I wasn’t sure what to call these. It’s a cross between a cake and brownie, but the dense texture and rich flavor make me lean towards calling them brownies. Though technically I’ve never eaten a flourless brownie. Also I baked them in a square pan and cut them into pieces that look like brownies. So brownies it is.

Anyhow, I was experimenting in the kitchen again with my jars of Nutella and I came up with this. The Nutella flavor is intense. The hazelnut flavor is upped with the addition of some ground hazelnut flour.  So if you love hazelnut and chocolate, this dessert is a must try.

As with many flourless desserts, the batter was easy to whip up. It bakes for about 25 minutes and then it’s done. The dessert is quite rich and decadent. Just a little goes a long way.

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Flourless Nutella Brownies


1/2 cup hazelnut flour/ground hazelnuts
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3.5 ounces Nutella
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp light brown sugar
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil and line an 8 x 8 square baking pan.

2. Mix together the the sugars, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until
blended. Add the hazelnut flour, Nutella, and cocoa powder and mix until batter is smooth.

3. Pour the batter into baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting.


8 Responses to “Flourless Nutella Brownies”

  1. Connie — March 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

    These would be perfect for my chocolate-loving friend who has recently been diagnosed with celiac’s disease. Thanks for this fab recipe :-)

    • Kirbie replied: — March 21st, 2012 @ 8:47 am

      Aw, that’s too bad for your friend to have that diagnosis. But yes, these should work for her/him!

  2. Kay — March 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I love the idea of adding more hazelnut!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 21st, 2012 @ 11:18 am

      Me too! sometimes the hazelnut can get lost, so this ensures it doesn’t.

  3. Paula — March 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I also go towards the brownie!! No flour, no baking powder, it seems brownie!! :P

    I’m going to take the recipe, I have to try this soon!!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 21st, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

      Yes definitely try it out!

  4. Rikki — March 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I just got a jar of Nutella, how perfect! These look incredible and quick to make. Yum!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 22nd, 2012 @ 8:20 am

      They are quick and easy. Definitely check them out!

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