Amazing Allergy Free Double Chocolate Brownies

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I love a good brownie. But, I don't want to coat-check my colon to indulge. This recipe is not just guilt free chocolate. It is double guilt free allergy free chocolate! And not just double chocolate; but double gluten free chocolate brownies. These vegan chocolate brownies are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free AND soy free. The response when I say that to people is "What the hell is in them"? "What holds them together"? My simple answer to both questions is love and magic! And mashed bananas, mashed apples, dates, vegan chocolate chips, cocoa, vanilla, agave, and GF flours. In other words, a list of delicious natural ingredients that are safe for most people. You could almost eat them raw. I am so excited to make these yummy allergy free treats for my gorgeous little niece (who suffers from multiple food allergies) when I fly back to Australia in a few weeks.

I also want to post this recipe in honour of Ashley -- one of my favourite readers. This lovely piggy lives in Springfield, Missouri; and although we have yet to meet, we have bonded over our shared love of chocolate and healthy food through many emotive emails. With both of us being patients of Dr Carter's; and lovers of whole foods and natural flavourings and sweeteners, we have celebrated the vegan chocoholic experience. Ashley sent me a pumpkin chocolate brownie recipe last week and asked if I could modify it to make it gluten free. The original recipe contained mashed pumpkin and honey. I wasn't really a fan of this combination after my first-round trial. My friends Kris and Emily were with me in the kitchen, and we all agreed that they had a bitter aftertaste and not enough sweetness for a "post-worthy" self respecting brownie. I decided to wipe the slate clean and go down a different road. I created a whole other blend, and hit the allergy free jackpot!

These vegan chocolate brownies are sweet and chocolatey, with a moist texture that is divine. Best of all, they are super easy! I just threw everything in my stand mixer and baked! In under half an hour you will be in double chocolate heaven. 

Welcome to the new world order where there are gluten free chocolate brownies for all! More chocolate next week……

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Brownies

Amazing Allergy Free Double Chocolate Brownies

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  • 2/3 cup (about 2 small 6 inch) mashed banana
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 73% cocoa dark vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup 73% cocoa dark vegan chocolate chips for topping
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tsp xanthan
  • 1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt 
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F.
  2. Lightly grease a square 8-by-8-inch baking pan.
  3. Sift together the cocoa powder, flours, baking powder, xanthan and salt into the bowl of your stand mixer (or use a mixing bowl and an electric beater or spoon)
  4. Gently heat on a low flame one cup of the chocolate chips and agave until just melted and then stir in vanilla.
  5. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix gently until well combined.
  6. Mix together mashed banana and apple sauce. Fold in this mixture into the chocolate batter.
  7. Fold in chopped dates.
  8. Spoon mixture into pan and spread evenly.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes and then sprinkle the extra 1/2 cup chocolate chips over the mix.
  10. Place back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
  11. The brownies are done when an inserted skewer comes out clean.  Let cool at room temperature before serving. 

Tip: Neatly cutting brownies and slices

Cutting the perfect square pieces of brownies and slices and getting them to look perfect without breaks and crumbs can be challenging. A quick easy way to “slice slices” is to use a plastic knife that glides through and doesn’t collect the crumbs.

THese are out of this world, I ate more than my 3 children combined.

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LOL! I am glad you enjoyed them.

These brownies really are tasty - allergy-friendly or not.
I made these for my family and we ate the whole batch. This will be one of our staple treats now.

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Thanks Isabella.
I am glad you enjoyed these treats :)

These are SO good! They are not too sweet and have a fantastic texture. I am going to try and make more of my baking egg-free after tasting these.

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Thanks Alex. Yes, it is hard to believe these are completely allergy-friendly. The more you bake without eggs, the better you get at it :)

Dates in brownies??  Seriously!  But they work! :)  Love the chips on the top!  How extra good would they be mixed in?  Maybe on the next batch….

