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5-Ingredient Flourless Brownies

June 9, 2023 | Laura

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These flourless brownies are fudgy and delicious. They only have five ingredients making them super simple and quick to make. This easy recipe is the perfect dessert or snack. Everybody is sure to love these gluten-free brownies!

5 Ingredient Flourless Brownies Recipe

Fudgy brownies that everybody will love.

When I first tried a flourless brownie, I could not believe how delicious there were. And their consistency was fabulous! They have a fudgy texture with a bit of chewy texture. I did not miss the flour what-so-ever.

Whether you are on a gluten-free diet, out of flour and craving brownies, or just want delicious brownies then this brownie recipe is for you. They are a quick way to get your chocolate fix!

These brownies only need five simple ingredients making this a great recipe for an after-dinner treat, a mid-day snack, a work function, a party, or a sweet treat for your gluten-free friends. I tried several flourless brownie recipe combinations in order to give you the tastiest one so let's get to it!

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Flourless Five-Ingredient Brownie: Ingredients

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✽ Eggs: The eggs are very important in this brownie recipe. Without flour, these brownies need structure. The beaten eggs are a great way to add structure as well as bind everything together and add richness. I found that two egg whites and 3 egg yolks provide the perfect balance of richness and structure for these flourless brownies.

Sugar: The granulated sugar will add sweetness to counterbalance that dark chocolate. Sugar will also make the middle of the brownies soft.

✽ Salted Butter: Butter is going to make these brownies rich and super flavorful. I chose salted butter because salt and chocolate are so good together. You can substitute unsalted butter if needed.

Semi-sweet Chocolate: I chose to use a combination of sweeter chocolate with darker chocolate for a good balance of flavor. I recommend using a high quality chocolate for the best results. While I prefer using chocolate bars, you could substitute chocolate chips if needed. For this recipe, I used Ghirardelli Semi-sweet Chocolate.

Dark Chocolate: I found that dark chocolate was necessary in order to get that super rich chocolate flavor and delicious brownies. I personally found the taste of the dark chocolate bar to be better than cocoa powder. For this recipe, you will want to buy a good quality 70-80% chocolate bar. I used Lindt 78%.

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How to Make Flourless Chocolate Brownies

➊ Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease or line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Let it hang off the sides of the pan so it is easy to pick up the brownies after baking. Set aside.

➋ Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. Put the 3 egg yolks in a large mixing bowl and the 2 egg whites in small bowl. Set the egg whites aside for later.

Using an electric hand mixer (or stand mixer), beat the egg yolks on medium-high speed until they deepen in color and become sticky, about 1 minute. Slowly begin to add in 2/3 cup white sugar in a small stream while beating. Continue to beat until the egg yolks become pale yellow and thicken, about 3-4 minutes.

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When you lift your beater up, it should take a couple seconds before the mixture falls back onto itself. This is called the ribbon stage. Set egg yolks aside.

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➌ Cut 8 tablespoons salted butter into pieces so that it will melt evenly. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add butter pieces, 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, and 4 ounces dark chocolate (70-80% cocoa). Melt in 20 second increments in the microwave on high power, stirring well between each increment until chocolate is fully melted and smooth. You could also use a double broiler for this step.

➍ While beating egg yolk mixture on low speed, slowly add in the warm melted chocolate mixture until fully incorporated.

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➎ Continuing to beat on low speed, add the 2 egg whites in one at a time. Continue beating just until each egg white is fully incorporated.

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➏ Pour brownie batter into the prepared baking pan in an even layer. Bake brownies on the center rack of the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the edges are set. Baking time can vary so be sure to keep a close eye on them after the 25-minute mark. The brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with only a few moist crumbs. Be careful not to over bake. The brownies will become more firm as they cool.

➐ Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before cutting. Eat on their own or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for a tasty treat!

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Flourless 5-Ingredient Brownies Recipe: Questions

✽ Why do you have to beat the eggs?

Beating the eggs introduces air into them which provides more structure and lift to the brownies when they bake. Without flour or cocoa powder, this is a very important step in this recipe to ensure that they brownies come out with the correct consistency.

✽ Why do you separate the egg yolks from egg whites?

This is something that I played with quite a bit. When beating the egg whites, yolks, and sugar all together, there was way too much air introduced into the egg whites. So much in fact that the brownies looked like a volcano exploding while baking in the oven!

By just beating the egg yolks with the sugar, the egg whites do not get as airy. The brownies stay fudgy with the perfect amount of height. This is also the reason I decided on 3 egg yolks and only 2 egg whites.

✽ How long do these flourless five ingredient brownies last?

Any leftover brownies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the fridge for up to a week.

You can also freeze them up to 3 months. For best results, wrap brownies in plastic wrap and foil then store in a freezer bag. Let them thaw overnight in the fridge and then bring them to room temperature before serving.

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Recipe Making of Flourless Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

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I tried many different varieties of this flourless brownie recipe in order to find the perfect one. Here's just a few notes from my recipe testing.

✽ The addition of unsweetened cocoa powder left a bad taste in my mouth. I found that using all chocolate bar rather than cocoa powder gave me a much tastier brownie.

✽ The semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate needed to be balanced. The all semi-sweet brownie was too sweet even with reduced sugar. The all dark chocolate brownie was a lot. I actually liked the taste of it, but I wanted a more classic brownie taste for this recipe.

✽ You can definitely add too much egg. It will come out of the oven more like a souffle rather than a brownie. On the other hand, you can have too little of egg with the brownie not having enough structure.

✽ Beating the eggs is a very important step for these brownies. Without flour or cocoa powder in the recipe, the eggs needed to be beaten for increased stability and structure. With that said, you can beat the egg whites too much causing the brownie to explode from all the air while baking. This led me to separating the yolks from whites for best results.

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Flourless Brownies Recipe

5-Ingredient Flourless Brownies

By Laura | Laura The Gastronaut
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 9 brownies

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These flourless fudge-like brownies are delicious. They only need a handful of ingredients making them super simple and quick to make. This simple recipe is the perfect dessert or snack. Everybody is sure to love these gluten-free brownies!

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• 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
• 2/3 cup (133g) sugar
• 8 tablespoons (113g) salted butter
• 4 ounces (114g) semi-sweet chocolate bar, coarsely chopped
• 4 ounces (114g) dark chocolate bar (70-80% cocoa), coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease or line an 8x8 inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper with overhang on the sides. Set aside.
Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Place the egg yolks in a large bowl and the egg whites in a small bowl. Set egg whites aside for later. On medium-high speed, beat egg yolks until they deepen in color and become sticky, about 1 minute. In a small stream, slowly begin to add sugar to egg yolks while beating. Continue to beat until egg yolks are pale yellow and forms the ribbon, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
Cut butter into pieces so it melts evenly. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add butter and both kinds of chopped chocolate. Melt in 20 second increments in the microwave, stirring well between each increment until chocolate is smooth and fully melted.
Slowly beat warm melted chocolate into the egg yolk mixture at low speed. Continue beating until fully incorporated.
While beating on low speed, add the 2 egg whites one at a time. Beat just until egg whites are fully mixed in.
Pour batter evenly into prepared pan, and bake on center rack for 25-30 minutes until edges are set. The brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with only a few crumbs.
Let brownies completely cool on a wire baking rack before cutting.


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