Indulge in decadent gluten-free brownies topped with a refreshing mint chocolate frosting that is sure to be a hit amongst your family and friends. If you have been hesitant about trying gluten-free baked goods, this recipe is for you. These fudgy and chocolatey brownies are incredibly easy to make and taste just as good as their gluten-containing counterparts.
The icing on the cake, or in this case, the frosting on the brownies, is our delightful peppermint buttercream frosting which complements the rich chocolate flavor of the brownies perfectly. And don’t worry, our frosting recipe is completely dairy-free, so everyone can enjoy these mint chocolate brownies regardless of dietary restriction.
It’s time to skip the store-bought gluten-free brownie mix and create your own delicious and healthier version of this classic treat at home. With simple ingredients and a few easy steps, you will be able to whip up a batch of fudgy gluten-free brownie bites that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. So let’s get started!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you in search of a gluten-free, dairy-free and organic dessert that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing taste? Look no further than these fudgy gluten-free brownies with mint chocolate frosting! Trust me; it’s the perfect balance between chocolatey cocoa powder and cooling peppermint flavor.
For starters, these brownies are free from many common food allergens, making them a guilt-free indulgence for anyone allergic or intolerant to gluten or dairy. With ingredients like almond flour and ground flax seeds, they’re also packed with nutrients and wholesome goodness— so you can enjoy those brownies without any nagging feelings of remorse.
But what really sets these brownies apart is the mint chocolate frosting, which doubles up on the flavors that we all love most. The creamy frosting made with icing sugar, unsalted butter, milk, and peppermint extract is decadent while not overpowering the brownie base. In combination with the intensely chocolatey flavor coming from cocoa powder and chocolate chips, it creates an explosion of textures that will leave you wanting more. The best part? This frosting recipe can be used in multiple ways— whether it’s filling for layer cakes or topping for bundt cakes and cupcakes.
But let’s talk about the most exciting part: the gluten-free flour blend used in this recipe gives you a batter that’s much thicker than regular flour-based recipes, resulting in fudgy and chewy brownies which won’t crumble as soon as you try to lift them off the pan. Plus, adding xanthan gum fulfills the function of binding agents like gluten typically does without compromising texture.
Whether you’re entertaining guests, looking to surprise your family, or just plain craving something indulgent yet healthy– there’s no better way to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings than these delicious gluten-free mint chocolate brownies. So go ahead; whip up some heaven in your kitchen with this easy-peasy recipe!
Let’s start by gathering all the necessary ingredients for this delicious gluten-free brownies with mint chocolate frosting recipe. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the brownie base:
- 1/2 cup of butter (dairy-free option: substitute with vegan butter)
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of gluten-free flour blend (with xanthan and guar gum)
- 1/4 cup of carob powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground flax seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
For the mint chocolate frosting, these are the ingredients you will need:
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature (dairy-free option: substitute with vegan butter)
- 2 cups of powdered sugar (also known as icing sugar)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract or to taste (gluten-free option: use pure peppermint oil instead)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (dairy-free option: use almond or coconut milk)
The Recipe How-To
Now, it’s time for the fun part! Let’s dive into how to create these delicious gluten-free brownies with mint chocolate frosting!
Gather Your Ingredients
Before starting any recipe, it’s important to make sure that you have all the necessary ingredients. Here’s what you will need:
- ¾ cup gluten-free flour blend
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup carob powder or cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup boiling water
- Optional: 1 cup of chopped walnuts
For the Mint Chocolate Frosting, you will need:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup milk (dairy-free milk can be used as a substitute)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- A few drops of green food coloring
Preheat and Prepare
Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line it with parchment paper.
Mix the Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the gluten-free flour blend, brown sugar, carob/cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together. In another smaller mixing bowl, beat together the vanilla extract, eggs, and melted butter. Combine this with the dry ingredients mixture and add in the boiling water until evenly mixed. Fold in some optional chopped walnuts.
