“Big and Rich” Brownies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free) with Gluten-Free Friends

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As Mr. GFE and I head off for a tropical vacation for our anniversary (yippee on both!!), I thought I’d share one of my girlfriend getaways that took place right before Easter. Normally, this type of post would go on my Out and About page, but I’ve got the Bagels, Buddy, and Me book giveaway up there (be sure to enter!). One of my gluten-free girlfriends, Jennifer, has a river house about 70 miles away—pretty much equidistant from three of us who love to get together. So it doesn’t take much time to drive there, and it’s open country most of the way—very scenic and relaxing. The hardest part is always finding a time we can all get together. We’ve learned to just seize the moment when that window of time seems to magically open for all three of us and only plan on an overnight, 24-hour get together. We arrive one afternoon and depart late the following afternoon. While our time together is definitely short, it’s very relaxed and we pack a lot in. For one thing, we literally only stop talking when we are asleep. Because we’re all gluten free and have known each other for years now, that sense of comfort and safety adds to the relaxation and fun, too. There’s no need to quiz each other in regard to ingredients, possible cross contamination, etc. And, the meals we share are always superb. There is no preplanning. We each bring what we want to share and go from there. Usually those times result in some of the very best meals.

As Jennifer and I waited for our other friend, DeLaura, to arrive, she offered an appetizer. She had stopped at Whole Foods (she’ll admit that she’s addicted to Whole Foods!) and picked up some items, including a package of three lentil dal mini burgers. Oh, my goodness, how delicious those burgers were. They were beautifully browned and had many textures and flavors, including just the right amount of spiciness. They were so good, in fact, that while we could have immediately split the third one, we decided to save it for DeLaura to sample. Besides, we knew that the three of us would be sharing dinner shortly. If you’re curious, the ingredients in the lentil dal mini burgers were: lentils, potato, onions, chickpea four, eggplant, peas, canola oil, cilantro, lemon juice, jalapeno peppers, ginger, garlic, curry powder, salt, cumin, black pepper, chutney (onion, sugar, raisins, apple cider vinegar, canola oil, cilantro, tamarind, ginger, garlic, salt, cornstarch, paprika, cumin seed, cayenne pepper). That’s a lot of ingredients, right? They worked beautifully together. (The price for the three mini-burgers was $7.19, if you’re interested.) Now, if anyone wants to go ahead and re-create these burgers using the ingredient listing, please feel free. I’d love to do some taste testing for you! But, I digress … a bit.

As I shared in my first Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger post, I had successfully made pasta using a variation of Pete and Kelli Bronski’s (No Gluten, No Problem) recipe. I’d topped my noodles in some sautéed mushrooms, but had also brought along shrimp to make the shrimp marinara sauce. I’d also brought the gluten-free, dairy-free brownies I’d adapted from Pete and Kelli’s recipe in their cookbook, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking.  In addition to the lentil dal burgers, Jennifer had brought eggs from her free-range chickens, avocados, butter lettuce, purple cabbage slaw (another Whole Foods selection), tuna salad (yep, Whole Foods), and a loaf of Udi’s sandwich bread (not from Whole Foods, but another grocery store local to her, Ellwood Thompson, that caters to organic and special diets). She had also stopped at a seafood dealer as she got closer to the water and purchased some rock fish (also known as striped bass). DeLaura showed up with grapefruit, goat’s milk (from her own goats), and almond milk. Are you starting to envision all this scrumptious food coming together?

For dinner, Jennifer suggested making a salad of the avocado chunks and grapefruit chunks. DeLaura obliged. This preppy-colored mix was actually pretty tasty. I admit I’m not always a huge fan of grapefruit because it is so tart, but I’m thinking that a salad using Amy’s broiled grapefruit  (Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free) would win me over completely. Jennifer made the green salad by cutting romaine into smallish pieces and drizzling it with a simple dressing that she made on the spot. (Per Jennifer: The recipe is just some high quality cold-pressed olive oil, the juice of one lemon, and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, shaken together in a jar.)

