After seeing this post on Pioneer Woman’s site, I knew I had to try to make these little deliciousnesses. I was planning to work on them soon, but when I offered to make them for a wedding shower, I had to get going.
So on Thursday I found a few grain-free brownie recipes online. I decided to try this recipe. The only things I changed was to substitute a little peppermint extract for some of the vanilla, and I only made a half batch. I was not impressed. At all. They turned out rather cake-y. I was looking for a fudge-y brownie. And the flavor was o.k. I didn’t really like the mint flavor, either. I decided to give up on making them mint-flavored brownie. No one really liked that.
After that brownie failure, I felt rather discouraged. What if I couldn’t find (or make) a decent grain-free brownie? Oh my. This would make my life rather difficult. I’m not sure if I could make it without a decent brownie. I couldn’t really decide which of the other gluten-free recipes I should try.
Then I was thinking. (I do that every once in a while. I know, a rather dangerous occupation.) Why don’t I start with a recipe that I know will work, then change it to being grain-free? I figured that, even if it didn’t quite work out, at least I would know that it would taste good. But I had never done that before. How do I substitute almond and coconut flour for regular white flour? Equal parts? I thought that if I just substituted almond flour, it would crumble. I had also heard that coconut flour expands a bit when you add it to a batter. I decided to use both together.
I didn’t decide on the amount of flour before I started. I decided that I would add mostly almond flour with a smaller amount of coconut flour. I would add the flour a little bit at a time, feeling it as I went.
It went phenomenally. I ended up using 3/4 c. almond flour and 1/4 c. coconut flour instead of the one cup white flour. Next time I will probably use a little less coconut flour, as it adds a bit of texture.
But, THEY WERE BROWNIES!!!!!!! Unlike my first attempted, which turned out as cake wannabes. The few that I made as brownie bites were a bit over baked, but when I covered them with mint chocolate, they were VERY GOOD. (I made the mint chocolate by melting dark chocolate chips and adding some peppermint extract, until it tasted minty.)
I will definitely be making them again!
A funny thing that happened today – When Meiling and I were talking earlier, I decided to tell her a few jokes. I started with “Pinshoo (pinch you) and Pinshme (pinch me – I was trying to obscure the names) had a race…” you know how it goes. Well, she fell for that the first time. But that is one that you can only get them to fall for once. So I tried the next one.
“Pete and Repeat were on a boat. Pete fell off. Who was left?” I queried.
“Repeat,” Meiling answered.
“Pete and Repeat were on a boat. Pete fell off. Who was left?”
And on. And on. We probably did this at least 25 times, if not more.
Suddenly Meiling exclaimed, “I get it!”
It was cute. 🙂
My first attempt at grain-free brownies
My second try…
…is definitely a success!