Vegan Chocolate Brownies - Candida Diet Friendly

I don’t do much baking, but when you have friends coming over for dinner, you put in the effort. These vegan chocolate brownies that also happen to be gluten and sugar-free, as well as candida diet-friendly, were an absolute hit! I served it with vanilla coconut milk-based ice cream to Michael and our friends, and I just had it with some coconut cream.

Why I HAD to make a vegan chocolate brownie recipe

Outside of the obvious reasons for making any brownie recipe, this one is particularly special to me. See at the time; I was doing an elimination diet so that I could be de-sensitised to wheat and also detox.

With my love for pasta, pizza, bread etc. this was a big deal for me. But only good quality stuff, none of the cheap, processed crap. However, every time I took a mouthful, I would look like I was six months pregnant and have other symptoms that gave me a lot of discomfort.

With other things brewing that I can’t talk about just yet, being able to eat wheat comfortably was going to make a massive difference in my life.

So, trying to get my health right meant that I had to eliminate all types of sweeteners (including fruit), starchy vegetables, mushrooms, legumes, beans, corn, rice, wheat, soy, some nuts and anything that came in a packet. I was eating similar foods pretty much every day.

The only sweeteners that were allowed were stevia (which I’m not a fan of) and xylitol. Now, I’ve used birch xylitol before and was familiar with it, so using it in desserts wasn’t an issue. It’s a great sugar substitute for people with diabetes as well.

My search for a candida-friendly dessert

I explored a few different recipes that had ingredients that I couldn’t have sugar, maple syrup, arrowroot, cornstarch and tapioca and played around with what I could have. Now, on the note of xylitol, the only problem is that it’s highly toxic to dogs. So please be very careful when using it!

So considering that I was trying to make a dessert for a candida-friendly diet and would also be nice for everyone else, the pressure was on.

This recipe turned out so well that I even surprised myself! Even now that I’m not on the super strict diet anymore, I would still make it. If you don’t want to use xylitol, you can substitute it for regular raw sugar or coconut sugar instead. And the chocolate used can be just plain vegan dark chocolate chips.

Vegan Chocolate Brownies - Candida Diet Friendly

Now, get excited. You will fall in love with the simplicity and deliciousness of this recipe. I would love to know what you think of it!

Other tasty desserts you’ll love:

  1. Sugar-Free Chocolate & Hazelnut Granola (Vegan and GF)
  2. Naked Sacher Torte (Vegan & GF)
  3. Classic Vegan Chocolate Cake
  4. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Puffed Rice Slice
  5. Almond & Choc Chip Vegan Blondies

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Vegan Chocolate Brownies - Candida Diet Friendly

Vegan Chocolate Brownies (Candida Diet Friendly)

Yield: 8 brownies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Quick and easy satisfying sugar-free brownies that everyone can enjoy. The perfect guilt-free treat!


  • 2 cups (200g) almond flour*
  • 1/2 tsp (3g) bicarb soda
  • 1/2 tsp (3g) aluminium free baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (70g) birch xylitol*
  • 2 tbsp (13g) cacao powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup (90g) almond butter
  • 1/4 cup (40ml) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water or almond milk*
  • 85g xylitol-sweetened chocolate chips (I used one Little Zebra block of chocolate)*


  1. Preheat oven to 190C (375F) and line a bread loaf tin or small baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Mix all ingredients well in a bowl until you get a cookie dough-like consistency. If it's too dry, add a couple of tablespoons more of water.
  3. Spread the batter evenly inside the lined baking tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until it starts to become a slightly darker brown on the top and doesn't appear raw when you jiggle the baking dish. Brownies are meant to be a little under, so don't be afraid to take it out of the oven if it appears still a little soft when you touch the top.
  4. Let it completely cool before cutting and serving. This will help everything to bind together well when cooled.


* Here in Australia it's hard to come by almond flour, so just used a blanched almond meal. It works just as well.

* Make sure you use the one that is from the birch tree, not corn-derived. Check the ingredients. You want 100% birch tree xylitol. If you're not after a sugar-free alternative, then raw sugar or coconut sugar will do.

* I make my own to avoid any fillers and sugars in the milk. Soak half a cup of almonds overnight, rinse next day. Add to blender with 750-1000ml water and blend until smooth. Strain the almond milk through a nut milk bag and bottle the liquid. I typically keep the almonds that remain in the nut milk bag to add to porridge, smoothies etc.

* If you can find plain xylitol-sweetened chocolate chips, then great. I couldn't so I used a chocolate block and chopped it up into small pieces. If you don't want to use xylitol-sweetened one, use dark vegan chocolate chips instead.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically. The accuracy of this information is not guaranteed.

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Vegan Chocolate Brownies - Candida Diet Friendly


  1. Hi there, I’m allergic to coconut. Do you know what I could use instead of coconut oil? thanks!

    1. I haven’t tried any other oil in these brownies but you could try something like macadamia oil. A neutral candida-friendly (if you’re on that diet) oil should work in place of coconut in the recipe.

    1. If it’s not the liquid variety, it should be fine. I’m just not sure how much you would have to substitute it for as I find stevia tricky to work with. It would have to be less than xylitol. Let me know how you go with it 🙂

  2. Can we use organic jaggery instead of xylitol
    Please post answer on my email address only.
    Thanks again.

  3. I used coconut flour and brown rice flour. It resulted in another flour. Lol. Do you think I could crush it up again and add eggs to make it into something cakey. I could use it as a cereal maybe. Hahaha

  4. I absolutely LOVE these! They are such an indulgent treat on such a restrictive diet.
    Everyone else I’ve offered them to loves them too. They are a constant ‘go to’ for me now even now I’m moving off the diet, so easy and quick to make, Thank you so much!
    I have one question, can they be frozen? I hate waste especially with something so expensive as almond flour, I would love to be able to freeze half of what I make.

    1. So glad you love them, Kate! This is why I had to create something when I was on the diet, I couldn’t find anything out there that satisfied my cravings but that was allowed. I haven’t tried freezing them myself as they don’t last that long in my house. However, I imagine that it should be fine. Please report back and let me know how you go 🙂

  5. Thank you for this recipe. I’m on the 10th day of an antifungal diet and was craving a treat. These came out perfect. I halved the recipe out of fear it wouldn’t turn out but it surpassed my expectations. My whole family loved them including the kids. I did use homemade coconut milk which made them extra rich. Thank you again.

  6. Hi, is there anyway you could do the gram measurements? I think i royally messed this up trying to convert the measurements.

    1. Hi Elizabeth, I’m so sorry it wasn’t a success for you! I have just updated the recipe with the measurements for you to try again. They’re worth it! Please let me know how you go the second time around.

  7. I substituted the almond flour for 1/2 a cup coconut flour and 2 eggs. Needed an extra 10 minutes to cook but was amazing! I also added some chopped walnuts.

  8. I just bought monkfruit. Could I use that instead of xylitol? I’ve never baked with either before.

  9. My friend made these for me, as I’m on the candida diet. WHOA. They are unreal and incredibly delicious. Can’t wait to make them myself.

  10. Best brownies I’ve ever had! No feelings of being bogged down which is common when I eat these types of things. And they’re actually healthy (in moderation). Can’t go wrong with this recipe. They are now part of my regular go to list.

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