By Wendy Stoltz / Last Modified On January 15, 2023
A recipe for Gluten-Free Brownies that are rich, chocolaty, and cake-like.
I've included instructions for making thick and fudgy gf brownies or frosted cake-like gluten-free brownies. I've also included instructions for lots of other dietary adjustments.
You can decide how decadent and what style you want your brownies to be with this gluten-free brownie recipe that has been tested and perfected. You won't need to use a gluten-free brownie mix ever again.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- It's incredibly fudgy and moist
- It only takes one bowl
- It's easy to make
- You probably already have all (or most) the ingredients
GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIES RECIPE
Gluten-Free Brownies are one of my favorite chocolate treats to bake because they are quick to put together and everyone loves them.
You can enjoy this recipe as is or if you can't have dairy you can make them gluten-free dairy-free brownies with a few easy swaps.
If you can't consume eggs, I have a gluten free vegan brownie recipe you're going to love.
If you want to try a flourless recipe you'll want to make my Flourless Brownies.
I also have a delicious Grain-Free Hazelnut Brownies recipe.
Lately, I've been making sure I have all the staple gluten-free recipes for you.
Some of my favorite staple gluten-free recipes are my Gluten Free Pizza Crust, Gluten Free Pancakes, and Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes. They are all simple to make like this gluten-free brownie recipe.
The ingredients in this gluten-free brownie recipe are easy to find and so simple.
INGREDIENTS IN GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIES
Sugar - Granulated sugar gives us pure sweetness. These brownies are sweet, but not too sweet.
Butter - 1 and a half sticks of butter, melted and cooled just slightly to room temperature will be perfect here. Lots of butter means tastier baked goods! Make this recipe dairy free by using a dairy-free butter.
Cocoa Powder - For the best brownies, use a good quality, gluten free, unsweetened cocoa powder.
Eggs - Eggs help to bind all of the other ingredients together. Allow your eggs to come to room temperature so that they incorporate better.
Milk - Milk is the liquid that helps to create the perfect brownie batter.
Vanilla Extract - A good quality gluten free vanilla extract helps bring out the flavor of the cocoa even more.
Gluten-Free Flour Blend - I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking flour.
Baking Soda and Baking Powder - I use a little bit of each to get the texture and rise that I want in my brownies.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chips - these are optional, but I love the extra hit of chocolate that they provide.
TIPS FOR MAKING GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIES
Always double-check that your ingredients are gluten-free
Also, make sure that they haven't passed the expiration date.
If possible, use room temperature ingredients
The ingredients mix better, and coat the flour better.
Use a high-quality gluten-free flour blend
I used Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour for this recipe.
When measuring your gluten-free flour, spoon your flour into your measuring cup then level
Don't scoop then level.
Let your oven sit for 5 minutes after the preheat cycle is complete
This step is important to allow the oven temperature to even out.
If you have any questions on how to make gluten-free brownies, please leave a comment and I will get back to you!
HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIES
- Preheat your oven and add the sugar, melted butter, and cocoa to a large mixing bowl.
- Mix until combined. Batter will be thick.
- Add the milk, eggs, and vanilla.
- Mix until combined. Batter will be runny.
- Add the gluten-free flour, baking soda, and baking powder and mix until combined.
- If you want fudgy gluten-free brownies, add in the optional chocolate chips and stir until combined.
- Pour your gluten-free brownie batter into a pan.
- Bake until the center is set. If desired, frost with icing for frosted gluten-free brownies.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.
GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIES VARIATIONS
It's easy to make gluten-free brownies from scratch and a lot less expensive than purchasing a gluten-free brownie mix at the store. The best part about this recipe is that it's flexible. Check below for the type of brownies that you want to make.
GLUTEN-FREE CAKE BROWNIES
For gluten-free cake brownies, pour your batter into a 9X9 square baking pan and bake for 28-35 minutes. Reducing the pan size delivers thicker gf brownies. The air pockets formed during baking in a smaller pan gives these brownies and extra lift, making them more cake-like.
FUDGY GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIES
If you want more of a fudgy gluten-free brownie, follow the directions below of using a 13 X 9 pan or a 15 X 10 pan and add in the optional chocolate chips. The chocolate chips will melt and weigh down the batter slightly, delivering a more fudge-like brownie.
Can I Add Any Mix-Ins To The Gluten-Free Brownie Mix?
Absolutely! You can add different mix-ins and toppings to your gluten-free brownies, including:
- Chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
- Toffee bits
- Chocolate chips
- Mini marshmallows
- Browned butter
- Coarse sea salt
MAKE GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIE MIX
Did you know that you can mix the dry ingredients for gluten-free brownies and store them as a gluten-free brownie mix? Simply place your dry ingredients in a jar or a container and when you are ready to bake your gf brownies, add in the wet ingredients and bake as directed. You can even add the chocolate chips to your dry gluten-free brownie mix before storing.
