Gluten Free Santa Hat Brownies

These rich, fudgey and moreish gluten free brownies finished with a strawberry Santa hat are the perfect treat for Christmas. Easy to make and gluten free and dairy free friendly.

Gluten Free Santa Hat Brownies Dairy Free Recipe

 Recipe Tips:

  • Make the brownies in advance and decorate with the strawberry Santa hat just before serving.

Gluten Free Santa Hat Brownies Recipe - Dairy Free


To make these Gluten Free Santa Hat Brownies you will need:

  • Almond meal – a nutrient dense, gluten free flour alternative
  • Eggs – offering a source of protein to help balance blood sugar levels
  • Cacao or cocoa – use a good quality cacao/ cocoa for best results.
  • Pure maple syrup (or natural sweetener of choice such as honey or rice malt syrup)
  • Australian Macadamias – these add a moreish and buttery crunch to the brownies

To make the Santa hats:

To make the strawberry Santa hats use a thick vanilla coconut yoghurt or coconut whipped cream, top with a hulled strawberry and finish with a gluten free mini marshmallow on top (hold together with a toothpick).

If using coconut yoghurt make sure you use a thick and creamy variety and ensure the brownie is cooled. Top the brownies just before serving.

Nutrition Tips:

  • Using a nutrient dense flour alternative such as almond meal along with eggs, the recipe contains a source of protein and healthy fats that together help to promote balanced blood sugar levels whilst satisfying you without over indulging.

Gluten Free Santa Hat Brownies Easy Recipe

Dietary Notes:

This recipe is naturally:

  • Gluten free and grain free
  • Dairy free
  • Preservative free

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Gluten Free Santa Hat Brownies Recipe

Gluten Free Santa Hat Brownies Recipe:

Gluten Free Santa Hat Brownies

Fudgey, gluten free brownies topped with a strawberry Santa hat for a festive touch.
Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, No Added Sugar, Preservative Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or liquid sweetener equivalent) 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond meal 
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 cup Australian macadamias 

Strawberry Santa Hats

  • vanilla coconut yoghurt (see notes for tips)
  • strawberries
  • gluten free mini marshmallows



  • Pre-heat oven fan-forced oven to 175°C. 
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together eggs with maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.
  • Add almond meal, cacao, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine. 
  • Fold through macadamias.
  • Pour into a small lined baking tray. Bake in oven for 25 mins or until cooked through (middle will be fudgey). 
  • Allow to cool. Slice to serve. Use a cookie cutter for round shapes.

Strawberry Santa hats

  • Just before serving, pipe thick vanilla coconut yoghurt on top of each cooled brownie.
  • Top with a hulled strawberry and finish with a gluten free mini marshmallow on top (hold together with a toothpick). 


For a decanted dessert serve with dairy free coconut ice cream of choice.
Strawberry Santa hats:
I use a thick vanilla coconut yoghurt but you can also use whipped coconut cream, gluten free icing sugar or equivalent. 

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