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Gluten-Free Billybuc Brownies: HOW to Enjoy Chocolate Cake Like a French Person

Updated on December 2, 2013

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LET US EAT CAKE!

A while back, I read about a survey done on both American and French people. Subjects were shown a photograph of a chocolate cake and asked for the first word that came to mind. For the French, the word was "celebration". For the Americans?

Guilt.

I felt a little sad after reading this. Throughout our entire existence on this planet, human beings have used food as a way to connect, to find a common ground, and to enjoy milestones and celebrations.

What happened?

Is our guilt the result of gluttony? A dysfunctional relationship with food? Minds cluttered with mixed messages?

Perhaps all of the above?

Billybuc Loves Brownies

Mr. Bill in his teaching days. Photo used without any permission, whatsoever.
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WHAT DOES ALL THIS HAVE TO DO WITH BROWNIES?

It's simple: I think we should relearn how to enjoy a batch of glistening, calling-our-name brownies without hating ourselves afterwards.

Just make sure you share them. Eating the whole pan is where the guilt comes back into play, which we're trying to avoid here.

And Billybuc demands that you share his brownies. At least I think he does.

OK. SO WHY "BILLYBUC" BROWNIES?

Here are a few characteristics that make these brownies Billybuc:

They're sweet.

They're simple.

Unlike most other brownies, GF Billybuc Brownies aren't full of crap.

I DIDN'T KNOW BILLYBUC WAS ON A GLUTEN-FREE DIET

He's not.

Stop asking questions.

Let's get on with it, shall we?

LIKE BILLYBUC AND BROWNIES, READING IS GOOD FOR YOU

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

A less-complicated version of Good Calories, Bad Calories. But still life-changing.

 

THIS IS WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (unrefined, unfiltered honey)
  • 1/2 cup milk (or use coconut milk to make them dairy-free)

THIS IS WHAT YOU DO

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt your chocolate chips over low heat.
  3. Make your almond flour.
  4. Mix together almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.
  5. In another bowl, mix together eggs, coconut oil, raw honey, milk, and melted chocolate.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Add the rest of the package of chocolate chips, if you like.
  7. Pour into a greased, 9x9 pan.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool, then enjoy.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are thousands of words to help get these Billybuc Brownies in your mouth:

MELT YOUR CHOCOLATE CHIPS

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Melt one cup of chocolate chips over low heat. Try not to let it get too hot. If it does get hot, let it cool down before mixing it together with the other ingredients.

GET YOUR DESIGNATED ALMOND GRINDER THAT ALSO HAPPENS TO BE A COFFEE GRINDER

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I use this coffee grinder to make almond flour.

GET SOME ALMONDS

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Blanched and slivered almonds make the best almond flour. They break down easily.

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Pour your almonds into the coffee grinder. You're going to grind enough to make one full cup of almond meal/flour.

PUT THE LID ON AND GRIND 'ER UP

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LOOK! ALMOND FLOUR!

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MAKE IT A CUP

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Measure out a full cup of almond flour. Don't pack it--spoon it into the measuring cup.

COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS

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Combine the almond flour with baking soda and salt.

COCOA!

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Add the baking cocoa.

COMBINE WET INGREDIENTS

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Try to bring your eggs and milk closer to room temperature by letting them sit out for a bit. This helps keep the coconut oil from clumping.

Whisk the eggs. Add the coconut oil then the honey using the same measuring cup. Look ahead and you'll see why:

HEY, HONEY

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SEE? NO STICK

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When you measure out the coconut oil, then use the same cup for the honey, it pours out easily instead of sticking to the cup. Yay!

CHILD LABOR

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For added authenticity, find a young child with chocolate on her face and put her to work.

Billy loves babies.

ADDING MILK

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ADD THE DRY TO THE WET INGREDIENTS

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Whisk together the dry and wet ingredients until smooth.

Keep that kid busy.

READY FOR BAKE-OFF

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Pour the batter into a greased pan.

Throw in a handful or two of chocolate chips for added pleasure.

I forgot that step, so when there were about three minutes left on the timer, I sprinkled a handful of chocolate chips on top. When I took them out of the oven, I used a spatula to spread the melted chocolate like icing. Sweet!

DONE!

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Allow your Billybucs to come down to room temperature, then have fun!

IF YOU DON'T KNOW BILLYBUC, WELL . . .