I’d brought a large can of diced tomatoes to use for the Shrimp Marinara Sauce, but only a small can was needed, so Jennifer used part of those to top the pan-cooked rockfish. For our bread, Jennifer had also picked up some of Whole Foods’ gluten-free cheese biscuits, which are very good indeed. We had the purple slaw on the side. Quite a bit later, we enjoyed the homemade brownies for dessert. (See recipe at the end of this post.)

Our evening nightcap was hot chocolate made with almond milk and this mix by Dagoba, which includes hot chilies and spices. I add a little bit of raw sugar to mine, and the resulting taste was perfect.

We slept in a bit (think 7:30 am versus 5:30 am LOL), and chatted some before DeLaura asked Jennifer to lead us in some awakening yoga. (Jennifer happens to be a phenomenal yoga teacher.) We quickly moved the living room furniture so we could slowly go through a session. Limber once again and ready to face the gorgeous day, we were also ready for breakfast. The eggs from Jennifer’s chickens with their golden yellow yolks quickly became extra tasty scrambled eggs. Udi’s bread became marvelous toast. I had just had my March Muffin Madness week, so I shared Honey-Sweetened Corn Muffins and “Sweet Milk” Nut Muffins. Jennifer had some homemade jam.

Next up was a walk to the beach. It was a bright sunny day, but the temperatures remained cool enough to wear a jacket. At a mile each way, our walk was just right for continuing our stretching and body awakening. We were really surprised to see the toll that the harsh winter had taken on the beach. And, we were even more surprised to see hundreds of jellyfish in the water in early April. They came in pinks and oranges, and all sizes. Therefore, we weren’t upset that the river remained icy cold with swimming not an option. Jennifer’s dog waded in as we walked and chatted, and Jennifer and DeLaura followed while I snapped photos. Finally, we picked up a few interesting pieces of driftwood and headed back home.

We packed up and cleaned up for our departure before we enjoyed our lunch out on the deck overlooking the water. Jennifer used the last of the Udi’s bread to make tuna salad sandwiches. She split the remaining lentil dal min-burger, so we all could share. She and DeLaura enjoyed the last of the avocado-grapefruit salad. As we made our final preparations to leave, we even snacked on a brownie (or two!).

gluten free, dairy free, brownies, big, rich

The ride home was nice and leisurely as I stopped at some of the interesting shops along the way and listened to an audio book. I picked up some beautiful old linen pieces that have already made their way into some photos here at gfe. It truly felt like I’d been gone for a few days. That’s how great time with friends can be. It was a gfe time, too, did you notice? Our meals and snacks consisted of mostly food that was naturally gluten free, some recipes that were easily made gluten free, some mainstream processed/prepared foods that were gluten free, and a few gluten-free specialty products.

Do you have gluten-free friends? If not, consider joining a local support group to make some friends who are gluten free. The support and camaraderie are invaluable. If you don’t have a local support group, consider starting one. That’s what a friend and I did over 6 years ago. My friend moved on to other responsibilities with her son, but my support group continues to grow and thrive. But, don’t think that a support group has to be a large, complicated matter. It can be as simple as having a get together once a month (or once a quarter) at a restaurant that has a gluten-free menu. Of course, I value all my friends, gluten free or not. As you know, I often eat dinner or take little getaways with my girlfriends who eat gluten, too. We have a wonderful time and I still manage to eat gluten free just fine, but there is definitely something special about getting together with folks who know how to eat gluten free and do it the gfe way. It’s incredibly relaxing—much like eating at Posana Café was because of its gluten-free status. Alta (Tasty Eats At Home) shared a food blogger potluck and another Dallas food bloggers meet-up where she, Amy (who started the group), and a few others met for lunch. Not everyone was gluten free, but just having another buddy who eats gluten free can be a plus. And, Kim (Gluten Free is Life) has shared several gluten-free pizza outings in the past, including this Gluten-Free Tweet-up. (Amy was there, too!) In the name of celiac/gluten intolerance/gluten sensitivity awareness, go out and make a gluten-free friend and get together to eat gluten free!

