Fudgy Brownies

I don’t want to say it, but I’m going to. I have officially made the best paleo brownies I’ve ever tasted. I know that’s bold, I know that’s conceited, I know I know, but it’s just the truth so…sorryfornotbeingsorry. I made these the other night out of desperation. This is how it always happens. I stay at home on a Saturday night, watching The Notebook, thinking about how love isn’t real and no man is ever going to love me like that, then I get bored, then I start wandering around the kitchen, then random ingredients start piling out onto the counter, then I somehow mix these ingredients together, bake them, and a new recipe is suddenly created. If I had planned this out, been emotionally stable, and actually thought more about the ingredients I was incorporating into my dessert, it would have turned out like crap. You can thank my emotional sh*tshow last week for rewarding you with this delicious recipe. You’re welcome.

So the whole reason I was even able to make these amazing little treats is pretty cool. I walked into the house on Saturday, welcomed by 2 packages. Not two dudes, sadly. But FedEx style boxes. Omg was I stoked. You know exactly what I’m talking about…when a package comes to your door and even though you know what it is, you’re still smiling like a school child. Ugh, children. That’s how I felt though. Pissing myself with joy. BUT I had no idea what the packages were. So here is what went down.

  1. I opened the first package and BOOM…The New Primal sent me some delicious Pocket Paleos!!!! WICCCCKED. I opened one of the packages right on the spot with pineapple in it and dug in. Really good. Nuts, jerky, and dried fruit. How the hell could you go wrong?! Check them out. Love love loved the packs.
  2. Then I opened the other box. I was kind of in shock when I saw what was in the box. Six bags, six, of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. Like, are you kidding me?

Holy crap, that was a lot of links. I hate that. My b. It had to be done though, it had to be done.

So now I have 6 bags of chocolate and have to figure out what to do with all of them. Jesus my life is full of intense decisions. I live the hard life. Filled with gluten free, dairy free, soy free chocolate. I think that means it’s just pure sugar. But I’m very ok with that. Even more ok with that than I can explain. And once you try these brownies, you will be too.

Here is the warning, if you don’t like dried figs…you’re stupid. Straight up. I’m sorry, but figs are orgasms in your mouth.  BUT, just to make sure everyone is satisfied in this relationship of ours, know that you can always substitute the figs for dates. I can’t promise you it’ll taste the same, but whatever. I don’t even care. I warned you.


Fudgy Brownies

  • Yield: 6+ 1x




  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pull out your handy dandy food processor and add your figs to it. Puree until your figs have broken down evenly.
  3. Add your melted coconut oil to the processor to mix with the figs.
  4. Next add your melted chocolate chips and eggs and mix.
  5. Now add your coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix together.
  6. So I made these in silicone muffin liners in my muffin tin, filling them up halfway and they cooked perfectly. I’m not sure what they would be like if you baked them in a normal 8×8 baking dish.
  7. Fill 12 liners with the THICK brownie batter. Yes, it should be that thick. That’s why my brownies look like sh*t in the picture. Totally the brownies fault.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Let cool before consuming. Seriously. They honestly taste even better the second day around!


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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


142 thoughts on “Fudgy Brownies”

    1. Jenn you could try almond flour and a different oil like grapeseed oil or a nut oil…just not sure it will be exactly the same. you’ll most likely need to use more almond flour though!

  1. Oh man. These look delicious. Once Whole30 is done I may just make them!

    Also, is it even possible that George is as nice in real life as he seems to be from the brief glimpses I get through Facebook and so on? Because it is absolutely insane how sweet of a guy he seems.

  2. Juli, I recently found your blog and love it! I too watched the Notebook alone on Saturday night, and ended up making some Cranberry Chocolate Chip macaroons to pass the time. Your Jambalaya is on the menu for tonight!

