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Yummy Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies

Updated on November 3, 2013
Yummy Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies
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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.


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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: About 12 brownies

Ingredients

  • 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
Yummy Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies
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Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a square casserole dish by spraying it generously with cooking spray.
  2. Break your two eggs in a small bowl and beat until well mixed. Set aside.
  3. Soften your butter in the microwave for just a few seconds, if it's in sticks. Otherwise, use a spreadable butter.
  4. With a hand mixer, blend your potato starch and butter in a large bowl until completely blended and crumbly.
  5. Mix in your beaten eggs a little at a time, and blend well.
  6. Add your white sugar and brown sugar to your mixture and mix well between sugars.
  7. Add in your 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 1/4 cocoa and blend again.
  8. It's important that you blend each ingredient in really well as you add them in, before adding in the next ingredient.
  9. 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.
  10. Finally fold in your chocolate chips. If you would like to add in walnuts, almonds, or other nuts, this is the right time.
  11. Blueberries are also a nice addition to brownies for more moistness and a sweeter taste.
  12. Pour your brownie mixture into your prepared casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes. For thinner brownies, use a small rectangular casserole dish.
  13. Yummy! Yummy!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 brownie
Calories 228
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Carbohydrates 36 g12%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 26 mg9%
Sodium 191 mg8%
* 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.
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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.

Want bread, muffins, pancakes, tortillas, and chips? Why not?! Check out my recipe for Easy Gluten-Free Homemade Tortillas and Delicious Gluten-Free Almond Sandwich Bread.

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!

© 2013 Victoria Van Ness

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Absolutely! This is a good time for me to post my Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix recipe as well!

      Thank you for the comments. I'm so glad you liked the brownie recipe.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for providing more healthy alternatives. It is cheaper to make your own mix, and you know exactly what is going into it, too.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Great! Thanks! I've tried many times to post my own pictures, and have tons clogging my phone, but they would have embarrassed me more than helped me. Lol

      This is one reason I put my own reviews and personal suggestions at the bottom to make them more personal and authentic. Thank you for the suggestion and I will work on it.

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      Stacey Durham 3 years ago

      Oh yes, I think it totally hurts your hubs when it's not your picture! Plus it also tells me you actually made the recipe, not just googled it. I know many people who feel the same way! I will be on the lookout for your new and improved recipe hubs. I will tell all my friends about it too!!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow... What a yummy recipe you have shared. I am craving for it now. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Yea! Thanks! Maybe I can finally start posting pictures of my food without embarrassing myself. Lol

      Thank you for the help! :)

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      If you are having trouble with photos, you might take a look at some of my photography tutorials. You can search my account for "Photography Index Hub." Within are links to all of the various areas I've covered.

      You also do not need an expensive camera. The one I use is basically a snapshot camera, a Nikon CoolPix, and it cost just slightly over $100.

      It's not fancy; it's fixed-focus; it doesn't accept alternate lenses, but compared to cell phone photos, it is like the difference between my camera and a top-of-the-line Digital SLR.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I do typically use pictures I have found off of Flickr because they're so beautiful. lol I've tried taking my own pictures and they turn out dark, with shadows, and not very appetizing, even when they look and taste great in person.

      I've told my husband that we need a nice camera at some point so that I can actually take decent pictures of all of the food I'm making. :) If you'd like to see pictures of the food I'm making from my cell phone, I'd be happy to send them to you, but they look terrible. lol

      Thank you for bringing that to my attention. If that is hurting me in any way professionally, I'd be happy to start posting some of the real pictures I'm taking. I'll have to work on getting better at that! Thank you!

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      Samantha Dosco 3 years ago

      So, I clicked on the picture to show my roommate and realized it isn't even your picture. None of the 3 posted are yours. I thought maybe it was just because this is a new recipe for you and you didn't actually make the brownies. So I went through a few of your recipes and 98% of the pictures are not yours. It's kinda misleading since I want to see what the recipe I am thinking about making should look like. The picture isn't even of a gluten free brownie, it's of a pan roasted walnut brownie. My roommate asked if you even make your recipes or just write about them...lol.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I actually had some of my followers request that I write some gluten-free recipes. lol We are not gluten-free, but I am a bit of a food nut. I've had to do a great deal of research for each gluten-related article. I am learning a great deal.

      Eating a few gluten-free meals won't hurt us a bit, but it does open up our food and recipe choices a great deal! There's nothing wrong with being healthier. :) I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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      Samantha Dosco 3 years ago

      Wow, the picture of these look great. You did a great job making these and taking the picture. Mine never turn out this good. Are you and your husband eating gluten free due to dietary restrictions or for health issues? How did you know you may need a gluten free diet?

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Much of that is simply due to cross-contamination issues. :) For those individuals that cannot handle the 20 parts per million that are in most "gluten-free" labeled items, it is necessary to look a little closer at a few ingredients.

      I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you!

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well, wow. Those look like delicious "normal" brownies. However, I'm stunned. From all I've read, I thought gluten was a component of wheat and some other grains, but there is no wheat or grain in chocolate chips or butter, (that I'm aware of)! That must be some new corporate wallet-fattening ploy.....

      Voted up, interesting and useful.