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Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies

Poetry is just the evidence of life. Leonard Cohen

It would seem that a recipe such as this would need no intro. I mean what can I really say about brownies other than the obvious?  Delicious, chocolatey, sweet, you know…chocolatey…I think I just said that….yup, it would seem they’ve all been said before.

If I were to say one thing though, it would be that I am personally guilty of something. Guilty of forgetting how simple things can bring so much joy. Sure, I am talking about brownies, as I don’t bake nearly as often as I should and when I do it brings not only joy to me but also to those around me. But I am also talking about other things too.

Last year, I wrote about creating a ‘Happy List’ – a list of those things we can do (however large or small but mostly very small) to cultivate lasting happiness in our daily lives. If you’ve yet to consider creating a happy list, I highly suggest it, even just as a fun exercise to do over a hot cup of tea (one of the items on my happy list). When carefully looked at, we can usually find quite easily that there are things we don’t do regularly that we ought to, or that in fact, we actually even want to. That’s what always gets me. If we want to do do them, and we know they make us feel good, what could possibly be holding us back?

It could be that we tend to think of these things as work, and as a culture could be feeling overworked in our lives in general. To this, I say, out with it! What could be more important work than getting outside for a run or a walk, or turning on the oven and baking brownies? There is no more important work in life than tending to our happiness, so I have added this recipe to my list of regular to do items. Needless to say, they are stellar and bring smiles to everyone who tries them. A little goes a long way, so enjoy them. And then when that is over, enjoy them again, and again.

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies | In Pursuit of More

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies | In Pursuit of More
Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies:

(1/2) cup coconut butter
(3) squares Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate (or 3 oz. equivalent)
(3/4) cup brown sugar
(1/2) tsp vanilla
(2) eggs (or equivalent vegan egg replacer)
(1/2) cup gluten-free all purpose flour
(100g) quality dark chocolate, broken into small chunks (I used a Lindt 70% dark bar)

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-inch square pan with vegetable oil or coconut butter. Put up the chocolate squares and the coconut butter in a double boiler, and melt the two together. Once melted and mixed, remove from the heat and transfer with a spatula to a mixing bowl, being careful to hold the hot bowl with an oven mit.

Add the sugar and vanilla to the melted mixture and beat well with an electric mixer (or a hand mixer or whisk will do as well). Next, add the eggs and beat for another 30 seconds or so until the mixture is fluffy.

Add the flour and mix until just incorporated. Lastly, fold in the chocolate chunks and stir. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. Once out of the oven allow these guys to cool a little before cutting. Of course, the temptation to test them right out of the oven is probably going to win out (and who am I to tell you to stop), but they might fall apart a little if cut too early. I found the texture of these guys to be somehow very light from the gluten-free flour and would love to hear if anyone tries them with almond flour (I think that would be amazing). Replacing butter with coconut butter also contributed beautifully to the lighter texture and adds a delicious taste. The addition of the dark chocolate pieces makes these every chocoholics dream, while not being heavy in the slightest. Perfect brownie goodness.

If you like, the variations here would be endless as you could add your favourite nuts or an icing or whatever your heart desires. For the sake of utter simplicity, I opted to add none of those things – I like my brownies simple and straight up. Cut into 1.5 – 2 inch squares and keep in a covered tin or container. You can also freeze these and enjoy them frozen – this is my mom-in-laws trick for always having brownies in the house. My girls are the ones who reap the benefits of that 😉

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies | In Pursuit of More
Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies | In Pursuit of More

44 responses to “Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies

  1. Whoo Hoo! I have everything in stock and I’m going to make these tonight. 🙂 The recipe looks fantastic. I’ve had a hard time coming up with a really good gluten free brownie. My two sassy gals will love these. Pinning and sharing!

  2. I feel like you put this recipe in just for me… Well, I know you didn’t really, but it makes me happy to imagine you did! I, for one, shall be trying this little beauty with almond flour AND macadamias. Yum scrum. This will be happening while you are winging your way to sunny Hawaii. Have a fab’ time, S. 🙂

    1. I did J – I did post these just for you! These will be amazing with almond flour – yes – keep us posted! And macadamias? Oh my…love it!