      1. I modified the macaroon recipe from Make it Paleo, reduced the amount of maple syrup and added chopped up dried unsweetened cranberries, orange zest and 1/2 cup, maybe a tad more 🙂 of Enjoy Life mini-chips. They were yummy!

  3. We tried a glutton free mix a while ago and it failed big time. Oh boy is my wife going to love these.. Wednesday night desert surprise? 🙂

      1. Well we made them, they turned out fantastic! Had to use dates (bows head in shame) as there were no figs at the store. 30sec in the microwave and our food processor was finally able to tear through them lol.

        Mm mm mm and you are right, they are actually better the next day!

  4. Please, someone that knows Juli better…make a smart ass comment about the “figs are orgasms in your mouth” line! It’s killing me but I don’t know her like that!!

  5. So you expect me to have dried figs and chocolate chips in the house and NOT eat them all up before making this. Man, that’s expecting a lot…LOL!
    This is so on my Cheat Day menu.

  6. scanning your site for a new recipe, we are having “family” dinner here sat night thought id surprise everyone with a paleo dinner… they’ll never know LOL saw “brownies” didnt even read recipe sent it straight to PRINT will bake it asap!

  7. Firstly, hello from Australia – or should I say G’Day!! (so lame lol) I’m not sure how i came across paleomg – but I’m glad I did! I am a massive fan of your blog, your rants make my day as I can relate to them! Hilarious!! And those recipes!!! Fudge Brownies??! Oh.my.god!! I love them. Seriously! They are amazing! I wonder what kind of health problems I would have if I just ate these and chocolate cashew butter for the rest of my life? Who cares!! I’d be so happy. Add crossfit and Ryan Gosling (with his shirt off!) and my life is complete 😉 anywho I’m now going to make some more awesome nut butters! I’m nutty for them! Thanks for the recipes and your rants which make me LOL everytime I read them! You’re a legend!! lol

  8. Wow…just made these! They definitely aren’t sugar loaded chocolate bombs, but they totally satisfy a sweet paleo tooth!!! Again, well done!!!

  9. George is one of the sweetest guys ever! & enjoy Life choc chips are the besssst! Only 13 more days ’til I can make these!!!!

  10. I took these to our competition yesterday and they were a HUGE hit!! Juli if you ever come to Chicago hit up River North CrossFit! We would love to have you WOD with us!

    1. I’ve never been to Chicago Sarah…hopefully I can make it out there sometime!! I would absolutely love to wod with you and your CrossFitters!

  11. These were fantastic. I just finished the whole 30, and the 31st day was conveniently my birthday, so I decided to make these for a special treat. To serve, I heated them a little in the microwave with a few leftover Enjoy Life choc chips on top and then topped that with a little Luna & Larry’s coconut milk ice cream. (I love the hot-cold combo for dessert.) It was plenty sweet and exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!

  12. Stumbled across this site and it’s my new favorite. My first thought when I saw this recipe was “hey! I can actually make that this instant!” and my second thought was “but how can I make it with more chocolate?” So I did. It only filled up 8 spots in the muffin tin. Possibly because I ate spoonfuls of batter prior to filling them. These are delicious.

  13. I just made these on Saturday..and had to make another batch on Sunday, because my boys scarfed them down and the husband didn’t get any. Hands down the best tasting and best textured brownie we’ve found. I baked them in an 8×8 greased pan for 20 minutes, and they were perfect.

  14. Criminy, these are good! I have been trying to cut out refined sugar and grains, but my financé has not. So, we have come to a beautiful agreement with your treats. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  15. Absolutely delicious!!! I am trying not to devour in one sitting!! That would be bad. But these are so good! Thank you!!!!

  16. These were fantastic, made them on sunday…I ate half the batch before I shared any…

    I decided I wanted more today and made a whole new batch but tweaked the recipe some…Instead of 1/2c chocolate chips I used 3/4, added 1c pecan pieces, and 1c unsweetened coconut, 2 tbsp of vanilla and then rolled them into balls (1tbsp) and then baked for 25 minutes…chewyyy fantasticness 🙂

    love your blog, but its dangerous, i want to eat everything on your website.

