Emeril’s Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies

I asked. John answered.

Chgo John from the Bartolini Kitchens has a way of doing that

..for everyone!

My quest for the

Ultimate Fluten-Gree, um

Gluten-Free Brownie

is officially over { well, for now anyways }

May I present..

Emeril’s Gluten Free and { bonus } Vegan Brownies

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Please exercise restraint

{ or just plain exercise }

if you plan to indulge!

Despite the fact that

“no gluten was used in the production of said brownies”

alas, there was no shortage of sugar..

{ as in most brownie recipes I’ve found }


Didn’t your mama tell you that not everything good lookin’ is good for you?

Well, just remember..

not everything Gluten-Free is low calorie.

Perhaps someone out there has a

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, AND Calorie-Free Brownie?

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waiting…. waiting…

…well, while we’re waiting, I promise you these will score points

{ maybe even win a Gold Medal }

because they’re the sort of brownie that isn’t too “cakey” in texture and has the crackly top loved by many

and I’m trying not to love them too, too much..

{ really, I’m not!! }

all things in moderation, after all

Note: I didn’t change a thing, except to add massive chunks of walnuts, something my family loves in a brownie. I substituted regular chocolate chips since we aren’t “Dairy-Free” around here.



Emeril’s Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies
  • Cooking spray or Earth Balance butter substitute
  • 1 1/4 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 cups vegan chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease an 8×8 pan using cooking spray or Earth Balance.
  3. Note: I had so much batter, I found I needed a second pan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Then pour mixture into prepared pan(s).
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of the batter comes out clean.
Note: Mine took longer to bake, about 10 minutes more. I think the chocolate chips melted and so it was difficult to tell when the batter was cooked.

By Emeril Lagasse


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  • They look just yummy…ReplyCancel

  • Sigh……they look good and they smell good but I have never been able to eat one and never will. Do you have any recipes for blondies perhaps? purty please!ReplyCancel

  • Interesting ingredients. I can never eat one Brownie 😉ReplyCancel

  • Favuloso!ReplyCancel

  • They look absolutely delectable, just as all your baking! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Great ingredients in these here gluten-free high sugar brownies Smidge. They look fabulous.
    🙂 MandyReplyCancel

  • Gluten Free– that is ME!!! Thank you for this… we have an awesome flourless chocolate cake recipe – but never a great one for brownies which I love. Will enlist my daughter who is the baker around here… she will have to indulge me this weekend 🙂 xoReplyCancel

    • I’ve been Gluten-Free as an experiment for the past week. It certainly feels great! I’m glad you will try this recipe.. Emeril knows what he’s doing I guess, lol!ReplyCancel

      • 🙂 your blog is just so fun to visit Barbara! This was a treat to see! Will let you know if we make them 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ok, entering all data in my personal computer: gluten free + sugar free + calories free + sin-free + shock full of flavor = COMPUTER CRASH

    sorry, Smidge… apparently it cannot be done…

    I will stick with your version anytime! 😉 (I was anxiously waiting for your post after your comment on my brownies, the version for those hopeless sinners)ReplyCancel

    • No, I don’t think baking can easily be done without sugar.. not brownies anyway. I’m wondering about stevia.. but I’ve never used it? I loved your brownies.. I’m still thinking about making those:DReplyCancel

  • These look incredible! I’ll have one with a tall glass of milk! 😀ReplyCancel

  • And hope you keep feeling great on the gf plan. It helps here, though I am not super rigid with it. Just don’t process the stuff very well ~ pizza – that is one we need you to figure out for us ~ RReplyCancel

  • Gluten free, fat free, either way as long as they taste good, one is happy. These look really rich and gooey!ReplyCancel

  • Love how something so decadent and delicious-looking can be so guiltless and quite healthy! Great recipe and lovely photos! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • I am far from gluten free but for these brownies I will forever be – they look perfect 😀

    Choc Chip UruReplyCancel

  • Looks so yummy! Thank you! I am so glad I found it! I would love to try your recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Yum!! Now if someone finds a calorie-free one, send them my way. 😉ReplyCancel

  • “Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, AND Calorie-Free Brownie?” I’m waiting to hear about that one too !! Lovely recipe and photos Smidge:)ReplyCancel

  • Your brownies look perfect…if only they were calorie free. Oh well we can dream.ReplyCancel

  • These will be a hit at my house! I have wheat and dairy food allergies in my house so I know this will be a huge treat! The photos are fantastic too!ReplyCancel

  • musingmar

    Well, if Chgo John recommended these and you made and blogged about them, these brownies are guaranteed to be a hit! They look fab! If I weren’t in the car right now (don’t worry, I’m the passenger) I’d be rooting through my cupboards for the ingredients and heating up the oven. Later!ReplyCancel

