– Gluten-Free Brownies –

Gluten-free brownies are one of my absolute favorite desserts to bake! I actually have no idea why I haven’t posted this recipe before. So, I decided to finally share it. Enjoy!

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How these fudgy brownies became my go-to recipe I don’t know but it’s probably because it was one of the first things I learned to bake as a child.

I think it’s also because it’s a really simple no-fail recipe that just works every time. Besides, brownies are amazing and that alone is reason enough to make them often!

Almonds complement this brownie recipe so perfectly. However, if you prefer you can just leave the nuts out and use the frosting mentioned in the recipe.

The brownies taste amazing whether they’re served plain, iced, dusted with icing sugar, or (our favorite) made with almonds. 

What Makes The Perfect Brownies

There are many different types of brownies. However, for a brownie to be a brownie it needs two things.

A good level of fudgy chewiness and that gorgeous shiny crackly top.

We will have none of these cakey things that look a little like a brownie in shape and color but offer nothing of the wonderful chocolatey taste and chewy texture of the perfect fudgy brownie.

I’m sure you can tell, we both love brownies! So, when my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease and I started making these gluten-free brownies we realized “normal” brownies pale in comparison!

Gluten-free brownies are much fudgier but still have a gorgeous crispy top which makes them the perfect brownie. Yay, for the celiac and gluten-free dieters!

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So what’s the secret that makes these brownies so fudgy?

Two reasons, the first – unlike many brownie recipes they’re made with oil instead of butter. The oil makes them heavier and keeps all the moisture in during baking.

Then the second reason is that these delicious brownies are gluten-free. Because gluten-free flour is finer than wheat flours it creates a more dense and fudgy texture resulting in the best brownies we’ve ever had!

Want to know an amazing thing?? These delectable, rich, chocolatey, fudgy, cocoa brownies, do not use butter, chocolate chips, or cooking chocolate! All you need are a few simple ingredients that I’m willing to bet you have in your pantry.

What To Cook Brownies In

Perfect brownies come from using the right tray, so choose carefully. I have two dishes that I use when baking brownies but only one of them works perfectly. In case you didn’t know, a brownie dish is actually a thing.


Basically, the ideal shape is square since brownies are cut into squares and the ideal size is 8′ x 8′. If you double this brownie recipe I’d suggest separating the batter into two trays instead of using a larger one.

If you don’t you’ll probably lose some of the fudginess or may struggle to get them to cook through nicely.

How To Cut Brownies Without Breaking Them

One thing that always frustrated me was that my brownie topping would come out perfect and shiny but when cut it would often separate from the base.

That was until one day in irritation I would have it no more!

I had a batch of yummy brownies fresh from the oven and they promised to be a very flaky affair. With purpose, I grabbed a spoon and smushed down the top thinking it would ruin them but at least the top and fudgy center would remain intact.

To my delight, the top and bottom connected and stayed together and they still looked wonderful.

Spoon smushing is now standard practice before the cutting.

How to smush the brownies:

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Using a large serving spoon gently but firmly press down the top. If it isn’t broken already the top will break but just keep going until the surface is evenly pressed down.

Done! Let them cool for ten minutes and then cut them into squares. To prevent them from breaking, wait until they’re completely cool before removing them from the brownie pan.

What Gluten-Free Brownies Are Perfect For

If we having friends coming over or if there’s a last-minute function I just make my fudgy, no-fail, gluten-free, brownies. They always go down well and there are never any left!

Because they keep really well I actually make them as snacks to travel with when I know I’m going to need safe gluten-free snacks for my husband. 

These brownies have made it through airports!

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If you’re celiac or gluten allergic/intolerant, save this brownie recipe!

You might also like this easy Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe, these delicious Three-Ingredient Bliss Balls, or this simple but divine Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Pinwheel Recipe.

– Delicious, Fudgy, Gluten-Free, Brownie Recipe –


Fudgy No-Fail Gluten-Free Brownies

Recipe by Joanna Steele / accordingtojo.comCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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These gluten-free brownies are fudgy and delicious with that gorgeous crispy top that makes them the perfect brownie!

Ingredients for the brownies

  • 1/4 cup Oil

  • 1 cup White Sugar

  • 2 Eggs

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence

  • 3 Tbsp Nestle Cocoa Powder

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free self-raising flour

  • Optional – 1/4 cup Nuts (Our favorite are almonds but macadamias are also yum!)

  • Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp melted Butter

  • 1 cup Icing Sugar

  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence

  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa

  • 1 Tbsp Milk

Directions for the brownies

  • Combine the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla essence and beat well.
  • Add the cocoa and flour (no need to sieve) mix a little first then beat for a few seconds.
  • Chop up the almonds, set some aside and stir the rest in.
  • Pour into a well-greased baking tray and sprinkle the leftover almonds on the top.
  • Bake at 180 degrees celcius for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing them from the tray.
  • Frosting Directions
  • Combine the ingredients in a pot and place it on the stove.
  • Leave for 10 minutes or until smooth, stirring every now and then.
  • While still warm pour over the brownies.


  • Store in the refrigerator for up to seven days.

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