Gluten Free Brownie Guest Post
Hi Everyone! I was lucky enough to have Cara from Cara’s Cravings offer to write a guest post for me while I am off with my college friends. Cara has an amazing blog, with beautiful, delicious, and healthy recipes that leave my mouth watering. She was thoughtful enough to suggest some recipes that go along with my gluten-free diet; what a great friend! I hope you all enjoy her not one, but two amazing brownie recipes! I’m just sad that I wasn’t with her to eat them Thanks, Cara!!!
Now let’s say you’re a gluten-free gal or guy with a chocolate craving. You might see the ingredients and have no qualms about making these – a brownie should be a brownie and you expect to indulge. But maybe you’re trying to watch that waistline a bit or stick to cleaner, wholesome ingredients. Shouldn’t you still be allowed a rich chocolate treat? Of course! That’s where black beans and avocados come in. No, I didn’t suddenly switch gears to Mexican food. I’m still talking about brownies, I promise! These brownies were the product of several rounds of experiments in my kitchen, with the goal of creating a brownie lower in sugar and fat that would satisfy any chocolate lover’s cravings. If you’re put off by the amount of butter and sugar in the first recipe, perhaps you’ll be open to the healthy substitutions in the second. Trust me (and my husband, the taste-tester-extraordinaire), you will not be disappointed!
Nigella Lawson’s Flourless Brownies
slightly adapted from Nigella Express: Good Food Fast
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate (I use Ghirardelli 60% cocoa bittersweet chocolate chips)
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups almond meal (can be purchased, or you can grind your own in a food processor)
1 cup chopped walnuts (I’ve always omitted these and never felt anything lacking, so these are optional)
pinch of salt (not included in original recipe, but added for good measure!)
Preheat oven to 325F. Line an 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper.
Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and mix in sugar and vanilla with a wooden spoon. Cool for a few minutes, then stir in the eggs and almond meal. Finally, fold in the walnuts, if using.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until just set on top (mine take a little more, about 33 minutes.) Let the brownies cool completely (it doesn’t hurt to make them ahead and refrigerate overnight) before slicing.
Black Bean and Avocado Brownies
From Cara’s Cravings
1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup agave syrup
1/2 of a ripe avocado (60gm)
6 tablespoons cocoa powder (30gm)
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons white sugar (75gm)
2 teaspoons instant espresso
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper.
Combine black beans, egg substitute, agave syrup, and avocado in food processor. Blend for a few minutes, until completely smooth. Add remaining ingredients and continue blending until fully combined, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Spread into parchment-lined baking dish. Bake for 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the brownies comes out clean.
These are best if you let them sit overnight before slicing and enjoying!