  • Bookmarking for a vegan cleanse I’m starting!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Barbara, all I can say is wow! I remember the last batch of gorgeous looking brownies and I can say you’ve truly trumped yourself, yet again. Everything looks so delicious and I just have to wait (for a perfect afternoon) where I can try this on my gal pals 🙂ReplyCancel

  • YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS YES YES YESSSSSSSSSS!!! These look sooooo effing good!! Those chocolate chip chunks omg!! YES! That was most def a Harry met Sally diner moment.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, all the ingredients in these sound like one fabulous brownie…gluten free or otherwise! I love walnuts in my brownies, too! 😉ReplyCancel

  • OMG – I am now craving a brownie or two:)ReplyCancel

  • I recently made a banana bread with no eggs but lots of mashed banana (obviously!) and was very happy with the way it turned out. Who knew that bananas could mimic eggs?! The brownies look amazing – so much chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • I love the ingredients! Very unexpected when I think “brownie” but I’d be more than willing to give them a try! I like something different, and the banana makes a wonderful addition. Great, Barbara! DebraReplyCancel

  • I do love the crusty top on those brownies – mmm – and a great vegan education too!ReplyCancel

    • My daughter’s friend is vegan and was begging me for recipes. I’m so lucky that we’re not.. it would be a difficult diet to maintain for me!ReplyCancel

      • Would be difficult for me too – my best friend is lactose intolerant so, a lot of baking has to be almost vegan, which gets you to be very creative!ReplyCancel

  • John does indeed have a way of helping everyone..and this is the third brownie recipe I have seen today! I need to make some soon!ReplyCancel

  • This is the second blog I have read in 15 minutes that’s recommending John’s blog. He really does have a way with the ladies! What fabulous looking dark, very dark, almost black brownies. My mother is gluten-free so I would like to try these for her because she just loves brownies and has been missing them since she went gluten-free xxReplyCancel

  • Barbara, you world is delicate and beautiful … it’s a pleasure every time I visit. You should be a food stylist – just like Wendy do you have the eye for that little extra detail to make the most boring product exciting. Brownies aren’t the most photogenic object.
    Like brownies and I can see that you have a banana in the recipe. Never baked brownies before .. as you know I don’t really that into baking. But this I will try and then I will eat them all by myself and feel sick for 24 hrs. All your fault.ReplyCancel

  • Gluten-Free brownies are the best and these look amazing, Smidge. I see you’ve started to reply again… haha! Knew you couldn’t resist.ReplyCancel

  • Oh these look so good! I’ve never tried a gluten-free recipe, but I’m on this. I have everything here….it’s a miracle! I am a brownie-addict, but the gluten-free thing has always made me look for a different recipe. Dumb, I know. But your pictures here Smidge, they make these look like my idea of the perfect brownie. Gluten-free is a good thing, so I can’t wait to love these 🙂 Thank you for this!

    P.S. Yes, there is trouble with my blog, the links aren’t working….at least the links that were published in posts on the wordpress.com blog. It’s a sign, lol.


    • Crazy technology.. I hope you solve it soon! These are super rich, so make sure you have help eating them, lol! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer?? Are you knitting anything right now?? xxReplyCancel

      • Hubby helped me with these this afternoon 🙂 And, there’s some leftover too! YAY! They’re amazing Barb, we both just love them. Gonna pack the leftovers for the road trip tomorrow.

        Yes, knitting a LOT. I have a new knitting post ready for tomorrow. 🙂 I just love it. Since it’s been so hot, and I’ve had no real appetite, cooking has taken a back seat to knitting these past few weeks. Well, except for these brownies! And a few easy, light things. And the Jack Daniels fudge we’ve made twice now for the guys in Hubby’s office…. 🙂 Between you and ChgoJohn I’m doing pretty well in the food department 🙂 Thank youuuuuuuuReplyCancel

  • I had to laugh about the gluten free not sugar free thing, I have a vegan family member who LIVES on cookies and sugar.. she loves gluten free too and would adore these brownies but how to wean the poor thing onto actual food i.e. vegetables!! Your photographs are very special here.. lovely looking brownies.. cReplyCancel

    • Very dangerous.. I saw a box of cookies and one cookie was 200 calories!! Yikes!! (Although I’m certain each brownie here is probs the same or more!). Yes.. real food always tastes best! xx Thanks, c!ReplyCancel

  • Now if only there were such a thing a calorie free brownies – these look lovely and they sound very easy to make too.ReplyCancel

