As Fourth of July is tomorrow and everyone on the block will be outside having a bbq, dancing to music, and just enjoying the day, I thought I would get a head start today and start baking before the kitchen becomes madness with everyone inside. Brownies have to be one of my favorite desserts, alone or topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream! Finding a “good” gluten-free brownie or recipe has been challenging, but as the internet as my friend, nothing is too hard to accomplish.
When I think of a brownie, I think fudgy, rich chocolate flavor, and soft in texture. Baking gluten-free can be a little tricky with texture issues, but with trial and error, you will make it to the finish line feeling accomplished! When I bake brownies, I like to use cacao powder instead of regular cocoa powder. Not only is cacao powder a superfood, but its also full of antioxidants, magnesium, great for iron, has more calcium than cow’s milk, and a natural mood booster. Which is why I love using it anywhere I can! Brownies are also a simple dessert, as there is no need for plates or forks, just your hands and maybe a napkin, and you are good to go! Hosting a bbq is something my family loves to do! And since we have a slightly larger than the average backyard, we can fit a good amount of people not only in our house but also in the backyard.
Over the years my parents have dedicated a lot of time to our backyard. With a larger backyard comes more maintenance but for then it’s all therapeutic. I love how we have a firepit to roast marshmallows and seating all around! Fourth of July is just another excuse to have another bbq while celebrating our independence and freedom.
And so here it is, my contribution to the bbq tomorrow!
Fudgy brownie goodness! – Gluten free
makes: One 9in by 9in pan
1 Cup Gluten free flour
3/4 Cup Cacao powder
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Cups white sugar
1/4 Teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 Cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a large bowl, sift the GF flour, cacao powder, salt, and baking powder
- Then add in the sugar and mix until combined
- Whisk in the 1 1/2 sticks of melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract
- Fold in that chocolate chips (I used both regular and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, but use whatever you like!)
- Pour into a 9×9 greased pan and using a spatula spread the batter
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
- Cool for 10 minutes before serving or let it cool completely before storing in a freezer bag
- Eat alone or with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream!
These are perfect for any time of day, not just dessert! For a little afternoon tea or a pick me up a snack when you are running low on energy! And I love how you can cut them into any size! Bite-size, huge squares, long rectangles, there’s no limit!
Every day, Lai day! Time for a chocolate break!