I have a friend who is in love with brownies.  She doesn’t just love them, she’s IN LOVE with them, so when I stumbled across this recipe from the Against All Grain Facebook page, I made it my mission to try these for her because that’s what you do for one of the most delightful people on the planet.  Sure, we have Zone Brownies (which are balanced, as opposed to this recipe, I know…), but they just don’t taste the same as a “normal” brownie.  This recipe cures the need for something “normal” if, in fact, you’ve been on that hunt.  Or if you just want a really good, clean, grain-free brownie.

After making these and tasting them I promptly divided them up and gave them away as testers.  They’re delicious enough that I should never be trusted in the presence of an entire pan of them.  Ever.  Incidentally, this cookbook is fabulous.  A worthwhile investment for all you Paleo/Zone eaters out there.  You’re likely to see many more of her recipes zoned and posted here!

against grain brownie


Servings per pan: 16

Calories per serving: 188

Zone calculations per serving: 0.5P, 2C, 4F


1/2 c. Palm Shortening

3 oz unsweetened chocolate

5 large eggs

3/4 c. honey

1/3 c. coconut flour

1/4 c. cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1/4 c. Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Grease a 9×13 pan with palm shortening and set aside.

Place shortening and baking chocolate in a glass bowl and put that over a simmering pot of water.  Whisk until it’s melted and you achieve a smooth consistency.  Take care not to let it boil.  Remove from the heat.  Set aside.

Place eggs and honey in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium.  Add coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.  Beat on low until ingredients are incorporated, and the on high until the mixture is smooth.

Add the melted chocolate mixture to the mixing bowl and beat on medium until the batter thickens.  This will take about 15 seconds.  Remove mixing bowl from stand mixer and mix in chocolate chips by hand.

Pour batter evenly into your prepared 9×13 pan and smooth the top with a spatula.  Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan.



6 thoughts on “Against All Grain’s DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE BROWNIES

  1. Just wondering how you calculated 5 protein blocks per 1/16 serving?
    I just added up the blocks, and I’m getting only 9 protein blocks for the entire recipe. Is there another protein ingredient missing from the list?


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