Billybuc and I live on opposite sides of the country. We've never met in person, but he is a kindred spirit and a true friend.

And he obviously has a good sense of humor. Right, Billy?

Billy?

Anyway, if you haven't met Billybuc, check out his profile here on HubPages. You'll be glad you did.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Liz!

      Two of my favorite people...and one cute little munchkin...collaborated via the aloha spirit on this joint venture, and out of the oven popped these delicious gluten-free billybuc brownies!

      I don't think I've ever had the pleasure...until now...of voting up and straight across the board. This is by far the most clever and entertaining recipe I have ever read! (Now if I can just hijack the shipment to Olympia, I might be able to abstain from guilt and gluttony...nah, I know better!)

      Love it, Liz! No wonder I didn't hear a peep out of you for a while. You've been snickering quietly while composing this.

      I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS HUB! Sharing it with all the other brownie fiends out there!

      Joe

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow a recipe hub and a humor hub all rolled into one. Love it!!!!

      I use almond flour all the time but have never thought of grinding myself. Your recipe sounds really good.

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      retief2000 4 years ago

      This is an awesome recipe and when the heck did we become so up tight. The French aren't know for being fat and yet they love delicious treats at least as much as we Americans. Maybe if we celebrated more and guilted(sic) less we would be thin and fashionable, too.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Looks great. I like the idea of almond flour. I use almond milk all the time. So, the flour would be a nice touch.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is awesome! I adore Bill, and this is not only a great recipe, but it made me laugh quite a bit. It also made me curious to try it, because I have never made or used almond flour, and it sounds good. Mmmm.

      I am sure Billlybuc will get a kick out of this!

      Voted up, sharing, and loving!!!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I have a feeling the Billybuc Brownies are also loaded with brain power! First, I have to say I not only love the recipe but I love and appreciate the tip on almond flour (I have celiac so must be gluten free).

      Second, this was the most interesting recipe hub I've ever read! Your pictures were great too.

      Voted up, awesome, interesting and pinned.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Joe! Believe it or not, this hub took me only about an hour or so to put up. The photos take forever to upload. We took these pix last week when I decided to write another recipe hub to irritate (oops! I mean, entertain) our friend. I didn't get back to you yet because the monkey has been restless today (and our discussions require some concentration). I just made her a homemade pizza, so that should keep her busy as I write you back after this comment! Aloha, my friend! "Talk" to you soon.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Hi, Susan! Grinding your own is definitely more economical. I hope you try and enjoy the recipe! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Hi, retief2000! Yes, I believe our high-stress, OCD lifestyle has a lot to do with our health issues. I'm all for celebrating more! Thanks for your comment.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Truthfornow, almond flour is an awesome ingredient for gluten-free goodies. I usually combine almond and coconut flours to create different textures. You may also use almond milk in place of the regular milk in the recipe. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thanks so much, Kathryn! I'm glad I could put a smile on your face today. I hope you try the recipe and enjoy it. Thanks for the shares and your sweet comment!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Yes, tillsontitan, you're right: the coconut oil provides the brain power. LOL Making your own almond flour saves quite a bit of money, so it's an economical way to make gluten-free foods. Thanks for the compliments, votes, and shares!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

      As you know, I was gone all day and I just came back to twenty-five hubs to read, and this is the first one I opened and surprise of surprises, I was featured, and I gotta tell you, Lizzy, this is the best recipe I have read since I joined HP. No, not because my name is mentioned, although I love you for doing that, but because you did something out of the ordinary to make the recipe interesting.

      What a doll you are...thank you so much for the mention and for the big old grin that's plastered on my face. Now, the question of the day is do you deliver???? :)

      bill

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Of course I deliver! That will be $39.95 plus shipping and handling. We'll throw the kid in for free.

      :D

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deliver in person. :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Hahaha, I was waiting for Bill to respond to this :) That was worth it. I agree with him, too, you made the recipe very interesting in a unique way.

