Chewy dairy free gluten free brownies with sea salt and dark chocolate. There is melted chocolate in the batter, plus it is loaded with chocolate chips, morsels, and chunks and finished with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
dairy free Gluten Free Brownies with sea salt and dark chocolate (vegan option)
On a whim, I decided to make gluten free brownies this past weekend.
I’ve always loved gluten free brownies! I’ve tested dozens of recipes to try and create the perfect gluten free brownie.
A perfect gluten free brownie needs:
- A crinkly top
- Chewy edges
- Gooey and fudgy middle
For me, all of these items are a must in a gluten free brownie. My go to recipes are my Fudgy gluten free brownies, and chewy gluten free brownies.
I was mixing up a batch of my gluten free brownies with almond flour when I had a thought.
I’ve made gluten free mint brownies, gluten free peanut butter brownies, and I’ve even made gluten free red velvet brownies. For some reason, I had never thought to make gluten free sea salt and dark chocolate brownies.
So as soon as I put that pan of brownies in the oven, I started tweaking it to make these rich and fudgy gluten free dark chocolate salted brownies.
One thing that I love about my chewy gluten free brownies is that they start with melted chocolate. Any gluten free brownie using melted chocolate has got to be good, right?
What is special about these gluten free brownies with salted dark chocolate?
- They have melted chocolate, cocoa powder, and all of the chocolate chips and chunks.
- These brownies are nut free, dairy free and gluten free with a vegan option.
- Coarse salt in the batter leaves little pockets of saltiness without it tasting like an ocean.
- Flaky salt on the top adds the perfect finish.
This post is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. As always, all opinions are entirely my own. My pantry is always stocked with Enjoy Life’s Baking Chocolate because I know it is safe for everyone in my family because it is gluten free and dairy free and tested for all top 8 allergens.
How do you make gluten free brownies allergy friendly?
I wanted to tweak my original recipe to make it more allergy friendly.
Enjoy Life Food’s Baking Chocolate is gluten free, as well as free of the top 8 allergens so it is my go-to for all of my baking. It keeps these gluten free brownies dairy free!
I also took out the almond flour (to make them nut free) and added a little more flour and some cocoa powder to give my gluten free brownies the perfect chewy bite as well as a super dark chocolate taste.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? I loaded my batter with Enjoy Life’s Mini Chips, Dark Chocolate Morsels, Mega Chunks, and Chocolate Minis.
You certainly don’t have to use four kinds of vegan chocolate, but my pantry was fully stocked so I thought, why not?
My kids and I were starting to work on Valentine’s projects and were snacking on Enjoy Life’s new Valentine’s Chocolate Minis, so they were handy.
(I just love the bright, fun packaging! You can cut out the designs on the packages and use them to make decorate your kid’s valentine’s mail box.)
I used the semi-sweet Mini Chips to melt for the batter, but you could also use the Dark Morsels if you prefer.
How do you make gluten free brownies with melted chocolate?
First, melt the chocolate with the oil. I have done this in a saucepan on the stove top, or using a microwave safe mixing bowl and heating for 30 second intervals.
Add the salt and sugar, then mix. I used coarse sea salt because I knew that it would leave little salty bits in my gluten free brownies without them being too salty all over.
Make sure your gluten free brownie batter has cooled to room temp before you add the egg substitute, or eggs.
Mix in the cocoa and the gluten free flour.
It is really important you measure your gluten free flour and cocoa by scooping the flour into a measuring cup with a spoon (don’t scoop with the measuring cup directly, you’ll pack in too much flour) and then level off the top.
The last thing to do is to add all of the chocolate chunks and chips.
I used about 1/3 a cup of chocolate, sprinkling about 1/4 cup into the batter and the remaining on top of the brownies before they go in the oven.
I also added a few Dark Chocolate Minis, just to up the intensity. Everyone fought over those pieces!
A sprinkle of flaky or coarse sea salt not only makes your gluten free brownies sparkle, but it adds the perfect bursts of salt to balance out all of the chocolate.
To make it easy to remove your brownies from the pan, you can cut a piece of parchment paper and use it to go across the bottom and over two of the sides of the pan making a “sling”.
You can also cut and serve your brownies straight from the pan.
Let your brownies cool slightly before you try cutting them so they have a chance to set.
Something about dark chocolate and sea salt seems romantic to me. Valentine’s Day and chocolate just go together. The sprinkle of sea salt brings balance to dark chocolate while adding a touch of elegance (while still being kid friendly)!
If you are looking for another easy indulgent chocolate recipe for Valentine’s day I think you’ll love this Easy Chocolate Pudding Cake from Tessa at Salted Plains.
Here are some other chocolatey recipes using Enjoy Life’s Baking Chocolate I think you’ll love too.
- Gluten Free Bourbon Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cookies from Celiac & the Beast
- Dessert Nachos with Chocolate Sauce from This Vivacious Life
- Homemade Chocolate Sauce from Gluten-Free Palate
- Heart-Shaped Gluten Free Cookie Dough Brownie Truffles that I made for Valentine’s Day last year
Before Valentine’s Day, you can stock up on Enjoy Life’s Valentine’s Minis and get 15% off using “BEMINE15“. While I used the Dark Chocolate Minis in this recipe, the Ricemilk Crunch Chocolate Minis are my favorite for snacking.
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Mini Chips, but their Dark Morsels would also work great)
- 1/4 cup oil (vegetable, coconut, canola, or melted butter)
- 1/2 cup dutch processed (dark) cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend (1.25 oz by weight)
- 3/4 cup white sugar (6 oz by weight)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs (or egg substitute equivalent to 2 eggs)
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used an assortment of Enjoy Life Mini Chips, Dark Morsels, and Mega Chunks)
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
- Place the chocolate and the oil in a microwave safe bowl, and heat in 30 second increments until smooth. (alternatively melt over low heat in a sauce pan.)
- Let cool slightly, then stir in the sugar.
- Stir in the almond flour, gluten free flour, and salt.
- Add the eggs one at a time, stirring until thoroughly combined after each addition.
- Stir in the remaining chocolate chunks or chips (I like to save 1/3 of them to sprinkle on the top.)
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for approx 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with just crumbs (and no liquid brownie batter.)
- Let cool before cutting, if you can wait!
Serving Size:1 gluten free brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 43mg Sodium: 225mg Carbohydrates: 51g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 33g Protein: 7g