My gluten free dairy free brownies are the perfect dessert to serve when you want to go all-out with decadent chocolate flavor. This is my family’s favorite chewy, fudgy brownie recipe because the brownies are chewy on the inside and have that famous crinkle top.

A piece of parchment paper with a batch of cut gluten free dairy free brownies.

This gluten free dairy free brownie recipe was one of the very first recipes on my blog back in 2014, and it has been wildly popular. Today, I am upping my brownie game. I tweaked the recipe to make it fudgier and wrote up the directions to include even more tips for the perfect no-fail gluten-free chocolate brownie!

If you love chocolate as much as we do, you will want to try all of my delicious gluten free chocolate dessert recipes.

Why I love these gluten free dairy free brownies:

  1. These are the fudgiest chocolate brownies. They are simple to make and guaranteed to solve your chocolate cravings!
  2. Add all of your favorite mix-ins—leftover candy, nuts, chocolate chips—the sky is the limit!
  3. You can freeze the extra brownies and always have a chocolate fix.
  4. My brownie recipe is also dairy-free, so if you are both gluten- and dairy-free, you can enjoy these brownies!
  5. You can make these homemade, gluten-free dairy-free chocolate brownies in under 30 minutes!

Allergen Information:

This brownie recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free, as written.

If you love brownies as much as we do, you can also make these into bite-sized gluten free brownie bites. They are easy to decorate for the holidays, too.

OK, everyone, STOP what you are doing right now and go make these! I followed the recipe exactly as written, and they are incredible! My non-GF family are devouring them.”

stacie M., Facebook comment
Pictures of the gluten free brownie ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten-Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I have not tested other flours. Use my guide to What Flour Blends Work in What Types of Recipes to ensure your flour blend is right for making brownies!
  • Xanthan Gum—If your gluten-free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free baking powder. Gluten Free Baking Powder List.
  • Non-Dairy Milk – I used almond milk to test this recipe, but other dairy-free milk will work. Regular milk will also work if you can have dairy. I do not recommend canned coconut milk.
  • Cocoa Powder—Several great gluten-free cocoa powder brands have a rich, superior chocolate flavor. The ones I use the most are Anthony’s and Ghirardelli’s. (Anthony’s Cocoa Powder has incredible flavor and is a bargain on Amazon!)
  • Cooking Oil – I recommend canola oil or coconut oil for this gluten-free chocolate brownie recipe. Coconut oil adds a little coconut flavor, so if you do not want this, use canola or light oil.
  • Eggs – Use size large eggs.
  • Vanilla Extract – I really recommend using pure vanilla extract and not imitation.
  • Chocolate Chips – If you are dairy-free, I recommend Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. Otherwise, feel free to use your favorite gluten-free chocolate chip brand. Note: Wilton chocolate is made on shared equipment with wheat, so avoid this brand if you are Celiac.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350º F and move the oven rack to the middle of the oven position.

Making the brownies steps 1 and 2, showing mixing the wet and dry ingredients.

Step 1: Add the gluten-free flour blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk the dry ingredients together.

Add in your mix-ins, like chocolate chips, nuts, or anything you like. See the mix-in suggestions below for some fun ideas!

Step 2: In a smaller bowl, add the light cooking oil, eggs, vanilla, and non-dairy milk and mix the wet ingredients.

👀 Sandi Says: You can also make this recipe using a stand mixer or hand mixer. Add the wet ingredients to the mixer bowl to use one of these. Blend the wet ingredients using the paddle attachment for 20-30 seconds. Gradually add in the dry ingredients. Mix in the chocolate chips by hand with a large spoon.

Photos of steps 3 and 4 so you can see the consistency of the brownie batter.

Step 3: Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Use a large spoon to mix them into a rich chocolate brownie batter.

Step 4: See how fudgy this brownie batter is. You can see how chocolaty these will turn out!

🔑 Sandi says: I share the photos so you can compare your brownie batter to mine. Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio, which affects the moisture level. If your brownie batter is thicker, add more milk. If your batter is more runny than mine, add more flour blend. I wrote a lot of information on why this is if you want to learn why gluten-free flour blends vary in baking.

Photos of steps 5 and 6 putting the batter in the pan and what they look like baked.

Step 5: Grab a 9×13 baking pan and line it with parchment paper. Bake at 350º F for 20-25 minutes. The actual baking time will depend on the size pan and the pan material (metal or glass) used to bake the brownies. If you like thicker brownies, use an 8×8 pan. If you love brownie edges…this Brownie Edge Baking Pan ensures everyone gets crisp edges!

Step 6: Put on a pot holder and carefully remove the brownies from the oven. Let the brownies sit in the pan on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Remove the brownies from the pan by lifting the parchment paper very gently. Cool on a wire cooling rack. Wait until they are completely cooled before slicing!

A hand holding up a brownie with a bite taken out.

Tips For Sucess

1. Measure the flour blend carefully. Spoon the flour into the measuring cup. Do not pack the flour in, or you will end up with too much flour and dry brownies!
2. Blend the ingredients well so there are no lumps of flour.
3. Wait until the brownies are cooled before slicing them.

Mix-In Ideas:

  • Chocolate, butterscotch, or white chocolate chips.
  • Add nuts like walnuts or pecans.
  • Swirl peanut butter into the brownie batter.
  • Add leftover Halloween candy. Just chop up the candy into bits and add it to the brownie batter.

