Allergy-free Fudge Brownies

This recipe comes from my favorite allergy-free cookbook, The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook by Cybele Pascal.  Instead of using Ener-G to replace the eggs, it calls for baby food prunes, with wonderful results!

Most gluten-free recipes are so complicated, with several ingredients, but not this one - this is it (minus the vanilla extract which I forgot to include)!:

The recipe calls for 6oz of unsweetened chocolate, which had to be chopped up and melted with the shortening. Now doesn't that just look fabulous:

One thing that makes Cybele Pascal's recipes so easy is they call for a gluten-free flour mix, which she includes in the beginning of the book.  I'm not going to give away all of her secrets (buy the book ), but let me just say that it contains brown rice superfine flour, an amazing product.  You can find it at Vitamin Cottage or online. I included a picture of me mixing in the flour so you can see just how much batter this recipe makes:

The recipe in the book says to bake the brownies in a square pan, but I like to make mini brownie-bites as I'm less inclined to nibble until the whole thing is gone. Again, there's so much batter here - I think the recipe ended up making about 4 dozen of these brownie bites. I filled each mini muffin tin (which was sprayed with oil and dusted with GF flour) with a rounded tablespoon of batter:

I baked them for 20 minutes, and here is how they turned out:

Check out that beautiful brownie crust! Inside, they were so gooey and fudgy. They tasted as good as they looked. Everyone in our family, food allergies or not, loved them!

Recipe: (from Cybele Pascal's book, 'The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook', with a few minor changes)

Fudge Brownies

6 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 c dairy-free soy-free vegetable shortening (like Spectrum)
1 c granulated sugar
2 (4-5 oz) jars baby prunes
1 T vanilla extract
1 3/4 + 2 T GF flour mix
1/2 t xanthan gum
1 T baking powder
1 1/2 c dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 325, grease mini muffin tin (or 9x9" pan) and dust with GF flour
  2. Combine chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave, stopping to check every 30 seconds. Once melted, stir in sugar and prune puree, mix well.  Stir in vanilla until smooth.
  3. Whisk together the flour mix, xanthan gum, and baking powder.  Add to the chocolate mixture in three batches, stirring well after each addition. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Fill each mini muffin cup with 1 rounded tablespoon of batter.  Bake in the center of the oven for about 20 minutes, or until you can really smell them. (Alternately, you could spread the batter in a prepared 9x9" pan and bake for 55 minutes).
  5. Makes about 4 dozen brownie bites.
  6. Enjoy!

Listed on: Tastetastic Thursday, Gluten Free Fridays

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  1. YUM. ok, so my GF AP flour is arrowhead mills and it includes xantham gum, do i need to add more if the flour i have already has it?

    1. Hi Amy! I would say either cut the xanthan gum in half or leave it out. Too much will make it way too slimy!

    2. meant to reply down here... anyhoo, i have a problem that EVERY time i make baked goods, GF, DF, EF, they ARE slimy and it's like they will not cook. they won't get "bready". is that common?

    3. plus i haven't practiced much because grayson doesn't seem to enjoy baked goods at all, but i think i'm gonna start baking everything GF, doing an experiment on myself.. so maybe i'm just doing something very wrong.

    4. I would try making your own GF flour without xanthan gum and then add it separately. That way you can control it. You can buy it at any natural foods store. If you leave it out, stuff comes out too crumbly. But, if you add too

  2. These look great! I love Cybeles recipes! Can't wait for her new 30 minute meals book to be out around Christmas! :) Thanks for linking up today! The next round of Gluten Free Fridays opens tonight at 7 pm Eastern time, I hope that you return with more great recipes! Be sure to link up also at the Gluten Free Bloggers tab on my blog! I am creating a directory of people who have gluten free goodies on their sites! :) Happy to connect with another food allergy mamma :)
    Cindy from

    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks for the comment and connection! I would love to link up on your next Gluten-Free Fridays, and I'll add myself to your GF Bloggers as well. Thanks so much!

    2. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) YAY! Thanks for helping us build a wonderful Gluten Free Community! Its great to connect! See you next Friday! Cindy from

  3. good to know. plus i have no xantham gum. :)

  4. Angie, I'm just seeing the WONDERFUL brownies you shared with us on our GLuten Free Fridays! Thank you. They look DELICIOUS. I'm excited that I have also found your blog. Thank you so much for joining our community:)

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Meghan! I'm excited to be a part of the Gluten Free Fridays community!

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