Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies

I haven’t gone truly gluten free, but I’ve cut way back on the amount of wheat I’m eating. For some reason after sharing this picnic cake recipe, I got a major chocolate craving. Google produced dozens of gluten free brownie recipes, from which I pulled together my own recipe.  It ended up looking most similar to this recipe but definitely got some Mary tweaks along the way.



  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup teff flour or rice flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (or honey)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces good quality dark chocolate, grated


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl combine teff flour, baking soda and cinnamon.  Mix well.  Combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl, adding the flour mixture at the end and stirring well.   Pour into a greased 9×12 baking pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted just off-center comes out clean.  You can bake just a bit longer if center still seems jiggly and undercooked at the end of 45 minutes.  But when it comes to brownies, I’d rather have something a little gooey in the middle, so I try not to over-bake.  Enjoy!

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  1. Natasha says:

    if you really want a healthy chocolate fix I recommend homemade chocolate larabars. There are loads of recipes online – but I just toss the following things in the food processor until I get the right flavor/ texture: dates (the softer the better – about 3 cups), cocoa powder (about 2 tbsp for a nice dark chocolate flavor), rolled oats (about 1/2 cup – can also use teff flakes or other flaked grains), nut butter of some kind (I usually use peanut butter – about 3 tbsp). You can add more nuts or sub nuts for the oatmeal.
    Once processed enough it will come together into a slightly sticky mass, press it into a pan, chill and cut into pieces. Only good fats and natural sugar and oh so good!

    • natasha says:

      oh – and some people sub raisins for the dates, but I have never tried that.

      if my dates are a bit hard, I rinse them with water, put them in a bowl covered in plastic wrap and microwave them for about a minute (the water left on them is enough to steam soften them)

  2. Kristen says:

    That looks perfect!!

  3. Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some. I love a good brownie.

  4. Another great gluten-free way to enjoy brownies (and to get some extra protein, too!) is to make them with black beans. Here is the recipe that I use – it is SENSATIONAL and every time I make them I struggle to not eat the whole pan in one sitting 🙂

  5. YUM! Teff flour is so delicious in sweet baked goods and adding zucchini is even better! This is such a creative and unique recipe that we can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing 🙂


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