You are going to love these super chocolaty Gluten Free Heart Shaped Brownies.
This brownie recipe bakes up firm enough that you can cut them into all sorts of fun shapes, like hearts for Valentines Day!
When I saw Lauren Keating from the Healthy. Delicious. Blog’s recipe for Chocolate Brownies with Vanilla Salt posted on Google+, I knew I needed to make an attempt to convert this recipe to gluten free.
There was something so compelling about vanilla salt. I knew I had to try it.
The sweet and salty combination of these gluten free brownies is what makes this easy brownie recipe unique. I have made several gluten free brownies for my blog, one of my favorites is this Flourless Chocolate Brownie recipe.
Every gluten free brownie recipe I have ever made, or mix I have ever tried, has always been delicious, but the brownies were always crumbly. I wouldn’t even think to use a cookie cutter to make a fun heart shaped brownie for Valentines Day.
This is typical for gluten free baking. Gluten is that special glue that gives baking structure and holds things together. Without gluten, the best ways to get things to hold is through using Xanthun Gum or Guar Gum.
I tried to stay true to Lauren’s recipe, only converting what was necessary to make this gluten free. (* I confess that I did use coconut sugar, which has a lower glycemic index vs regular granulated sugar.
It was a matter of self-preservation. For some reason, my kids just don’t get that wild, crazy sugar buzz if I use coconut sugar :-).
What gluten free flour is best for this brownie recipe?
I have been using Authentic Food’s flours more often in my baking lately. This company is able to grind gluten free grains superfine, which makes what I bake come out with a better consistency and texture….more like a real gluten product. (Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend also works nicely!)
How to Make Vanilla Salt:
To make the vanilla salt for this recipe, add 2 Tablespoons of coarse sea salt into a small Tupperware container. Take one long vanilla bean and scraped the seeds into the salt mixture. Shake it well to blend. Let it sit for a few hours so the flavors can blend.
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Things You Need To Make This Recipe:
How To Make Gluten Free Heart Shaped Brownies:
- 1/2 cup Authentic Foods Sorghum Flour
- 1/4 cup Authentic Foods Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder, (I used Ghirardelli)
- 1 1/4 cups Madhava - Organic Blonde Coconut Sugar
- 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray an 8x8 baking tin lightly with oil, or use lightly greased parchment paper.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to blend.
- Mix all wet ingredients and coconut sugar together in a small bowl.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Spread the mixture around the pan gently.
- Sprinkle with vanilla salt.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until it is firm in the middle.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 285 Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 41mg Sodium: 149mg Carbohydrates: 43g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 20g Protein: 4g
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