Who doesn’t love chocolate? No matter how old or how young you are, no one can resist chocolate in any form! In fact, my daughter is a committed chocoholic, perhaps to the family’s annoyance!
Happily, there are many gluten-free people out there who are inventing new ways of enjoying the old chocolate treats you love. The gluten-free diet no longer needs to be the chocolate-free diet too! I have found that there are many options for making gluten-free brownies.
Unfortunately, one of the hardest things about changing your diet is facing the fact that you may have to cut down on chocolate or even give it up altogether! Despite (or perhaps because of) their popularity, chocolate treats is not considered healthy by most doctors and health experts. They are usually full of sugar and gluten, which is why they present such a problem for most gluten-free eaters.
Naturally, the first option for baking gluten-free brownies is to create them from scratch. This method enables you to use any and all types of ingredients for brownies. Home-baked brownies are practically always crowd pleasers! In addition, most people enjoy the process of baking treats by hand. Just to get you started, here are a few gluten-free brownie recipes:
1. Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes.
Cooking Time: 32-35 minutes.
Yields: 16 servings
- 5 ounces of high quality 60-70% cocoa dark chocolate
- ½ cup of organic coconut oil
- 1 cup of light brown sugar (not packed)
- ½ cup of almond meal
- ¼ cup of sorghum flour
- ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- (Optional) ½ cup of chopped pecans or walnuts
- (Optional) Dark chocolate chips for the top, if desired
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
- Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat, gently stirring. (Or melt in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup and stir together to combine.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the brown sugar, almond meal, sorghum flour, fine sea salt and baking soda. Make a well in the center and add the beaten eggs, vanilla extract and melted dark chocolate mixture. Beat on low-medium heat for two minutes, until the batter begins to come together. At first it will seem thin, like cake batter, but keep beating until it thickens and becomes smooth and glossy.
- If you are adding nuts, stir in the nuts by hand and spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. Even out the batter with a spatula.
- Stud the top with some dark chocolate chips and press in lightly.
- Bake in the center of a preheated 350 degree oven for 32-35 minutes, or until the brownies are set. The top will crack, like a flour-less chocolate cake.
- Cool on a wire rack; and remove the cooled brownies from the pan by gripping the foil edges and lifting the brownies out as a whole.
- Chill for an hour before cutting. (Though warm and gooey is really delicious, if you don’t mind them falling apart.)
Reference: Gluten Free Goddess
2. Gluten-Free Fudge Pecan Brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes.
Cooking Time: 30 minutes + cooling.
Yields: 16 servings
- 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
- ? cup of cornstarch (spooned and leveled)
- ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of fine salt
- 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup of chopped toasted pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. Whisk together cornstarch, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter and chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Add cornstarch mixture and stir vigorously until the mixture is smooth and begins to pull away from side of bowl, about 2 minutes. Stir in pecans.
- Pour batter into pan and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Let cool completely in pan on wire rack. Using paper overhang, lift the cake out of the pan and cut into 16 squares.
Reference: Martha Stewart
These are just two of the many recipes that can be found for baking delicious gluten-free brownies from scratch. You can also experiment with your own ingredients and, perhaps, come up with your own winning recipe for gluten-free brownies!
If you simply do not have the time to buy all of the ingredients and put together the brownies yourself at home, there is the option of purchasing a gluten-free brownie mix online or at your local grocery store. These mixes make great brownies in a very short period of time.
Here are a few of my favorites for making gluten-free brownies:
1. King Arthur Flour: Gluten-Free Brownie Mix
This mix makes delicious, moist, chocolatey brownies that will stay good for several days! However, keep in mind that they will take much longer to cook than the package says. Just keep testing them every 5-10 minutes to make sure that they do not overcook. You can easily find it at Whole Foods or order it online at Amazon.
2. The Gluten-Free Pantry Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix
All you will need to make these simple and tasty brownies is the package of mix, two eggs and 7 tablespoons of butter. They taste great after being stored in the freezer. The only downside to this mix is that it does not make a large amount of brownies. Also, you will want to be careful when substituting ingredients as this has been known to ruin them.
3. Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Brownie Mix
Here is another great mix for making quick gluten-free brownies that taste very similar to the wheat ones. In addition the mix, you will need ¼ cup of melted butter and 2 eggs. Then, after combining the ingredients, you will have fabulous brownies in less than half-an-hour! Unfortunately, those who are highly sensitive to gluten or have Celiac will need to exercise caution when using this mix as it will contain traces of gluten.
Whether you decide to bake your gluten-free brownies from scratch or use one of the many gluten-free mixes that are available, with these treats, you will once again be able to satisfy your chocolate cravings without violating your diet!
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