Gluten-free Brownies

They say that the last the last Monday in the month of January is the most depressing day of the year – aka Blue Monday – and even scientists have done studies to prove the timeliness of the blues. “No wonder we need Valentine’s Day in February,” my dad remarked to me on the night of Blue Monday this year.

So Hallmark holiday or not, we have a day of affection and more-permissible PDA on February 14. I say, whether you have a significant other or not on Valentine’s Day, show your love!

So I’m making brownies to bring to work on Valentine’s Day. I have a co-worker who is celiac, and the brownie love will take on a gluten-free flavour. I’ve never made gluten-free baked goods before and the world of chia, flaxseed, chickpea flour are exotic and foreign to me. Going with name recognition from the ingredients my co-worker has been able to eat, I found this recipe shared by a celiac reader of Serious Eats. For those of you who lick the batter-ful spoon, don’t be put off by the funny taste in the brownie batter (“It tastes like alfalfa,” my dad said, scrunching his nose.) Once baked, this brownie is not too sweet and you never would’ve known I used chickpea flour! (“Yeah, it’s not too bad,” says my dad. Proof that a gluten eater can eat gluten-free brownies too.)

Recipe – Gluten-Free Chickpea Flour Brownies with Hazelnuts

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 lb butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 g semi-sweet dark quality chocolate
  • 4 Tablespoon cocoa powder, the more the fuller the chocolate flavor
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • Slowly melt butter and chocolate together in a small pan. I do not use a double boiler, but you can if you are worried about overheating the chocolate. Take it off the heat, let it cool down a little.
  • Whisk together eggs and sugar until fluffy. Add the butter and chocolate, stir well.
  • Add salt and hazelnuts to the batter.
  • Sift chickpea flour and cocoa into the batter. Mix very well, pour into a greased square cake pans. I use 8×9″
  • Bake in an oven pre-heated to 350F for about 25-30 minutes. If it is thicker (smaller pan), you will have to cook it longer. Use a toothpick to test if it is done.

Valentine’s Day TIP: Use fun shapes to cut out your brownies. If you’re gonna show some love, go all the way!

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