  3. Baking brownies are on my happy list – something my mom and I do together. These look amazing and love the use of coconut oil in them too…
    I wholeheartedly agree that “There is no more important work in life than tending to our happiness” – something I have learned over the past few years and am striving to do. Thanks for the reminder though – not enough people say or think it!

    1. Love that you and your mom do this together Sarah – so wonderful! Also glad you agree with me on the little things…I find I can’t remind myself often enough! 🙂 Thanks for sharing that!

  4. I love baking with coconut oil. There’s just nothing else that gives you such decadent richness while still keeping the texture on the lighter side. Plus, what baked good wouldn’t taste better with a little hint of coconut?!

    1. Thanks Katie! I only just started to experiment in my baking and I am so in love with it! I can see more great desserts in my future too 🙂

  5. they look so beautiful and deliciously fudgy, shira! i love the minimal ingredients, too. and, i must say, the idea of making a happy list sounds like something i really need to make and adhere to. you inspire me 😉

    1. Aw, thanks Caitlin! I find that reminding myself of the little things always helps me to slow down and gain a little perspective. I hope you find a little happiness in just thinking about the Happy List! xo

  6. Gosh. You’re so right, Shira. Honestly, it IS the little things that make a day wonderful and bring happiness – but so often we shove those things aside because our To Do list tells us TO DO something else. Today I’m going to make myself a hot chocolate and I’m going to sit and sip it, slowly. Just the thought of it makes me happy!

    1. Love this Annie! Enjoy your hot chocolate and the quiet that comes with it 🙂 That is one of my favorite little things too xo

  7. Your idea of a happy list is amazing. I LOVE IT!! I will be making one today!! Also, these brownies..ohhhh these brownies. The color and texture is so perfectly beautiful. You would think I was describing a sizzling hot man..oh’s a brownie!! MUCH better.

    1. Thank you Chandelle! I have adjusted the post as that was a derp – I added that the coconut butter is good for replacing animal saturates – thank you! 🙂

  8. Baking does bring joy! These look so indulgent, you’d never guess from the photos that they’re gluten free! Oh and that Lindt bar….. my favorite! xx

    1. Thanks Somer! I had fun adding the GF flour and compensating for any discrepancy with extra really covers up all manner of things! xo

    1. Thanks Lilly Sue! I think it might be the light but they aren’t actually very dark compared to many brownies now that you mention it!

  9. I should add baking to my happy list. I used to love it as a kid and thought I was just the best baker since… I don’t know what. I probably baked a total of 5 times last year. I’ll add this healthier brownie recipe to my bookmarks for sure! 🙂

    1. I am very much like you Rachael and without kids to bake for I might never do it. It’s funny how the thought doesn’t always make me happy but once I do it – I am totally thrilled! Like a lot of things actually! 🙂

  10. These were fantastic, even with homemade coconut butter. You work magic! I did use TJ’s 72% dark chocolate bar and my kids wanted mini-chips, so we used that and regular whole wheat pastry flour. Still amazing!

    1. Fantastic! Great feedback Amanda! I love that any chocolate or chocolate chips on hand will work, especially for the kiddos cooking them with us 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

      1. How can I post for you a bunch of pictures of my son eating these for his first birthday? It was hilarious. He took a big chunk, shoved it in his mouth (very cleanly, I might add), and held it there with his pudgy little hand until he’d chewed and swallowed it. I’ve never seen a kid so efficient at eating treats, so i suppose I’m in for it.

    1. Thanks! I would love to know how that would turn out too – coconut flour is so much heavier it might make them deliciously fudgy compared to these. Keep us posted and thanks for the idea!

    1. Rachel – that is fantastic! I’d love to know your fave ways to use kale 🙂 And I do hope you love the brownies enough to add them to your permanent happy list – lol! xo

  11. Justin has been asking for brownies lately, I think I will surprise him with a batch of these this weekend. Your mention of the Happy List just reminded me that I haven’t completed this years Life List- thanks for the reminder Shira!

  12. These look so good! I agree – it can be hard to make time for things we want/should do, but if we take baby steps I’m sure we can make it happen!


  13. I think I’ll try this recipe tonight and will swap out the coconut butter and chocolate with cacao butter. That should work, right?

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