I’m not a huge cake fan. I’m not exactly a huge brownie fan either. I don’t hate them, but they aren’t normally my first choice of treats.
Topped with ice cream (or fresh berries), and whipped cream as in the picture below, I think brownies are quite tasty.
This brownie recipe is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I think it makes the best grain free brownies ever.
Best Grain Free Brownies Tips and Notes
Brownie Bites or Regular?
I personally like to make brownie bites. You can make mini brownies by baking them in a mini muffin tray.
Sweetener of Choice
I use date puree as a sweetener. Medjool dates work very well for this purpose. I often use a smaller (and cheaper) brand of equally moist dates called Dayri.
Pondering Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
As far as chocolate chips, I’ve been using Lily’s chocolate chips because they are vegan, non-GMO, fair trade, gluten free, and sweetened with stevia. You may use any semi-sweet chocolate chips. I realize they use a small amount of erythritol and a very small amount does not seem to bother me. I am, however, looking to other chocolate chips.
Unsweetened chocolate chips have no sugar but they will make for dark chocolate brownies.
I have also heard great things about Enjoy Life chocolate chips even though I have yet to try them.
Doubling or Not?
I would assume you could double this recipe BUT I’ve never tried it personally. If you do, please leave a comment below if it worked for you.
Recipe Cheat (If You Own a Powerful Blender)
When making my brownies, I do not follow my own instructions and I mix everything in my blender. The ONLY reason I do this is because my Vitamix is a workhorse with a very powerful motor.
Most blenders cannot handle the thickness of the batter. However, if you have a Vitamix (or something comparable), you can totally copy me. As a bonus, it makes for easy cleanup and fewer dishes to wash; which is ALWAYS a plus.
Best Grain Free Brownies
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lightly grease the pan you will use or – if using the mini muffin pan – use some pretty mini muffin liners to make cleaning up easier.
In a small saucepan, melt one-half cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix with a whisk until no bits of chocolate remain. Set aside.
Note 1: I use a Vitamix to make my brownies. If you do not have one, you will still need a good blender.
Note 2: I “cheat” and add the chocolate chips to the Vitamix. The Vitamix motor is powerful enough to blend everything perfectly. If you decide to follow suit, avoid the first step (above).
In your blender, pour the hot water and add the dates (pit removed). Blend on high until you have a thick puree. You may need to add some water (one tablespoon at a time). Your puree should have the consistency of a thick applesauce.
Add the eggs and the vanilla extract. Blend to combine.
Pour this mixture into a medium size bowl.
Add the cooled melted chocolate (or add the chocolate to the hot water and blend as I do), natural almond butter, sea salt, and baking soda. Mix with a hand mixer until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
Pour your batter into your prepared baking pan.
If you are using a mini pan, do not overfill each cavity.
Baking Instructions for Best Grain Free Brownies (depending on pan size):
- 8″x8″ pan ~ bake for about 35 minutes
- Mini muffin pan ~ bake for 20 to 25 minutes
- Mini tart pan ~ bake for about 15 minutes
Note: your brownies do not need to be totally cool before eating.
Nutritional Information for Best Grain Free Brownies
This information is based on a yield of four dozen mini brownies or a total of forty-two brownie bites.
Calories 72, Fat 7.8 grams, Saturated Fat 1.2 grams, Cholesterol 8 milligrams, Sodium 21 milligrams, Carbs 7 grams, Sugars 2.8 grams, Protein 2.3 grams
1 serving is equal to 2 Weight Watchers Point Plus