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Love Living Gluten Free with this Brownie Recipe

Updated on April 29, 2019
Quick and easy gluten free brownies are just the ticket for a fast dessert that meets the need!
Quick and easy gluten free brownies are just the ticket for a fast dessert that meets the need! | Source

An Easy Gluten Free Brownie Recipe to Live for!

Thanks to an article on using pumpkin to make a wonderful (and what seemed to be the healthiest) chocolate cake of all time, I began thinking through a brownie recipe that would suit our dietary wants and needs. The fact that this is an easy brownie recipe adds to its appeal!

Healthy Gluten Free Brownies for Everyone

During the holiday season, a time when we gather with family and friends, we sometimes miss the special occasion foods that we used to eat. It is my goal to have alternatives to gluten-filled food that are not only delicious enough to truly replace the old favorites we grew up with, but which have much healthier ingredients everyone can benefit from.

Besides all that, we never want to have to set out “their” food and “our” food, particularly during Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and especially on a dessert buffet. A gluten-free brownie is just the place to start!

These brownies and my other gluten-free recipes are designed to be good enough to fill gift bags. Even the tiniest of bags are happily received when they are filled with a special homemade treat.

The discovery that it is not difficult or expensive to replace dairy, high-gluten, and sugar, or worse yet, artificial sweetener laden dishes with healthy versions has been a fun challenge to work on.

Experimenting with all the possibilities of making gluten free foods yields dishes that make people ask for the recipe. These wonderful brownies prove that it can also be very funny to watch their “You’re kidding!” expressions when I tell them the ingredients are GF.

This Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie is Yum and its Frosting Is Rich And Shiny!
This Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie is Yum and its Frosting Is Rich And Shiny! | Source

About the Ingredients for These Gluten Free Brownies

This recipe was made with one of the gluten free cake mixes calling for butter. I replaced the butter with coconut oil because of a dairy allergy. I find I use less coconut oil than the required butter for most recipes with a fruit or vegetable base.

Besides using a prepared mix, gluten free flours can be used to make some fabulous homemade chocolate cake and brownie recipes. See the links and videos included below to start learning more about the cost effectiveness as well as the health benefits of these recipes, and to locate some to use.

Any recipe that calls for butter can easily be adjusted for those who have an allergy to cow’s milk. I replace it with a good quality coconut oil because of the benefits compared to other vegetable oils, and almond milk is a great replacement for cow's milk.

I try to use organic ingredients when possible, but natural products without high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and coloring, or preservatives are a must. It takes a little thought and time to begin making this a rule for shopping and cooking, but like any habit we develop it soon becomes second nature.

There are cake and other dessert recipes that do not require eggs, but a simple flax seed recipe that works great in baked goods is my substitute for eggs when needed. So, are you ready? Here’s the moist, gluten-free brownie recipe that this hub is really all about:

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A Curious Beginning for Gluten Free Brownies. | Source
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Iron-Rich Molasses For Gluten Free Brownies. | Source

Tips for Making Gluten Free Brownies:

• Do not use pumpkin pie filling. Be sure to buy a plain can of pumpkin for this recipe.

• Use room temperature eggs so that the coconut oil does not solidify while mixing the recipe. Simply set the eggs out of the refrigerator 20-30 minutes before using. (If you mistakenly leave them out longer be sure to throw those egg away!)

• Coconut oil softens easily. If it is solid when you want to use it, just slightly warm it to liquify it.

• Chocolate cake dries out easily--do not over bake. Check early to see whether it is done by testing with a wooden pick.

• The cake mix I used is designed to make a simple 8 or 9” square or round cake. The additions I have incorporated into my recipe require the use of a 9 x 13” dish, or two 8” round cake pans.

• Have you ever wondered about an alternative to the risky use of a tiny toothpick to check your cake’s progress in a hot oven? Consider using a nice, long bamboo skewer--so much easier and safer! Reusable, too--if you are careful to wash and dry it immediately after using it.

• Did you know that unsulphured molasses is a great source of iron?

Ingredients for Gluten Free Brownies

  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, Soft
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Agave, or Preferred Sweetener such as Molasses or Honey
  • 1 16 Ounce Can Pumpkin
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 3/4 Cup Pecans or Walnuts, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut, Grated


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Prepare a 9x13" glass baking dish with non-stick baking spray.
  3. Mix oil and eggs in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in pumpkin, then almond milk, blending well with each addition.
  5. Stir in the chocolate cake mix until batter is smooth.
  6. Mix in the grated coconut and pecans.
  7. Pour into prepared pan, spreading evenly.
  8. Bake approximately 28 minutes, adjusting time as needed (see tips above).
  9. Set aside to cool when done. Use a knife to loosen from edges of baking pan. Cut into bars or squares, then top with icing (below) if desired.

Rate this Brownies and Icing Combo:

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Chocolate Icing

• Scramble two egg yolks in a cup and set aside.

• In a small saucepan heat 1 cup of almond milk, adding 1 tablespoon molasses and 1 teaspoon coconut oil, stirring until it begins to steam.

• Stir in a heaping 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, then 1/2-3/4 cup agave (add agave to taste--the amount needed depends on the bitterness of the cocoa used).

• Slowly bring mixture to a boil. When bubbles begin forming slowly pour eggs yolks in while stirring the mixture. The yolks must be stirred in slowly and mixed well.

