Friday, December 7, 2012

Gluten Free Brownies (Grain Free Too!)

Last week I had a strong urge to make the perfect gluten free brownie. I felt like making it grain free too. I grew up eating my mom's "made from scratch" chocolate brownies. They were dense, rich, chocolatey, and moist - the perfect brownie in my opinion. I wanted something that resembled hers.

Looking at her recipe for inspiration, I realized that I could just make some adjustments to create a gluten free/grain free/refined sugar free brownie! And actually I made these twice to get them just right. I played around with amount of cocoa powder, sweetener, and cultured butter vs. coconut oil. I also tried them with two different frostings - because let's be real - a brownie needs rich chocolate frosting to go with it.

Gluten Free Brownies

I also made these with half butter and half coconut oil. There was a texture difference but was still great.

1/2 cup almond flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted*
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl beat the coconut sugar and melted butter. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk again.
Add the dry mixture to the wet and beat until combined.
Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
Pour into a greased 8x8" pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
Cool before adding frosting.


Chocolate Frosting

5 tablespoon maple syrup
5 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons cashew butter
3 tablespoons coconut butter
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Whisk together the maple and cacao powder.
Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until combined. If the mixture starts to firm up before you're ready to frost, place the bowl over another bowl of hot water.
Frost cooled brownies and sprinkle with chopped walnuts or pecans (if desired).

Still on a chocolate note, my Sweetly Raw vegan chocolates are available to order for the holidays! Check out my post for more details.

Caramel pecan choccie clusters are perfect stocking stuffers! ;)

Or if you want to make your own delicious raw chocolates for Christmas, download a copy of my Raw Chocolate Dream eBook!

Shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Free wednesdays


  1. You need to open a chain of stores, selling these brownies and your chocolates as well :)

  2. My mum, too, had a special brownie recipe that was, in fact, the very first thing I started baking as a kid. I used to make it so often that I knew the recipe by heart, and I think your mum and my mum's original recipes were quite similar! I never liked walnuts in mine, though, and we've always been a frosting-less family. Your frosting? I want to eat it with a spoon. Maple syrup and nut butter!!

    1. Mom's are the best, aren't they?! I have fond memories of chocolate chip cookies, blueberry pancakes, and ginger bread houses - all from scratch. Ditto on the frosting - right from the bowl :)

  3. These brownies sound amazing Heather! Drooling...fudgy is my favorite! hope you are having a wondeful weekend :)!

    1. Thanks Amy! It's been a winter wonderland weekend here hehe. Very cold but beautiful. Hope you've had a great one too.

  4. love brownies!! well anything chocolate :)

  5. The brownies are amazing! I've been recently ordered off sugar and wheat flour and have been looking good substitutes. I've tried so many recipes, these are the best brownies. I haven't tried the frosting yet, though.

    1. Thanks Andi, so glad you like the brownies! You have to try the frosting next time :D

  6. Hello, my name is Alice and you have a great blog! Just one question: hiw you measure flours? Do you dip the measuring cup in the container or you spoon it into the measuring cup and then take off the excess?

    1. Thanks! I dip the cup into the flours and wipe the excess with a knife.

  7. Going to make these tomorrow for me and my boyfriend. I'm gluten amd white sugar intolerant so I can't have store brownies, I've been looking for a recipe that I can enjoy and so can my picky boyfriend lol fingers crossed :)

  8. I love yoga and food! They look delicious, really tasty. I will have to give them a go at the weekend! I made some super healthy gluten free brownies and they turned out really super tasty. Here is the link to the recipe :)