  • These look great! I bet the brown rice syrup makes them super moist.ReplyCancel

  • well…where do i start? beautiful photos Smidge. We’ll start there. Then, I’m struck by the pan you used…so you must cut your brownies into little pie shapes, and dowse them (do you dear?) in whipped cream? And then have to exercise even (more) restraint? That would be such a pity! I imagine with the applesauce and mashed banana these are extra moist (making up for the lack of eggs.) Love your addition of big walnut chunks and chocolate chips! another winner from our smidge (no, spell-check, not smudge! Smidge!) xxooReplyCancel

    • spree.. you have to be the most observant food writer I know! Out here at the lake, I lake in a variety of pans in shapes and sizes so I had I make do. This was the closest to a 9×9 pan.. but then I found the batter way too much even for this little springform so I poured some into another oddly shaped dish. I’m old fashioned.. my brownies are usually square;) It was an interesting recipe, Emeril sure knows his “stuff” because you could taste the applesauce before it went in to bake.. but never could you taste the banana.. very cool. xo Smudge..er Smidge:D
      ps I had a favorite child’s book about a dog named Smudge and you’ve reminded me of it today!!ReplyCancel

  • See? When people ask me what I could possibly be doing all night when insomnia strikes, I can point to this post. I watch cooking shows, scan recipe websites, and buy previously-not-needed kitchen gadgets from Amazon. This recipe was a good find and I’m so glad that you both made and enjoyed it.
    And thank you for the shout-out, Barb. What a kind thing to say! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Hahaha.. all very appropriate and most beneficial use of one’s time in the middle of the night! I would love to see your post about which midnight amazon purchases you’ve made.. it would be quite an interesting story I think. My least favorite impulse gadget was this thing for making hamburgers.. imagine thinking I needed anything to do that, lol! And.. you are always welcome.. I am happy to announce I am making ricotta as we speak.. er type..ReplyCancel

      • Oooh! You’re going to love it! Good luck, not that you’ll need it. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • WOW! How I love to visit your blog… Beautiful. Thank you dear Barbara, love, niaReplyCancel

  • Coleen Patrick

    Yum yum!! 🙂 Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • yepp, lots of sugar but also some fibers thanks to the banana and the applesauce. and bet they were simply amazing tasting as they are amazing looking. brava!ReplyCancel

  • These look fantastic and your photos are even more fantastic! You are a true artist Barb.ReplyCancel

  • This is so amazing! I got hungry just by looking at your post! =)ReplyCancel

  • How true, Barbara, I have a low fat brownie recipe that has 4 types of sugar in it, so it’s still highly caloric. This one does look lovely and moist. I love the idea of adding banana.ReplyCancel

  • YUMMY in all respects…!\m/ 😛


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  • That’s an interesting recipe… And like you said- no shortage of sweet. They sure look fantastic.
    I just made some bob’s red mill brownies- gooey but good with ice cream. Also tried bobs baking mix. A little grainy ( maybe the garbanzo bean flour?) but hey… not bad for no wheat.ReplyCancel

  • They LOOK fantastic. I’m going to have to give these a try. Thank you! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brownies made with applesauce and a banana–they sound too good to be true!ReplyCancel

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  • Barb… you never cease to amaze me! I return to WordPress and see chocolate.. you know how happy I am right now? LOL. You still have the most amazing recipes.. which is why I’m featuring you on my blog on tomorrow’s post. Congrats 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What a heavenly looking brownie!! I will definitely have to try this recipe. I’ve become quite lazy relying on the Namaste mix. 😉ReplyCancel

  • […] If I never meet Chef Emeril, I’ll at least have this recipe […]ReplyCancel

  • What a toss up….gluten or sugar…what to eliminate! Guess we can pick and choose what we want and its all a matter of balance, right? So I’ll indulge in the brownies and make sure there’s no sugar in my other treats! Especially when these look so darn good, I couldn’t pass them up!ReplyCancel

  • I recently found out one of my new co-workers is vegan, so this is definitely nice to keep in the recipe box for office occasions so she doesn’t feel left out 🙂

    Oh! If you ever do find that elusive calorie free brownie, let us all know, Smidge! heheheReplyCancel

  • Just found your blog thanks to Bewitched Kitchen.

    I love your way with words, your visual magic, and scrumptious recipes.

    Did you use 2 8×8 pans for your brownies?

    How do you shoot your photos? Canon? Nikon? Do you use a tilt shift lens? What mm do you prefer? I would love to learn food photography.

    Grateful I discovered your blog!