FROSTED GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIES
If you're like me, then you appreciate a good frosted gluten-free brownie. If you do want to frost gluten-free brownies, you can either use your favorite frosting, or you can mix up the frosting from my gluten free chocolate cake and use it.
GLUTEN-FREE DAIRY-FREE BROWNIES
For this recipe, I've tested making gluten-free dairy-free brownies with a dairy-free butter, dairy-free milk, and dairy-free chocolate chips, and it tastes delicious. I haven't tried making these dairy-free using oil. I imagine it'd be even closer to a cake texture.
Can I Freeze Gluten-Free Brownies?
Yes, you can freeze these brownies by slicing them and placing them in a ziplock bag. The best way to do this is to squeeze out any excess air and freeze for up to 2 months.
How do I store gluten-free brownies?
You can store gluten-free brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Can I replace the eggs with flax eggs?
Yes, replacing eggs with flax eggs in this gluten-free brownies recipe should work just fine.
What do gluten-free brownies taste like?
If you make gluten-free brownies with high-quality gluten-free flour and other classic ingredients such as cocoa powder, gluten-free brownies can taste just like regular brownies. It's true, when using this recipe, you won't be able to tell the difference!
Why do gluten-free brownies fall apart?
Gluten-free baking flour that contains xanthan gum acts like a binder in gluten-free baked goods and maintains their structure. Without it, your gluten-free brownies will probably crumble. Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking flour that I use in this recipe contains xanthan gum and prevents your brownies from falling apart.
Can I replace the butter with oil in this recipe?
You can, but keep in mind that it will change the texture of your gluten-free brownies.
What Is The Best Type Of Pan To Bake Gluten-Free Brownies In?
My recommendation is to use a metal baking pan if possible. Metal pans help conduct heat better when making brownies. You can also use a glass 9x13 pan.
Again, if you have any questions on how to make gluten-free brownies, please let me know. I've given you instructions on how to make frosted gluten-free brownies, fudgy gluten-free brownies, and gluten-free cake brownies.
This easy gluten-free brownies recipe is pretty versatile and no matter which brownie you prefer you are going to love this recipe. If you prefer to eat grain-free, you'll want to make these Paleo Brownies. Baking for a non-gluten-free crowd? Try this recipe for Sweet Potato Brownies.
Did you make this gluten-free brownie recipe? Please leave a starred rating and a comment below letting me know which way you made them, what flour blend you used, and what you thought!
Gluten-Free Brownies that are rich, chocolaty, and cake-like. You can enjoy this gluten-free brownies recipe as is, or if you can't have dairy, you can make them gluten-free dairy-free brownies.
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup butter (1½ sticks), melted
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
- 1½ cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup gluten-free chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Position the oven rack in center
of oven. Grease a 13x9x2” pan; set aside. See notes below for different brownie options.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, melted butter, and cocoa.
- Add the milk, eggs, and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Add in the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
- Optional: stir in chocolate chips if desired.
- Spread batter into the pan and bake for 28–30 minutes or until center is set and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan on a wire rack. Frost if desired.
- Cut into brownies and store in an airtight container.
- Always double check that your ingredients are gluten free and that they haven't passed the expiration date.
- If possible, use room temperature ingredients. The ingredients mix better, and coat the flour better.
Use a high quality gluten free flour blend. I used Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour for this recipe.
- When measuring your gluten free flour spoon your flour into your measuring cup then level, don't scoop then level.
- Let your oven site for 5 minutes after the preheat cycle is complete to allow the oven temperature to even out.
- Gluten Free Dairy Free Brownies - For this recipe, I've tested making gluten free dairy free brownies with a dairy free butter, dairy free milk, and dairy free chocolate chips. I haven't tried making these dairy free using oil. I imagine it'd be even closer to a cake texture.
- For gluten free cake brownies, pour your batter into a 9X9 square baking pan and bake for 28-35 minutes. Reducing the pan size delivers thicker gf brownies. The air pockets formed during baking in a smaller pan gives these brownies and extra lift, making them more cake-like.
- If you want more of a fudgy gluten free brownie, follow the directions below of using a 13 X 9 pan or a 15 X 10 pan and add in the optional chocolate chips. The chocolate chips will melt and weight down the batter slightly, delivering a more fudge like brownie.
- Gluten Free Brownie Mix - Did you know that you can mix the dry ingredients for gluten free brownies and store them as a gluten free brownie mix? Simply place your dry ingredients in a jar or a container and when you are ready to bake your gf brownies add in the wet ingredients and bake as directed. You can even add the chocolate chips to your dry gluten free brownie mix before storing.
- Frosted Gluten Free Brownies - If you're like me then you appreciate a good frosted gluten free brownie. If you do want to frost gluten free brownies you can either use your favorite frosting, or you can mix up the frosting from my gluten free chocolate cake and use it.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g
This nutrition info is based on the exact ingredients and brands that I used a the time. It may not be 100% accurate. Please check your ingredients nutrition labels.
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