Gluten-Free Brownie Bites and a Food Blogger Potluck

There is never enough chocolate in the world.

So I made these.

Well, actually, I had more excuses than just that. Along with a Beet and Orange Salad with Basil Vinaigrette (which I will share with you later this week), I brought these babies along to a Food Bloggers Pot Luck, hosted by the very lovely Natalie of Natalie’s Killer Cuisine.

This was the first pot luck of the Dallas area bloggers, but we all committed to each other that it certainly won’t be the last! BUNCHES of good food, good company, and lots of picture-taking!

Top row, left to right: Emily and Natalie from The City Sisters, Natalie from Natalie’s Killer Cuisine,  Joy from Joylicious, Jose from Left Field Lengua

Bottom row, left to right: Heather from Heather Bakes, Me, and Kelly from Evil Shenanigans

The food? Oh my, the food! One thing that’s great about getting a bunch of food bloggers together is that there is never a shortage of great cuisine. For some random reason, I was too busy running my mouth (surprise, surprise!) to take as many photos as everyone else, but here was the spread:

Emily brought Corn Fritters with Avocado Crema (should be posted soon on The City Sisters) – I LOVE corn fritters!

Natalie brought a Mediterranean Lentil Salad (posted on The City Sisters) – this was amazing, and reinforced my love for French lentils.

The other Natalie (the hostess) made a delicious fruit salad filled with berries and kiwi with a coconut dipping sauce, an old-school pea salad, and hummingbird cupcakes. The pea salad is on Natalie’s Killer Cuisine, and she’s promised those cupcakes for later this week.

Kelly brought the most gorgeous cake I’d ever seen (check out the photos on Natalie’s Killer Cuisine) and some baked crab cakes that looked amazing. Kelly posted the recipe at Evil Shenanigans. I want to figure out a gluten-free version!

Jose brought some slow-cooked pork shoulder, which was tender, moist, and flavorful. He even brought the crunchy skin to munch on! (Yum)

Heather brought a Tex-Mex style couscous dish. Couldn’t have it, but wow, it looked great!

I brought the aforementioned beet salad. And these.

The recipe for these brownie bites originated from my gluten-filled Best Brownies in the World recipe. I do have to confess, though, that I’ve been making these brownies gluten-free for a while now. Yet I have neglected to share with you. I apologize. No one should be without brownie goodness. So here it is, in all its glory. I present to you: Gluten-Free Brownie Bites.


Gluten-Free Brownie Bites

8 T unsalted butter

2 oz unsweetened chocolate

1 c coconut sugar (or you can substitute regular granulated sugar)

2 eggs, beaten

½ t vanilla extract

¼ c sweet white rice flour

½ t xanthan gum

1 t cocoa powder (not dutch-process)

1/2 t cinnamon

pinch cayenne

¼ t kosher salt

1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

powdered sugar, for dusting

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a mini-muffin pan or a petit fours pan with oil or butter, or line with papers. Set aside.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir to make a smooth batter. Add the rice flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne and salt and mix until well incorporated. Fill mini-muffin pan or petit fours pan with batter, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 15-18 minutes (this will vary depending on how big your “bites” will be). Let cool on a rack and remove from pan.

When brownie bites are cooled, melt the chocolate chips in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring. Turn off heat and dip the bottoms of each brownie bite into the chocolate. Set on a parchment-lined baking sheet or a Silpat. Place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes or until chocolate has hardened. Sift powdered sugar over the tops of the brownie bites. Try not to eat all at once.

(For regular brownies, reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees, and pour batter into a 8X8 inch pan (greased). Bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Omit the chocolate chips and powdered sugar, unless you just feel the need to add them. Of course, you could stir in chocolate chips if making regular brownies – I’ve been known to do that before!)


Filed under Baked goods, Desserts, Gluten-Free

35 responses to “Gluten-Free Brownie Bites and a Food Blogger Potluck

  1. Those were SO tasty! If you had not said I would not know they were GF. I loved the chocolate on the bottom. Yum!

  2. Cool potluck!!! It’s always great to meet bloggers. It’s cool to put some faces to names I’m familiar with. 🙂

  3. Ooh, a gluten free brownie. Wow. There are so many conventional brownie recipes out there, and I’ve even figured out a really delicious vegan recipe. But last time I tried a gluten free brownie, it was like a rock. I’m going to try this. Thanks!
    Oh, and glad to see you all had fun in Dallas-nice…

  4. What a fun day you had! I think I have visited all of their blogs before. It’s nice to see the faces. 🙂 The brownies look so delicious!

  5. Alta, those brownie bites completely rocked!! I brought some home and hid them from my husband. I didn’t share at all! I know…I’m so mean. I had a great time visiting with you on Saturday. I can’t wait for the next meet-up!!

  6. What a fun get together! And the brownies are amazing:-)

  7. Oh. My.

    Those should be illegal Alta!

    The photo should at least qualify for a piece of priceless artwork! 😀

    I love cayenne with chocolate, I add it to my hot cocoa all the time. I am intrigued about the coconut sugar, I have never heard of that before! I would like to swap out the regular granulated and brown sugar that I have always used in the past, I just don’t know much about all the new options available.

    I am going to go get on my treadmill now that I have just gained 5 lbs. looking at this picture, sigh… 🙂

  8. Look at all you lucky bloggers!!! I am considering relocating to Dallas now, hmmm…

  9. Oh my goodness these brownies were so wonderful. Thank you for letting me take some home! They were gone within minutes of walking in my door. I have no will power!

  10. Oh what a fun get together!

  11. Seems like a wonderful day. Great recipe for the brownie bits. Cheers!

  12. How fun to get together! The brownie bites look yummy!

  13. Yet another delicious reason for me to break down and buy myself a mini-muffin pan! They look delish!

  14. What a fun blogger meet-up! I love the photo of everyone’s smiling faces!

  15. Shirley@gfe

    Yum, yum, yum, Alta, on those brownies! I love food blogger get togethers! This one looks fabulous. 🙂


  16. I’m going to have to make this. On top of chocolate and yum, they are so cute! Great pics, too!

  17. trulypat

    I seriously have to try these! My grandmother put cinnamon in her chocolate cake, and I’ve had black pepper in chocolate recipes, too, but I don’t remember cayenne — that should be some good punch it adds!

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  20. I have that mini muffin pan! I think it’s a sign I need to make these.

  21. That was a great picture of all of you, and the brownie bites look amazing! Good times I’m sure…

  22. Mm, This gives med chocolate cravings. A cup a coffee to go with this and I’m all set.

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  24. I just sent this recipe to my sister who is married to a GF man. I think I’ll give it a try myself – they look amazing!

    I agree with Linn, coffee or espresso would be a perfect match!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  25. mmm, gluten-free brownies! I have to make these. I love the shape too.


  26. I’ve gotten behind in blog reading and am catching up on your posts. Everything looks delicious and interesting! Sounds like your potluck was fun, and those brownie bites are adorable.

  27. I think I’m going to make those tonight. Looks so easy!

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  31. I just bought that pan!!! I used it to make jello bites. adorable

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  33. Because these have so little flour, are they super extra fudgy???


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