Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mind Blowing Brownies (GF and DF)

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For my son's 1st birthday I made a bunch of desserts for the party (it was a dessert only party).  A few of my family members have dietary restrictions including a dairy and gluten free diet.  I asked them what sounded good and I was met with a confident "brownies!" reply.  I had made gluten and dairy free brownies from Gluten Free Goddess once before, and when I went back to make them again, the recipe had been updated.  It was the day before the party, I only had enough ingredients to make it once, but since Karina's recipes have yet to fail me, I committed 100%. 

I love rich, fudgy brownies.  I was concerned that these would taste like they were a gluten free version of a brownies.  OH. MY. GOSH.  I was so proved wrong!  They came out and my house smelled like heaven (at least what heaven would smell like for me if I could choose).  These are the most incredible, rich, fudgy, yet just enough cakey to be not outright fudge.  I have never had a brownie this good, and I will never make a gluten laden box recipe again.  This is now my go to brownie recipe.  If you like chocolate, you have to make these. I added some instant coffee granules to enhance the chocolate flavor, but otherwise did it as written from Gluten Free Goddess.

I can not stress how much you need to make these.  Seriously, go.  Make them.  Karina has brilliant recipes over there for gluten and dairy free needs.  Absolutely brilliant!  Someday maybe I will mess around with the recipe and make some changes, but I really don't want to mess with perfection right now.

I will warn you though, they are not health food.  At all.  Not even close.  Don't eat the whole pan unless that is all you are going to eat for the day.  Don't say I didn't warn you.  But truly, these will blow your mind to pieces.

*Note-If you are baking these for someone with gluten or dairy intolerance or allergies, please do your homework and make sure the ingredients you use are in fact gluten and/or dairy free.

MIND BLOWING CHOCOLATE BROWNIES (GF and DF)
(Ever so slightly adapted from Gluten Free Goddess' Dark Chocolate Brownies)

Makes 16 servings

Ingredients:
  • 5 oz. dark or semi-sweet chocolate (I used Trader Joe's semi-sweet chocolate chips, they are gluten and dairy free)
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil (I used Sprout's organic refined coconut oil)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, not packed
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (Trader Joe's)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour (Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp instant coffee granuals or espresso powder (optional, but enhances chocolate flavor) 
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional, I omitted)
  • 1-2 ounces chocolate chips for the top (optional, but looks so nice, and tastes so good!)
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8x8 inch baking dish parchment paper or aluminum foil (oiled).
  2. In a microwave safe dish, melt the chocolate, coffee granules (optional), and the coconut oil in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until well combined.
  3. In a medium bowl mix the brown sugar, almond meal, brown rice flour, salt, and baking soda together.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix on low speed to combine, then drizzle in the chocolate mixture.  Mix on medium speed for two minutes, making sure everything is well incorporated.  The batter will thicken as it is beaten and will become smooth and shiny.
  5. If you are adding nuts, mix them in now, and then spread the batter out into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips if desired.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until they are set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with maybe a few moist crumbs.  The top cracks like a flourless cake, so don't fret when that happens.
  7. Cool on a wireless rack.  Chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours before cutting if you want to have them cut nicely.  They can be eaten warm if you don't want to wait and don't mind them not holding together real well.  They will taste just as good.
  8. I made these the day before my event, let them cool on the counter, stored them in the fridge over night, pulled them out 30 minutes before serving.  They cut beautifully! Taste amazing.  I stored the leftovers (the few there were) in the freezer, they taste great right out of the freezer too.

30 comments:

  1. This looks so tasty!
    I can't believe it's gluten free! What a treat...

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    1. They are quite a treat! Anyone who has the dietary restrictions will not feel like they ate missing out on anything with these

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  2. Gosh - we are on the same wavelength. I've been experimenting on some GF creations using Trader Joes almond meal & coconut oil too. I've been doing cakes (I haven't quite gotten my recipe right yet). These brownies look Awesome! Much better than the black bean brownies I made last week ;)

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    1. Too bad I can't take credit for the recipe lol. Someday I will try to make one my own. This are beyond insanely good though. I have seen black bean brownie recipes and was curious how they were. Do they taste good?

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  3. These look so yummy!
    Hi! I'm visiting from Earning-My-Cape, and I'd like to invite you to link up to my Super Link Party on Wednesdays!
    I hope to see you there! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for the invite, I will head on over :)

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  4. These were so delicious! Maybe because I'm a huge chocolate fan, but I loved them! Definitely a keeper :)

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    1. Awwww thanks steph! I agree, definitely a keeper!

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  5. I've got all your recipes pinned and tweeted, that you submitted :) Thanks, I hope you come back this friday! www.vegetarianmamma.com

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    1. Thank you so much for the pinning, tweeting, and visiting, I appreciate it so much!

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  6. These look really good. I will have to pass the recipe on to my MIL who is gluten intollerant, but a big fan of sweets. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friends Friday. Don't forget to come back and vote on Sunday.

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    1. Definitely! I think these are better than regular brownies, so it is definitely not a step down. Hope she enjoys, thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Hi Lindsay,
    These are Mind Blowing Brownies, they look awesome! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting!

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  8. I am wheat free because of allergies I can't wait to try your brownies the mixes I have made have been terrible. I will pin this.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! My brother can not have gluten or dairy, and I am telling you, these are better than regular brownies, even homemade ones, they are my absolute favorite, and I hope you enjoy them too!

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  9. Wow, these do look mind blowing!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! Its awesome bloggers like you that make our party wonderful! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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    1. I really enjoy your party, so many great ideas! Thanks for pinning and tweeting!

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  10. Yummy!! These look terrific. I love any kind of brownie. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you link up again this week. The party will be live tomorrow night. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    And don't forget to "like" my Facebook page if you haven't already. www.facebook.com/TheMandatoryMooch

    Thanks, Nichi

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  11. I love desserts that are a little better for you than the regular ones. The more good stuff you can put in them without loosing the taste the better. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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    1. These absolutely do not lack taste, but I will warn you, they aren't health food :) At least the ingredients are good though. That should offset the calories, right? :)

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  12. Those look amazing!

    Absolutely love it if you could link up this (and a couple other recipes) to Wonderful Food Wednesday at http://www.athometake2.com.

    Hope to see you there!
    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

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  13. I just had to stop by from the Wonderful Food Weds. Blog Hop when I saw the title MIND BLOWING BROWNIES who could resist. I am a chocoholic (haven't found a meeting to help me yet) so these will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for sharing. I am following your blog now :)

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, and following! These are absolutely the best brownie to satisfy a chocoholic, I should know, I am one :) Hope you enjoy!

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  14. I will have to pass this recipe on to my sister! She is GF and DF and has a hard time finding any good treats. They look delicious!

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    1. Definitely! She will never know they arent regular brownies, except for the fact that they taste even better!!! I wish I could give out free samples to show people that not only are these realllllllly good DF GF brownies, they are just dang good brownies period lol! Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Hi Lindsay,
    What a wonderful pics of Mind Blowing Brownies you have here.
    Perhaps you're interested to submit your food photos on a food photography site that has tagline "Food Photography that will make you hungry" :)
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    It's free to submit, free to join, and a lot of members can enjoy your creation!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and giving me a heads up, I will definitely take a look, sounds pretty awesome! Have a great day!

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