Friday, May 16, 2014

Gluten free chocolate almond brownies

My cousin El also known as the founder of this blog gave me the Oh she Glows cookbook, I loveeeee it! I've been wanting to make everything from it and I started today by making the gluten free chocolate almond brownies, just not so gluten free, Vienna isn't that amazing with health food shops yet so we don't get a lot of stuff that's needed for some of the recipes.... Below is the cookbook :)

The brownies were interesting to make, a bit dry though probably because I used grams instead of cups because I couldn't find mine... They're also a bit burnt on the top but you can't taste that much :p

So the ingredients you'll need are;
4 teaspoons of ground flaxseed
1 cup of whole raw almonds (I used ground almonds which I already had at home..)
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of brown rice flour
2 tablespoons of arrowroot (this and the brown rice flour is something I didn't have at home, luckily the recipe gives you a substitute to use instead in this case it would be a 3/4 of all purpose flour, I used spelt flour)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegan butter or coconut oil (I just used margarine)
1 cup natural cane sugar (used normal sugar)
1/4 cup almond milk (I used lactose free milk)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
and 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)

As you can see I substituted quite a lot of the ingredients with stuff I had at home..

So first off you preheat the oven to 180° and lightly oil a cake pan, then whisk together the flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and put to the side you won't be needing this for a while.

Next if your almonds aren't ground yet put these in a blender and grind till they're floury. Then mix these together with the brown rice flour, arrowroot (in my case just spelt flour), cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.

Now you melt 1/2 cuop of the chocolate chips and the vegan butter over a low heat, once melted remove from heat and mix in the flaxseed mixture, sugar, almond milk and vanilla extract. 

The recipe saves the other chocolate chips to add to the brownies before they go into the oven but I just melted it all together... 

So mix together the chocolate mixture with the dry ingredient mixture and combine well, add the remaining chocolate chips and walnuts if desired.

After this just place the batter in the prepared tin and voila the brownies are ready to be placed into the oven! I baked them for 22 minutes but that was too much for me the recipe recommends 28 to 34 minutes.

I would also recommend eating the brownies with some ice cream or a glass of cold milk :)

Enjoy! Here are a couple of pictures of the results, sorry about it not looks so pretty...

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