For this month’s secret recipe club, I was assigned to cook something from Amanda’s wonderful blog.

Gluten-Free Skillet Brownies from Healthy Green Kitchen

I’ve lusted after many of her luscious looking desserts before so I knew I would try one of the sweets. My kids love brownies and this recipe for skillet brownies looked so easy and delicious (you compile and bake the recipe right in your cast-iron skillet!), so that’s what I decided to make.

gluten free brownie batter

I didn’t want to stray too far from Amanda’s recipe so just made a couple of changes: I swapped out the white sugar for unrefined sugar and decreased the amount a bit, and I used gluten-free almond flour instead of the regular flour. I’ve made this 1:1 flour substitution in many baking recipes and almost always get really good results…this time was no exception.

Made with almond flour, these brownies aren’t thick and cakey; they are chewy and fudgy…everything I think a brownie should be. My discerning kids loved them and had no clue they were gluten-free.

You can serve these cut in wedge/triangle shapes or make haphazard squares and other shapes like I did. Note that these probably aren’t going to win a brownie beauty contest or anything as they’re thin and a little messy to slice, but I guarantee they’ll be happily devoured. I am going to try doubling the recipe (and increasing the baking time) next time I make them so they’ll be bigger :)

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Adapted from Brownies in a Cast-Iron Skillet @ Recipes by Amanda's Cookin'

Make sure your skillet is well-seasoned so the brownies don't stick...

Ingredients:

*3/4 cup organic, salted butter, cut into chunks
*3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used Ghirardhelli brand)
*1 cup organic cane sugar
*1/4 cup dark muscovado or organic brown sugar
*3 eggs, preferably organic and free-range
*3/4 cup almond flour/meal (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
*1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Place butter and chocolate in your cast-iron skillet. Cook over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted.

3. Remove pan from the heat and add the sugars. Stir well to combine.

4. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Add vanilla, stir well, then add almond flour and stir until completely mixed in. Run a rubber spatula around the edges of the pan to clean off the batter, then mix it into the center.

5. Place skillet in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. To be honest, I like my brownies a little on the underdone/fudgy side so I took them out of the oven right at 25 minutes.

6. Allow to cool before serving.

fudgy brownies

 

51 Comments

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    Heather Davis — May 16, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    You have still managed to make them look very yummy Winnie!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:50 am

      Thanks Heather! I do think they tasted much better than they looked :)

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    Evan Thomas — May 16, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    These look terrific! I’ve been trying to find more gluten-free brownie recipes that don’t use many different flours. I’m definitely bookmarking this one.

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:51 am

      Any gf recipe that my children don’t say “this tastes funky” about is a keeper, and this is definitely one!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — May 16, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    I’ve made a LOT of brownies, in my day, but never in a skillet. I will have to give this a try!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:51 am

      It’s so simple and they’re really good Sommer!

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    Feast on the Cheap — May 16, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    I love that first photo – gorgeous blog. So SRC led me to you!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:52 am

      Thank you! I’ve been a quiet admirer of your blog for a while…so glad you stopped by.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 16, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    These look great! I love the idea of cooking sweets inside my cast iron skillet…yum!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:52 am

      We really loved these Brandy. Think I’ll make another batch tonight :)

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    Jennifer (Savor) — May 16, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Thrilled to have taken part in SRC with you and discovered new blogs!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:53 am

      You too Jennifer…I really like the SRC!

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    Emily @Cleanliness — May 16, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    I just tried to eat my computer screen!

    DELISH.

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

      Best not to eat your screen. Just make the brownies!

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    Dana — May 16, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    I love the concept of making these brownies in the skillet! Chewy brownies are my favorite…these sound great!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

      Chewy brownies are the best!

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    Lynda — May 16, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Oh my, these look good. I think I’m going to bake this afternoon…

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

      Let me know if you try them!

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    sara — May 16, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    These brownies look so good! Love the idea of using almond flour – I’m also a fan of really fudge-y brownies!! :)

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

      I get great results with almond flour!

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    Shumaila — May 16, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    These look so decadent! i am bookmarking this recipe!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

      Yay- let me know if you try it.

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    Kristen — May 16, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Those brownies look sinfully delicious. I love how they look in a skillet.

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

      It’s brilliant, right! All hail Amanda.

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    Shelby — May 16, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    Great looking brownies. Man, all these sweets really make me want to eat them all! I also think I need to finally go buy me a cast iron skillet. Can you believe I have never owned one myself? My mom has one, and I’ve used here, but never owned one of my own!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

      I use mine multiple times every day- they are inexpensive and fantastic!

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    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies — May 16, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    What a neat way to make brownies. They look incredibly fudgy and good.

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

      It’s a great recipe- how you try it!

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    Jeanette — May 16, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    Great swap out to make these brownies gluten-free! They look really chocolately, moist and fudgey!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

      We just loved them. My kids are picky about gluten-free stuff and devoured these.

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    Tessa — May 16, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    They do look fudgy. I love my brownies that way!

    • Winnie replied: — May 16th, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

      Me too. Fudgy brownies rule.

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    The Yummy Mummy — May 16, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    One pan? – I’m convinced. Making these the next weekend we’re in NP. I love anything in a cast iron skillet. xo

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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — May 17, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    I’ve drooled over these when Amanda posted them, now I’m drooling even more. It looks perfect, not at all ugly.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — May 17, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    oh wow, these look amazing!! Just the way I like them :)

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    cooking rookie — May 17, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I also noticed these brownies on Amanda’s site – they are really wonderful! I need to try them too. And your photos are making it even more tempting!

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    Xiaolu — May 17, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    I love how desserts suddenly become more exciting when they’re made in a skillet. Like this or skillet cookies (as opposed to blondies). These look fantastic and I would probably eat half the skillet so it’s good I don’t have it in front of me :).

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    Tami — May 17, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    I agree, the brownies cooked in a cast iron skillet looks so homey. Love it!

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    Ruchi — May 17, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    These look gorgeous and healthy! Where in NY are you? I worked there for 2 years after college…

    Do you still practice naturopathy… am forever looking for herbal or home remedies to help my toddlers with his colds :)!

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    Charissa — May 17, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Ooh, I didn’t know you could make brownies in a skillet. My Father is gluten free so he would love these! Thanks for sharing girl!

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    Katrina — May 17, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    Awesome changes and glad it worked so well. I kept seeing these on Amanda’s blog, too, and just made them last week. I was worried they wouldn’t come out of the skillet, but they came out perfectly.

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    Delishhh — May 17, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    I am loving it – going around to see what everyone made. This brownie just looks awesome. Very nice!

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    Nancy — May 18, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    Hi Winnie,
    These brownies look fantastic! I just discovered your blog this morning, and so glad I did; loving the gorgeous photos and healthful, creative recipes.

    I was also intrigued to see that you’re an ND — I’m an MD and now a natural foods chef/blogger. So, hello from a fellow food doctor :)

    best,
    Nancy

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    Maria — May 18, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Fudgy brownies are my favorite!! These look wonderful!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 18, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    What a wonderful recipe! These skillet brownies look incredibly fudgy and delicious! Thanks for sharing. :) You have a beautiful blog and I’m so glad to have found it! :) I’ll be coming back soon.

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    Chaya — May 19, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    I am looking at everything and want one of each. Love those brownies particularly the use of almond flour.

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    deeba — May 23, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Just gorgeous Winnie…amazing! I love playing with flour substitutes too. These look fudgy and filled with goodness! WOW!!

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    Ste LKF — August 15, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Hi! These look really good and the method is so creative! I’m just wondering though, what size skillet are you using?