Pistachio Chocolate Brownies


I’m keeping this simple. I have a tendency to complicate recipes, I guess that comes from baking so much, But I get it that most people have some kind of life outside their kitchen!

This recipe contains no flour, in fact not a grain in sight, and no sugar. Oh and no raising agent, apart from egg…

You will need a couple of ingredients that you might not ordinarily have. I use brown rice syrup. It is not available everywhere, but you can get it online, Ocado do it and my favourite www.healthysupplies.co.uk have it amongst everything you could possibly want in life! Oh and Sainsbury’s are doing it now too. Look in the baking aisle – it is the Sarah Wilson ‘I Quit Sugar’ brand of Rice Malt Syrup.

Brown Rice Syrup is great stuff. Due to its very low fructose content, scientists now believe that the consumption of large amounts of fructose can rapidly induce insulin resistance, postprandial hypertriglyceridemia, and blood pressure in humans more than starch (or glucose) does in controls.  Moreover, it is a potential risk factor for fatty liver disease. So brown rice syrup is a much, much  better choice than the fructose-laden syrups such as fruit syrups, date nectar and agave syrups you find masquerading as good-for-you in the ‘healthy sugar isle’ of your supermarket or health food shops. You could substitute the brown rice syrup for any syrup you might have, as long as you don’t mind the extra sugar… it won’t be much more as I use only 50g for the whole batch. The syrup keeps it all moist.

For the granulated sweetener, you can also use xylitol (derived from Birch tree Bark), erythritol or Stevia. Stevia really needs to be combined with erythritol as it can have a bitter aftertaste. Silver spoon do a good one already combined.It’s available everywhere these days, Have a look in the sugar aisle of your supermarket.

You will need some kind of brownie tin. I use one that has two inch high sides and is 10”x8”.

Smooth some butter or coconut oil all over your tin and then line the base with baking paper.

Set your oven to 160ºC – I know it seems low – but trust me on this one…



170g Very soft Butter (or melted but cooled coconut oil if you want to keep it dairy free)

50g Brown rice syrup this is optional but does give a more moist texture

80g Truvia by Silver Spoon Stevia based sweetener  or 100g Xylitol sweetener or any erythritol based sweetener. (Don’t be tempted to use aspartame…)

3 eggs – always free range

200g Ground Almonds or ground pistachios or a mix of both, I like to use ground almonds and a handful of roughly chopped pistachios thrown in for good measure.

50g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – sifted to get out any lumpy bits


  1. Slop your very soft butter (not melted – but extra soft) sweetener and brown rice syrup into a large bowl and give it a good mix until the mixture turns pale. I just use a wooden spoon for this – I like a bit of old skool – but use your stand mixer if you feel the need or handheld version.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Yep, just bung them all in and mix until just combined.
  3. Dollop into your brownie tin, smooth the top and slide into your oven (which is already hot – don’t even think about putting it in a cold oven…)
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Remove and allow to cool in the tin. Turn out and slice into 16 slices – depending on how big you like your squares.

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