One of the first recipes I ever posted here was a brownie recipe. It is still a good recipe, but later I made a few tweeks and posted a better brownie recipe. Since going dairy free I have played with that recipe and ended up with one that everyone in my family thinks is the best brownie recipe.
Let me warn you. These brownies are not healthy. They contain worthless flours, lots of sugar, and plenty of calories. I consider them a treat.
But they sure do taste good. My husband recently requested them for his birthday instead of birthday cake. If you are looking for a special treat, you are bound to love these. Just don’t make them every day.
The adjustments I made for this version are quite simple. First, I used Earth Balance buttery sticks in place of butter. Second, I used a starchier flour mix which yields a brownie that is more fudgy and less cakey.
Feel free to play with the starches you use. I had to come up with measurements that work for a recipe, but I have successfully made it with part corn starch as well as more potato starch and only a little tapioca starch. If you like using arrowroot, that would probably work well too.
- ¾ cup Earth Balance Buttery Sticks (or butter)
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3-4 eggs (4 makes them a little more cake like)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ cup rice flour
- ½ cup potato starch
- ⅓ cup tapioca starch
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I used a dairy free brand)
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Grease and rice flour a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
- In a large sauce pan, stir the butter and cocoa over low heat until melted.
- Remove from heat and, using a wooden spoon or stiff spatula, add the sugars. Stir in the vanilla.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, combine the rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum.
- Add this to the sauce pan and stir until all the flour is moistened.
- Stir in half the chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter into the pan.
- Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Cool. These brownies cut best with a plastic knife.