I didn't think they'd be that good.
I had made a mess of my kitchen: bowls everywhere, brown rice flour on the floor (that Nestle, the yellow lab, didn't think was good enough to lick up) because the package leaked, and melted chocolate in spots all over the counter. I was beginning to wonder if it was worth it.
I thought it was worth a shot to try the recipe for gluten-free brownies in the Martha Stewart Clean Slate Cookbook but I have this habit of not looking closely enough at the recipe and I'm usually missing something.
Yeah, more than one thing this time. I only had half the chocolate for one. Even though it had to be melted, I added carob, while I also realized that carob does not melt well. And then there was the almond flour. I may be all for different types of flour but almond flour is one of the most expensive and that I'm not for.
I knew I had some garbanzo bean flour and while I was looking for it I found brown rice flour. And when I read on the back of one of the packages of the two being used together, I thought it might be better in case one didn't work as well. Instead of the 2/3 cup of almond flour I went with a 1/3 cup each of garbanzo bean flour and brown rice flour.
By the time they went in the oven, I thought they weren't bad but when I pulled them out and tried them I worried they were a little...tasteless.
While I don't like a lot of really sweet foods, especially because I've gotten used to more natural and less processed food, I wasn't sure these were even good enough for that. I cut the brownies, left them on the counter, and went for a walk with two friends.
When we walked in the door, I started to say to Greg that I wasn't sure if the brownies were good enough until I realized he had a piece in his hand and he said, "I can't stop eating them."
Here's the link to the original recipe and my version is below:
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao- do not use 100% cacao as you will end up throwing out the brownies!!! The Target Simply Balanced brand is 70% and works very well), chopped
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons carob powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with oil.
Melt half of the chocolate in an heatproof bowl; whisk in oil, sugar, and syrup. Remove from heat. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, then cocoa and baking soda. Fold in flour and remaining chocolate plus walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan and cook until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.