Gluten free – grain free – dairy free – can be refined sugar free – vegetarian – contains eggs and nuts
Well folks, I know it's a big call, but these Brownies really are the best I've tasted that are gluten/dairy/grain/refined-sugar free. And being the chocoholic that I am, I've tasted a few! They began their life as a 'happy accident' when I was attempting to convert a Ferran Adria chocolate cookie recipe to dairy and gluten free. It was supposed to be rolled up in baking paper into a log and cut into cookies, but mine was way too runny, so I put it in a tin and baked it. The first taste test put me into a happy spin as I realised the potential. Another batch with a couple more tweaks later and....HEAVEN! The other 'Friendly' Brownies I've made in the past haven’t quite delivered the texture that I love in a Brownie, but these certainly have - that really soft, slightly gooey, almost-not-cooked-enough interior, with a slightly crunchy sugar-formed exterior, and an overall melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
If you bake these with naturally sweetened chocolate (such as Loving Earth Dark Coconut Sugar Chocolate), these are technically refined-sugar free. If you use regular dark chocolate, there will be some refined cane sugar involved. Please be brave enough to delve into the world of coconut sugar for this recipe if you haven't before. It's got so many health benefits that are not available in cane sugar, it has a low GI, and it gives such a rich, caramalised flavour.
The Chinese five spice powder gives these a really different and exotic flavour. If you're not feeling adventurous, just replace it with cinnamon, but I urge you to give it a go...at least once!
Now, a little disclaimer. Just because these are 'everything free' doesn't make them health food! These are incredibly high calorie munchies and call for moderation in consumption....if your self control is stronger than your taste buds!