After I shared my gluten-free brownies with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting, I realized I had never shared my gluten-free brownie recipe. I am not sure how I forgot to share this recipe because it is one of the recipes that I worked the hardest to develop.
When I went gluten-free, I tried some of the box brownie mixes, but none of them came close to meeting my ideal for brownies. I like moist, chewy brownies with a serious fudgy flavor. I started experimenting with ingredients and while I can often nail a gluten-free cake on the first try, the perfect gluten-free brownie recipe eluded me for several years. I kept notes, so I could remember what I did as I tried different variations. I got close a few times and my family cheerfully ate my “failures”, but it wasn’t until this spring when I finally got it right.
While most of my recipes can be altered without much difference in the final result, this recipe changes significantly if you make alterations. For example, if you substitute guar gum for the xanthan gum, the moist, chewy brownies are transformed into dry, cake-like brownies.
I prefer to use Rodelle’s Gourmet Baking Cocoa because it produces a deep, rich, chocolaty flavor. Whatever cocoa you use, be sure to let it “bloom” by adding it to hot water before combining it with the other ingredients.
This brownie recipe is also naturally dairy-free and soy-free.
- ⅔ cup warm water
- 1 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- ⅔ cup oil
- 2 large egg, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- ¼ cup potato starch
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 pan.
- Heat water.
- Combine hot water and cocoa powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, xanthan gum, baking powder and sugar.
- Add oil, eggs, and vanilla to cocoa mixture. Stir to thoroughly combine.
- Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture and stir well to combine.
- Spread brownie batter in a greased 13 x 9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before serving.