We usually don't have a lack of tasters around G-Free Foodie, we are Foodies, after all. Still, it's funny how many folks show up when the review is for Gluten Free Brownies (and how many who call "dibs" on the leftovers!) We could've taken a bus to a Chocacholics Anonymous meeting.
If you want our favorite from scratch Gluten-Free Brownie recipe, get it here.
Here's how we did this: Mixes were made with standard directions & baked for the time directed on the package. No nuts, chips or other mix-ins were added. Several of the mixes we tried have alternate recipes or substitutions for other allergens, and you'll find some of those outlined in our review.
Get a napkin, 'cause here we go -
Best Overall Brownie: We loved the Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix from Gluten Free Pantry for it's great texture and pure chocolate flavor. This mix is decadent but not over-the-top sweet, and the kids loved the mini-chocolate chips scattered through the mix. Gluten-eaters will never know these brownies are G-Free, they'll just be asking you to bake for every event in the future. Package includes directions for a Dairy Free version. Get your Chocolate Truffle Brownie fix at Premium & Natural Grocers or Online
Best Mix: She knows how to bake, that Betty Crocker. Our tasters loved the flavor and texture of Betty's Gluten Free Brownie Mix, and the chocolate chips are a nice touch. Find it in National Retailers or use their Product Locator
Best Pre-Baked: There was no doubt about it - the winner here was the delicious Gluten Free & Dairy Free Brownies from So Good Gluten Free Foods. This new company just started selling these treats, and we're so glad they did. They're way good. Call 951.302.6472 to order
Best Gluten/Dairy/Soy/Corn/Nut Free: Thumbs Up to Namaste Foods for these allergen-less wonders with great cocoa flavor and a texture our reviewers loved. Also, the package has directions for two 8x8 pans or one 9x13, so you could eat a lot of these at once or make them twice! Find Namasate Brownie Mix in Natural Retailers & Online. Folks who are looking for great brownie flavor without the allergen worry should also try the Divinely Decadent Brownies from 123 Gluten Free, also available in Natural Retailers & Online
Coolest Packaging Idea: We had to mention the tasty, individually wrapped Fudge Brownies from French Meadow Bakery. These Gluten & Dairy Free brownies can be stored in the freezer & popped into lunch bags or the microwave to add fudgy G-Free flavor. Great for families that have gluten-eaters too, or to take with you to a birthday or other celebration. Available in Natural & Premium Markets
More Chocolate Goodness: Like your chocolate crazy-dark? Try Pamela's Chocolate Brownie Mix and substitute cold coffee for the water, so deep & dark you'll need ice cream to pull you out of the choco-coma. Need something G-Free & unique for a party? Grab a bag of Bob's Red Mill Brownie Mix & follow the package directions for "Cream Cheese Brownies" - a total crowd-pleaser.