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Chai-Spiced Cacao Nib Brownies (Gluten-Free)

These easy and delicious Chai-Spiced Cacao Nib Brownie Bars are delightfully chocolate-y, subtly spiced, and packed with iron, fiber and potassium from the cacao nibs. Not to mention, they have an amazing texture, too. This gluten-free treat makes a great breakfast, snack or dessert as it is not over-the-top sweet (but big on flavor!).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time27 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Sweets
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 449kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips of choice
  • 2 tablespoons cacap or cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 cardamom pods freshly ground (or 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs


  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Grease or line an 8 x 8 square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • To a large mixing bowl add your melted butter and sugar. Whisk until smoothly combined.
  • Pour in chocolate chips letting it slowly and partially melt into the butter mixture. It’s okay to leave chocolate chips partially whole.
  • Add cacao powder, eggs, vanilla. Whisk to combine.
  • Pour in flour and spices. Whisk to combine.
  • Fold in cacao nibs.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 23-28 minutes or until edges are quite firm and a toothpick inserted in the center pulls out clean.
  • Allow your brownie bars to cool completely before slicing into 12 and serving.
  • Enjoy!


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 163mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g