Archive for May, 2013

Thick Fudgy Brownies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

I’ve been soooo busy lately that I haven’t been posting much. That’s not to say I haven’t been cooking though, cause I have, I’ve just been too exhausted! Why? Well I’ll let you in on a whats been up till now, a big secret… we’re expecting! 🙂 And this being our first, it’s been an adventure dealing with cravings, food aversions, low blood sugar, nausea, exhaustion, etc! LOL And while we’re super excited about it, its been kind of hard for me to find food that sounds good that i actually have on hand, or to not get sick of the same foods that I’ve been eating over and over again! I seriously feel like all i do is eat these days! LOL AnnouncementWell…..that and be completely drained, which doesn’t help to have energy to cook something nutritious and delicious for meals! And yes, the pickles and ice cream craving has hit, but the default go-to craving has mostly been sweets, and chocolate in particular.

 

Now, i thought my GF brownies were amazing before….but these….. OMG!! These are amazing; thick, fudgy, chewy yet moist, and full of chocolate goodness! I think we devoured the whole pan in a couple of days! But i just had to have more! LOL So the second batch is cooling right now, and I have to say…. I can’t wait to dig into them! Guess i better enjoy it, cause who knows what the next craving will be! Consider that your warning! If i post something a little….different, you can just blame the prego hormones! LOL I am going to try to get back on track with my posts though, especially since I seem to be eating more these days! YAY, that means more recipes! If you have any tips, I’d be glad to hear them! That said…..I hope you all give these a try! Trust me……you will NOT be disappointed! It’s amazing what the smallest changes in a recipe can do! These are just like the ones out of a box, but 10 times better! The first batch I added chocolate chips, and stuck to all dark chocolate cocoa powder. The second batch I did 1/3 regular cocoa powder, 2/3 dark chocolate cocoa powder and left out the chocolate chips. I’ll let you know how they turn out…but I kinda don’t think you can screw these up! LOL So get yourself into the kitchen and make some brownies! (You can make these with regular flour instead if you’re not GF!, just FYI!) Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Thick Fudgy Brownies(Printable Version)

 

Ingredients:photo

1 stick non-dairy butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp (dark) cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup gluten-free flour

¼ tsp xanthan gum
1 cup chocolate chips (opt)

 

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 8×8″ pan

2) In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the microwave for about 45 seconds until its shiny looking as you stir it. (Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies!)

3) Add the eggs, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla to the mixture and mix until smooth.

4) Add the flour, gum (and chips if desired), stirring until smooth.

5) Spoon the batter into prepared pan.

6) Bake the brownies for about 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving.

 

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