I Made Gluten-Free Brownies!

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What is gluten and what foods are removed in a gluten-free diet?

Proteins in wheat, barley and rye are sources of gluten. Oats and corn do not have these same proteins, however, may be contaminated by gluten sources during harvesting, storing, or processing.

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When would someone need to be on a gluten-free diet?

Most people can tolerate gluten — which is great because cookies, cinnamon rolls, garlic bread, need I say more? However, there are people who have medical conditions that make their bodies react negatively to gluten-containing foods. This includes celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy. Another one is non-celiac gluten sensitivity which may or may not be a real condition hence may or may not benefit from a gluten-free diet.

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Would it be so difficult to transition into a gluten-free diet?

First of all, if you don’t need to do it, don’t. Save yourself from the unnecessary added anxiety and just enjoy a diet with a variety of foods, mostly unprocessed, in balance and moderation. Also remember that labels such as gluten-free, natural, organic, etc. does not always mean that it is good for you — most of the time it is just marketing.

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How were those brownies?

It’s my first time baking anything that’s gluten-free so it’s amazing to be able to use potatoes as a substitute! I followed a gluten-free fudgy brownie recipe made by Filipino Chef Miko Aspiras with a few tweaks:

  • I doubled the recipe, except for the sugar. Instead of 700 grams, I just used 500 grams.
  • I didn’t make the chocolate-dipped crisscut potatoes, just the brownie.
  • I also didn’t do the step to grease then flour my baking pan, and that was a bad move on my part. Instead, I lined it with parchment and it got stuck on the brownie. Although, my guess is I could have greased and floured the parchment and it would’ve prevented much sticking.
  • I used Guittard extra dark chocolate chips because I preferred it.
  • “I would prefer it if it was baked for a longer time cause I prefer a cookie texture on the outside and just a fudgy center instead of an entire fudgy brownie.”
  • “It could do with a bit less of the espresso powder so that it does its job but the coffee taste is not too pronounced.”
  • “It’s delicious but I prefer it if it were sweeter.”
  • “It’s so good! You should sell these!”
  • “We literally inhaled it, gone in 15 seconds! Can we order these? We loved it so much!”

Final Words

The gluten-free diet is meant to address specific medical conditions. Although it is harmless to try, it would not be sustainable for most people.

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