Dairy-Free Fudgey Chocolate Brownies by Dr Sue Shepherd

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Makes 18-20

Perfect for afternoon tea with friends or as kids party treats!


  • 140 g unsalted dairy-free spread
  • 250 g dark dairy-free chocolate buttons
  • 1½ cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup gluten-free plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • ½ cup dark dairy-free chocolate chips
  • ½ cup rice milk
  • 80 g whole macadamia nuts (optional)



  1. Preheat oven   to   180°C/160°C   fan-forced.   Grease   and   line   a   19 cm  x 29 cm rectangular shallow baking tin.
  2. In a  medium  saucepan,  melt  dairy-free  spread  and  dairy-free  chocolate over  low    Stir  until  the  mixture  is  smooth.  Add  the  sugar,  stirring continuously  until  fully  dissolved.  Transfer  to  a  large  bowl  and  allow  to cool to room temperature.
  3. Sift the  flours  and  xanthan  gum  three  times  into  a    Alternatively, mix together with a whisk until well combined.
  4. Stir the  eggs  one  at  a  time  into  the  cooled  chocolate    Add  the vanilla   essence   and   sifted   dry   ingredients,   choc   chips,   rice   milk   and macadamia nuts (if using). Spread the mixture into the baking tin.
  5. Bake in  the  oven  for  20  minutes,  then  cover  with  foil  and  bake  for  a further  20-25    Remove  from  the  oven  and  allow  to  cool  in  the tin for 30-40 minutes, or until at room temperature.
  6. Transfer to  the  refrigerator  for  2-3  hours  until  firm,  or  leave
  7. When ready  to  eat  turn  out  onto  a  cutting    Remove  greaseproof paper and cut into squares and serve.

Nutritional Analysis

Per   serve   (20):     energy   1114   kJ   (265   Cal),   protein   2.3   g, fat  14.3  g,  saturated  fat  4.5  g,carbohydrate  33.7  g,  sugars  25.7  g,  fibre  0.6  g, sodium 159 mg, GI medium

Recipe taken from Wheat Gluten & Lactose Free Food Book 2 by Dr Sue Shepherd.


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