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HA! Yes! On top, inside, any way works for me :)

Wow! no eggs, no dairy, no gluten, no nuts, no soy. I couldn’t believe how good these were. I took them to work for my “allergic to everything” friend and she was so grateful.

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Oh, I am so pleased these worked for you!

My friends birthday thursday and Im making these…yummmy..will let you all know how it goes!! cant wait!!

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These are amazing! So good with a glass of soymilk! Thanks a piggy tail worth!!!!

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These are AMAZING! Thank you, Tess, for making this recipe for me! So soothing to my chocolate need! What was brownies last night was chocolate breakfast cake today! ;)

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You are SO welcome Ashley. I am really pleased you think they as yummy as I do. Now…onto our next chocolate triumph! LOL

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Oh Wow! These are so incredible. I cannot believe they are gluten free, egg free and dairy free. I am on my third batch. Thankyou so much. Your site is so fantastic.

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Oh Thanks Lizzie.
That just made my day :)

As soon as this one appeared in Super Living magazine I went out and bought the ingredients. These are just fantastic. I can’t stop eating them.

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Oh Great Melissa!
Super Living is great and I am glad you found me there :)

YUM YUM YUM YUM. My daughter will love you forever with an allergy friendly brownie….... now she doesn’t have to miss out on delicious treats when everyone else indulges. YAY!

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Yay! Yes, these are a lifesaver!

Hi Tess,

I am putting together a raw chocolate recipe book & I want to use your Raw Vegan Chocolate Fruit Balls recipe.
It is in a pdf format & I will put who they are from & have a link to your website below the recipe & on the link page.
Please let me know as soon as possible.

Thanks & Regards,
Barry

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Barry
I would be thrilled if you would include my recipe in your book. I have sent you an email.
Cheers
Tess

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Never again will i make a GF brownie from any other recipe but this one! The Blender Girl Rocks!

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OH Thanks Sammy! I really appreciate your support :)

This brownie was very tasty with a nice moist texture. I like the combination of the dates, apple and chocolate.  Thankyou for this recipe. There were smiles all around when I made these for my daughter “from scratch and everything daddy”!

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OH…..That is SOOOO cute!
I am so glad you enjoyed these :)

My whole family loves these. We couldn’t believe they could taste so good without any of the usual ingredients. I have a niece who is allergic to dairy and eggs. This is my treat for her now. Thankyou Tess

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Oh, that is wonderful Katie.
Thanks for taking the time to comment.

I made these for our gluten intolerant school police officer for his birthday treat, and I think he ate half the pan before the day was over. I’m not a brownie person myself, but everyone said they were delightful, and no one could believe they were so “free.” and that they were from scratch. I call that a winner in my book!

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Oh, that is FANTASTIC!
Thanks for sharing your experience :)

Great recipe - I will have to resist ‘pig-ing’ out on it!

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I have never used agave nectar can I use Sugar instead? BTW this looks yummy

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Hey Jill! Welcome to the healthy piggy world! Yes - you can use conventional sugar in this recipe. Just add 1-2 Tbsp filtered water to the mix. Oink Oink :)

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Made this recipe and my husband would not believe it wasn’t fattening..He scoffed the whole cake..lol

Definitely a crowd pleaser..

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LOL! That is hilarious! Thanks for sharing :)

Ok I made this for a birthday party tomorrow it smells great.  I used regular sugar so I hope it works out.  will let you know

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Great Jill! It should work with conventional sugar. Can’t wait to hear :)

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OK these were much better.  I do want to try it with the other sweetener.  My soon just absolutely loved them.  We used butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips for the topping.

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Oh YUM! That sounds AMAZING.
Thanks for sharing :)

These look so amazing, I’m beyond excited to try this recipe!  SO glad I stumbled upon your site =)

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I must have done something wrong. They did not turn out as I expected although my son likes them. I cooked them 30minutes longer (in my horribly ancient oven) and the toothpick never came out clean. It also didn’t rise as much as the photo. Maybe it was my oven? I have never had any luck with allergy free baking and I am trying to make something edible for his 5th birthday party in August. Should I have blended the banana/applesauce mix? I would appreciate any tips!