Big and Rich Brownies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
(Click here for a printable version of this recipe.)

slightly less than 2/3 cup oil, preferably a mix of extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil (liquefied), with only a little of the latter
heaping 1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar (or 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar; either works great)
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used my homemade version)
¾ cup gluten-free flour mix*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and 8 x 8 baking pan.

Mix all ingredients, mixing well.

Spread the batter in the greased pan. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until brownies test done enough, but are not overcooked. (Toothpick test may still show some chocolate, but not much.)

Cool (don’t skip this step!) and cut into squares.

*As I’ve shared here at gfe before, I can’t always tolerate many of the healthier, gluten-free flours; e.g., sorghum, buckwheat. Therefore, my gluten-free flour mix is 3 parts Asian white rice flour (which is very finely ground) and 2 parts cornstarch. I gently mix three one-lb bags of the Asian white rice flour and two one-lb boxes of cornstarch in a very large bowl and then store the mix in several airtight containers. It’s a very economical mix that works well in most recipes. No refrigeration is needed. However, I’m sure another mix of other gluten-free flours that one would use in similar recipes could work as well.

Adapted from Pete and Kelli Bronski of No Gluten, No Problem and their cookbook, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking

Shirley’s Notes: No xanthan gum is required. These brownies have a very slight coconut flavor. They are somewhat dense, rich in flavor, and big in size (when cut into large squares like I did LOL, although small squares are good, too), but they are not heavy in any way. They are really very nice gluten-free, dairy-free brownies that all will enjoy. I just made these brownies again for mom and dad and they loved them!). FYI:  One reader reported that she added another 1/3 cup of cocoa and her brownies were done in 18 minutes.

Oh, and when you get together with your gluten-free friends (or any friends) make these brownies to enjoy together!

Not just gf, but gfe!

Not just gf, but gfe!

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50 Responses to ““Big and Rich” Brownies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free) with Gluten-Free Friends”

  1. Jennifer R. on June 11th, 2010 3:34 pm

    The food looks divine — and a night away, heavenly! And even better, I know all three of you :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 3:37 pm

      Hi Jennifer R.!–Yet another of my gluten-free friends in real life! :-) I am so lucky to have so many of you! It was a real treat in so many ways. Maybe we’ll have a gluten-free retreat at my house the next time Mr. GFE goes away on one of his solo diving vacations. ;-)


  2. Jenn on June 11th, 2010 3:40 pm

    Sounds like such a fun time! Mmm those brownies look awesome! Happy Anniversary!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 3:38 pm

      Hi Jenn!–Thanks so much for the anniversary wishes and the compliments on the brownies! Good brownies are one of life’s delights, aren’t they? ;-)


  3. Heidi Kelly on June 11th, 2010 3:49 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful time Shirley, I wish I had some GF girlfriends who lived closer! :0)

    The food looks amazing, as does the lake view. I feel relaxed just looking at your photos.


    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 3:42 pm

      Hey Heidi–Go out and make some gluten-free girlfriends. I bet there are some nearby. Support group, health food store, online forums with location-centered threads, etc. are all possibilities for meeting new gf friends. :-)

      Thanks for the very nice words on my post and photos. It is an almost magical time when we all get together at my friend’s river house. Very restorative.


  4. Karen@Cook4Seasons on June 11th, 2010 4:11 pm

    Wow – aren’t we lucky to be part of your journey with nature, good friends, and an incredible feast! And those brownies look A-M-Azing, of course you had me at BIG and RICH. I just bought a bag of fresh walnuts at the farmers market today – that will be my addition. Oh and I got a canister to make instant whipped cream from coconut milk… may just have to top them off:)
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, SHIRLEY!! Mr. GFE is one lucky man.

