Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies

I'm always on the look out for good gluten-free desserts for Mountain Man's dad.

Once you know someone who suffers from a gluten intolerance, it's amazing how much more you notice GF foods and alternatives. I swear the gluten-free section in the grocery gets larger every month and the number of restaurants with special menu choices increases as well.

When I first saw these brownies over at Noelle's An Opera Singer in the Kitchen, I knew we were going to have to try em out for Papa MM. Noelle's site is dedicated to her vegan life style, with some very healthy and yummy looking dishes to include some good GF recipes too.

I'm not going to lie, if you're not used to eating GF foods the texture for baked goods can be a little off. These brownies however, are pretty tasty even coming from someone not totally used to the texture just yet. Don't be fooled though, you can't taste the pumpkin (sigh) but the chocolate peanut butter combo is obviously fantastic.

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies
Recipe found at An Opera Singer in the Kitchen
Oven: 350 Bake time: 30 minutes
Makes 9 brownies

50 grams (1.75 oz) chocolate chips
2 TBS veggie oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 TBS flaxseed meal (or 1 egg)
6 TBS warm water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup Gluten Free AP flour (or regular flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9x9 dish with cooking spray.
Using a double boiler, melt down chocolate, peanut butter, and oil.
Remove from heat and let cool.
In a separate bowl, mix flax seed meal and warm water together, whisking until egg like consistency is reached.
Add maple syrup, pumpkin and vanilla to flaxseed mixture.
In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and fold in chocolate mix, mixing until well combined.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Bake for 30 minutes.
*For a smooth cut, use a plastic knife and let cool for at least 5 hours.

Happy Baking!
In decorating news, earlier this week I got asked to make some 'Congrats on the New Baby' themed sugar cookies for a co-worker's friend that will be featured as a Traveling Sweet soon, but I wanted to share the final product with ya'll!

The lil guy's name is Teddy so how perfect are these cookies??

Every time I decorate sugar cookies I feel better and better about the final product- my hand is definitely getting steadier with all the fine details! I just hope that one day my cookies will look as good as Bridget's over at Bake at 350..still a ways to go, but maybe one day :)