Gluten-free brownies

More and more guests seem to be gluten-free these days, and I’m getting better as a hostess accommodating their needs.

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It’s more than needs though, it’s an actual caring about our guests and wanting to make them happy – to feel relaxed, worry-free, and content with their particular diets.

To be able to enjoy the conversation and not worry about “what’s in the meal.”

Up front, I’ll tell them that everything is gluten-free!

I did make one mistake awhile back when I made soup that I thought had gluten-free pasta. My friend was really smart and she knew (she could tell by the color of the pasta – smart girl). I know for her, she would get drastically ill if she ate gluten, so I need to make sure I’m really careful.

gluten-free brownies in repurposed box

Here’s a post where I took the brownies to a friend, in a repurposed box (fun idea if you like to take meals to people).

So for special diets, I do pretty well if I have the time to prepare. But for last minute guests, it may be a little harder to throw a quick meal together.

When I have the time to plan and prepare, I actually enjoy trying new recipes and learning about new products.

What’s your comfort level with special diets when you entertain? Or does it make you not want to invite others over because of their needs?

Here’s the dessert I made for our gluten-free friends. It was delicious!

Gluten-free brownies


Recipe: Clare’s Gluten-Free Brownies {}

Summary: The original recipes from her website, with cocoa powder.


  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour (almond and sweet rice flour combo)
  • 1 cup sugar (brown or white)
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening (butter, or GF margarine etc.), softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Melt the shortening in a glass bowl using a microwave, then add the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of nuts, etc., if desired.
  3. Spread in an 8×8-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Cool. Cut. Wrap and freeze.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6


Here are two other gluten-free options for desserts, perfect for company!

Very Berry Strawberry Cobbler
Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler