Without fail, I end each night with some dark chocolate. Whether in the form of bar or chips, a little nibble is always needed before bed. As much as I try to avoid sugar, I do have a sweet tooth.

Recently, I have been adding some cashews to my nightly chocolate indulgence. I love the salty crunchy contrast. As I was thinking of what my new recipe post would be, I was munching on this mix and it hit me! Aha! Cashew Brownies! 

I've created a GF and refined sugar free brownies base with chopped cashews stirred in and topped with cashew butter swirls. A jam-packed cashew and chocolate bite- what could be better?

Bake these babies up if looking for a better-for-you-before-bed nibble!

Servings: 12 brownies


  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips (dairy free if needed), divided
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews, roasted and salted
  • 3 tablespoons cashew butter (non-crunchy)


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. 
  • In a bowl, combine the espresso powder, cocoa powder, 1/3 cup chocolate chips, coconut sugar, and maple syrup.
  • Next stir in the warm coconut oil. Combine all the ingredients.
  • Then whisk in the vanilla and eggs. (Make sure the mix is cool as to not cook the eggs when adding.)
  • Then stir in the coconut flour and garbanzo bean flour in batches.
  • Lastly, fold in the cashews and remaining chocolate chips. 
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Top with the 3 tablespoons of cashew butter. Place the butter around the pan of batter. Using a toothpick or cake tester, swirl the areas of cashew butter to spread it around the pan. This will also create a swirled look for the top of your brownies.
  • Bake for 27 minutes, then let the brownies fully cool in the pan before removing and cutting.
  • Enjoy!

*Note: These are more of a cake-like consistency. For a more fudge-like brownie, reduce the baking time to 20-22 minutes, and then let the brownies fully cool in the pan.