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 3:47 pm

      Hi Karen–LOL on the big and rich hook! ;-) Fresh walnuts?! Wow. I love those. Do you ever get fresh black walnuts? They are even better IMHO. The farmhouse we rented had black walnut trees and after we’d dried out the walnuts some, we’d run them through a corn sheller to remove the husk. Then we’d crack and crack, dry some more, and freeze. Black walnuts make for such yummy baked goods.

      Oh, I’m very interested in that canister for making your coconut milk whipped cream! Love that stuff!

      Finally, thank you a million times over for the anniversary wishes and the super sweet words! I owe you a ginormous (yes, that is a word in the dictionary now! LOL) hug when we meet up at BlogHer Food this year. I hope you’re going …


  5. Sophie on June 12th, 2010 4:00 am

    It sounds that you had a fabulous time , Shirley!!

    I so love your gluten free brownies!! They sure look so appetizing!! yeah!!

    I also love your blog. I have 65 gluten free recipes on my blog & I started living gluten free since 4 weeks because I am gluten sensitive!! I lost allready 5 kg, I have tons more energy & I feel a lot better too!

    Many greetings from a fellow foodie fan from Brussels, Belgium!!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:12 pm

      Hi Sophie–Welcome to gfe! It’s always nice to make a new friend from across the pond. :-) I took a quick look and you have a lovely blog! Can’t wait to visit it more often! :-) 65 gluten-free recipes is terrific! And, already seeing such success on the gf diet … awesome! I love such success stories and I know my gfe readers do, too. Thanks so much for sharing! I look forward to seeing you here at gfe often and thanks for compliments on my brownies. ;-)

      Hugs and congrats!

  6. Ellen (I Am Gluten Free) on June 12th, 2010 12:27 pm

    Shirley – you and your compadres have outdone yourselves. I was getting a vicarious thrill just reading your post. What a wonderful idea! I’m going to make it my business to create one of these getaways for myself and some of my friends! And those brownies – oh my – they look fantastic! I love your simple flour mix – I always tend to use multi blends with lots of different flours – and yet, sometimes it’s easier to just do something simple – thanks for the inspiration and reminder that simple can often be the best!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:16 pm

      Hi Ellen–Thanks so much! I appreciate the very complimentary words. :-) Honestly, the food is like that every time my gluten-free girlfriends get together and even when our support group gets together. One member told me that he knew after attending his first meeting and sharing our meal (always how we start our meetings), that he could do gluten free without any big issues. Real, gluten-free food is always that good. And, I’m a big fan of simple, and of course, flourless, crustless, etc. ;-) I can’t wait to hear that you’ve arranged a gluten-free girlfriends’ weekend. I know it will be a blast when you do!


  7. Ann Kroeker on June 12th, 2010 1:20 pm

    What a fabulous get-together, and even though I’m not a gluten-free girl, I have friends who are. To have a few options to serve them is fabulous–you are an outstanding resource (and a great food photographer)!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:20 pm

      Hi Ann–Good to see you here at gfe! :-) Many, many thanks for your lovely words! I have not been very happy with my camera (or perhaps my photography skills?) of late, so to get great feedback means a lot. I hope you’ll find lots of other easy-to-make and delicious gluten-free recipes here to share with your friends. Those of us who are gluten free soooo appreciate our friends who can feed us safely! I have many that require no special ingredients. Those are great for folks who don’t always bake/cook gluten free. ;-)


  8. Chelsey on June 12th, 2010 9:24 pm

    Mmmmm, I love brownies! What great friends you have, and how heavenly it must be to spend that quality time together. Your weekend sounds like a blast was had by all. How nice it must be for you all to eat together and feel cometely at ease.

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:23 pm

      Hey Chelsey!–Remember what we said? One day it will be us getting together for gluten-free times … I believe it! :-) I am blessed with some very fabulous friends … both online and “close-by” ones. It is a real treat to be able to eat safely with good friends. Hope you’ll find some local gf friends (if you don’t already have them) to do the same.


