Friday, July 31, 2009

Bodacious Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Brownies

Look at these yummy looking brownies. Can you believe they're sugar-free and gluten-free? Let me tell you, they taste as good as they look. I wanted to make something yummy for all those people not eating gluten because of Celiac Disease. I thought if I was making them healthy I might as well cut the sugar out too. I was very happy with the results. I also made the recipe using flour and sugar because my husband will not eat anything if he thinks it's diet food. I often substitute Splenda for sugar in recipes without telling him. What he doesn't know won't hurt him! Here are both versions. I hope you enjoy them :)

1/2 cup applesauce (or melted butter)
1 cup Splenda (or sugar)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (I bought at the health food store)
1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar free chocolate chips (I bought Hershey's brand in the baking isle)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil. Lightly spray foil with cooking spray. Stir applesauce, Splenda, and cocoa. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture until just blended.Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Use a spoon the spread melted chocolate chips over the top. Cool in pan. Lift out foil and then cut into squares.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar (or Splenda)
1/3 cup cocoa
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)

Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter. Stir in cocoa and sugar. Beat in eggs. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the chocolate mixture until just blended. Fold in walnuts, if desired. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool before cutting.

Here are the regular brownies. Boo, they look terrible. They get a thumbs down for looks (brown's such a pain to photograph), but a thumbs up for taste. Picky Pants Makayla loved them, but that's not surprising... she seems to like anything not healthy!

*UPDATE* For those of you wondering what Xanthan Gum is and where to find it, I'll fill you in. Xanthan Gum is a binder that takes the place of gluten. I bought mine at the healthy food store.

Also, you can easily mix and match these recipes. You could choose to use butter in place of apple sauce and sugar instead of Splenda in the gluten free brownies for someone strictly wanting a gluten free dessert. You could also use Splenda in place of sugar for the regular recipe if you're only wanting a sugar-free dessert.


Lara said...

I just barely had a guests over for dinner, one of whom had celiac disease and I felt so bad she couldn't eat half of what I cooked. I'm definitely filing this recipe away so we can try again soon.

Heidi said...

Lara- I'm the substitute town clerk for our small town. The regular town clerk Lois has Celiac and her husband's diabetic. I made these with her in mind. Now I can make a treat she and her husband can both enjoy.

Mary at My New 30 said...

Heidi you are so considerate and sweet to do that! You do that kind of thing alot don't you?

These look very good!!

Carrie said...

Bodacious! Oh, how I miss Bill and Ted! I am on a serious diet so these sugar-free brownies might be a perfect diet dessert!

the ungourmet said...

Where did you find Zanthan Gum?? I've never looked for it. Is it a binder??

Looks Yummy! It was nice of you to post this. My neighbor has Celiac Disease. No fun!

Coleen's Recipes said...

I am VERY excited about this recipe!!! Thank you SO much for sharing it.

Donna-FFW said...

Id like to try each.. you are so sweet to think of others this way.

Id also love the name bodacious brownies.

Denise said...

Heidi, it is so great that yo posted both versions. I have to print this out because a friend of mine at work, her daughter has celiac. Thnx.

Katy ~ said...

Good to see gluten free recipes; have to be careful of baking powder because it can contain gluten. My Sweetie-Pi's daughter is celiac with a number of other food allergies. It's just amazing where gluten is hidden. I made her rice krisipie treats but then she couldn't have them because they have malt as an ingredient. Grrrr.... so difficult for celiacs.

Disneypal said...

The SF Brownies look great. I would love to make for my diabetic sister - but where do I find Xanthan Gum? What exactly is it - would it be okay to leave out or is there a substitute?

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

These look WONDERFUL!!! I am a compounding pharmacy technician, and yes, xanthan gum is a binder. You can usually find it in larger pharmacy that carries a wide variety of vitamins or health care items. (Not usually a chain like CVS or Walgreens). I cannot believe how chewing and chocolately these look... mmmmm. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I know several people in my community with celiac disease, I'll have to pass it on.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest. I love the design of your blog... the header picture is FABULOUS!!

Lynda said...

How sweet of you to post the healthy version; I'm sure many will appreciate your thoughtfullness!
Brownies are a favorite at our house and considered to be the perfect snack! These look so chewy and moist!

Krista said...

Definitely good to have this recipe! My friend is just getting ready to go gluten free for her son. I'm sure he'd love some of these brownies.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Yummy my dear, you mean yet another diet I'll have to try and kill myself trying to do ;)