  17. um, wow! These are freaking amazing. Probs shouldn’t have eaten them right before thrusters/pull ups/running, but it was totally worth it 🙂

  18. THESE ARE SO MOTHER EFFING GOOD. First time I made them, I made a HUGE goof and wrote down .5c choc chips and failed to see the . while measuring. Those were some very CHOCOLATEY brownies! whoops! These are totes better than ANY brownie Ive ever made. ::HIGH FIVE!::

  19. OMG is right! I made these with my daughter tonight – had to make a double batch, and used almond flour and dates instead of coconut flour and figs. Processed dates with the coconut oil. It was like German Chocolate cake frosting for a moment. I’m gushing. Seriously, best Freaking Brownies EVER. No really. EVER.

  20. Hi! love your site, but was wondering if the evaporated cane juice in the chocolate chips is still considered paleo?

      1. I think I might have done something wrong! Mine turned out very dry…any words of wisdom? I baked them for 20 minutes.

  21. Love your recipes, but the fact you hate children bothers me. Not all of them burn down houses or pour nail polish on rugs. Some of them, like mine, actually like to help me bake and are fun to be around. You sound so sad and alone. I feel sorry for you and hope someday you find happiness.

    1. Ouch, Jane! Maybe I’m reading more snarkiness into your comment than what was intended . . .
      I seriously doubt she HATES kids – just has no desire to have any of her own at this point in her life, and that’s perfectly fine.
      And I can understand her humorous stories about herself – watching chick-flicks and wondering when love will find her . . . . . . what girl hasn’t done that!?! I don’t think that makes her sound sad and lonely – that might be a bit harsh. Sure, she might be longing for that connection in her life, but she’s not devoid of love, belonging and fulfillment.
      Juli – I too, hope you get your Notebook love story (sigh!!), and IF kids happen to enter the picture down the road I have no doubt you’ll be a great mom and will enjoy your kids immensely! 🙂

  22. These are absolutely fantastic!! I think I may have added too many figs because when I tasted the batter, it wasn’t very chocolate-y. I added more melted chips (maybe about 3/4c. total) and they came out AWESOME! I may or may not be eating them for dinner… shhh!

    Congrats on a great performance at Regionals! I was there on Friday cheering for my coach Nicole Christensen from Roots. I saw you and was like, “Oh my god, that’s Juli Bauer! She’s right there. Holy crap! She’s such a badass!” I was really inspired by everyone there and thought you and Nicole were amazing.

    Lastly, you don’t sound sad and alone. You’re awesome, and I want to be more like you.

  23. Yaaaay!! I made these with dates and added a scoop of dutch cocoa cuz the batter tasted a little sweet. They were perfect!! My co-workers loved them, my fiance (pickiest man alive) said they were good, and my Piyo instructor loved them too!! Unfortunately after sharing, I’m all out. I am going to have to make another batch and hoard them for myself. o.0

  24. These were awesome! I made them in a brownie pan and they were so cakey and delicious! Next time I’ll double the recipe so that they are thicker!

  25. I love this recipe! Tried it for the first time today and enjoyed my brownies! Thank you! I will be baking another round later tonight.

  26. DO you know if I can sub 100% cocoa for the chips? How would you sweeten that? I want to make these this weekend!!

    Thanks 🙂

  27. Hey.. Looks yummy. However how can you argue that they are paleo, when you use baking soda and baking powder which is straight up non-paleo..? Just querious 🙂

    1. I still use that sort of stuff in my paleo cooking. Kind of how other paleo bloggers still use dairy. Just how I like to do things.

