Cherry Brownies (gluten-free, whole grain, dairy-free)

These fudgy chocolate cherry brownies are gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% whole grain.

I needed to come up with something last minute for a picnic recently and turned to my best gluten-free brownies recipe. They’re always a hit and nobody ever has a clue that they’re gluten-free and whole grain.

I had a bunch of cherries begging to be used so here we have some chocolate cherry brownies! I originally wanted to cover them in a dark chocolate ganache loaded with kirsch but once I had a bite from the corner, it was clear that even more sugar and chocolate was not needed.

Super Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Brownies (gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% whole grain options)

They’re perfectly rich on their own! Those brownie pieces in the pictures are probably way too big unless you have a crazy sweet tooth.

Are sour cherries hard to find in your area? It seems like they’re pretty standard in cherry pie recipes but I can never find them. Or okay – I’ve seen them once. I figure if I have a hard time finding then, then you may, too. So I used sweet cherries in these brownies.

I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten a sour cherry other than dried tart cherries. Would they give these brownies a kind of sweet tart taste? Or are they no good unless they’re cooked down to cherry pie filling with loads of sugar? My sour cherry knowledge is just sad.

Super Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Brownies (gluten-free, dairy-free, 100% whole grain options)

But back to the recipe! You can omit the almond extract if you’d like but it really goes so well with the cherries. Making something with stone fruit and not adding almond extract just doesn’t make sense to me. I may have a slight almond extract addiction. ;)

If you want to pretty the brownies up a bit, you could try tossing some sliced almonds on top of the batter before baking. I don’t think they’d get too brown while baking but if they do, just cover the pan with some foil.

I hope everyone had a happy July 4th (or happy Monday if you’re outside of the US! :))

Chocolate Cherry Brownies (gluten-free, dairy-free, whole grain options)

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Cherry Brownies (gluten-free, whole grain, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 12-16 brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (158 grams) teff flour or 1 cup (125 grams) buckwheat flour1 or 1 cup (125 grams) whole wheat flour for a non-GF version
  • 3/4 cup (86 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy (you could also use Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (196 grams) unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly (use coconut oil for a dairy-free version)
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar, raw sugar, or coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (170 grams) pitted sweet cherries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup (85 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dairy-free chocolate chips, if necessary)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line an 8"×8" (20cmx20cm) pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the melted butter or coconut oil, sugar, almond extract and vanilla extract. Once combined, add the eggs one at a time, and stir just until combined.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir just until almost no streaks of flour remain. Do not overmix! Fold in the cherries and then the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. If using teff flour, bake for 23-30 minutes or until the brownies have formed a thin crust and appear set in the middle. If using buckwheat or whole wheat, you may only need 21-26 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center will come out wet. A toothpick inserted into the sides will come out with some moist crumbs on it, but not totally raw batter. The brownies will continue to bake as they sit in the pan and will firm up as they cool.
  6. Let cool completely and then cover and refrigerate.

Notes

  1. Buckwheat flour is naturally gluten-free but not all buckwheat flour is processed in a gluten-free facility. If you need these brownies to be gluten-free, make sure to use certified gluten-free buckwheat flour!

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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31 comments on “Cherry Brownies (gluten-free, whole grain, dairy-free)” — Add one!

  • Roshani Khanna
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    August 25, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks so good! I am over here drooling over this dish right now. I am all over this. I can’t even stop starring.

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  • Platt College says
    August 9, 2016 @ 1:55 am

    I love brownies and these look yummy!

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  • Shelby Brisendine says
    August 6, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

    Erin, just wondering if you have used Bob’s Red Mill 1for 1 flour in your Best Brownie recipe? Trying to cut down on the different flours I have been buying to make everything gluten free. Thank you

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    • Erin replies to Shelby Brisendine
      August 6, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

      Hi there! I haven’t tried it. Just buckwheat, teff and whole wheat flour. But since whole wheat flour works in there and I’ve had good luck with subbing the 1 to 1 flour for whole wheat, I think it’d work. You’re talking about the blue bag, right? If you try it, I’d love to hear how they come out. :)

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  • dev says
    July 21, 2016 @ 7:06 am

    These brownies looks great, I made zucchini brownies last week and I think next time I’ll try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Erin replies to dev
      July 21, 2016 @ 8:49 pm

      I hope you’ll enjoy them! :)

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  • Amelie Moore
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    July 12, 2016 @ 7:57 am

    Yum, yum, yum. Have to take dessert to a backyard get together. Gonna make this!

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  • Michelle Goth says
    July 10, 2016 @ 3:44 am

    These brownies look so decadent!

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  • Michelle | A Latte Food says
    July 8, 2016 @ 8:00 am

    I am such a sucker for chocolate and cherry!

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  • Maris (In Good Taste) says
    July 7, 2016 @ 9:07 pm

    Love love love! Brownies are my favorite

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  • Miranda
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    July 7, 2016 @ 6:42 pm

    I love the combination of cherry and chocolate! They looks fantastic!

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  • carrie @ frugal foodie mama says
    July 7, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

    I adore the cherry/chocolate combo! These brownies sound and look fantastic! :)

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  • Sabrina says
    July 7, 2016 @ 7:30 am

    I love cherries and my husband loves brownies! This is the perfect combination!

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    • Erin replies to Sabrina
      July 14, 2016 @ 7:12 pm

      I hope you get the chance to try them out! :)

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  • Michelle De La Cerda says
    July 7, 2016 @ 6:26 am

    One time a friend of mine made brownie and cherry skewers and they were amazing. After that, I had to eat brownies with my cherries. This just makes it that much easier.

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  • Krista says
    July 7, 2016 @ 5:00 am

    I love that you put cherries in the brownies!

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  • Elaine @ Flavour and Savour
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    July 7, 2016 @ 12:11 am

    Just bought some teff flour! Can’t wait to make these!!

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  • Julia Mueller says
    July 6, 2016 @ 3:47 pm

    Gaaaah these look perfect! I’ve never used teff flour so I’m thinking these brownies are the perfect intro to ;) Loving the chocolate-cherry-almond combo! Bring it!

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  • Laura says
    July 6, 2016 @ 3:18 pm

    The chocolate/cherry combination is SO good! These brownies look amazing! :)

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    • Erin replies to Laura
      July 14, 2016 @ 7:13 pm

      Thank you, Laura!

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