Real Butter, Sugar, and Cocoa Gluten-Free Brownies

22 Dec
by Deanne

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This brownie recipe is really good.  You would never know it is made sans wheat.  Baking gluten-free can be rewarding in terms of taste.  Thursday night after Steve made a batch of these brownies for a party we had at our restaurant on Friday,  I offered to clean up. This afforded me the the opportunity to taste the butter/sugar/cocoa combination.  It was a glorious treat!

However, I have learned that having a dietary restriction is a blessing in disguise. We started cooking with whole food ingredients and cut out processed foods. This experience has become an opportunity to cut out many other ingredients that are questionable in terms of health. For example, sugar.

We’ve been reading and writing about the links between sugar and heart disease and sugar and cancer. Based on what I am reading, I am more concerned with excess sugar than other ingredients like butter or oil.  During the holidays it is especially difficult to let go of sugar .  Sugary treats are such a big part of celebrations.  Even with my concerns, I will admit, we are not super human…..the leftover brownies have easily been consumed.  :)

How about you, what are your thoughts on sugar?   Have you been cutting down on sweets?

Real Butter/Sugar/Cocoa Gluten-Free Brownies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease 9×13 pan

1 cup butter 

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 and 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend of your choice.  See ours listed below.  It is named after Steve’s mom, Mary Jane.

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cocoa

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and continue to mix until well beaten.  Combine gluten free flour, salt and cocoa.  Add dry mixture to creamed mixture and beat well.   Spread evenly in pan.  Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes clean.

MJ’s Gluten Free Flour Mix

makes 4 cups

1 and 1/2 cup white rice flour

1 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup tapioca starch

1/2 cup sweet rice flour

1/4 cup potato starch

1/4 cup corn starch

2 teaspoons xanthan gum

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3 Responses to “Real Butter, Sugar, and Cocoa Gluten-Free Brownies”

  1. Julie December 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    These look delicious. So chocolaty and rich! Merry Christmas to you guys!!!

    • realocalcooking December 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Thanks Julie! Hope your are having a good holiday season.

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