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Yummy Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies
Warm, gooey, yummy brownies, crispy crunchy on top and squishy and falling apart in the middle. I don't know a single person in the entire world that doesn't love some delicious brownies.
Why shouldn't this gooey deliciousness be available to those watching their health, subject to medical conditions, and/or just simply trying to avoid gluten? They aren't!
Now you can have a healthier version of these lovelies but simply altering a few ingredients. This particular recipe has been altered for those on gluten-free diets. The first step to being healthier is my making these yourself at home.
Brownie mixes contain tons of chemicals and preservatives that simply aren't good for your body. Real ingredients used at home can ensure that you don't have any of these unnecessary ingredients in your brownies.
For gluten-free diets however, regular all-purpose flour is traded out for an alternative flour without gluten, and many items that typically contain gluten like chocolate chips, baking powder, and butter can just be chosen wisely for variations without the offending gluten.
It's truly easy to have the foods you want, the way you want them, regardless of your health or diet goals and needs. With a little time and effort, some creativity and attention to detail, nothing is out of reach.
Do you believe brownies can be healthy?
- 3/4 cup potato starch
- 1/2 cup gluten-free butter, (not all butter is gluten-free)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder, (not all baking powder is gluten-free)
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum, (typically used in gluten-free recipes to add volume and viscosity)
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup gluten-free chocolate chips, (not all chocolate is gluten-free)
- Optional 1/2 cup walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a square casserole dish by spraying it generously with cooking spray.
- Break your two eggs in a small bowl and beat until well mixed. Set aside.
- Soften your butter in the microwave for just a few seconds, if it's in sticks. Otherwise, use a spreadable butter.
- With a hand mixer, blend your potato starch and butter in a large bowl until completely blended and crumbly.
- Mix in your beaten eggs a little at a time, and blend well.
- Add your white sugar and brown sugar to your mixture and mix well between sugars.
- Add in your 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 1/4 cocoa and blend again.
- It's important that you blend each ingredient in really well as you add them in, before adding in the next ingredient.
- In your 1/3 cup of hot water, dissolve both your xantham gum and baking powder until completely dissolved and then add those to your mixture. Blend well with your hand mixer.
- Finally fold in your chocolate chips. If you would like to add in walnuts, almonds, or other nuts, this is the right time.
- Blueberries are also a nice addition to brownies for more moistness and a sweeter taste.
- Pour your brownie mixture into your prepared casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes. For thinner brownies, use a small rectangular casserole dish.
- Yummy! Yummy!
|Serving size: 1 brownie|
|Calories from Fat||90|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 10 g||15%|
|Carbohydrates 36 g||12%|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Cholesterol 26 mg||9%|
|Sodium 191 mg||8%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
My husband and I love chocolate brownies, but before considering a gluten-free diet for yourself, make sure to have a doctor's recommendation and read my article on What Does Gluten-Free Really Mean?
A gluten-free diet can not only be a healthier option for many, but a necessary diet restriction for those with a gluten intolerance.
Just because you must now avoid gluten at all costs in your diet, does not mean that you can't enjoy all the same foods you did before. With so many varieties of flours available, fruits, veggies, dairy products, and even sugary foods, your diet never has to change.
Hungry for something warm and sugary? You can have that too! Check out my recipes for Scrumptious Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Warm Gluten-Free Apple Crisp.
Being on a diet does not mean that you have to do without or be "restricted" any longer. Celebrate and enjoy some of the amazing gluten-free recipes available!
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