  28. It’s so in the oven!! 😀 Omg can’t wait. It’s for my sons kindergarten. All parents of children who pass on to school after summer have to bake a body part of cake to put together 😛 I’m baking an arm! lol! So the cake man will have an paleo-arm 😛 It looks and feels SO good. It’s done in 2 minutes 😛

  29. Goodness grace!!! Just tasted it! I think I have to die! Or live! Or just scream! I go for scream!
    Juli…I have so much love for you! THANK YOU FOREVER! Haha..

  30. I used dates instead of figs and they were great. I did the mini brownie bites and although they don’t look like brownies, they taste like them! Perfect when I am craving something sweet!

  31. This recipe is fantastic! I made them last weekend (ended up going to WF for the chips instead of using 100% cocoa), I ended up eating about ten of them 🙁
    I am totally hormonal this weekend and decided to make another batch. This time I didn’t have any figs so I used raisins, and OMG! They are just as fabulous! (hopefully I won’t eat the whole batch myself oops) Thanks again!

  32. Actually, now that I’ve had about 4 (teehee), I’ve decided I like them with figs better! The raisins are a bit too sweet and the texture is different (mushier I think). But these are doable if you’re without fig.

  33. Alison Loveless

    I love german chocolate cake so I used this recipe and then made a topping using your date-coconut milk “caramel” mixed with toasted unsweetened coconut and crushed pecans. Delish. Thanks for your amazing food ideas! Just recently found your blog and I’m obsessed:)

  34. Your recipes are astoundingly wonderful! I have a question, if one is out of coconut oil, consistency-wise, would it work to substitute pastured butter instead? I understand you won’t get the benefits of all the mc-fatty acids in coconut oil, but I’m just needing to make these on short notice and I have to order coconut oil over the web in my area… Thanks in advance!

  35. I agree with you, I think you have created the most fudgy, tastiest Paleo brownie in this recipe. I didn’t try it for a while because I thought “Hmm, figs? weird”. But these are SO amazing. I’m using figs in a lot more of my Paleo baking.

    I love your blog, love reading your funny posts, and your recipes are awesome.

  36. Made these tonight and they are super Yummmmmmmmmy! I made them with dates, and they were good. Next time I think I’ll try a darker chocolate. They didn’t seem “rich” enough. But sooooooo good!

  37. Made these yesterday in the 8×8 pan – 20 minutes and came out delish! I added more mini chocolate chips on top before baking, but your recipe definitely hit the spot for my chocolate craving. Thanks!

  38. OMG!!!! I am in heaven also put them in an 8×8 for 20 mins… absolutely delicious!!! Thanks! You are doing an incredible job teaching people about better ways to eat and fuel the body!!! LOVE THIS BLOG!!!!!

  39. $42 for 10 ounces of chocolate chips?!?! Seriously, who can afford that? What can we substitute to make these reasonably priced?

  40. New to Paleo & absolutely loved this recipe. texture is just as you would expect when eating a brownie 🙂 thanks for making chubbygirl food (thats actually healthy). you’re my life saver!

  41. Love reading your posts! They make me laugh and remind me of me! 🙂 I can’t wait to try these after my Whole 30 (I’m on day 12). Thanks for brightening my day and YOU GO GIRL! 🙂

  42. Hi there, I’m intent on countering a severe cut in temperatures by baking fudgy brownies…just, I’m one of the “old continent” people who have no idea how to convert 1 1/2 cups of figs into numerical terms…just about how many figs might that be?
    I love your recipes and some of them start spreading in Berlin now…
    Thanks for the great work!

  43. My man was craving brownies today so I whipped these up!!!! Amazing! I substituted dark chocolate melted with coconut milk because I had those available. Totally a winning recipe! Thank you!!

  44. I’m obsessed with brownies, like OBSESSED! So how happy was I when i found this recipe? I’ll tell you, I was freaking ECSTATIC! Thanks for all your great recipes!

