09.24.21

Paleo Cosmic Brownies

The time is NOW to get in the kitchen and make these delicious, easy and fun Paleo Cosmic Brownie recipe!

Paleo Cosmic Brownies

If you’ve never had the real-deal cosmic brownie before (the ones by Little Debbie), you are missing out! I LOVED them growing up! They are a dense, fudgy brownie covered in a chocolate ganache and then topped with rainbow colored, crunchy chocolate pieces.

 

With inspiration from the Little Debbie snacks I ate growing up, I’ve made my own better-for-you rendition at home. These are grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo compliant and they turned out *so so yummy*! I know y’all are going to have a blast making these! 

Paleo Cosmic Brownies

Paleo Cosmic Brownies
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Ingredients

For the Brownies:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup creamy unsweetened almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

For the Ganache:

  • ¾ cup dark chocolate I use Hu Kitchen gems
  • cup unsweetened full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

For Assembly:

  • 2-3 tablespoons sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9x9 square baking pan with parchment paper.

Make the Brownies:

  • Start by creating a double boiler. In a medium saucepan, add water so it is 1-2 inches deep. Heat water until it begins to simmer. In a heat-safe bowl, all the coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut sugar, and cocoa powder. Place the bowl over the simmering water, and whisk until it is melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.
  • *Alternatively, you can place the coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut sugar, (not the cocoa powder yet!) in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between each cooking cycle. Repeat, melting in 30-second increments, until smooth, about 1.5 minutes total. Whisk in the cocoa powder until well combined.
  • Remove from heat and transfer the chocolate mixture to a large bowl. Whisk in the coconut milk, vanilla extract and salt until very smooth. Set aside and let it cool for 3-5 minutes. It will still be warm, but not hot.
  • Once cooled, add the eggs and whisk until very well combined.
  • Add the almond flour, arrowroot and baking powder and using a rubber spatula, stir until well combined.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Hit the bottom of the pan against the counter to release any air bubbles.
  • Transfer the brownies to the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and come out with a few moist crumbs. These are fudgy brownies, so the center should feel slightly underdone.
  • Set the brownies aside to cool while you prepare the ganache.

Make the Ganache:

  • Meanwhile, In a double boiler, add the coconut milk, chopped chocolate, and coconut oil. Melt and whisk constantly until the ganache is smooth, shiny, and thick, about 3 minutes total.
  • *Alternatively, you can place the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between each cooking cycle. Repeat, melting in 30-second increments, until the ganache is smooth, shiny, and thick, about one minute total. Set aside.

Finish the Cosmic Brownies:

  • Pour the ganache over the cooked brownies and using a rubber spatula, smooth evenly. Evenly sprinkle the sprinkles over the top of the ganache.
  • Transfer the brownies to the fridge and let chill so that the ganache sets, at least 15 minutes.
  • Cut the brownies into squares and serve.

Notes

To store, I recommend placing them in an airtight container and keeping them in the refrigerator. 

29 Comments

  • Reply
    Em
    October 10, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Odd question I’m sure, could I skip the ganache? Also could I make the batter and pour it into mini muffin pan?

    • Reply
      Alex
      October 11, 2021 at 11:42 am

      These definitely won’t rise/peak like a muffin– but if you want little choc cakes/individual brownies– yes!

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    Lauren
    October 9, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Could have used the mixer to make this instead of the boiling situation. Did not turn out like the picture ): the top ganache was a bit much and was overpowering once I cut it up into pieces. Very chocolatey. Prob wouldn’t try again.

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    Ashley Venturini
    October 6, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Would it be okay to use regular sugar instead of coconut sugar? I am having a hard time finding some.

    • Reply
      Alex
      October 6, 2021 at 9:28 pm

      Hi! it’ll probably cook ok– but it might make them overly sweeter than they should be! coconut sugar is a more mellow sweetness than regular sugar.

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    October 3, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Do you use canned coconut milk here? Or does it matter as long as it is full fat?

    • Reply
      Alex
      October 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

      yes, canned coconut milk is usually full-fat (I just don’t want people to use the Lite one).

  • Reply
    Meaghan Coco
    October 3, 2021 at 1:29 am

    5 stars
    So delicious! I followed the recipe exactly except I used flax “eggs.” It still turned out great!

  • Reply
    Annie
    October 1, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    5 stars
    These are incredible!!! Alex never disappoints- her paleo chocolate chip cookies used to be my favorite + now this recipe is in the running for first place. My husband says Little Debbie better watch her back 😜 These brownies are so moist + fudgy + rich! Super easy to make. 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex
      October 1, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      hahah! Watch out, Debbie! Love it! so glad you are enjoying it!

  • Reply
    Kathy
    September 29, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Substitute for the coconut oil and milk?

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 30, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Avocado Oil + almond milk would work

  • Reply
    Laura
    September 29, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    For the unsweetened almond butter should it be raw or does it matter? Thanks!!

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 29, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      It doesn’t matter here

  • Reply
    Cam
    September 29, 2021 at 3:20 am

    Hi Alex 😀
    Can I do agave instead of maple syrup ? And monk fruit instead of coconut sugar ?

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 29, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      I haven’t tried those swaps yet so I can’t say for sure how the end result would taste

  • Reply
    Sidney
    September 28, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    5 stars
    Love all of these Little Debbie Cake remakes w/real ingredients! Would love to see a recipe for oatmeal creme pies ❤️

  • Reply
    Michelle
    September 28, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    While making the ganache it started looking really good and smooth but then quickly became rough and when I poured it I could tell the oil had separated. Any tips to avoid this/fix next time?

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 28, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      it sounds like it got a little overcooked, i think keeping the double boiler at a lower heat and pulling it from the heat once it becomes nice and smooth will help for next time!

      • Reply
        Michelle
        September 28, 2021 at 5:17 pm

        Thank you!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    September 27, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Anything to recommend to substitute the Arrowroot powder? I don’t want to mess the recipe up as sometimes substitutes don’t work out.

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 27, 2021 at 5:15 pm

      Tapioca flour would definitely work.

  • Reply
    Courtney
    September 27, 2021 at 1:47 am

    I’ve been waiting for these and – they’re so great! I did did mini m&m’s on top as I love the crunch but am not a huge fan of sprinkles, but I otherwise followed the recipe. Will probably look for a new topping in the future but I couldn’t wait to make them! Super fudgy, satisfying and reminiscent of the real thing. This will be on regular rotation for me!

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 27, 2021 at 11:40 am

      aw fun idea on the mini-m&m’s!! I also saw these “rainbow chips” on amazon that look like the real deal you could try: https://amzn.to/3unEnO4

  • Reply
    Rebecca Gotto
    September 26, 2021 at 6:33 am

    I would love to see you make a riff on the little Debbie Christmas trees! Paleo of course!

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 27, 2021 at 11:45 am

      love this idea– did you eat the vanilla ones or chocolate? I think the vanilla ones are the more traditional ones.

  • Reply
    Keely
    September 25, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Are there substitutes you would recommend for the almond butter and almond flour? I know substituting can be finicky!!

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 25, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      For almond butter- I recommend cashew butter as a good sub.
      For almond flour– I think coconut flour would work here.

      • Reply
        Annie
        October 16, 2021 at 10:39 pm

        5 stars
        These were great! Super chocolatey and fudgey and forgiving! I used a ceramic square pan and realized I probably should have used a metal one after the fact because I had to cook them for quite a bit longer than stated. However the outside bits that cooked longer were still moist and fudgey! Super decadent and really I wouldn’t be able to tell they were paleo if I didn’t know 😉

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