Gluten free, Vegan Brownies
I love brownies, I mean like who doesn’t. Being on the paleo diet doesn’t mean you have to go without some of life’s favorite foods, like gluten free, vegan brownies. It took me months to come up with the recipe. I love baking but I am not a baker that can just come up with baked goods recipes on the fly.
About a month ago while experimenting with this recipe I used the wrong measuring cup so I had measured everything wrong then wound up adding coconut milk to add moisture. It turned out to be a good mistake because the brownies came out pretty good. I ended up changing some of the measurements and keeping the coconut milk.
Another food I have to eliminate from my diet seems to be eggs. At first I was using bananas to replace the eggs, but that left a banana taste that I didn’t like. So I use applesauce to replace the eggs. Plus the applesauce provides moistness. I recommend using organic applesauce because apples have one the highest concentrations of pesticide use. I make my own applesauce because I don’t like the taste of jarred applesauce and it’s on the expensive side.
This is a very simple and quick recipe to throw together. There are two types of flours, cassava and tigernut. Too much cassava flour makes baked goods very chewy, so blending the two flours together helps with that problem.
Start by mixing all the dry ingredients together.
- Cassava flour
- Tigernut flour
- Coconut sugar
- Cocoa powder
- Baking powder, and
- Sea salt
By mixing all the dry ingredients together this will break up any clumps in the flours and sugar.
Now over a double boiler melt 6 oz of Enjoy Life, Mega Chocolate Chunks. I know a lot of people do this in the microwave but I am not a microwave fan. I prefer to do things old school.
I use Enjoy Life because their products are free of the top 8 allergens plus they are non-GMO. A lot of mainstream companies add soy to their chocolate as a stabilizer. I don’t eat soy for two reasons. The first reason is soy is bad for people with hashimoto’s disease as it is a hormone disruptor. The second reason is a majority of soy is GMO.
Once the chocolate is melted add it to the dry ingredients.
- chocolate, melted
- coconut milk
- coconut butter
- vanilla extract
Since this is a vegan recipe there are no eggs. So as I explained above applesauce replaces the eggs. Coconut butter replaces the butter.
Most recipes only call for a scant amount of vanilla extract but I LOVE vanilla. So I use about 3 times as much as a typical recipe calls for.
Add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix starting on low moving up to high speed when the dry ingredients are fully incorporated into the wet ingredients. Then mix on high for about 1 minute. Stop to scrape down the sides and continue on high speed for about 30 seconds.
Pour in the remaining 4oz of chocolate chunks and fold them into the brownie mix.
Grease a 10×6, or something close to that size, baking dish with coconut oil. Pour the brownie mix into the baking dish and spread till even.
Put the dish in a 350 degree preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes until baked in the center. It is usually starting the crack on top.
Let cool before cutting. This will make about 8 servings, but it really depends on how big or small you cut the brownies.
The brownies come out very moist and a little fudgy.
The complete printable recipe is below.