  9. GFree_Miel on June 14th, 2010 1:37 am

    I need to stop reading your blog so late at night. It’s making me so hungry! Such yummy looking pictures!

    It’s so great that you have such great friends! I love my friends dearly, but it would be nice to have someone else that is gluten-free. I’m so envious of these getaways that you have, especially since such good food is involved.

    Oh, and happy anniversary!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:33 pm

      Hi Miel–Nice to see you here at gfe again! :-) LOL on the dangers of late-night gfe reading, but thanks for the compliment. ;-) Similar to what I was saying to Heidi, I bet there are some gf folks nearby who would love to be your friend. Local support group members, local folks who comment on gf forums, etc. Be open to the possibility. If you have a grocery store nearby with a meeting area (e.g., cafe), you might even post a sign and see if you can arrange a meet-up. That’s how one of our local support groups worked for years. Every Saturday morning, they’d meet in the store’s cafe area to share goodies, talk about product reviews, etc. Very informal. And within that group, some folks formed more in-depth friendships and met at other times. Since you have a blog, that would be a great way to expand your readership, too … think about it. ;-)

      Thanks for the anniversary wishes! The chef had a special gluten-free dessert for us last night. It was presented pretty lavishly … the whole dining room was looking at us and congratulating us. :-)


  10. Alta on June 14th, 2010 10:07 am

    Sounds like it was an incredible time! And I should have tried YOUR brownie recipe this weekend. I was craving chocolate like no other, and wanted to make brownies. I’d never made them dairy-free before, and I was out of unsweetened chocolate (and chocolate chips), so all I had was cocoa powder. I tried to make adjustments to my existing brownie recipe, but I made it too oily. Yours looks fudgy and delicious!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:41 pm

      Hi Alta–Yes, a wonderful time. I sooo look forward to them. The fact that they always seem to come up at the last moment makes them even more special. ;-) Thanks for the kudos on the brownies! :-) It’s really, really easy to make brownies using cocoa powder and oil, but you do have to get the proportions right. You have to be careful with this recipe, too, being sure to stay under the measurement for the oil as noted. I just went back and updated my post to include a link to another gf, df brownie recipe that I really like. It’s one from Steve (Gluten-Free Steve). Hopefully, one of these will work for you the next time you have the chocolate craving!


  11. Linda on June 14th, 2010 11:53 am

    Sounds like fun and the food looks fabulous! I recently made brownies for company and didn’t want to experiment with making them dairy free, but I’ll have to do that soon. I’m sure they will turn out well. Happy anniversary!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:44 pm

      Hi Linda–Thanks! :-) As I was just saying to Alta, I went back and updated my post to also include a link to another gf, df brownie recipe at Gluten-Free Steve’s site. It’s also a winner. Plus, another recipe that’s terrific is the one I adapted of Kelly’s (Spunky Coconut). It uses either almond butter or sunbutter (or a combination of the two) and dairy-free chocolate chips to make it gf, df. So many great possibilities! ;-)


  12. Brandy on June 14th, 2010 12:02 pm

    I made the brownies last night…another success! The only thing I did differently was add 1 tablespoon Hershey’s syrup. I did that with ‘regular’ brownie mix so I thought I’d try it. These were by far the best GF brownies we’ve had!

    On another note, have you heard of Udi’s based in Denver? If not you’ve got to check them out:
    Their bread is truly eat-straight-from-the package. Expensive but totally worth it! The only thing I’ve tried is the white bread but I will definitely be trying more things.

    Thanks again for your recipes. Have a pleasant day!

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:49 pm

      Hi Brandy–Great to see you again, especially when you’re reporting another gfe success! Well, yeah, adding chocolate syrup, that would certainly work! I added another link in the post to gf, df brownies that I made before I adapted this recipe–also, very good! So check those out as well! :-)

      Thanks for caring enough to make sure I knew about Udi’s! It’s not sold locally yet, but Son and friends have access to it in stores about 90 minutes from me. So occasionally I do get some. It is amazing. It’s about $5 a loaf there, which I really don’t find too bad. “Regular” bread has gotten pricey anyway. I find the white and whole grain versions to be pretty similar in taste.

