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Hey so, if you’re one of those rare individuals who’s anti-chocolate, this is not the recipe for you. Everyone else, read on for THE best Fudgy Grain Free Brownie recipe out there. When I say fudgy, I mean super fudgy—honestly, why do any other kinds of brownies exist? These gluten free brownies are fudgy af and totally grain free thanks to a good ol’ fashioned double teaming by Bob’s Red Mill.
These gluten free brownies are made with both Cassava Flour and Almond Flour. On top of that, they’re sweetened with coconut sugar, which is lower on the GI scale than regular sugar and made with super duper dark chocolate. Like 85-90% cacao, guys. That’s ALMOST 100% and the darker the chocolate, the higher in antioxidants. We’re also using ghee (clarified butter) instead of regular butter. More on that below.
I guess what I’m trying to say is these Fudgy Grain Free Brownies are basically a vitamin, so you’re welcome.
Fudgy Grain Free Brownies
These fudgy grain free brownies are not only the best brownies you've ever had, they're also gluten free, made with ghee, and sweetened with coconut sugar!
- 3/4 cup ghee (180g)
- 9 oz 85-90% dark chocolate, divided (255g)
- 3/4 cup cacao powder (sub unsweetened coco powder) (75g)
- 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour (75g)
- 1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Cassava Flour (55g)
- 1 tsp salt (3g)
- 2 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Coconut Sugar (360g)
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325.
Over medium flame heat ghee until melted. Lower flame and add 7oz (a scant 1 1/2 cups) dark chocolate. Let chocolate melt completely. Take off heat and set aside.
In a fine mesh sieve over a medium mixing bowl, combine almond flour, cassava flour, cacao powder and salt. Sift together and set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, combine coconut sugar, vanilla extract and eggs. Mix on hight speed until soft peak trails form. Lower mixer to medium seed, gradually add in chocolate ghee, just until incorporated.
Chop remaining 2 oz (1/4 cup) of dark chocolate into chunks. Set aside.
In two batches add dry ingredients, mixing on low to combine. When everything is fully incorporated, stir in chocolate chunks.
Spread 1 tsp of ghee on bottom and sides of a 9x9 pan and coat with 2 tbsp cassava flour.
Pour batter in pan, spread evenly with a spatula. Bake for 35 mins, or until desired consistency.
Slice and EAT UP.
Grain Free vs. Gluten Free
You know that tricky thing you learned in elementary school, that all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares? Gluten Free vs Grain Free is sort of a similar situation. All grain free recipes are gluten free, but not all gluten free recipes are grain free.
That’s because gluten is found in specific types of grains (like wheat, rye, and barley), but not in all grains. So you can have a recipe that contains grains, but no gluten. Normal gluten free flour blends contain rice flour, quinoa flour, or some other type of grain-based flour. In order to make this recipe grain-free completely we opted for cassava and almond flour, neither of which are grains.
Make sense? If not, don’t worry, because this recipe is BOTH gluten free and grain free so you’re in the clear no matter what.
cassava flour 101
Cassava flour is made from—you guessed it—the cassava plant. But what the heck is that?! Cassava is a starchy root that kind of looks like if a sweet potato and a carrot made a baby. Cassava flour has a ton of vitamin C (told you these brownies are teetering on health food) and is perfect for gluten-free and vegan baking. Bob’s Red Mill Cassava Flour is my fave because of it’s not-too-intrusive flavor and super fine texture (resulting in ultimate fudge).
almond flour 101
K obviously almond flour is made from almonds and you probably know what an almond is. But Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour is made from the best ever California-grown almonds (shout-out to that West Coast nut). This almond flour by Bob’s Red Mill is super fine as well (brownie points for texture, amirite?) and should be your go-to option for grain free baking. Did I mention this flour is a pal to Paleo? Keep it on hand for any Paleo baking recipes too, okay guys?
What is ghee?
Ghee is a clarified form of butter. It’s basically taking the absolute purest fat out of butter and tossing all the impure stuff. Don’t you LOVE the idea of only using the purest and fattiest of all the fats to make brownies? I sure do. Ghee has a slightly different taste than the butter you’re accustomed to, with an almost toasted, shortbread-y flavor. You can get ghee at many health stores or make it yourself at home.
In Ayurvedic philosophy and diet, ghee is considered the most superior food in the oily foods category because of its purity. Ghee is believed to have whole-body healing benefits—from aiding digestion and improving memory, to increasing flexibility and ensuring future success. Am I saying these Fudgy Grain Free Brownies can do all that? I can’t exactly say that, but I am a little bit saying it.
So thank you Bob’s Red Mill, thank you elementary school geometry, and thank you to ghee. Take a fudgy bite and enjoy, for grain free’s sake. xo.