Thursday, October 14, 2010

Another Brownie Alternative

I am on a never-ending quest to try all of the allergen-free and gluten-free brownies on the market. You might wonder, as my family does, why I don’t just stick with my favorite Pamela's Products Brownie Mix,and I don’t have a good answer. It may be because so many of the brownie mixes I have tried have been a challenge to get just right when made without eggs, butter, or milk, and I just can't resist a challenge!

This week’s brownie experiment was Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Brownie Mix. I actually found this at a Christmas Tree Shops store. (Who knew that Christmas Tree Shops carried Bob’s Red Mill products?)

I used Earth Balance shortening (1 ½ sticks) instead of butter, and Ener-G egg replacer (4 ½ tsp Ener-G mixed with 6 tablespoons water) to replace the three eggs. I added Enjoy Life chocolate chips.

I find that with most adapted gluten-free mixes I need to bake a little longer, and that was true here as well. I left them in the oven for 25 minutes, and voila!

These brownies were quite good! This mix makes a large batch – it fills a 13X9 pan versus the usual 9X9 brownie pan. Not quite as fudgy as my favorite Pamela’s brownies, these are a great alternative when you want a more cake-like brownie, and they adapt quite well to allergen-free substitutes.

I should also note that the flours in this mix are potato starch, sorghum, tapioca, and corn, while the Pamela’s Products brownie mix is made with rice flours.


Allergy Mum said...

Thanks for the review, I’ll have to try that one. To date, I have yet to find a brownie mix that actually tasted good that was free of our allergies. Hopefully this one will actually work out well.
Allergy Mum -

Colette said...

Allergy Mum, I hope this one works for you!