DIY Gluten-Free Mix™ — Fudgy Brownie Mix
My family celebrates with brownies! We usually have them for parties, cookouts and just because. Brownies are our sweet of choice. Needless to say, when we went gluten-free we were sure we would never again have our favorite brownies. Not so! Since Freedom Delivered gluten-free All Purpose Flour is a cup for cup substitution for flour in recipes, one of the first things I tried was our family recipe for brownies. Delicious! I served it to glutenful people and they didn’t even notice. The brownies were rich, chocolaty and delicious. I was delighted.
As our lives got more and more complicated, I came up with this recipe to make brownies even quicker and simpler. By having all the dry ingredients ready on the shelf, I found that I could prepare brownies while I was making dinner. I put them in the oven as we sit down to eat, so they are ready to come out of the oven when we are done eating. Klean up the kitchen and they are ready to be cut! Waiting for them to cool is always the hardest part!
Now, I watch for large containers of cocoa powder so I’m ready to put together the mix when needed. Even without watching for sales, making your own brownie mix is a savings. I calculate that it costs $3.36 per bag of brownie mix. It breaks down as follows: Cocoa $1.58, Sugar $0.65, Flour $1.07, and baking powder $0.06. The additional ingredients cost about $1.79 — Butter $1.20, Eggs $0.38, Vanilla $0.21 and I added nothing for the hot tap water. The total to bake the brownies is $5.15. At Freedom Delivered, we sold a great brownie mix at $9.95 for the box and additional ingredients were still necessary. It was very popular and very tasty. However, at $3.36 per bag of DIY fudgy brownie mix, I can have brownies three times and still stay within my budget. No waiting for deliveries; no shipping charges! (I always buy more than $59 to get free shipping on flour.)
I never hesitate to make this recipe of brownies for my family or for outings. Sometimes I even brownie whoopie cakes for bake sales or parties. I love that I am in control of all the ingredients so I can tailor it to the needs of the people who will be eating them. If you or your family has other foods that they need to avoid, such as eggs or dairy, you are in control here! Try various substitutions until you are happy with the results. I firmly believe that baking with ingredients that you know are wholesome and healthy makes living a gluten-free lifestyle easier. No one enjoys “giving up” a food, with the control that DIY mixes give us we aren’t “giving up” anything. It is empowering to have such control, convenience and still have health benefits. If your family likes brownies as much as mine–give this recipe a try. You will be delighted!
- 1½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅔ cups cocoa powder
- 1 cup Freedom Delivered gluten-free All Purpose Flour (124 g)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 eggs (or egg substitute)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 tablespoons butter, dairy or non-dairy margarine or shortening (melted)
- ¼ cup hot tap water
- Gather together the dry ingredients and mark quart zip bags so you can assemble the mixes. Set up the bags by rolling the tops of the zip bags about 2-inches down so they stay open. Set each one in a container to hold them upright.
- Weigh the flour and measure the sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder. Add each ingredient to each bag. I do all of the flour, then put it away. Next the sugar, then put it away. This way I don't get confused. Zip each bag closed and put them into a gallon zip bag with a copy of the recipe for future baking.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch square pan with foil. One strip of foil across the bottom and with extensions up the sides. This makes it easier to remove cooked brownies from the pan. Spray with baking spray. Set aside.
- Melt butter in microwave. Set aside to cool a bit. Pour dry mix into a medium bowl. You can use the stand mixer or mix by hand. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, Then add the slightly cooled butter and vanilla. Stir to combine. Finally add the ¼ cup of hot tap water. Batter will be slightly stiff. Pour into prepared baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 -- 30 minutes. Cool completely. Remove brownies using the extra foil as handles. Peel the foil away from brownies. You can ice them now, if you want. and cut into 16 serving pieces. There are two theories about cutting brownies--use a pizza wheel to cut or a plastic knife. Neither works well for me so I keep trying.