You’ll have to fight your gluten-loving, non-vegan friends for the very last crumbs of these crackly on top, fudgy in the middle brownies that want for nothing – except maybe a cold glass of (almond) milk.
Portland-based Julie Hasson may well have achieved the impossible. She created a non-gritty, not overly-sweet mix that bakes up gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, egg-free, chocolate-FULL brownies that are everything those with (and without!) diet restrictions could dream of.
Stir in oil, non-dairy milk (our coconut oil, almond milk combo proved mighty tasty) and whatever additions strike your fancy (almond extract, dark chocolate chips and sea salt over here) and you’ll have a treat perfect for birthday parties, bake sales, potlucks, book clubs – anywhere there’s a mixed crowd.
Three cheers for equal opportunity sweets!
TIP OF THE TONGUE
So many ways to gussy up these brownies, so little time. We can help! Add some tart to your sweet by stirring in dried cherries. Or when you feel like a nut, how about spiced pecans? Ooh, and a swirl of salty caramel could never hurt. Shall we go on?
Here's the basic recipe on the back of the box: Just add oil and non-dairy milk for delicious, homemade fudge brownie that is so darn good, no one will ever guess that it's gluten-free! It's also vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free too.
1 box Julie’s Original Fudge Brownie Mix
2/3 cup soy milk or other milk of choice
1/3 cup canola or melted coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla or 1 teaspoon almond extract
1. Grease an 8-inch square metal pan (preferably light colored). Don't use glass. If desired, line the pan with greased parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, add Julie’s Original Fudge Brownie Mix, soy milk, canola oil (or melted coconut oil) and vanilla (or almond extract) and beat until the batter is smooth (15 seconds).
4. Spread batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. The center of the brownies should be lightly firm to the touch.
5. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
Cane sugar (vegan), brown rice flour, Dutch-process cocoa powder (processed with alkali), potato starch, tapioca starch, baking soda, sea salt and xanthan gum. Comes in a 16.7 oz box.