Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Brownie Hearts

by Teri Gruss, MS on February 10th, 2011


Photo 2010 © Teri Lee Gruss

Use this delicious recipe for homemade gluten-free brownies to make special heart-shaped brownies for a Valentine’s Day treat. If you’re short on time, use one of the great gluten-free brownie mixes on the market, like Gluten-Free Pantry® Chocolate Truffle Brownies.

 Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all purpose gluten-free flour mix (see note)
  • 1/4 cup amaranth flour (see note)
  • 8 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon guar gum OR xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 tablespoons gluten-free powdered sugar for dusting brownies
  • NOTE: If you prefer, omit the 1/4 cup amaranth flour and substitute 1 cup of your favorite all purpose gluten-free flour mix)

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325°F

Line 15×10 inch baking sheet (jelly roll pan) with parchment and grease with butter or lightly coat with baking spray.

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and beat until blended.
  • Place dry ingredients (not the nuts) in a separate bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix just until well combined.
  • Fold in nuts.
  • Evenly spread brownie batter in prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until done. Don’t overbake or brownies will be hard and dry.
  • Cool pan on a wire rack.
  • Use a large heart shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts. Save scraps after cutting out hearts- they’re good too!
  • Put powdered sugar in a small mesh strainer and lightly dust heart brownies.

 

Yield: About 8 large brownie hearts, depending on size of cookie cutter used.

 

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

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Author Information: Teri Gruss, MS
About.com Guide to Gluten-Free Cooking
Teri was diagnosed with gluten intolerance after decades of symptoms that culminated in malabsorption syndrome. Teri has written numerous health and nutrition articles for the popular website naturalnews.com and was a founding member and moderator of nutritioncircle.org, a nutrition forum for healthcare professionals and students. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and supports the non-profit organization Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of North America as a member.
Email Teri Gruss, MS here.


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