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Hey Lindsey. I am sorry you had some problems with this recipe. Let me see if I can make some suggestions because I have made these many times and never had any problems.  Firstly, the photo may be deceptive. They don’t rise very much at all. They are also very moist. I am not familiar with the personality of your oven, so I can’t comment on the cooking time. Just make sure you measure the ingredients exactly (particularly the wet ones). I didn’t blend the bananas and apple sauce. Also, let the pan sit and cool completely and solidify a bit more before cutting. This will help too. Feel free to email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if this doesn’t work. I have some vegan allergy-friendly frosting recipes and cupcakes that might also work for the party :)

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I can’t wait to try these - I’ve been looking for healthier brownies and these sound DELICIOUS!!!  Thanks!

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Great! Please let me know what you think :)

I am so impressed. I’m not vegan myself but I might become soon if I keep making tess’s awesome recipes! These are so tasty.

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I tagged these brownies on Food.com.  They are absolutely wonderful.  They are moist, chewy and sinfully delicious.  I did cut them quite a bit smaller because a little goes a long way.  These will become a go to recipe for a chocolate craving.

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Hey Paula!
Thankyou for all of your lovely reviews of my recipes on Food.Com.
I really appreciate your support.
I really love these brownies…and yes! A little does go a long way. Oink Oink!

Could you tell me what the xanthan is for and if something else could be substituted?

Also, have you tried making the brownies with all buckwheat or all rice flour or is that combination of the two going to work best? (I only have rice flour at the moment.)

Thanks!

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Hey Sheindal,
The xanthan is for replicating the texture and elasticity of glutinous flours. You can use guar gum instead. You can also use all rice flours to make these brownies too and they taste delicious.

OK, thanks!  Not going to be near any shops that sell either guar or xanthan in the very near future, but baking for someone not gluten intolerant so I’ll replace both flours and xanthan with normal plain flour instead and try the gluten free version another time.  Or perhaps experiment with flax seed.  Hmm… :-)

Yes, you could try a flaxmeal paste which would act as a gel. But I have not tried it personally with this recipe. Please let me know how you go. I would be very interested.

I have never tried flax as a binder in gf but I have successfully used chia seeds quite successfully.

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Thanks for sharing your experience Paula.
I really appreciate it.
Can you elaborate more about how you used Chia seeds and in what?

Chia seeds form a glutinous gel when mixed with water.  I have added the seeds in muffins and breads.  Chia flour is ground from the seeds and can be used as a 1 for 1 exchange for gluten flour.  I Did make muffins recently that were all chia flour.  I really like the texture the seeds give the bread.

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I love Chia seeds and I love hearing about how people use them. I would love to get your recipe for chia muffins! YUMMO!

I had a go with rice flour and flaxmeal - wanted to use up what I had left open but should probably have used a bit less than 3 teaspoons (+ x3 water) as it really was quite a stiff mixture once that was added (didn’t settle out level in the cake pan at all!)  However it turned out ok, about the right depth and texture for something egg-free, though as I’m not used to GF baking I don’t know how it compares to other GF brownie recipes.  I do think the dark choc is going to be too much for me and I’ll be awake all night but the lactose intolerant friend I made this for liked it.  I don’t know how fine you chop your dates, but I didn’t fancy largeish lumps of date and at 10pm I was too tired to chop them by hand so used my stick blender mill.  A tip if you do chop them like that, add a bit of rice flour with each (small amount) of dates as otherwise it just turns into a sticky mess that won’t chop.  And if so perhaps reduce the rice flour in the mix itself as that extra might also have made it a bit thicker than it needed to be!  I did read elsewhere that GF baking works ok without either xanthan or guar so I might continue experimenting with other alternatives such as flax which I have in the house anyway for egg-free baking.

