November 12, 2010

Gluten Free Brownies

With only 9 days left until I am a marathoner, I find myself starving at all times. I wake up hungry, eat all day long, and even wake up in the middle of the night to fix myself random meals. Two nights ago, I had a midnight snack of gluten free cheerios, almond milk & chocolate chips. Yes, I put chocolate chips in my cereal. It seems that training for a marathon & starting a business at the same time requires lots of energy and although I usually focus on fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains & lean proteins as my main energy sources, right now I'm just trying to get as many calories in my body as I possibly can.

And what better way to get those calories than to eat brownies for breakfast, right? Please don't worry though. The brownies are just my side dish next to a stack of pancakes, a bowl of fruit and yogurt. Like I said, I'm hungry!!!

I came up with a new brownie recipe the other day and just had to share it with you. These are so good and stay moist for days!

Gluten Free Brownies
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
3/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Almond Extract (optional but fabulous!)
2 Eggs or equivalent Egg Replacer
1/2 cup Gluten Free Flour (I use the flour mixture from this recipe)
1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 cup chopped Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9" x 9" cake pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat the oil, applesauce, and sugar until well combined. Add the vanilla & almond extracts and eggs and beat well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder & salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and combine well. Stir in the walnuts.
Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick dipped in the center comes out clean.


  1. Yummy!!!!!
    Sounds and looks delicious!
    Eat as much as you can, you will need those calories! Good luck on the marathon!

  2. Yum! That reminds me of a delicious recipe I had at the Peninsula NY. Heard they have some new mini coopers that'll have to cart me around if I eat too many of these!

  3. These are in my oven right now!! I'll let you know how they turn out! :)

    Good luck, girlfriend!

  4. I've only been reading your blog for two months and I'm already visually picking out all the Gluten free products on the shelf as I shop. I never paid attention to them before. Do you work for the Gluten Free Movement?

  5. Glad you all like the recipe!
    @Scatman: I EAT for the gluten free movement ;)