How to Make Chocolate Brownies Gluten-Free

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie

Years ago, my husband bought me Nigella Lawson’s cookbook on a business trip. This would have been at least 10 years ago, and I devoured her cooking ideas. This is when I learned how to make chocolate brownies gluten-free, but at the time I didn’t even know what “gluten-free” was. This was at least 10 years ago, because we still lived in our old house on Havana Avenue. Do you ever do that? Relate the homes you’ve lived in to timelines and people in your life? When I think about old friends, I think of which family came to our house–what house?–and then I realize how long it’s been since we’ve gotten together with some people. Being honest here, I struggle with guilt regarding dinner party invitations. But I’ve learned along the way that life is full of seasons–beautiful seasons–and that they are two way. We’ve invited a lot of people to our homes in the past 22 years, for which I’m grateful. It’s not always reciprocated, which is fine! But I’ve learned: Expectations and guilt have to stop.

I’ve learned is to live each day as if it’s a huge gift, and ask to be guided. That’s my philosophy and prayer each day. You can’t be all and everything to everyone.

Back to Nigella and her delicious treats. Like I said, one of the most sinful desserts that I’ve ever made is her Walnut Chocolate Brownies, which are flourless and perfect for gluten-free guests! I say sinful, because they are indeed rich, and powerful. But oh, so good. I’ve since adapted the recipe and call it Flourless Chocolate Brownies. You may recall a different version, here. Another “must-try” recipe.

How are you with seasons of life, when it comes to invites and expectations?

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie

Flourless Chocolate Brownies

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Adapted from Nigella Lawson's recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ cups almond meal
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Spray or grease an 8x8 square baking pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter gently over a low heat in a heavy-based saucepan.
  3. Remove from heat, mix in the vanilla and sugar, and cool.
  4. Beat the eggs into the sugar mixture along with the almond meal and chopped walnuts. Gently mix.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes. The top will have set but the mixture will still be gooey.
  7. Let the brownies cool and cut into squares.

Here’s another gluten-free brownie recipe, Flourless Brownies with Chocolate and Pecans

   

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6 Responses to “How to Make Chocolate Brownies Gluten-Free”

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 30, 2013 @ 3:24 am

    Lovely post, girl! I learned the same life lesson you have about expectations and reciprocation. When I managed an eye surgeon’s practice, he (my boss, the surgeon) once shared some wisdom with me and said, “You cannot expect of others what you expect of yourself.” It’s a hard lesson tender, giving hearts must learn. We must learn to give freely and not expect in return. When someone does reciprocate, it should be a pleasant surprise and welcomed gift in return. And, yes…I do the same thing. Where were we living? And, which project was hubby managing at the time? Beautiful GF flourless brownies, Sandy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — July 30, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    I’ll have to try these for my GF Mom- I love using almond meal since I’m an almond freak! Note that you also have to be careful about the chocolate and the vanilla- not all brands are GF! These look delicious and chocolatey!

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    Kirstin — July 30, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    YUM! I’ll have to save this and make it sometime.

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 30, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Great brownies Sandy! Good for so many that are watching gluten to know a delicious way to watch gluten intake AND have their brownies too!!!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 30, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    They look wonderful! I have some GF family members that will love this!

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    Sandi — July 30, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

    Yum! Nigella’s cooking show was one of the first I ever watched back in 2000- it inspired me o want to cook. I cannot wait to try this recipe!

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