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      Jami Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      I love this. I love brownies and I love cooking GF because my boyfriend and his mother are gluten intolerant and I know she will love these. Thank you for this recipe. I also agree with you that Bill is an amazing, wonderful man and writer. Great recipe and good read :)

      -Jami

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      I'm always on the lookout for gluten-free goodies for a good friend of mine who has Celiac's. So I'll have to share this with her. For me, what I thought was most interesting was how Americans and the French think. Wow, we've got issues! :) Nice job on this hub and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your hubs!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you mean, you don't need any flour for brownies? I thought brownies are the same as cakes. I like your step by step photos and i just love your blender. What brand is it? Voted up

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Maybe someday, Billy! Keep the dream alive!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thanks, Kathryn :)

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you, Jami! Please let me know what everyone thinks of them!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you, Heidi! I hope your friend tries the recipe and enjoys them. I know, we have problems when it comes to food. That's for sure!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Hi, Peachpurple. No, you don't need wheat flour to make brownies or cakes or muffins or cookies. That's just what we're used to using. You can use all sorts of different flours to bake, like almond and coconut. You can even make flour from sunflower seeds--simply by grinding them up! What I have pictured there is a coffee grinder and I have a link to it right below the photo. It's just a cheap Mr. Coffee. Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible hub with a well presented step by step explanation you did it to perfection and looks a worthy treat

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you, DDE! You're too kind :)

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      This looks delicious and I love that you included pictures of each step of the process. Possibly the healthiest recipe for brownies I've ever seen., if brownies can be considered healthy! Voted up and more and sharing.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you, Crystal! I hope you give them a try :)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      This looks so delicious. Gotta try it. Thanks!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thanks, Sage! I hope you enjoy them.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Lol! love the billy humor in this, all mixed up with a great recipe! loved bills answer too! made me laugh, and yes I want some now!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Glad we could give you a chuckle, Nell!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill must be so proud! Not only does he have a delectable chocolate (his weakness) dessert named after him but you actually wrote a recipe article that is informative AND funny!

      Great job, Liz! You're one talented writer, I must say!

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you, Sha! This was a fun one to write.

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      My daughter was born with celiac disease back in the days when there were no GF foods or cookbooks available. Her doctor managed to diagnose her correctly, but wasn't much help in letting me know how to feed her. I'm glad that she has a broad choice these days. I'm also glad I clicked on the link to your blog because she combines Paleo and GF for her diet.

      Actually, nearly everyone in our family has some issues with gluten, ranging from mild to significant sensitivity to my daughter's full-fledged celiac disorder (formally diagnosed via biopsy when she was an adult). That includes yours truly, which is tough on a former 'I love bread' person such as me. I'm learning to cook with alternative GF grains, but I don't like meat so I'm not contemplating Paleo.

      I am also an unusual person in that I prefer almost any other flavor over chocolate. However, my daughter loves the stuff, and I'm sure she will like your Billybuc Brownies. (Now, that's fame, Bill, to have a dessert named for you!)

      You certainly have a cute little kitchen helper!

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I did not even realize I could use almonds as flour to bake brownies. Maybe I can only use it for Billybuc Brownies, but I am not sure. ;-) Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      John Fisher 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      Great recipe Liz. Perhaps when I reach my goal weight (42 lbs down-30 lbs to go), I'll give this recipe a try.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Fabulous, Liz !....It was only a matter of time before something like this was introduced in honor of brother bill! It's creative genius, Liz. Not only does 98% of the world love chocolate brownies, but this could evolve into an entire Empire of ideas......in relationship to bill

      "The official snack of Major League Baseball"

      "The perfect Urban Farmer's Treat!"

      "Billybuc Brownies Bringing People Together, One bite at a time. H.O.W"

      "Bring your TEACHER a billybuc brownie. Scrap the apple!"

      Wonderful hub Liz.....Prize Hub of the week!...Up+++

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Well this is yummy! And I bet Bill loved this!

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Jaye! I'm terrible with keeping up with these comments! Your daughter is fortunate--most doctors have no clue when it comes to gluten intolerance. And there's definitely a sliding scale when it comes to sensitivity. Most don't know or accept it. Thanks for sharing your story and I hope your daughter likes the brownies if you decide to try them!

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Jeannieinabottle Oh, there are many almond flour recipes out there. I have several here on HP, but there are a lot floating around. I love the combination of almond and coconut flours. It is so close to the texture of wheat, few can tell the difference. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Great job, pocono foothills! I hope you enjoy them if you try the recipe. Thanks so much!

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Hahaha, fpherj48! You are too funny. Love those titles. Thanks so much!

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you, AudreyHowitt!

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      StricktlyDating 2 years ago from Australia

      Yummy!

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thanks, stricktlydating!

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