If you love white chocolate, try my moist Gluten Free White Chocolate Brownies recipe! I have lots of helpful Gluten Free Baking Tips to bake better.

Gluten free heart-shaped brownies with heart sprinkles.

Ways To Use This Brownie Recipe:

  1. Make them thin by using a larger baking dish, and use these brownies to make Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches!
  2. Use the brownie batter in a tart pan as a base for a tart.
  3. I love using my gluten free brownie recipe as a base for these Gluten Free Almond Joy Bars.
  4. Use this brownie recipe as a bottom layer, as in these Gluten Free Brownie Cheesecake Bars.
  5. You can also make fun Gluten Free Brownie Bites, which are fun to decorate!
  6. Top them with gluten free frosting!

Use cookie cutters to make shapes to decorate for your favorite holidays! These really are delicious and, in our opinion, the best gluten-free brownies, EVER! You may also want to try my new Gluten Free Espresso Brownies recipe!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you use butter instead of oil?

If you do not have to be dairy-free, you can use unsalted butter instead of oil when making this brownie recipe. Use the same amount, 8 tablespoons.

What brands of cocoa powder are gluten free?

My favorite cocoa powders for baking are Anthony’s and Ghirardelli brands. There are quite a few more brands of gluten free cocoa powder. Check the labels.

How do you know when the brownies are done baking?

Because these brownies are fudgy, the standard toothpick test won’t work well. I like to go by touch. After 20-25 minutes, gently touch the top of the brownies to see if it feels firm and not jiggly.

How long will these brownies keep fresh?

These brownies will keep fresh for up to 3 days in an airtight container. If you do not plan to eat them within 2-3 days. I recommend freezing the leftover brownies. They will last in the freezer for up to 4 months. Freeze them in a freezer-safe zipper bag.

A stack of three fudgy brownies on a white plate.

I have kept this delicious gluten-free brownie recipe over the years, tweaking it depending on what I have. Did you know you can even make a delicious Gluten Free Brownie Cake? It is perfect for chocolate lovers! You may also love this flavor variation, Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Brownies.

Reader Rave

So so yummy!! No frosting even needed!” Rochelle E., Pinterest comment

More Gluten Free Chocolate Desserts:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A tray of sliced gluten free brownies.

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Sandi Gaertner
The best fudgy dairy free and gluten free brownies
4.97 from 28 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 24 brownies
Calories 155 kcal

Equipment

  • 9×13 pan
  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder * see note
  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend * see note
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light oil * see note
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients and the chocolate chips and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, add all wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix.
  • Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper. (If you don't have parchment paper, spray the pan with non-stick spray.)
  • Pour batter into baking dish.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until done.
  • Allow the brownies to cool before cutting them.
  • You will know the brownies are done baking when the top is firm to the touch. They are so fudgy, the typical toothpick test won't work so the touch test is the best way to know.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. I used almond milk but other dairy-free kinds of milk will work but I do not recommend canned coconut milk.
  4. You can make this brownie recipe in tart pans, or bake in an 9×13 pan.
  5. These brownies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 46mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 46IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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79 Comments

    1. You can use coconut milk, but I worry about canned coconut milk because of the lumps of cream fat. I think the regular coconut milk that you buy in the refrigerated section would work better.

  1. I made this last night for a dinner with friends. They know I am GF but absolutely didn’t know these brownies were GF. This is one of the best GF recipes I have ever made. I used King Arthur GF Flour and added mini choco chips, walnuts, real butter and regular milk. I didn’t have the cute tart pans but I did have 4 inch spring form pans and they worked great!! I did use all the batter in the 4 pans and they came out like little cakes. They were moist and delicious, definitely a keeper.

    1. I am so glad you liked it Karen. I really appreciate your coming back to let us know!! (If you haven’t left a star rating in the recipe card by clicking on the stars, I would really be grateful if you would so people know the recipe is good.) Thank you!!

  2. I can smell really well in here. This chocolate brownie looks so tempting ??? 20-minute for a high-class look-like dessert like this is not bad! ❤
    – Natalie

  3. 5 stars
    Brownies are like a go to dessert of mine, or maybe they are a sweet addiction, or maybe a little of both! Let me just say that I am seriously drooling over this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I have two nieces that are always looking for gluten-free recipes, and we’ve learned that truly good ones are really hard to find. I sent them your delicious brownie recipe and they emailed back saying this was one of the best brownie recipes they’ve made. Yay!!! Wish I could give this recipe 10 stars!

  5. 5 stars
    “Are you a fan of brownies?” Um, heck yes! I don’t trust anyone who isn’t, lol! Seriously though, these look wonderful and I have friends who are gluten free who would love them. I’ve baked with Bob’s Red Mill’s 1-to-1 GF flour and it is amazing! Like, you cannot even tell a difference!

  6. 5 stars
    These brownies are perfect and being so easy to make means that I can make them often. I love the soft texture in the center and the perfectly crisp exterior. Wonderfully delicious!

  7. I will never tire of great brownie recipes. Loving that these are gluten free as it means more people can enjoy them. Love it topped with Icecream and sauce!

  8. I would be more than happy to take over the chocolate drizzling duties should your daughter want out, as long as I too, get to eat the treat at the end! Seriously indulgent looking and giving me a chocolate craving!