gluten free vegan chocolate monster brownies
RECIPE TYPE: brownies
SERVES: 12-14
  • 1 1/4 cup, plus 3 tablespoons Sarah's gluten free flour blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels or mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup non-hydrogenated shortening {such as Nutiva}
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup high quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
edible googly eyes
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 1-2 teaspoons water
  • Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels
chocolate frosting
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels
  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons dairy free coffee creamer
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pan* with parchment paper liners or spray with cooking spray {these brownies remove easier if lined with parchment paper strips}.
  2. In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips, shortening and maple syrup. Microwave on low, in 30-second intervals, until chocolate chips are fully melted.
  4. Add sugar, water, cocoa powder and vanilla to melted chocolate. Stir until combined. Pour over flour mixture and mix until smooth.
  5. Scoop batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake 18-22 minutes, until edges are crisp and center is slightly set. {be careful not to overbake}
  6. Place pan on cooling rack and leave brownies in pan 15-20 minutes to cool. Carefully remove brownies from pan. You may need to use butter knife to help release them.
  7. While brownies are cooling, make googly eyes. Mix together powdered sugar, shortening and water. Mixture will be thick.
  8. Roll powdered sugar "dough" into small balls. Place on parchment paper. Slightly flatten and press upside-down chocolate morsel in center. Place googly eyes in refrigerator 10 minutes to set.
  9. To prepare chocolate frosting, add 1/4 cup chocolate morsels and shortening in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on low, 30 second intervals, until chocolate is melted.
  10. Add cocoa powder and mix until combined. Stir in powdered sugar and coffee creamer. Frosting will thicken as it sits.
  11. Place frosting in piping bag with small open star tip. Pipe onto cooled brownies. Top with googly eyes.
*You can also make these brownies in 8x8-inch baking pan and slice into bars before frosting.
Recipe by Sarah Bakes Gluten Free at