Lactose-free brownies

Lactose-free brownies

45 min
Lactose-free brownies are a delicious cake that is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. With its chewy and gooey texture, the American classic has become a favourite with many all over the world. Made with cocoa powder and hazelnuts, it has an intense chocolate flavour that lends itself well to a range of delicious toppings. Ours is a simple recipe that can be made and enjoyed by everyone.


  • Preheat the oven to 175°C (regular oven). Line a square pan (approx. 20 x 30 cm) with baking paper.
  • Chop the nuts. Melt the butter and mix it with the cocoa powder.
  • Mix eggs and sugar in a bowl. Fold in the cocoa mixture, salt, vanilla powder, nuts, as well as flour and baking powder mixed together.
  • Pour the batter into the pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Let the lactose-free brownies cool off and cut them into pieces. Store in the fridge.
  • Top with whipped cream before serving.

Do not overmix the batter as it can lead to dense and tough brownies. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until they are just combined to ensure a tender and fudgy texture.


Keep a close eye on your brownies while they bake to avoid overbaking as this will result in dry and crumbly brownies. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the centre. If it comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it, they are done. Remember that the brownies will continue to cook slightly as they cool, so it is better to underbake them a little if you prefer a fudgier texture.

Questions about lactose-free brownies

With our lactose-free brownie recipe in your repertoire, making a delicious dessert or treat that everyone can enjoy is easy. Read our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about them below to learn more.

What is a brownie?
A brownie is a popular chocolate dessert with a dense and fudgy texture. It is made with cocoa powder and/or chocolate, sugar, butter, eggs, and flour, and can be flavoured with nuts, vanilla, or other ingredients. Brownie is usually baked in a square or rectangular pan and can be served plain or topped with whipped cream, ice cream, or other toppings.
How to know when lactose-free brownies are done?
A good way of checking when a lactose-free brownie is cooked, is to check the top and the edges. The top should be shiny and set with a slightly crackled appearance while the edges should be slightly crispy and firm to the touch. You can also insert a toothpick into the centre. If it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, they are done.
Can you freeze lactose-free chocolate brownie?
Yes, freezing brownies is a great way to extend their shelf life and enjoy them later. First, make sure they are completely cool. Then, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or foil and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Frozen lactose-free brownies will last for up to 3 months in the freezer. Keep in mind that freezing may cause the texture to change slightly, but they should still be delicious.


Lactose-free brownies:
Roasted hazelnuts
100 g
Lactose-free butter
250 g
Cocoa powder
200 ml
450 ml
½ tsp
Vanilla powder
½ tsp
Wheat flour
300 ml
Baking powder
½ tsp
Lactose-free whipping cream

Make delicious lactose-free brownies for everyone to enjoy

There is nothing like a piece of brownie to make your day better. This lactose-free brownie recipe offers a crispy exterior and a dense, gooey centre, allowing everyone to indulge in the yummy goodness this treat has to offer. Even when it is made with cocoa powder, the brownies have a rich, chocolaty flavour, with subtle hints of chocolate bitterness. When combined with sweet sugar, creamy butter, and warm, floral vanilla powder, the result is a sweet, moist bite. The roasted hazelnuts offset the dense, fudgy texture with their crunchiness rich and buttery nutty flavour.

A good topping makes it even better

Since lactose-free brownies are rich and dense, serving them with a light topping such as whipped cream is a great idea. The tasty lactose-free whipped cream adds a creamy touch that works as a great contrast to the crunchiness of the roasted hazelnuts.

If you want to lean into the richness of the brownie, you might like it with a delicious lactose-free raspberry cream or a sweet and sticky caramel sauce. You can also serve it with ice cream. If you want to make your own stracciatella with vanilla and chocolate shards, have a look at our recipe for lactose-free coffee ice cream.

The sky is the limit when it comes to brownies

You can experiment with a myriad of different versions of lactose-free brownies to find the very best for you and your preferences. Try our different suggestions to make the best-ever brownie without lactose.

Brownie with white chocolate

For those with an avid sweet tooth, adding white chocolate is a great idea. White chocolate is sweet and has a vanilla-like flavour with creamy and floral undertones. As such, adding it will change the overall flavour profile and make for a white chocolate brownie that is perfect for those who want a rich and creamy dessert with some brightness.

Triple chocolate brownie

If you want to enhance the chocolate flavour, add lactose-free chocolate to your list of ingredients and hold back some of the cocoa powder. Combining melted chocolate with butter will result in brownies that are even richer and more fudgy in texture. You can also add chocolate chips of different varieties to create lactose-free brownies with white, milk, and dark chocolate and experience what different kinds of chocolate have to offer.

Peanut butter brownie

Brownie with peanut butter is a classic choice. Peanut butter can have a slightly roasted flavour that adds depth and complements the sweetness and richness of the treats very well. A chunky peanut butter may also add a satisfying crunch.

Brownie with raspberries

Upgrade your brownie by adding fresh berries. Raspberries provide a slightly tangy and sweet flavour that nicely balances the intense taste of cocoa. The fruity contrast is a refreshing addition that adds small bursts of brightness to each bite. Also, consider making a raspberry and white chocolate brownie. The tanginess of the berries and the sweetness of the chocolate work exceedingly well together.

Brownie with banana

Using bananas in cakes and desserts is popular as it adds a lot of natural sweetness and hints of caramel. The complex sweetness complements the chocolaty richness of lactose-free brownies wonderfully. The texture is also moist and soft due to the banana, making the treats even more indulgent.