Maple Hemp Brownies

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Gluten-free, vegan and allergen-friendly chocolate brownies.

Bake these Maple Hemp Brownies asap! It’s worth your time, and the recipe is easy to whip up. And, once you do, please savour every single bite!

I got so excited about making brownies that I experimented with both a version with gluten-free sourdough starter and this one that does not include any.

It was only fair to create two options just in case you haven’t made your first gluten-free sourdough starter.

When you do make the brownies take a picture and share it with us in the baking Facebook group or on Instagram. Tag it @freshisreal_ #freshisreal to make sure that we all see it!

Gluten-free, vegan and allergen-friendly chocolate brownies.

Maple Hemp Brownies

The brownie mixture includes maple syrup and beautiful homemade organic hemp milk.

If you don’t have hemp seeds (hemp hearts), I’m sure you could use another type of plant milk (almond, soy, rice, oat, coconut, etc.), but I did not test this recipe with any other kinds of milk.

Then the combination of the milk with some beautiful golden flaxseed meal creates a gel to help bind this egg-free treat!

And as for the brownie part, well, this gorgeous treat includes three kinds of chocolate. Some beautiful raw organic cacao powder, half a bar of dark chocolate and lastly some allergen-friendly mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.

How to Make Brownies Video

How to make the brownies:

  1. The Maple Hemp Brownies recipe is quick to prepare. You will need to combine the flaxseed with the hemp milk to let the flax thicken and gel.
  2. Proceed to measure or weigh the dry ingredients. You can give everything a whisk to remove any flour or starch clumps.Ingredients for gluten-free vegan brownie mixture.
  3. You will need to gently melt the dark chocolate with the maple syrup and butter. Add the pure vanilla extract to this mix.

  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients, add the flax mixture and mix. Gently fold in the mini allergy-free chocolate chips.
    Gluten-free vegan brownie batter in square baking pan.
  5. Once everything is well combined, transfer the brownie mixture to your parchment-lined baking dish.
    Cutting the brownies once cooled.
  6. Bake according to the instructions in the recipe, cool before you slice and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Sourdough Brownies

Are you curious about which version of the brownies to bake? Both are honestly very similar.

But if you have some active gluten-free sourdough starter on hand, it’s a great way to add a fermented component to a baked treat.

Close up view of a gluten-free and vegan brownie.

Great beginner recipe!

This Maple Hemp Brownies recipe is a great one to try for beginner bakers. Especially if you’re just learning about gluten-free and allergen-friendly baking.

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Sliced gluten-free sourdough brownies.

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The Gluten-Free Sourdough Brownies are so good! Once you make your starter, make sure to try baking the version of the brownies with gluten-free sourdough starter.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Sourdough Brownies

You can create much more than bread with a sourdough starter. But if you love baking bread as much as I do, you can check out the Buckwheat Sourdough or the Simple Sorghum Sourdough recipe!

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Gluten-free, vegan and allergen-friendly chocolate brownies.

Maple Hemp Brownies

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  • Author: Chantal | Fresh is Real
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 squares 1x
  • Category: Desserts, Treats, Snacks
  • Method: Oven-Baked
  • Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Allergen-Friendly, Plant-Based
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This fudgy recipe includes the perfect combination of ingredients. Golden maple syrup, homemade hemp milk, and three types of chocolate. A great school-safe, potluck go-to and allergen-friendly chocolaty treat!


  • 3/4 cup hemp milk, room temp/warm*
  • 1/4 cup golden flaxseed meal (25g)
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour (60g)
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (60g)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch (25g)
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder (25g)
  • 1 teaspoon GF baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup butter (vegan or regular)**
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/2 dark chocolate (45g), approx. 1/2 cup, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup allergy-friendly mini chocolate chips (60g)
    (I used semi-sweet)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350° F and line an 8×8-in square baking dish with unbleached parchment paper. 

Step 2
Combine room temperature/warm (not hot) hemp milk and flaxseed meal in a small bowl, mix and set aside.

Step 3
Combine the flours and starch into a mixing bowl. Add cacao powder, baking powder, salt and give it a whisk to break up any clumps.

Step 4 
To a small saucepan on low heat, combine your maple syrup and butter, stir until melted. Turn off heat, add dark chocolate and keep stirring until the chocolate melts. You can add the vanilla this mixture.****  

Step 5
Add the melted chocolate mixture and the flax mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix until everything is well combined. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.

Step 6
Transfer mixture to your baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes. The brownies are ready when the edges and center feel set. Don’t over bake as it could make the brownies dry.


If you don’t have a nut allergy, you could add in 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts to the brownie recipe! 

The Maple Hemp Brownies are delicious while still a little warm and gooey. The leftovers are as good the next day, or two or three—if they last that long! I bet these would freeze well too. Don’t forget to slice them first and separate each layer with parchment paper so they don’t stick to each other.

*You can probably use other types of plant milk although using homemade seed or nut milks is great!
To make homemade hemp milk: combine 1/3 cup of hemp seeds (hemp hearts) with about 1 cup of water in a small blender. Blend until frothy. Strain with a nut mesh bag or fine sieve to remove larger bits.

**Coconut oil could be a substitute for butter. I did not try it.
***I added brown rice gluten-free sourdough starter. You could use discard if you wish as this recipe does not need to rise. Please note that I haven’t tried with discard as I don’t ever have discard. I like baking with active and lively GF sourdough starter. If you plan your sourdough baking schedule accordingly, you too shouldn’t have any discard. 
****You can use your microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.

Brownie Recipe with GF Sourdough Starter:
Gluten-Free Sourdough Brownies

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