• Continue stirring for 7 minutes on low.

• Set aside to cool a bit while you use the skewer or a knife to poke holes throughout the cake about every 2 inches.

• Served hot or cold this recipe is a special treat. Store in refrigerator.

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Questions about this Gluten Free Brownie or Other Gluten Free Foods?

This hub started out to be a simple piece on a recipe I was trying to develop. As it turns out, in addition to having a gluten free brownie recipe, it has touched on several food topics that might be beneficial and which I hope you will enjoy learning more about. If you have more questions, post them in the comments below and I’ll try to get an answer to you quickly (or put you on track for getting your answer).

More of the Goods on Food:

Read up on the topic, do more research, and become your neighborhood's expert!

Brownie baking tips you don't want to miss!

• How about a garbanzo flour peach cobbler?

• How good for you are almonds?

You can make your own pumpkin puree!

Brownies on a stick?

Did you learn something new about gluten free brownies?

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much!

  • Natashalh profile image


    6 years ago from Hawaii

    Linked =)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    What a hoot that would be for the kids! Thank you for sharing this!

    We've emailed before re the make-a-flake but I'll email you again--glad to do it.

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    Cindy Murdoch 

    7 years ago from Texas

    Hey! You do not have an email, but I wanted to contact you. Here is another great recipe for your ministry. This would be so much fun!

    Please deny and delete this post! You could email me and then I would have your email address for future reference. Entirely up to you!


  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Thank you for stopping by and letting me know that you saw the recipe. Eating healthier than we do is always a smart choice!

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    Richard Ricky Hale 

    7 years ago from West Virginia

    up and useful:) I have been trying to eat healthy lately and this is a good example of that. These recipes sound great and our much healthier. Thanks for sharing.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Hope you do get to try these brownies soon, but beware--they are better than you imagine! :)

    Thanks kindly for your visit and compliment.

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    Kelly Kline Burnett 

    7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    OMGoodness! Love this Hub! 5 stars - outstanding! I have to try this! Thank you!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks much--and thanks also for "liking" it on Facebook.

    I've not tried making the homemade almond milk yet, but I certainly hope to do so soon. You were right, your wife has posted a great hub on making almond milk! She indeed does have a win-win going there. :)

    Appreciate your visit and your comments very much, as well as letting me know about your wife's work.

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    R. Brady Frost 

    7 years ago from Somewhere Between a Dream and Memory

    This was a great hub for gluten-free brownies! I "liked" it on Facebook, so I'm sure my wife will take a look soon as well. Have you tried making your own almond milk for the recipe? Tara put up a pretty good hub on how she does it and we've totally replaced the milk we'd normally buy each pay period. Plus, she makes almond flour out of the pulp so it really is win-win!

    Keep up the good work!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Howdy ktrapp:

    Thanks so much! I think you'll be surprised at just how good the combination is. I'm thinking through some sort of chocolate pumpkin pie recipe. I'll have to check to see if there's one available... :)

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    Kristin Trapp 

    7 years ago from Illinois

    Wow - That brownie looks so good and so moist. I love pumpkin and this sounds like a great use for it.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks much! The more I look at how pumpkin is used the more amazed I am. Hope you get to enjoy "pumpkin something different" soon. :) I appreciate hearing from you--it's almost like this is hub off the radar! :)

  • iZeko profile image


    7 years ago

    This sounds and looks very yummy! The pumpkin ingredient is a great idea. Thanks for the tips!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Hello Cloverleaf! Ya, I wish I had a batch of these made up right now... :) I appreciate your visit and comments very much!

  • Cloverleaf profile image


    7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    I love chocolate brownies, but gluten free is even better! Thanks so much for sharing this, your clear instructions are great. Bookmarking and voting up :-)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Hi Simon Smith! It really turned out amazingly well. I'm looking forward to experimenting with pumpkin, as well as with GF flours. This sort of project doesn't just make for good hubs... :) So glad to know you found this and that you're liking the ingredients list. It seemed to disappear for a day after I posted it. Thanks for letting me know!

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    7 years ago from San Francisco

    I would NEVER have thought to include pumpkin in a brownie recipe, but now that you mention it, it's an AWESOME ingredient to use! I must, must, must give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Hi AliciaC, and thanks for stopping in. I appreciate hearing what you think of the recipe--I was wondering if others would like this combination of foods as much as we do. It's been fun to explore the varieties of flours we can use that are GF. Thanks again!

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    Linda Crampton 

    7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    These brownies sound absolutely wonderful, RTalloni! I love chocolate flavored foods, so I'm sure that I would enjoy the brownies, and the chocolate icing looks like a great addition. It will be so much easier for people to follow a gluten-free diet when they have delicious foods like this to eat, even if they only eat them on special occasions. Thank you very much for sharing the recipe. I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs about gluten free foods.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you for stopping in, Thelma Alberts--and for your comments and vote up. I think you'll like these brownies even if you are not on guard against gluten. This recipe is so good that I won't make it often! ;-)

    This hub was published on Friday and I had begun to wonder if it had been lost to view somehow--so appreciate that you let me know it's out there!

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    Thelma Alberts 

    7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love different kinds of brownies and this one is a change for what I usually bake. Voted up.


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