A “Basic” Brownie Recipe

Posted on May 31, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I come from the line of thinking that you should never make things from a box: Either make it yourself, or buy it from someone who made it themselves. Things just taste better that way, don’t they?

Last night, I had a brownie attack. Don’t we all get those? I used to swear by a recipe like this one by Rachael Ray.I love the tag: “We can’t believe people are still using boxed mixes!” However, since then my “basic” has become anything but. Of course, there’s the gluten thing; I’ve also steered away from using eggs in baked goods for personal reasons. And, while I’m at it, I usually figure why not take out the dairy and make them vegan just in case? In case of what? I have no clue either. But that’s my line of thinking. And so I made brownies as “basic” as I could. And you know what? They turned out darn good. And because they were vegan, I got to lick the pan πŸ˜‰

Basic Allergen-Friendly Brownies


  • 1 cup GF flour mix
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk(water in a pinch)
  • 1 flax egg(1 tablespoon flaxmeal gelled in 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 oz chopped dark chocolate, or 6 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a big bowl, sift together the first five ingredients. Melt the non-hydrogenated margarine and add in the olive oil, non-dairy milk, vinegar, flax egg, and extract. Pour into the dry mixture and mix until incorporated. Fold in the dark chocolate and pour into an 8×8 baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

When you’re living with allergens, life isn’t simple. Good thing these brownies are. And tasty!

I’m ashamed to say this was store bought vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream. When you get used to the home-churned stuff, it just feels naughty coming from a carton. Regardless, this was soooo good. Isn’t this how every weekend should be? 3-days long and full of brownie sundaes? I think so.

You could use 3 ounces of fancy chocolate for the recipe. Or you could use vegan baking chips and save the good stuff for yourself to eat straight. I think you can guessed what I chose.

And a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter and sea salt tasted good after all that chocolate. Sometimes, you just need to detox.

After all that baking/microwaving, I did not feel like much for breakfast this morning. I really wanted a big cake donut and to call it a day but that wasn’t happening. Thankfully, I found this chocolate chip muffin fromΒ Gluten Free Life to eat with some earth balance. Just like my brownies, you’d never guess this was gluten-free! And so many chocolate chips. Yum πŸ™‚

Anything exciting on tap for Memorial Day? I had a pool party in store but apparently it’s been rain checked since the pool won’t heat up 😦 Alas, we have a grill, we have neighbors, I’m sure we’ll find some way to spice up Memorial day.

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Grilling on Memorial Day is like an American tradition! πŸ™‚ Have a good one!

Woohoo for gluten free vegan baked goods! I made gluten free vegan chocolate chip cookies last night and I was worried that I was going to get called out on it…my boys (all 3) took one bite and their eyes got huge and they were so happy. Me too cause everybody could enjoy them!!! It is raining here too. The guys are going to see Iron Man, playing Modern Warfare and having sh*t on a shingle…while I do things around the house. So, it is a good ol fashioned family day here! Enjoy your family and friends!

Your whole post seems like dessert! I swear this is why my dessert cravings have suddenly risen πŸ˜‰

white vinegar? that’s so interesting! i’m sure it serves a purpose, but what?

It adds a little lift, and is a common ingredient in chocolate or red velvet cakes. It’s using the same principles as when in Elementary school you would make a volcano out of vinegar and baking soda, except on a much smaller scale.

A grill on memorial day is really all you need. Hopefully I can find some brownies today, too- now I’m in the mood!

As always, your baked goods look amazing. Yum. Want to come stay with me for a while? I won’t charge you for rent – only in baked goods. πŸ™‚

Both the brownie and muffin looks sooo good. Your food always looks so sweet and tasty, yum!

definitely having a grilling session later today. not that it’s anything special, i take the opportunity to fire up the grill whenever i can. and haha to not making anything from a box: i am the queen of box/canned things πŸ™‚

Whatever you do bring some of those brownies. Your neighbors will invite you over to grill every day!

Those brownies look yummy! Especially with the scoop of vanilla bean coconut ice cream on it.

We’re grilling today, nothing special really. πŸ™‚


i’m loving all these baked goods! wish i could say i had more exciting plans for today but i’m lying in bed, sick.

“I usually figure why not take out the dairy and make them vegan just in case”–that is actually good b/c I find people are either all in or all out. meaning, there are very few people who can tolerate/want dairy if the egg has already been removed. It will just make your pending cookbook deal πŸ™‚ that much more appealing b/c the recipes are already adapted down to the lowest common denominator: vegan, GF, soyfree, etc.

Pool party being canceled. That sucks! but you’re right, friends and a grill. HAve a great day!

That looks like the perfect brownie sundae. Yum!

Sorry your pool party got cancelled 😦 Hope you have a good Memorial Day anyway!

Aghhhh now I want BROWNIES!!!

Yes, 3 day weekends and brownie sundaes should be mandatory.

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