      Thanks so much for always taking the time to give feedback, Brandy. I really appreciate that! :-)


  13. Brandy on June 14th, 2010 12:06 pm

    me again…I just did a search in your blog and saw that you do know about Udi’s. I just discovered it this weekend and was so thrilled I wanted to share.

  14. Chaya on June 15th, 2010 10:27 pm

    Hi, Glorious brownies, you have made here. These are for me. Hubby and chocolate are not best friends.

    Who is hosting the June Adopt a Blogger. I am obviously looking in the wrong places to find out.

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2010 3:18 pm

      Hi Chaya–Thanks! Nothing wrong with having some brownies all to yourself. ;-)

      I don’t think June’s Adopt A Gluten-free Blogger has been announced yet. I think Sea has been tied up completing her PhD. Look to her site, Book of Yum, for the announcement though. :-)


  15. Aubree Cherie on June 16th, 2010 6:56 am

    I’m lovin’ these! Thanks for making them dairy free too :D

    ~Aubree Cherie

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2010 3:29 pm

      Aubree–Yep, they’re pretty loveable! ;-) I’ve found that most of the time it’s really easy to make recipes dairy free. Good, healthy oils, like olive, coconut, and grapeseed, are the key! :-)


  16. carrie @ gingerlemongirl.com on June 17th, 2010 1:33 pm

    Can I have a brownie please? I really need one today!! Lovely pics of your meal too! Yum!

    • Shirley on June 18th, 2010 3:39 pm

      Hey Carrie–Thanks! :-) Yes, I understand the need for a brownie! ;-) Hope you found something as satisfying as these brownies to fill your need.

      Loving the Quick and Easy Meals over at your site! Everyone is doing such a fantastic job. :-)


  17. Anali on June 17th, 2010 3:00 pm

    What a relaxing getaway! Great friends, incredible food, beautiful sights, and even yoga! It doesn’t get much better than that! : )

    • Shirley on June 18th, 2010 3:41 pm

      Hi Anali–It was really such a treat. Girlfriend gatherings are the best, aren’t they? Our gluten-free ones are so fabulous that we could sell tickets! But, we are greedy and keep them to ourselves. ;-)



  18. Lexie on December 21st, 2010 11:55 pm

    Want chocolate! Want these brownies!!

    • Shirley on December 25th, 2010 5:29 pm

      Hey Lexie–Way belated on my reply, but I understand competely! Chocolate and brownies … who can resist? Hubby was looking for brownies last night. ;-)


  19. Kelly Smith on January 28th, 2012 9:18 pm

    YUM! Made these tonight and was so thankful for an easy brownie recipe that was GFCF and didn’t need xanthan gum. THANK you, Shirley! I so appreciate your recipes…and you. :o)

    • Shirley on January 29th, 2012 5:29 pm

      Hi Kelly–What wonderful feedback! And here I was expecting to hear back from you on your experience with the Molasses Banana Bread or Banana Maple Nut Muffins. :-) I’ll gladly take this review though. It’s always wonderful to hear when a recipe works out well for a reader. :-) Last, I can’t tell you enough how sweet your final statement is–you are welcome and I so, so appreciate your words and readers like you!


      p.s. I’m going to “have to” share part of your comment on my gfe FB page to point folks to this brownie recipe. Hope you don’t mind!

  20. Lauren on June 9th, 2012 10:41 pm

    I made these brownies for a friend, and it’s my first gluten-free baking attempt. I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all purpose flour. The brownies came out about 1/2 inch thick, so I’m wondering:
    1. Is Bob’s Red Mill not suitable?
    2. Should there be some baking powder in there?
    3. I am in Denver, so altitude usually affects things a bit, but not quite this much…
    Any thoughts?

