Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gluten free Brownie Pops that will make you drool

 Little, rounded, bites of desert on a stick are all the rage these days, as most of you know.  Cake pops are even being sold at Starbucks.  (Sadly... for those of us with gluten issues, we can't come to that party.  However... it doesn't mean we can't make our own!)  Ava and I are attending a baby shower (more on that to come in a couple of days, including the cutest gift ever.) and I get to bring brownie pops!  My sister in law (the expectant mother) made this request of me, after we made them a few years ago.  I showed a Christmasy version of them here. (And Holli, after scanning through that post, we are definitely doing that weekend again next December!)
You can begin with any brownie recipe, but I'll be honest, I've come up with the best chocolate almond gluten free brownie recipe on the planet.  Take my word for it, it's gooey and fudgy, and has a hint of almond flavoring that pairs nicely with the almond flour.  You can serve it to anyone whether they eat gluten free or not, and it's always good.  After brownies are cool, take a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop, and use it to make some balls of brownie. Heh, heh... balls of brownie.  (Sorry.  I'm 13 years old inside.)  You may need to use clean hands to shape them so they are perfectly round.  (By the way, the rainy season is officially here, and darkness has descended upon the Pacific Northwest so I literally had to take all my food shots in a window sill.  I mean seriously, that's ridiculous!)
Next, gently press a cake pop stick into the center.  Chill on a cookie sheet, in the freezer just until firm. 

Once firm, remove from your freezer and roll in melted chocolate. It's quite possible that many world problems could be solved by that phrase right there. 
 You can drizzle another color of chocolate over the top to cover the area around the stick and even decorate with sprinkles if you want.  Then slip into pretty mini cupcake liners (Mine are from Michaels).
 Sasha's Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Brownies: 
1 cup room temp butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp almond extract
4 eggs
1 cup almond flour
2/3 cups cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
*Cream butter and sugar.  Add vanilla and almond extracts, and eggs.  Beat until mixed and creamy.  Add remaining dry ingredients and blend until well mixed.  Spread in greased 9x13 baking pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Die and go to Heaven.

What's your favorite thing at a baby shower? 



20 comments:

  1. These.look.AMAZING! This is def. a recipe the girls and I will have to try! :)

    Can't wait to see the baby gift!!

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  2. This post is not good for my diet :)..
    They look yummy!!

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  3. Yum, they look so good, my favorite thing at a baby shower is the punch made with sherbet love it with or without champagne!

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  4. OH my! thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I love anything that is mini...and cake pops or brownie pops foot that bill. Bonus it's a gluten recipe too! I am so excited!
    My favorite thing at a baby shower is watching the mom to be open her gifts...and seeing how the host has decorated for the party.
    Can't wait to see your gift. I know I always like to give something homemade. Usually a quilt.

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  5. AAAdorable!..glad people are starting to cook this way more.
    xo

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  6. Great, I am gonna be a drooling mess at the shower! That will be attractive sight for all my guest to see. They look yummy! I can hardly wait.

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  7. THANK YOU SASHA! I wanted to make cake pops for my sons third bday but couldn't find a recipe. I'm so excited to try these out and have them for his 4th bday!

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  8. These look SO delicious. And almond flour is my favorite. Can't wait to make these.

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  9. I can't wait to make these! We are ALL gluten free, too!

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  10. Those look beautiful, just like everything else you do:-) You are amazing!

    I have a question for you, as I am considering going gluten free for my daughter. Where do you find most of your ideas for cooking for your family and stocking your pantry. Right now I am almost overwhelmed at the prospect.

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  11. They look great!. Thanks for the tried and tested recipe. My niece has recently been diagnosed with something that makes her gluten intollerant and I'll love having a recipe to bring to family gatherings. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Oh how I love cakepops! Brownie pops are sure to raise that love to a whole 'nother level! Btw, I adored your Mr. Popper's Penguins idea, and we had our own penguin date last night! Linked over to ya: http://kristinsveranda.com/vignettes/2012/01/04/on-a-cold-winters-night/

    Happy Wednesday Sash!

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  13. oh good lord girlie. beautiful and oh so decadant. you amaze me. will power like a rock star. that's you!

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  14. Brownies dipped in chocolate - OH MY!! They look fabulous!!

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  15. Oh, I'm loving cake pops! I just made some last week for my daughter's birthday. I'm definitely going to try using brownies...maybe for my birthday. ;-)

    Here's the link to my cake pops, but they're not as pretty as yours. Yours are lovely.

    http://thedomesticfringe.com/2011/12/30/how-to-make-a-cake-pop-in-6-simple-steps/

    ~FringeGirl

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  16. Seriously those look soooo stinkin' good!

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  17. Where do you find the sticks for the cake pops? Thank you.

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  18. Where do you find the sticks for the cake pops? Thank you.

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