS version: Use properly soaked (with a dash of apple cider vinegar) and rinsed navy beans that have been cooked in bone broth. Omit the baking powder and enjoy gooey brownies, best after being refrigerated. Use sugar free, dairy free, lecithin free chocolate chips.




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7 Responses to Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies- GAPS Approved

  1. Amy says:

    I don’t think black beans are gaps approved. Could you sub white beans.

  2. Becky Plotner says:

    absolutely that’s what i do too! sorry about not making that more clear, especially if you on an earlier phase of GAPS. thanks for catching this Amy!

  3. Rae says:

    To clarify: you ADD navy beans to make it GAPS legal…? Or do you take out something else and substitute with the beans? Thanks for your help.

  4. Nina says:

    Cannot see the pics unfortunately…

    • Becky Plotner says:

      Thank you Nina for the heads up. My kids are going to be so sad to hear I have to make them again just to get pictures for the post!

  5. Betsy says:

    These look yummy! Just to clarify, is it 1.3 blocks of kerrygold (about 2 2/3 sticks) or 1 stick of butter?

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