Sugar Free Espresso Brownies with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting (Grain/Sugar/Egg/Starch Free)

Sugar Free Espresso Brownies with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting (Grain/Sugar/Egg/Starch Free)

Sugar Free Espresso Brownies

with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Brownies without ANY sugar. You don't say.


I have been living on these darn things. I've made 3 batches in the past week and a half, and finally I moved quick enough to get a photo before they were once again gone. Honestly, when chocolate, espresso, and pumpkin are combined how can one deny?? I can't.

Sugar Free Espresso Brownies  with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Sugar Free Espresso Brownies with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting


Espresso Brownies with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 3 Cups Blanched Almond Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbs Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup xylitol (Or Coconut Palm Sugar or other Granulated Sugar of choice if its not an issue for you).
  • 2 Tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 7 Tbs Strong (Liquid) Espresso or Coffee. (or Milk (any variety) OR water)
  • Frosting
  • 5 TBS Soft Fresh Goat Cheese (such as Chèvre)
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2- 1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1/4-1/2 Tsp powdered ginger (to taste)
  • Pinch Salt
  • Nunaturals Stevia to taste.
  • Chopped sugar free chocolate or Allergen Free Chocolate Chips (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 6 x 6 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer) combine all of the brownie ingredients. Mix until the dough comes together- it will be thick. This can be done by hand or in the stand mixer. Don't be afraid to use your hands, if mixing the old fashioned way.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 33-36 minutes minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  5. Meanwhile- make the frosting. Using a hand mixer beat together the ingredients. Add Stevia to taste. For those of you able to have sugar a little honey, maple syrup, or agave could also be used or try adding powdered sugar. For an extra fluffy frosting try beating in some butter (or Earth Balance).
  6. Using a knife or a piping bag frost the brownies. Top with allergen free chocolate chips OR chopped sugar free chocolate. I purchase the brand Simply Lite Chocolate From Trader Joes.


Brittany Angell

25 comments | Leave your own

  1. Chris

    1.2 cups of pumpkin puree is supposed to be 1/2 cup, right?

  2. Kristina

    Any suggestions for substitution for the goat cheese? I can’t do any animal milk products. Thanks!

  3. A

    How many brownies does this make? It sounds delicious! Thanks!!!

  4. Sarah

    Do you eat dairy very often? I have experimented with cutting it out, adding it back, cutting it out again… as far as I can tell I don’t have that much of a problem (just a bit of lactose intolerance) but so much of what I read about people with the kind of health issues I have says “Dairy is harmful and inflammatory stay away” that it’s hard not to wonder if I’m just ignoring symptoms when I do have it in my diet…

  5. Heather's Creative Concoctions

    Oh you have hit my absolute favorite combo, coffee and chocolate! If you ask me they should never be apart 😉

  6. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    Oh wow these look incredible! Such beautiful photos, too! I love that you used goat cheese in the frosting too. I took out dairy earlier this year, but have added back in small amounts of goat dairy as it doesn’t seem to bother me. I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Amy

    I just purchased NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia and have yet to try it. I’m still getting used to cooking/baking with stevia, so when you say “Stevia to taste”, can you tell me about how many drops you used? Even an approximation is helpful. I look forward to trying this recipe. Thanks so much!

  8. Margaret

    Are there no wet ingredients in the brownies besides coffee? It feels as if something is missing.

  9. Holly

    Hello- so glad to have discovered your website! I am on the hunt for a soft, chocolate cookie to use for Paleo Whoopie Pies. Do you believe that the brownies from this recipe could be baked as drop cookie (and retain a nice rounded form)? If not, I would appreciate any other recipe referrals. Thanks!

  10. Katharine Rees

    Could you use a gluten free baking mix instead of the almond flour?

  11. Chance

    Hands down, these are the best grain free brownie I have ever made. In fact, they’re definitely better than many regular old brownies I’ve eaten in my life! My partner declared these “awesome!”. I used decaf instant coffee to equal the espresso since I don’t handle the caffeine in coffee well and the flavor is great. The only change I made was adding about 1/2 cup of the enjoy life mini chocolate chips. Yum! Yum! Yum! Thank you!

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