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Best-Ever Gluten-Free Banana Brownies

4 Oct

IMG_0161My boyfriend tells me these are the best brownies I have made so far! I’ve spent the past few months perfecting these brownies, made with a whole banana and only a ¼ cup of oil. These brownies are a delicious and decadent way to use up a mushy, overripe banana.  They are also gluten-free, and can be dairy free! (Note that some cocoa powder may be produced in facilities that also handle dairy products). Could these be the healthiest brownies ever?

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: approx. 25 minutes

Ingredients 

For an 8-inch square pan or a 9-inch round pan:

  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (Optional. Omit for dairy-free brownies)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ¼ almond meal
  • ¼ cup safflower oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
So easy, even a monkey can make these brownies

So easy, even a monkey can make these brownies

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine eggs, sugar, banana, oil, vanilla, and coffee granules.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together oat flour, almond meal, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Fold together a few times.
  5. Add chocolate chips. Mix until flour is just absorbed. Do not overmix.
  6. Pour batter into greased pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Then, rap the pan against oven rack to force air to escape from between the batter and the pan.
  7. Bake for another 9 – 11 minutes. The top of the brownie should be puffed up slightly. Insert a toothpick 2 inches from the edge of the pan. Batter should stick to the toothpick, but should not be runny. (If the toothpick comes out clean, you have overbaked the brownie, and you’ll get something that’s more like chocolate cake. Don’t worry, it will still taste yummy.)
  8. Cool before serving.

Nutrition
Per 2-inch square serving (16 servings per pan)
Calories: 145
Total Fat: 6.5 g
Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Fiber: 1.8 g
Sugars: 17 g

By comparison, a 2-inch square of Martha Stewart’s “fudgy chocolate brownies” packs in about 237 calories, 11.2 g of fat (7.0 g saturated), and 65 mg cholesterol.

Two Almond Cookie Recipes

11 Nov

Almond cookies are so fragrant. Here are two recipes, including one that is gluten-free! Both are dairy-free.

Ingredients

Cut-Out Almond Cookies Gluten-free Cookies
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds or almond meal
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 6 tbsp Canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup ground almonds or almond meal
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk, beaten
  • 6 tbsp Canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract

 

Directions

  1. Combine egg and almond extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the oil, and then fold in the egg mixture.
  4. Regular recipe: Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough into small rounds.
    Gluten-free recipe: Drop spoonfuls of dough onto an insulated cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 375°F for about 12 minutes.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Optional
Before baking, press a whole almond on top of each cookie, or add chocolate chips to the dough. Brush extra beaten egg yolk on top of each cookie for a yellow glaze.

These gluten-free cookies were lightly glazed:

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