    • Shirley on June 13th, 2012 11:30 pm

      Hi Lauren–It’s nice to have you here at gfe, but I’m so sorry this recipe didn’t work out for you. I’m not a fan of Bob’s Red Mill flour, but I don’t know if that was the cause of your issues. I have no experience with high altitude baking, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve read that one reduces baking powder when doing high altitude baking. But baking powder is usually used when one wants cakey brownies; these are dense fudgy brownies. I wish I had more answers for you. You might try this brownie recipe here at gfe: http://glutenfreeeasily.com/gluten-free-dairy-free-honeybear-brownies-go-ahead-honey-thanksgiving/ Fingers crossed!


  21. Heather on June 15th, 2012 10:42 pm

    These were taaaaasty!! :) I also used Bob’s Red Mill flour and, while my brownies weren’t as ginormous as yours, they were pretty yummy!! I didn’t realize I was out of granulated sugar or running low on Hershey powder until I went to bake, so I used all brown sugar & threw in some Enjoy Life mini chips. Still delish!

    These are the first (edible) GFDF brownies I have made & I am so excited to take them to the in-law’s for our Father’s Day cookout!

    Thanks Shirley!! :)

    • Shirley on June 18th, 2012 10:35 am

      Hi Heather–Great to see you again! I’m not a fan of Bob’s Red Mill flour, so I’m glad this recipe still worked out for you. You might try a finer ground/non-bean flour mix next time around. I also have some other brownie recipes on gfe that are sure to please. Just do a search or look in my recipe index. I hope these were well received at the Father’s Day cookout. :-)


  22. Kathryn on May 16th, 2014 9:14 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a great time you had! Each and every photo looks delicious. I’ll try your brownies soon – the combination of oils sounds like it would be really nice. Although I love coconut sometimes it can be too strong for others. xok

    • Shirley on May 20th, 2014 10:57 am

      Hi Kathryn–We had another great time this past weekend! Similarly delicious and fun! :-) I do like mixing olive oil and coconut oil. Coconut oil is too light in the weight/richness factor otherwise to me. You might try Tropical Traditions Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil for when you’re baking/cooking for others. It has little to no flavor. I find that I barely notice the coconut flavor in coconut milk and coconut oil any more, but others who don’t regularly consume those ingredients do. Hope you enjoy the brownies if you make them!


  23. Shannon Brown on May 18th, 2014 10:13 pm

    I needed something quick for a barbeque tonight. I knew you’d have something so I went to your site. I’d made the brownies before so knew they would be good and they were a hit with everyone. I used Better Batter for the flour and it worked well.

    • Shirley on May 20th, 2014 11:16 am

      Hey Shannon–I remember you making my brownies before for Adopt a GF Blogger! :-) So glad they were a success as your contribution at the recent barbecue! I actually have several brownie recipes on my blog. It’s hard to decide which one I like best. I think it depends upon my mood. ;-) They’re also a grain-free brownie recipe if you still prefer to eat grain free. The recipe uses sunbutter, but can be made with all almond butter or a mixture, or even peanut butter. It’s pretty amazing! Check it out here.


      • Shannon Brown on May 20th, 2014 11:30 am

        Shirley, I needed something fast so I went with this one. I started it 45 minutes before I needed to leave and it was done in time. But I didn’t follow your directions to let it cool. Everyone was ok with having warm brownies :)

        • Shirley on May 20th, 2014 11:34 am

          Hehe! I bet they were just fine with warm brownies. You operate a lot like I do, Shannon. I’ve served warm cookies, warm brownies, warm pies, etc. many times. Nobody has ever complained! In fact, we have a new Thanksgiving tradition where I bake my chocolate chip cookies right after our meal so we have warm cookies. :-) That came to pass because I ran out of time year before last and had to make the cookies after we ate. Now everyone always wants them that way. ;-)


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