Gluten-free almond meal brownies

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Gluten Free Almond Meal Brownies

I do not have a gluten intolerance. Neither does Wayne nor does Callum. In fact, I never even intended for these brownies to be gluten free! I simply wanted to challenge myself to come up with a recipe to use some of the vast stock of almond meal I have for making macarons. The fact that it is gluten free and can be gifted to coeliac friends for birthdays and Christmas gifts is a bonus.

Normally, when I make brownies, I always chuck in some nuts. Mostly pecans and walnuts. With using the almond flour (in spite of its name, all it is is finely ground almonds), you still get that nutty taste without any of the nuts themselves. A nice compromise since I made this while Callum napped yesterday and the rustle of a bag of nuts in the cupboard is proven to stir him from his sleeping. I'm pleased with how they turned out. They retained their moisture even without added water, I'm thinking that had something to do with the silicone muffin cases. They also formed a nice crusty, perfect brownie top. Mmmm.

For the gluten-free brownies
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
handful of chocolate chips

All right, let's bake:
Preheat oven to 200C.

Tumble all of the dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a large mixing bowl. Pour over the wet ingredients and  mix with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Finish off with the chocolate chips. Stir these through the mix and pour into silicone cupcake cases or baking dish.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a brownie comes out clean. Remember, there will be pockets of melted chocolate from the chocolate chips, so you may need to insert the toothpick into various places until it consistently comes out clean.


  1. Hi Anyonita
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment :)
    I appreciate this recipe! We don't have any gluten intolerance either, but Passover is almost here and during this holiday we don't eat anything with wheat flour. These brownies would be perfect!

    1. Oh yes, of course it is! Well do let me know if you make them! :) Thanks for visiting!

  2. You had me a chocolate! Plus I have almond flour in my pantry and have been wanting to make something with them lately. Pinning this now and making later! :) Thanks for the recipe.

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

    1. I hope you enjoy them :) I think I prefer them to my usual brownie recipe! And I found making them in portion controlled cupcake cozies meant I wasn't tempted to scarf down half the pan :D Let me know when you make them

  3. Oh yum! I have a package of almond meal at home right now! :)

  4. I just made these with a substitute of banana instead of egg and maple syrup instead of sugar and man it was to die for. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. That sounds fabulous, Jessica! I'd love to see photos if you posted any?

  5. wow these look wonderful I want to try them! pinning them here
    thanks for visiting Give Peas A chance and letting us link up

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  7. I love this blog, the photography is really good. I love almonds with brownies so I really want to give your recipe a go. I tried out a gluten free healthy brownie recipe at the weekend and the batch turned out really well, here is the recipe :)


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