Dark Chocolate Mesquite Brownies

dark chocolate mesquite brownies
  • Yield: 26 pieces


Grapeseed oil, for greasing the pan
1cup all-purpose flour gluten-free flour
1/2cup cacao powder
2tablespoons mesquite powder
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1/4teaspoon sea salt
7tablespoons grapeseed oil
5tablespoons coconut nectar
2teaspoons vanilla extra
3/8teaspoon stevia powder
1/2cup water
Chocolate Frosting
3tablespoons coconut oil
2tablespoons coconut nectar
1/4cup powdered erythritol
3tablespoons cacao powder
1/2tablespoon warm water
1/8teaspoon stevia powder
1/8teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8- inch square baking pan with grapeseed oil.
  2. To make the brownies, whisk together the flour, cacao powder, mesquite powder, baking soda, guar gum and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle.
  3. Add the grapeseed oil, coconut nectar, vanilla and stevia and stir to combine. Next add the water and stir until it is absorbed and the batter is smooth.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth down with a wet baking spatula or the back of a wet spoon.
  5. Bake the brownies for 11 to 12 minutes, or until the batter starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached. Rotate the pan from front to back after 9 minutes of baking.
  6. Transfer the pan from the oven to a wire rack and let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting the brownies into 16 squares.
  7. To make the frosting, mix together the coconut oil and coconut nectar in a small bowl. Add the powdered erythritol, cacao powder, warm water, stevia and salt and stir until smooth and well combined.
  8. Frost the brownies when they are completely cool. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery (Harlequin, 2013).

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 130
  • Fat 8
  • Cholesterol 0
  • Carbohydrate 16
  • Protein 1