Bake the Brownies
Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Once done, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
Make the Mint Chocolate Frosting
While your brownies are baking, start making your mint chocolate frosting. Add 1/2 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature to a mixing bowl and mix for about 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Gradually add in 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Mix in 1/4 cup of milk, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract, and just a few drops of green food coloring.
Frost Your Brownies
After your brownies have cooled completely, frost them with the mint chocolate frosting using an offset spatula or a butter knife. Remember to spread it evenly. Once the frosting is complete, feel free to top your brownies with chocolate chips or garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Enjoy your gluten-free fudgy mint chocolate brownies! Serve them individually cut as dessert bites
Substitutions and Variations
Looking to switch things up with this gluten-free brownie recipe? Here are some easy substitutions and variations you can try:
1. Swap out the walnuts for a different nut, such as pecans, almonds or hazelnuts. Or, leave out the nuts altogether.
2. Need a dairy-free option? Use vegan butter instead of regular butter in both the brownies and the frosting. You can also swap regular milk for almond milk or another non-dairy milk.
3. For a paleo version, replace the gluten-free flour blend with almond flour or another paleo flour. You could also experiment with using coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.
4. Not a fan of mint chocolate? No worries! Simply omit the peppermint extract from the frosting recipe and use plain chocolate frosting instead.
5. Want an extra chocolatey twist? Add some chocolate chips to the brownie batter before baking for a gooier, fudgier treat.
No matter which substitutions or variations you choose, these gluten-free mint chocolate brownies are sure to be a hit with anyone who tries them!
Serving and Pairing
Once you have baked and frosted your delicious gluten-free brownies with mint chocolate frosting, it’s time to savor and indulge in this sweet treat. These brownies are fudgy, moist, and rich in flavor which makes them perfect for pairing with a variety of drinks.
For a cold refreshing beverage, I recommend serving these brownies with a glass of ice-cold Almond Milk. The nutty flavor pairs exceptionally well with the chocolatey goodness.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you might also want to try pairing these gluten-free mint chocolate brownies with hot tea, preferably mint tea. This drink will infuse an alluring aroma into your palate that will perfectly complement the freshness of the frosting.
For something modest yet uncomplicated, pair your brownies with a cup of hot coffee or cappuccino. The bitterness and creaminess of the drink give it another depth of flavor and make it a great companion to the sweetness of the dessert.
Lastly, if you’re looking for something more indulgent, especially for special occasions, try serving these scrumptious bites as a dessert plate topped along with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. The creamy sweetness blends perfectly with the chocolate-minty notes of the brownies and frosting creating a decadent treat that’ll pleasantly surprise your taste buds.
In conclusion, these gluten-free mint chocolate brownies are extremely versatile when it comes to pairing. You can do justice to these decadent treats by serving them alongside a glass of cold milk, hot tea or coffee or top them up along with your favorite ice-cream or whipped cream toppings. Enjoy!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
One of the best things about these gluten-free brownies with mint chocolate frosting is that they can be made ahead and stored for later consumption. These brownies are deliciously moist, fudgy, and stay fresh even when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
To make these brownies even more convenient to grab and go, you can pre-cut them into bite-sized pieces, wrap them in plastic wrap or parchment paper, and store them in the fridge or freezer. This way, you have a quick and easy snack on hand whenever your sweet tooth starts acting up.
When it comes to reheating these brownies, we recommend popping them into a preheated oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes. This will help to warm them up without drying them out or making them hard.
For those who prefer a softer texture, you can also opt to warm up the brownie bites in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds on high heat. Be sure to monitor their progress closely to avoid overcooking them.
Finally, while it’s not necessary to frost these brownies before storing or reheating them, if you choose to frost the brownies first, we recommend waiting until after they are warmed up before adding the frosting. This will help prevent the frosting from melting off and ruining your presentation.
With these tips in mind, you can confidently prepare these gluten-free mint chocolate brownies ahead of time and still enjoy a fresh baked delight anytime you desire!
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you have an idea about the ingredients and methods used in this recipe, let’s discuss some tips and tricks to ensure your brownies turn out absolutely perfect.
