chocolate brownies with sprinkles on a white tray and wood cutting board with a pot of melted chocolate

Rich, dense, fudgey gluten free and dairy free brownies with a dairy free chocolate ganache for some cosmic brownie throwback vibes.

Cosmic brownies were one of my favorite school lunch desserts. I can seriously still taste them– but I thought I would make a healthier version for a lower sugar, gluten free + dairy free treat. And a serious treat they are! These are so fudgey, addicting, and delicious. Honestly, you would never know they are gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free! I’m in love.

chocolate brownies with sprinkles on a white tray and wood cutting board with a pot of melted chocolate

The velvety chocolate ganache on top is so easy to make (only 2 ingredients!), and it takes these brownies to the next level x1000. Gotta admit- I could not stop licking the spatula. I felt like a kid when I was making these and I absolutely loved it.

chocolate brownies with sprinkles on a white tray and wood cutting board with a pot of melted chocolate
chocolate brownies with sprinkles on a white tray and wood cutting board with a pot of melted chocolate

The ingredients are simple, and the result is out of this world. I already can’t wait to make these again!!

What are some of your fave throw back snacks? Now that I made these healthier cosmic brownies I just want to keep experimenting with old school treats!

These brownies have a dreamy crackly top and a dense and soft center, just like the real deal. And you already know you’re house is going to smell like a chocolate dream while these are baking! So dreamy.


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Gluten Free Cosmic Brownies

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Snacks


A gluten free and dairy free spin on the classic cosmic brownie. The best chocolate treat!



For the brownies:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (dairy free, if needed)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (dairy free, if needed)
  • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk (just cream portion, not the water)*
  • sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prep an 8×8 baking dish by lining with parchment paper- make sure some parchment paper is hanging over the sides

  2. On the stovetop on low heat in a small sauce pan, melt the chocolate chips and the coconut oil for the brownies. Make sure to stir frequently, until mixture is very smooth. Set aside to slightly cool.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract until well combined.

  4. Pour in chocolate and coconut oil mixture, and whisk again to combine.

  5. Stir in the cocoa powder, tapioca starch, and sea salt until a thick and smooth batter forms.

  6. Pour batter into the parchment lined baking dish, and use a small spatula to spread the batter out evenly.

  7. Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool further.

  8. While brownies are cooling, make the chocolate ganache by melting the coconut milk and the chocolate chips on low heat on the stove top. Stir frequently until a smooth ganache forms. Pour ganache over the brownies and spread with a spatula (you may have some extra that you can save for other desserts!). Add sprinkled, then slice and serve.


*Set your coconut milk in the refrigerator the night before to help separate the cream from the watery part. 

Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Paleo, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian


Nov 3, 2019

Gluten Free Cosmic Brownies

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  1. Sydney Buss says:

    Amazing! they taste exactly like what I hoped they would taste like & more.

  2. Christina says:

    So so much better than the original cosmic brownies, and a bonus that it’s so much healthier too. You would never know!

  3. Chelsea says:

    Amazing!!! They turned out perfect and were so easy to whip up with the ingredients I had on hand during quarantine!

  4. Maddie says:

    Another day, another 5 star review for one of Mia’s recipes. My boyfriend LOVES cosmic brownies so I knew immediately I’d have to make these and they did not disappoint! SO GOOD. So simple and easy to make, I had all the ingredients on hand and they came together so quick. So rich and fudgy and just so amazing. My boyfriend loved them and so did everyone else I shared them with. Highly recommend…but let’s be honest I recommend every recipe Mia makes.

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