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Ultimate Gluten-Free Brownies

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on June 17, 2010

That’s a pretty bold statement. I realize that. However, they’ve got the perfect mix – almost cakey, just fudgy enough, and impossible to resist. At least for the members of my household. Oh, and the recipe I adapted it from was called the Better than Ultimate Brownies, courtesy of my lovely friends at Gourmeted :). But before I tell you all about those, there is a very important – and pressing – matter.

You see, I, along with a ton of other local Calgary food bloggers will be baking and selling our goods at Market Collective, in the Calgary Food Blogger Bake Sale, where all proceeds go to Calgary Meals on Wheels! It’s happening this weekend, at the Old Ant Hill Fabrics Building (at 148 10 St NW). It will take place on Saturday (June 19th) from 10 to 6, and Sunday (June 20th) from 11 to 5! I will be there on Saturday from 4 to 6.  Admission to Market Collective is $2 or a donation to the Calgary Food Bank.

The lovely Vincci, of Ceci n’est pas un food blog got all of us together to create this event (can you tell I’m excited?). Friends Julie of Dinner With Julie, Cheryl of Backseat Gourmet, Pierre of Kitchen Scraps and Chelsey of The Crazy Kitchen will be there (and supplying treats), as well as newtome awesome people, which I can’t wait to meet (or at least their food!)! You can see the full list of bloggers on Vincci’s site :).  Only a handful of us will be there (in shifts), but there will be so many treats from all of them.

I will be bringing a couple of Rhubarb Lemon Bundt Cakes, and maybe some of these brownies.  (Mom’s done 90% of the convincing, but if you would like to convince me further, go for it!).  For gluten-free items, there will also be Bleeding Heart Tarts and Pumpkin Squares.  So, friends, whether you’re gluten-free or not, there will be a lot of selection!

The brownies though, you want them. Well, I want them. I tried to only have a bite. Really, I did. Before I knew it though, I was on my second. (That’s another issue when selling them – My inability to part with them. I think I can deal 😉 ). I even stuffed a few in the freezer to save for later. The freezer is also known as the place no one will think to look. Although, now they will. Shoot. I prefered them un-frozen, but they were still really lovely after having been frozen. Now excuse me – I’m off to bake another batch! Oh, you want the recipe? Here it is:

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Ultimate Gluten-Free Brownies
Adapted from Gourmeted. Adaptation by Lauren of Celiac Teen.

2.5 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 (1/2 cup) stick butter
1/4 cup millet flour (1.35 ounces)
3 tbsp tapioca flour (0.85 ounces)
2 tbsp sweet rice flour (0.60 ounces
1 tbsp quinoa flour (0.40 ounces)
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tbsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease an 8 by 8 inch square pan.

Melt together chocolate and butter over low heat, or in 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring between each. Set melted mixture aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together flours, xanthan gum and salt.

Beat together eggs, sugar and vanilla for 10 minutes at high speed. A stand or hand mixer is definitely the way to go here. Stir in the melted chocolate and flour mixtures until just combined. Let sit, as is (in the bowl), for 20 minutes. Pour into greased pan, tapping on the counter to release air bubbles. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Ooh Look: Brownies!
Somedays I think you don’t need to say much more than that.

Then inspect it a little more.

Don’t forget to dig right on in! (How could you?)

You can also cut smaller pieces. They’re just as lovely.

So, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, and happen to be in the Calgary area, definitely stop by!  There will be so much great food for a great cause.


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Jeanine June 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

That’s funny, I always thought you were a southern ON gal. Duh! You’re a prairie/mountains gal! So, you’ve been getting nasty weather too (MB hasn’t been having great weather either). These brownies look DELICIOUS! Another fantastic job, by you!
Have a fantastic time at the bake sale, what a great cause!

Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli June 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm

My co-writer is in Calgary. I sent her the link.
Yummy brownies. Perfect for Father’s Day with a little ice cream!!

Alta June 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Apparently I’ve missed a bit…your blog looks great! And these brownies look even better! I’d have trouble staying out of them too.

SnoWhite June 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm

delicious — can’t wait to try these for my MIL!

Maria June 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Brownies are one of my favorite treats. These look incredible!

Wizzythestick June 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm

These do indeed look fabulous

Kristen June 18, 2010 at 7:57 am

I loooooove brownies and these looks so delicious!
Good luck and have a great time at the bake sale! Sounds like a great time :)

Erica B. June 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

Lauren those brownies look awesome!!! See you at the bake sale! :)

Valérie June 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

Oh, that event sounds like fun! But I can understand your having trouble parting with these brownies!

Ellen Allard @ I Am Gluten Free June 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

Great job Lauren! All they need is a cold glass of milk (almond milk for me!). Can’t wait to try them!

Mansi June 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm

OMG! They look so moist and delicious, and not GF at all!! I’d love to give these a try – can you send me some samples first?!:)D

Chelsey June 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Ohhhh, I can’t wait to try your creation! I do hope to get the opprtunity to meet you as well. I’ll see if I can break away from my family and stop in on your shift.


Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

Those look dangerous! Absolutely delicious!

Jessica June 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Love the pictures on your blog, and your food styling is fantastic.

These brownies however…they must go…right into my tummy!!! lol

Sophie June 20, 2010 at 3:06 am

Your gluten free brownies look delightful!!

And ooh so appetizing too!

I have been living gluten free for about 5 weeks now & I feel a lot better, have tons more energy & lose weight at the same time too! I blog since 2 weeks gluten free as well!
Many greetings from a foodie fan from Brussels, Belgium!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite June 21, 2010 at 5:55 am

These look awesome Lauren – I will be passing this on to my Celiac friend who will so appreciate it!

Lindsay June 21, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hi these brownies look great. I live in the UK and can’t seem to find sweet rice flour anywhere, is there anything else I could use instead. Thanks

Lauren | Celiac Teen June 21, 2010 at 9:15 am

Lindsay, you may be able to find it at an asian grocery store, as asian sweet rice, or glutinous (I know it sounds like gluten, but it’s gluten-free. It’s referring to the type of rice used in the flour). The properties are somewhat different from white rice flour, but if you cannot find sweet rice, I would use very finely ground white rice flour.

carrie @ June 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

These brownies are lookin’ beautiful!! I attempted some brownies this weekend! I used almond flour. they were good! I think they need a little tweaking (and they certainly were not as pretty as yours!!) but isn’t a brownie just a wonderful thing? :-) Lovely pictures at always Lauren!!

Amanda December 18, 2010 at 8:40 am

I do not have millet flour available to me. What should I substitute? I was thinking of increasing the other fours, but should it be by weight or volume? Thanks.

Lauren | Celiac Teen December 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Hi Amanda! You could use whatever your favourite grain is, replacing by weight. I’m sure sorghum, brown rice or even almond meal would do the trick :). Good luck!

Amanda January 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

I made them for a third time and got it perfect! I used quinoa and brown rice for the millet flour. Thanks so much! Almond meal was another that I was considering and will definitely try it as well.

Tanya Sinnett August 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Hi Lauren, i am wondering what brand you use for your chocolate, unsweetened and bittersweet and also your chocolate chips please?


Lauren | Celiac Teen August 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Tanya, I’ve used many brands of chocolate, but what I currently have on hand is Baker’s chocolate for unsweetened and bittersweet, and Chipits for chocolate chips. Of course, always check the label because sometimes ingredients or production methods are changed.

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