Tip 1: Use high-quality ingredients
To achieve the best texture and taste, it’s essential to use high-quality gluten-free flour, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and other ingredients. Do not compromise on the quality of ingredients to save money, as it may affect the overall taste and texture of your brownies.
Tip 2: Follow the proportions
It’s crucial to accurately measure all the ingredients using a kitchen scale or measuring cups. Even slight deviations can affect the consistency of the batter or frosting.
Tip 3: Don’t overmix the batter
After adding the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, avoid overmixing the batter. Overmixing may lead to a dense and chewy texture. Mix until all the ingredients are just combined and no lumps remain.
Tip 4: Add gluten-free binders
Since gluten-free flour is not sticky like wheat flour, it requires binding agents such as xanthan gum or guar gum. Add ½ a teaspoon of xanthan gum for every 1 cup of gluten-free flour used in this recipe.
Tip 5: Bake with precision
Bake the brownies for precisely 30-35 minutes at 350°F for fudgy gluten-free mint chocolate brownies. Make sure it’s not overbaked; otherwise, you’ll end up getting dry & crumbly bars instead of moist and tender ones.
Tip 6: Allow cooling before icing
Before frosting or slicing them into pieces, allow your brownies to cool completely at room temperature. This step will ensure that your icing does not melt onto your bars.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to make deliciously soft and moist mint chocolate brownies that everyone will adore!
Now that you have all the information you need to make these fudgy gluten-free brownies with mint chocolate frosting, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and concerns that you may have about the recipe. This section will help address any doubts you may have, and provide additional tips to ensure your brownies come out absolutely perfect.
Is mint chocolate ice cream gluten free?
My latest creation is a refreshing cool mint ice cream filled with rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chips. This delectable dessert is naturally gluten-free, perfect for those with dietary restrictions.
Are Pillsbury fudge brownies gluten free?
In one fifteenth of the package, there are 120 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fat (which accounts for 8% of the daily value), 60 milligrams of sodium (3% of the daily value), and a total of 15 grams of sugars. The product is certified as gluten-free and more information about the prepared product can be found on the nutrition facts label.
In conclusion, these Gluten-Free Brownies with Mint Chocolate Frosting are the perfect dessert for any occasion. The fudgy texture and delicious mint chocolate flavor are sure to impress even the most skeptical eaters. Plus, the fact that they are gluten-free and dairy-free makes them accessible to those with allergies or dietary restrictions.
By using high-quality ingredients like pure vanilla extract and carob powder, you can ensure that your brownies will taste fantastic. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different flours or add-ins to make them your own. Whether you’re serving them with a scoop of ice cream or enjoying them on their own, these brownies are always a hit.
Remember to follow the recipe carefully and take note of our helpful tips for perfect results. And if you have any questions along the way, check out our FAQ section for answers. We hope that this recipe inspires you to get creative in the kitchen and explore new ways of cooking gluten-free and dairy-free desserts.
So go ahead, whip up a batch of these delicious brownies, and watch as your friends and family clamor for seconds. Trust us, it’s a recipe worth mastering!
Gluten Free Brownies With Mint Chocolate Frosting Recipe
- 3/4 cup gluten-free flour (see $notetemplate1$)
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum or 1/2 teaspoon guar gum
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa or 1/4 cup carob powder
- 3 eggs, beaten until frothy
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Peppermint Frosting
- 4 tablespoons soft butter
- 5 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 1/3 cups icing sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 2 -3 drops peppermint extract
- Preheat oven to 375°. Grease 8x8-inch glass baking dish.
- Blend together well, in large bowl, first 6 ingredients.
- In a small pan, melt the butter and mix in the cocoa until combined well.
- In another bowl, beat the eggs and add the brown sugar and vanilla (but don't stir).
- Add the chocolate mixture and the egg mixture on top of the flour mixture and stir all together quickly.
- Pour into greased dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. Don’t overcook. Frost while still warm. Cool completely before cutting.
- Beat together all frosting ingredients and spread on cooled chocolate brownies.
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