Thanks for the advice :-)

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Hey Sheindal,
Thanks for sharing your experience.
You made me laugh.
As much as I love my blend and food processor, you really need to chop the dates by hand.
If you try this recipe again chop the dates before hand when you have time and keep them in a sealed container until you want to use them. If you need to soften them, just soak them in a bit of filtered water.

My whole family - complicated dietary restrictions and all - devoured these and proclaimed them the best chocolate dessert they’d ever had! Love that they are so tasty with such healthy ingredients!

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Thanks Juliet,
I am thrilled that you enjoyed these so much.
I think they are pretty delicious too.
You would just never know they were gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free and soy free.
I appreciate the lovely feedback. Oink Oink!

Made these for New Year’s Eve - YUM! There is room for improvement in my version, wish I’d read all the comments first DOH!! As I modified the ingredients a little to fit what was in the cupboard… But they were still great to eat while watching Sydney fireworks to see in 2012!!

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Oh Tora,
You make me laugh!
Glad you were still able to enjoy your special blend on New Year’s Eve. Oink Oink :)

Being a new vegan (1 wk-1 day) & having horrible eating habits prior, especially sweets, I am really craving chocolate right now! Looks like a trip to grocery store is needed, these look so yummy & with all the rave reviews I have to try these. Hope I can find the xanthan & the vegan chocolate, any idea where I might be able to find them?

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Hey!
You can find vegan chocolate and xanthan at health food stores and some grocers.
I can’t wait to hear what you think :)

Screw Valentine’s Day! I made these beauties TODAY!  :)  I had to do some “mental” work for a few hours today and felt a bit stretched and said, “I know what will make me feel better - make some of Tess’ brownies” - a new recipe for me.  Holy chocolate crap!  The batter alone is FABULOUS!  Started feeling better after a few licks on the spoon (or three, or four).  I topped mine with raw cacao nibs instead of choc. chips.  These little gems came out WONDERFUL!  I haven’t made these type of brownies in awhile and this recipe is by far THE BEST.  Thank you, dear Tess!

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LOL! Oh Kibby….you make me laugh!
THANKYOU for all of your lovely support.
You really are my number one fan!
I really appreciate you trying so many of the recipes and posting feedback all the time.
You absolutely ROCK!
Happy Valentine’s Day :)

Wow! These look fantastic. Do you use raw buckwheat flour? What brand of buckwheat flour do you use? Thanks so much!

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Maddy,
I love the Authentic Foods organic buckwheat flour. It is fantastic to bake with. For raw recipes I always use raw ground buckwheat groats. But you don’t have to for this baked recipe.

Thanks so much! Can’t wait to get baking!

Pleasure! Please let me know how you go. You will never believe these brownies are allergy-friendly.

These sound and look amazing. Two questions: 1. Could this be a cake (three yo birthday); and 2. Do u think I could just throw all ingredients in the thermomix at the same time?

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Vicki, this isn’t going to rise like a cake. It would be quite flat. You also don’t want to over process the dates or the banana or applesauce. I wouldn’t throw it all into the thermomix. But, if you do, please let me know! Thanks :)

Hi! I will try this amazing recipe tonight!!! Do you know how long will i have to bake them for if they are individually place in little container like muffins? Also, can i replace the agave syrup by maple syrup? And if not, can i use a smaller quantity of agave syrup? If yes, how much? Thank you soooo much;)

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So sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you. I had some technical issues. If you put them in muffin holes the cooking time will be less. Cook for half the time and check them. It will probably be a bit more than that. You can absolutely use maple syrup instead of agave. Or coconut nectar, or a combination of both to avoid using agave. This was an earlier recipe on the site and I very rarely use agave now either. Enjoy :)

Amazing! It was hard for me to find some of the ingredients, but I made some for my pregnant sister, and I ate more than she did actually :D One by one now I cook and try out.  Thank you :D

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I am so glad they were a hit. Can’t wait to hear what you think of some of the other recipes. Thanks for sharing your experience.

If I can’t have apples or dates what should I substitute them for?

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