Super Chocolatey Gluten-Free Brownies

03-BrownieI have always loved baking and find it to be a largely relaxing activity. However, being diagnosed as a celiac almost 10 years ago put a temporary damper on one of my favorite pass times.

Those familiar with the gentle chemistry associated with baking know recipes should be followed to the letter. This is even more so with gluten-free baking. Gluten, the protein that binds the baked product together, making lovely, malleable, stretchy dough that can be rolled, formed, and kneaded. Gluten free dough tends to be sticky, unwieldy, and frustrating to work with. Bread can be dense and resemble bricks and cookies and cakes crumble and fall apart on the way to your mouth making for a pleasurable dining experience.

After years of looking for existing brownie recipes and finding none that satisfied my craving for the thick, rich, moist brownies of my youth, I decided to try my hand at making my own. Taking existing recipes and tweaking them to reflect what was currently in my cupboards (necessity is the mother of invention), and eating several pretty bad batches, I finally got what I was looking for; super chocolatey brownies that gluten-free and well as non gluten-free folks could enjoy.

Super Chocolatey Gluten-Free Brownies

1/3 c. millet flour
2/3 c. cornstarch
1/3 c. tapioca starch
1 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. melted butter or coconut oil
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3-5 T. milk or milk alternative (or enough to make a crumbly batter stick together)

-Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9×9 baking dish

-Combine all dry ingredients. Slowly add combined wet ingredients. Mix with electric mixer until all ingredients are blended well, scraping sides of the bowl with rubber spatula dipped in water (water keeps the batter from sticking to spatula). Consistency should be pliable, but not pourable.  Transfer batter to Bake for 30-35 minutes or unlit a knife comes out cleanly. Allow to cool, cut, enjoy!

*Note: you can eat these sweet babies warm, but be warned, they will not hold together. As the cool, they will become solid.


Cynthia Varady

Cynthia Varady

Cynthia Varady is an award-winning freelance writer and co-owner of the book review website, She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. Cynthia has her BA in English Literature from Sonoma State University, and her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Occasionally, Cynthia can be found voicing characters in casual video games, including Stella in the Aveyond series. She is presently working on a young adult fantasy novel.

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