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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

Rich, chocolatey, and super fudgy – these Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies (aka Nutella Brownies) do not disappoint!

4 Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies stacked on a marble serving tray

photos and post updated February 2020

Ohmygawd these brownies. These are the brownies to end all brownies. They’re so super fudgy, exactly the way a brownie should be. Get outta here cake-y brownies, there’s no place for you here. Fudge brownies are the only way to go.

Actually, make that fudge brownies made with chocolate hazelnut spread, k? The texture of these brownies is just plain amazing. They’re so fudgy they’re almost truffle like. I’m telling you, they’re not like any other brownie you’ve ever had before.

These chocolate hazelnut brownies (aka Nutella Brownies) have a triple dose of chocolate. Not only does this naturally gluten free brownie recipe have the chocolate hazelnut spread as a base but they also have cocoa powder and melted chocolate chips. What whaaat. Triple chocolate. Triple threat. Awesome brownies.

I didn’t add nuts to these because I actually prefer brownies without nuts. But with that being said, feel free to add some chopped hazelnuts (or any kind you want). They’d add great texture and an extra boost of hazelnut flavor. I just love the smooth, velvety texture of these without the nuts. These brownies are a huge hit in our house. These are definitely going to be our go-to brownie from now on. They’re just that good. I’m sure you’ll feel the same once you try them. Enjoy!

Ultra fudgy flourless chocolate hazelnut brownies - aka Nutella brownies! They’re rich and indulgent and everything you’d want in a brownies including a crackly top. These brownies are naturally gluten free and can be made dairy free too. Gluten free brownie recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more gluten free desserts!

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Key Ingredients in Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

  • Cornstarch – cornstarch acts as a binder in this recipe and replaces the flour making these “flourless” brownies. If you can’t use cornstarch due to allergies, Tapioca Flour would be an excellent sub.
  • Cocoa Powder – I prefer using Equal Exchange Baking Cocoa in this recipe but natural cocoa powder (such as Hershey’s) would work too.
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – aka Nutella. There are other brands available too so use your favorite. I’ve listed dairy free versions in the dairy free section below.
  • Eggs – I always use large eggs for baking. I often use room temperature eggs for baked goods but with brownies, I always use them cold straight from the fridge.
  • Chocolate – Semi sweet chocolate is my go-to chocolate but use milk chocolate or dark chocolate if that’s your preference. 

Ultra fudgy flourless chocolate hazelnut brownies - aka Nutella brownies! They’re rich and indulgent and everything you’d want in a brownies including a crackly top. These brownies are naturally gluten free and can be made dairy free too. Gluten free brownie recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more gluten free desserts!


Equipment Needed to Make Flourless Brownies

  • 8×8 Inch Square Baking Pan – you can use a 9×9 pan if that’s all you have but the brownies will be thinner and you’ll have to decrease the baking time.
  • Microwave Safe Bowl – I use Pyrex Bowls for basically everything. They’re the best!
  • Whisk + Mixing Spoon

Can I make dairy free Nutella brownies?

Yes! To make this recipe dairy free, use a dairy free chocolate hazelnut spread. Dairy free Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread is my favorite but Nutiva Vegan Hazelnut Spread is also a great choice.

Use your favorite plant based butter in place of the regular butter and use dairy free chocolate.

Ultra fudgy flourless chocolate hazelnut brownies - aka Nutella brownies! They’re rich and indulgent and everything you’d want in a brownies including a crackly top. These brownies are naturally gluten free and can be made dairy free too. Gluten free brownie recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more gluten free desserts!


How to make Nutella Brownies

Step 1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease/spray an 8x8in pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper.

Step 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.

Step 3. Add chocolate chips and butter to a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds and then stir well. Continue to heat in 10 second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir in the chocolate hazelnut spread and add vanilla extract and sugar; stir to combine. Mix in the eggs one at a time.

Step 4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients mixing well. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35 min. (or longer). Cool completely before cutting.

Ultra fudgy flourless chocolate hazelnut brownies - aka Nutella brownies! They’re rich and indulgent and everything you’d want in a brownies including a crackly top. These brownies are naturally gluten free and can be made dairy free too. Gluten free brownie recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more gluten free desserts!


Other Gluten Free Brownies to Try:

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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Rich, chocolatey, and super fudgy – these Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies (aka Nutella Brownies) do not disappoint!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (see notes)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease/spray an 8x8 square pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt then set aside.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and butter to a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds and then stir. Continue to heat in 10 second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir in the chocolate hazelnut spread and add vanilla extract and sugar; stir to combine. Mix in the eggs one at a time until completely incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients mixing well. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35 min. (or longer). Cool completely before cutting.

Notes

  • These brownies are amazing at room temperature, they almost melt in your mouth. They're also fabulous cold. Try adding 3/4 cup of chopped hazelnuts for added texture.
  • *I used organic Nocciolata chocolate hazelnut spread but Nutella can also be used.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 214

Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Calories based on 16 servings.

 

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart. Read my review on Nocciolata organic hazelnut spread.

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Whitney

Sunday 7th of February 2021

These look amazing! I want to try making them but I'm wondering if you have experimented using flax egg to make them vegan and whether or not you think it would work well? Thanks!

Shay

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

I haven't tried it but if you do, let me know how it turns out for you!

plasterer bristol

Monday 22nd of August 2016

Yummy, these turned out perfect. Abolutely delcious. Thanks for sharing. Simon

Judy Charlotte

Friday 17th of October 2014

Mmmm. Those brownies look gooood.

Sharon

Friday 17th of October 2014

They are SO good!

Jennifer Dawn

Wednesday 15th of October 2014

These look wonderful! I've never made hazelnut brownies before, but this is one worth pinning and trying later.

Sharon

Wednesday 15th of October 2014

Thanks Jennifer! I'm sure you'll love them :)

Sarah Marchant

Tuesday 14th of October 2014

These look absolutely mouth-watering!

Sharon

Wednesday 15th of October 2014

They totally are!

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