Gluten-Free Death By Chocolate Brownies

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Due to popular demand, I have decided to post my latest recipe early than my usual end of the week recipe/DIY slot. No, really, I have been receiving texts and messages asking when I’m going to post this brownie recipe. I almost thought about being super mean and drawing it out longer. (insert mean chuckle) But, as fate would have it, I need some more time to brainstorm for my next post. So, all the scramblers have lucked out this time. You’re actually really lucky because it’s well past midnight, and I should be getting some sleep so that I can be ready to start my big day of freezer meal prepping tomorrow (er, later this morning)! Is it weird that I’m excited about prepping freezer meals? I think the sense of satisfaction at the end is what I most look forward to. When I see my freezer stocked full of meals that I don’t have to physically make later on makes me want to do a jig. A day devoted to meal prepping saves me a lot of time from the kitchen in the weeks to come. Let’s hope I don’t fall asleep in a casserole tomorrow today.


Now for these amazingly delicious brownies! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited and happy I am that these came out as well as they did. I’ll admit that it took about three tries of trial and error before I was finally able to get the recipe right. I sadly had to toss the first few attempts. I almost even gave up on this recipe. But, after taking about a month’s break, I came back to it to try one last time, and I’m SO glad I did!


These bad boys are super rich and gooey and delicious! They have a nice little crisp on the outside with a melt-in-your-mouth gooey-ness on the inside.


Like I said, they are very rich. Hence, the “death by chocolate” name. So, you’re going to want a glass of milk (or almond milk, if you prefer) to drink with your brownie. Oh, and if chocolate makes you hyper, please don’t eat one of these before going to bed. You’ll never sleep. Just saying. And I’d advise letting your children only eat half or 1/3 of a brownie. I speak from experience. You know what? Just hide them and never let your children know you have them. This could be one of those “closet treats.” I know you know what I’m talking about. Come on, who doesn’t hide in the pantry so that they don’t have to share the goodness?


So, are you ready to dig in? Open wide!


A few comments before I share the recipe . . .

~ You might be tempted to try coconut sugar. Don’t do it! Trust me on this one. I tried it, and the outcome was horrible! The coconut sugar did not meld well with the butter, and it made the taste all wrong. I, however, did not try any other sugar substitutes like stevia, etc. If you want to use that and find that it works for you, let me know!

~ I advise using real butter. Avoid trying to use margarine. Real butter gives these brownies a wonderful richness. But, if you’re in a pinch, margarine should work.

~ You can switch out the flours for other ones. Just make sure you switch out the tapioca starch for an equally light flour substitute and the almond flour for an equally medium-heavy flour substitute.

~ I do not know the calorie count for this recipe. I did not try to figure it out. Sorry. :/



  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 1/4 cups organic sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 TB vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup + 5 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup almond flour (or cashew flour)
  • 1 3/4 cup Enjoy-Life chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9×14 inch baking pan.
  3. In small bowl, stir together tapioca starch and almond flour; set aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter on low heat.
  5. Once butter is melted, add sugar and stir for about 1 minute. Pour into a large bowl.
  6. Using a mixer, beat in cocoa, salt, baking powder, vanilla, and eggs.
  7. Stir in flour mixture and chocolate chips.
  8. Pour batter into baking pan. The batter will be very thick.
  9. Bake for 30-35 min.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack.
  11. Slice and enjoy! They taste awesome warm!


*adapted from Sweet As A Cookie*

Are you a brownie fanatic like me?

You might also like my other gluten-free recipes:

Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Bites


Gluten-Free Banana Bread

banana bread

Homemade Larabars




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  • It looks delicious! I will surely remember it if I ever find tapioca starch in Belgium. Otherwise, I’ll wait until I get to Brazil to visit mom. 😉 Thanks for sharing.

    • If you can’t find tapioca starch, you could switch it out with an equally light gluten-free flour. You could try potato starch, rice starch, cornstarch, or arrowroot. Or, if you wanted, you could actually just try substituting the combined tapioca starch and almond flour with 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour. I hope this helps! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ Anchors Aweigh

    Yummy yummy yummy! These look phenomenal!

    • Thank you, Chelsea! They taste delicious! My tongue and tummy agree. lol!

  • These look so yummy and I’m not on a gluten free diet. I will be featuring this post on this Fridays The Ultimate G+ Party on my post at My Life Abundant.

    • Thank you, Tammy! 🙂

  • Oh my! These brownies look DE-LISH!!!!

    • Thank you, Trish! My sister just let me know the other day that she made them using dairy-free butter. (Her daughter has some allergies, which has been part of my motivation to come up with these gluten-free recipes.) Anyway, she texted me a picture of the pan shortly after they came out of the oven. Between 3 of them, they had eaten 2/3 of the pan! lol! She said her husband had eaten about 1/4 of the pan before she told him they were gluten-free. He apparently was beyond shocked. I can’t tell you how much it made my heart happy to hear that, especially since it took so many tries before I felt like the recipe was finally right! 🙂

  • Jenn p

    YUM-thanks for linking up! #bloggersbrag

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  • These look ah-mazing! I’d probably end up eating the whole pan and not sharing! Chocolate is my weakness! Thanks so much for sharing at the Creative Inspiration Party, hope to see you again this week! 🙂

    • lol! My sister made it for her family (husband and daughter), and the three of them ate over 2/3 of it in one sitting! I couldn’t believe my eyes when she texted a picture of the pan to me. lol!

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