  45. Omfg the pms gods are smiling down on you!!!! Seriously this curbed my chocolate cravings! Even my (non-paleo) sugar loving husband likes them! I made them in a mini muffin tin because I have to share them with my damn kids! Seriously they are 4 & 1 can’t they take care of themselves by now and stop eating my goodies 😉

  46. Hmmm… tempted to make these for valentine’s day. My boyfriend isn’t paleo and although I’m pretty sure he’ll eat anything, he might be a little less ecstatic than me to eat brownies with figs in them!
    How do these compare to classic non-paleo brownies? Are they fruity?

  47. OMCG! oh my chocolatey goodness! I didn’t have any enjoy life chocolate chips, so I used 100% cocoa powder and coconut oil to make the equivalent amount of baker’s chocolate (1/2 c. of EL chocolate chips is approximately 3 oz). I, like others, used dates instead of figs, and I was pleased the dates were sweet enough to off-set the bitterness of the baker’s chocolate without needing to use any honey to sweeten the chocolate. 🙂

  48. Joanna Johnston

    Holy crap- these are amazing! Made them with dates instead (’cause I had them!). These are now officially a staple in my house.

  49. Cristen Chamberlain

    Hi! I have recently joined the Paleo bandwagon and love your blog! Thanks so much! I’ve tried several things already! I just made these for a diabetic co-worker and myself tonight (I’m a night nurse), so I’m looking forward to tasting them! The only substitution I made was I used Almond flour b/c I didn’t have coconut flour and I only used a cup of figs b/c that’s all I bought without realizing it wasn’t enough :/ Just in case anyone else wants to know… The total calories=2090, total fat grams=106, total sugar grams=137.5. If you cut the brownies into 13 squares (I baked them in a round 9in glass dish), each brownie is 160cal, 10g fat & 8g of sugar 🙂 nice little dessert!

  50. Just made these………they are yummy!! Thank you for making it possible to eat really yummy food without it tasting healthy!!!

  51. This is my first ever gluten-free baked good that I’ve made!! Baking is a passion of mine and it’s been difficult to not bake while switching to a healthier diet. I am excited to try new things that will taste much better than all the processed junk!

    These came out a little too “cakey” for my liking but it is no fault to the recipe. It’s because I had to use a combo of quinoa/almond flour as I didn’t have any coconut flour. Will be curious to see how it turns out with the latter! 🙂 Thank you!!

  52. OK, so for us folks stuck out in odd places of the world where Enjoy Life chocolate chips are unfortunately unavailable (not even through the good ol’ web, as far as I know) — any tips on how we could substitute? Like with plain cocoa powder, for instance?

    And can I just say — fig-based brownies????! So excited! I’ve done a batch of raw date-based ones (from Judita Wagnall’s Going Raw recipe book) that were phenomenal, too. **drooling at memory**

  53. Mmmmm death by chocolate. I made these and they are delicious! I’ve become a huge fan. I love your recipes, you’re hilarious and more laid back than the super strict Paleo peeps. I tried their ways for a while and turned into Chris Farley BACK OFF ME I’M STARVING!!

  54. I’m actually surprised no one mentioned that how on earth do you expect me to still have these the next day! It’s impossible cause it’s so good that letting it cool was a challenge big enough for a day. Leaving some for the next day has to be a different batch’s challenge. The best brownies ever!
    Ps. I made them with dates though and raw cocoa powder+coconut oil instead of chocolate chips. Dried dates are sweet enough, extra sweetening is not neccessary.

  55. Hi
    these are what I need. Is there anything you can suggest replacing the figs with? I don’t like fruit & chocolate…
    Im paleo newbie

  56. I couldn’t find figs, so I bought some Medjool Dates and being the novice date eater that I am didn’t realize that they weren’t pitted or that dates even had pits (don’t make fun of me now) :/ So don’t forget to pit your dates! I had to wade through the batter with my fingers to find all 15 pits lol! Not that I minded having to lick my fingers clean 🙂 I licked all the bowls completely clean waiting for these to get out of the oven. Even the batter is OMG delicious! These brownies are SO EFFING DELICIOUS!!!! Even my husband who imagines that paleo food should taste like health food garbage was shocked when I told him what he had just eaten. He told me that if paleo food tastes like that then I need to be cooking paleo more often lol! Btw, I baked for 23 minutes in a 9×7 dish and then drizzled 4T melted Enjoy Life chips and approx 1 1/2 T cashew butter over the brownies in the dish. These are better, WAY better than any brownie I have EVER eaten period! You rock!

