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Gluten-free gingerbread brownies

Preparation time



  • 1/3 cup ground almonds**quinoa flour?
  • 1/3 cup brown-rice flour**gluten free flour?
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 112 g gluten-free bittersweet chocolate (about 4 squares), chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup brown sugar or **coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp fancy molasses
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line an 8 × 8-in. baking dish with overhanging parchment (about 1 in. on each side). Whisk almonds with flour, baking powder, spices and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Combine bittersweet chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium, stirring halfway through, until almost melted, 2 to 3 min. Stir until smooth. Or melt in a saucepan set over medium.
  3. Whisk eggs and yolk with brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in chocolate mixture until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture. Scrape into prepared dish. Smooth top. Scatter chocolate chips overtop.
  4. Bake in centre of oven until a cake tester inserted into centre of brownie comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it, 40 to 42 min. Transfer pan to a rack to cool completely.
  5. Whisk molasses with icing sugar and 2 tsp hot water in a small bowl. Drizzle over brownie. Refrigerate until brownie is firm, about 1 hour. Cut into 24 squares. Keep brownies wrapped in foil and refrigerated up to 1 week.
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*Notes from Chef Marilyn:  I have not made this recipe but it’s on my list!!  I would try using gluten free flour (which I find I can sub for any flour equally) unlike coconut flour, I can only use maybe 1/2 as it’s more like pastry flour.  I try to use what I have in the pantry.  Ground almonds are expensive and  leave a product grainy and heavy I find.

**bulk foods/whole foods/choices