Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Brownies - Gluten Free, Dairy Free of Course!!!

Chewy on the outside and velvety soft on the inside!
and did I mention...very chocolaty!

I have been on a chocolate and potato rampage lately! (not together...but one after the other...like McD's fries and then a chocolate muffin) lol!  We have some major changes going on and it has been CRAZY! We recently accepted a job change for my husband and are moving 10 hours away and we just bought our first house, and it's all happening in like a 3 week time frame! So big changes but exciting as well!  I am SOOOO ready to have my own room! (no I didn't kick my husband out, but baby B is finally going to get his own room after more than12 months of never ONCE sleeping through the night!)  But when stress,changes, being extra busy,  and hormones come calling...that's when those cravings kick in! lol!  We spent the last week up in Omaha (yes I cried about it...leaving Dallas to go to Omaha didn't sound that appealing) and it was so frustrating trying to figure out what to eat since I can't have dairy or gluten...it's like extra sucky!  So anyways, now we're back home and I don't feel like spending $8 on a 4 pack of muffins and I remembered this brownie recipe that I adapted to be gluten free for my sister a few years ago...so I just adapted it even more so it is now gluten free and dairy free.  These are dense and super chocolaty and aside from the vegan butter sticks, don't need a much of special ingredients like most gluten free baking recipes. Even if you have no dietary restrictions, you'll enjoy these, just substitute the vegan butter for real butter. 

No Gluten, No Dairy....Totally Delicious!

1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
1/4 cup of Hershey Cocoa Powder
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Gluten free Corn Starch
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Ghiridelli Semisweet Chocolate Chips
Double check to make sure they are still dairy free as sometimes products change

Preheat oven to 350.
In a medium saucepan, melt the vegan buttery sticks and stir in cocoa powder.  Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla.  Break eggs into a separate bowl and whisk in a little bit of the warm chocolate mixture to temper the eggs, then add to saucepan and whisk all together.  Mix in the corn starch and salt and then stir in the chocolate chips and mix till melted and you have a smooth consistency.  
Pour the brownies into a greased 8x8 inch dish and bake for 25 minutes.  The Brownies will seem like they are not done when you check because of all the melted chocolate in there, so do not be tempted to let the brownies bake more than 25 minutes, just remove them from moven when the timer goes off and let set on a wire rack.  ENJOY!