  57. How have I never had dried figs before now? Amazing! I know this is an older recipe but it rocks. Super easy and delicious. Definitely like a love child of Fig Newtons and brownies which is always ok in my book.

  58. I’m having a love affair with these brownies. When I started paleo a few months ago, these made the hard days totally worth it!! And I agree, they really are better the next day, which is hard to believe since they are so amazing to begin with. Typing this as I have a batch mixing in my food processor, so pumped!!! Definitely a recipe I have to stop myself from making 3 times a week! Love that I found your blog so I can follow and attempt to be awesome at paleo. Thanks, Juli!

  59. Just made these, but I’m not sure I grinded up the figs well enough. The seeds in them are very noticeable, although the flavour is great.

  60. These are straight up insane! I made these with chopped dates simply because I had them on hand. I will say they tasted like German Chocolate Cake! Totally. Loved them. Only problem, gone too quick! Yeah, guess that was all me.

  61. Didn’t have enough dates – used a cup and a half cup of warm water to rehydrate for easier blending plus a TBSP almond butter for extra ? to compensate for using water and not enough dates… don’t know why exactly but IT WORKED! Also added pumpkin seeds and let it sit for a bit while waiting for oven to come up to temp which thickened it up some. Maybe not as fudgy as they are meant to be but they are great! Moist and chocolatey and by far the best and easiest paleo / gf brownies I’ve ever made… and I’ve tried loads of recipes. Thank you!!!!

  62. Holy cow! These are so good! I just made them into mini muffins to take into work tonight. (The night shift always gets shafted with treats, and we have a new guy starting tonight). More to go around if they’re mini! They are amazing, I did use dates, as that’s what I had on hand, and good butter instead of coconut oil as I wasn’t sure if they would be a bit too coconutty, and I’m not sure everyone likes coconut. But they are seriously good, gonna have to try them the way the recipe is written next time, I’m sure they’ll be just as good! They were super quick to make also!

  63. I made these last night. And I made them with dates instead of figs. :-X I was CA-RAVING something sweet. Like, I needed it immediately. And I happened to have dates and everything this recipe calls for… except figs. So I figured, “What the hell, they can’t be terrible with dates.” They are delicious! They are super – dare I say it – “moist” (hate that word; it makes me shudder) and dense and melt-in-you-mouth. Yum. Super easy too! I never thought of mixing a batter in my food processor. It’ll be interesting to see what my non-paleo friends and coworkers think. Thanks for all the recipes! You’ve made my transition to paleo easy, delicious, and fun!

  64. I consistently come back to this recipe… sometimes I substitute with dates instead of figs… but figs are really key here. SO. delicious. Sometimes I even frost with a coconut butter chocolate chip frosting… that is pretty good too. This one’s a winner, Juli!

  65. Hi I have a ? Can you sub medjool dates for figs? I have no figs in the house but I do have some dates. Thanks! Laura

  66. A WINNER! You are right. These were awesome!!! I used dates soaked in a little boiling water instead of figs since that is what I had on hand, and I used a 72% broken up dark chocolate bar and melted it in the coconut oil in the microwave at 50% power, since my kids had eaten my enjoy life chips. I also used 5T coconut flour and 1 T almond meal and put chopped walnuts on top. Yes, the batter looks like sh– but the brownies taste like heaven! I can’t believe these have no added sugar or flour! I loved using the silicone baking cups. It was supposed to help with portion control, but the brownies were all devoured by my family of 4 within 12 hours!

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