I recently found out that I have an autoimmune disease that has been causing all sorts of skin issues, inflammation, hair falling out, muscle weakness and plenty of delightful things that aren’t actually delightful. And after some tests and whatnot, some doctors told me that it might help reduce the inflammation and some of the symptoms to reduce or completely cut gluten from my diet.
GAH! NOOOOOO! I love gluten!
I could eat a football stadium soft pretzel and drink a beer and call it a full meal. I’m the girl who just discovered real New York style bagels around the corner and I wake up thinking about them on Saturday morning! Bread makes my world go round, and nevermind that I’m totally the jerk who was making fun of all the gluten-avoiders of the world for the past few years. (I AM SOOO SORRY PEOPLE! I really thought it just seemed like the next faddish health thing to do.)
Anyhow, it has been harder than I thought. Cutting this thing I love. And since I can’t have it, I swear I find myself wanting it more right now. I totally caved and had a beer during a football game last week. And after a particularly bad evening yesterday, I ate egg noodles with bolognese sauce and a piece of cake. I kinda threw in the towel in favor of comfort food.
Today I just wanted something sweet. But I wanted one of my MOST FAVORITE sweets and I felt like I was going to cry not to have it.
So I decided to read some information on cooking without gluten and figure out how to take my grandmother’s brownie recipe and make it gluten free. I figured I’d need to make a few minor changes, and if it failed then at least I’d get an idea of what might happen.
I’d like to report to you that not only was it successful, but my kids said “mom…what makes these gluten free? They taste the same as normal.”
BAM!!!! And yes…yes they do!
They are crisp on top, and fudgy on the inside with the perfect amount of crumbling and crisp edges. The chocolate flavor is strong and smooth too! I’ve always thought this brownie recipe was the best (it’s the only one I ever make) and now friends, it’s gluten-free for you too with just a few tweaks!
I could have eaten the whole pan friends! Maybe I can figure out how to do this gluten-free thing afterall!
Here is a 5×7 PDF of the above recipe card for you to download: Grandma’s Gluten Free Brownies