Do you ever let your children help you bake? It’s entirely nerve wracking! Baking is supposed to be all about the careful science of measuring ingredients to get the perfect cookie/cake/scone/etc… I let my two year old daughter help me make these brownies and let me tell you, there were ingredients everywhere. Everywhere.
We’re not talking about the mess I made when I squeezed the bag of potato starch too hard trying to close it up. We’re not talking about the coconut oil dripping down the side of the saucepan I melted it in.
We’re talking about the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and more that my daughter mixed in the bowl (with her hands) and scattered on the kitchen table. And chair. And her face. And – I’m still finding it places.
But let me also tell you this: these brownies are delicious. They weren’t made perfectly but who cares? They still taste like chocolate and sugar. Oh, and did I mention that these are gluten-free and vegan?! A treat for everyone! So lose control of your kitchen, grab your favorite two year old (especially if they have food sensitivities) and let them dig into these brownies! They will have some serious fun.
Gluten-free vegan brownies
Adapted from Babycakes
1 cup Garbanzo-fava bean flour
1/4 cup potato starch
2 Tablespoons Arrowroot
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted if solid), plus more for the pan
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan with the oil.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, arrowroot, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Add the 1/2 cup oil, applesauce, vanilla, and hot water to the dry mixture and stir until smooth. Gently fold in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake on the center rack for 23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Brownies can be covered with plastic wrap and kept at room temperature for up to 3 days.