    • I will try to answer most of your questions.. First.. I’m so happy to have met you:) I used a springform pan in the picture and a white, oval baking pan (the kind that comes with a lid).. because I’m at the lake I don’t have all the correct pans. I would think you’d need two 8×8, there was just so much better and I didn’t want really high brownies (if that makes sense). I have a Canon 7D with a lens I got with my last camera about 8 years ago. It doesn’t have a tilt shift lens.. just a regular one I can zoom in an out with. I did learn how to use Aperture Mode and do all my photos with that one.. But every camera is different, maybe you have a manual with yours? I bought Tartlette’s book for Food Photography and it is just packed with ideas. I’m off to visit you:) xx SmidgeReplyCancel

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  • You had me at brownie Smidge !ReplyCancel

  • These brownies sound great! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Thanks, Christina! Nice to see you at Google.. I’m not the best at getting over there and visiting. Just replying and commenting at WordPress is pretty time consuming, eh?:DReplyCancel

  • Fluten-gree: sounds like filigree, but edible. Perhaps it is gold to you.ReplyCancel

  • I think I’ve died and gone to gluten-free brownie heaven …ReplyCancel

  • Yummy-yum-yum. I’m trying to reduce our carb footprint drastically around this house, and wheat is the first thing I’m working to downsize. Yay for alternatives galore!!!ReplyCancel

  • Yummy! These look AMAZING. Great blog!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you! Son’s new girlfriend is gluten free. I need these!ReplyCancel

  • These look great. I’m always looking for GF these days — for friends on the diet.

    And thanks for following my blog. Looking forward to your posts. (I love Calgary, BTW).ReplyCancel

  • mothernature'skitchen

    I just made these! first of all they were really really moist which was awesome. but too many chocolate chips for sure!! I would do maybe 3/4 cup chocolate chips and some nuts. They were just too rich and sweet. I’m wondering if putting some pecans and almond butter in would offset that… Any ideas?ReplyCancel

    • I am so sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner!! I think the sweetness could definitely be adjusted for personal taste.. and my daughter puts almond butter in our protein shakes.. but I’d stick with the more conservative way with nuts and fewer chips or no chips at all if you find it too sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie Melsha

    I made these brownies a couple days ago, and they are hands down the best vegan brownies I’ve ever had! Me being my sneaky self, didn’t tell my fiance what they were made out of, I just said try them. He did, and LOVED them! This being said, I knew they were going to be good! They are thick, chocolately, and pretty much just plain delicious! I will be making these brownies over and over again! It’s about time someone came up with a great vegan/gluten free brownie that actually tastes like it should!ReplyCancel

    • It is true.. they are amazingly deceptive;D I was so pleased with them too.. I guess that’s why Emeril is so famous, lol! I’ve got to spend some time inventing a few more of these recipes! xxxReplyCancel

  • […] recipe was adapted from the Emeril’s Gluten-Free Vegan Brownie recipe on Just A […]ReplyCancel

  • Wow, these brownies look wonderful. Definitely on my list!ReplyCancel

  • […] Katie found this recipe.. (somewhere and just sent a text message of the ingredients over her iPhone) and we just had to try them because they are loosely modeled after our lovely Emeril’s Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies […]ReplyCancel

  • MegM

    These turn out exactly as pictured. They’re absolutely gorgeous and they smell amazing. The problem is I wanted brownies. What I got was chocolate banana bread. I was incredibly scared about the banana but I followed the recipe (I used a very small one). Don’t get me wrong I love bananas but i discovered not in my brownies. Now besides the off putting banana-ie taste this was no doubt a decedent base. For Valentines Day I remade these using about a cup and a half (could have been a tinsy bit less) of apple sauce to make up for the banana in the recipe and these are now everyones favorite thing. My family is begging me to make these again. I’m obsessed! Thank you for this recipe, it’s now the jewel of my collection!ReplyCancel

    • MegM

      Also only used a little under a cup of CChips and they came out great. Not too sweet but just enough.ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber

      That sounds like a great remake, Meg:) I find with anything gluten-free or vegan there’s always a bit of a taste difference. I still love my good old brownies made with regular flour best, but these are a great stand by as I’m cutting out more flour when I can. I also found these a bit sweet so will try your version next time! It’s so nice to have feedback here.. thanks so much for letting me know how it went! xxReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber

      Oh.. and I’d love to see the rest of your collection:) Do you have a blog as well? So nice to meet you Meg!xxReplyCancel

  • marie

    Looking for that sweet summery maxi dress!!!ReplyCancel

    • Hi, Marie.. so weird, somehow a pin linked up here, wasn’t my doing I promise:D I did track the dress down and it was a J Crew.. but many many years ago. Too bad, I liked the dress as well! xxReplyCancel

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