Happy almost Valentines Day my blog readers! I am so excited to bring you this recipe. I know when you read gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and low fat, it does not make it sound too exciting. But after writing this recipe and testing it out, I was shocked at how good they tasted. The texture is the perfect balance between cakey and fudgey, not too moist but not too dry. This recipe has a great balance between the two. They are rich and decadent but not so much that it puts you into a sugar coma.
My favorite addition, is the homemade raspberry jam. I was inspired by Valentines Day and the color red, and wondered how I could incorporate it. I don’t know if you have ever made jam from scratch before, but it is so much simpler than you think. As always, if you are in a pinch, you can always use a store bought jam. Raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, or a berry blend from the store would work excellent. As far as the amount to use, I would suggest measuring it with your heart. It depends on how much of that berry flavor you desire. I have always loved the pairing of berries and chocolate. The dichotomy of something tart and something sweet, really makes the tastebuds sing.
Things that make this recipe unique and different:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Refined Sugar Free
- Very low fat
- Fresh homemade raspberry jam swirled throughout
Normally, I do not create low fat recipes, because I honestly don’t care about the fat content. However, my sister is currently eating a little to no fat diet, to help her with some health issues, and I am having her over this week, and wanted to give her a dessert that she was able to eat. The fact that this recipe has no butter in it, astounds me. The statement that brownies can still taste good without butter, is something you will only believe me, if you try it. The substitute for butter, is applesauce (preferably unsweetened), and then 2 tablespoons of oil (coconut or avocado would work fine).
Refined sugar is absent in these Raspberry Brownies, because we are trying to be healthy guys and gals for 2023. The sweetener of choice is maple syrup, but you can also use raw honey. The maple syrup is preferably pure (grade A or B), as regular maple syrups on the shelves, are typically made with high fructose syrup and are not good for you. I know pure maple syrup can be expensive, so sometimes honey is cheaper. Either will work, but if you do use honey, be sure to heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds before mixing it with the cocoa powder.
My GF flour blend of choice is Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF Baking Flour, or the generic brand of it, at your local grocery store. I wouldn’t recommend using almond flour, coconut flour, or oat flour.
If you are bringing these to a Galentines Day party, or a party of any kind, I would double the recipe, so that it yields 18 brownies. Enjoy Valentines Day and if you try the recipe, be sure to leave a rating!Print
Moist, decadent raspberry brownies made with homemade jam. Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Also low fat.
- 1/2 cup Gluten Free flour blend
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1 egg
- Homemade Raspberry Jam
Homemade Raspberry Jam
- 1 pint of fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
Homemade Raspberry Jam:
- Put fresh raspberries into a medium sized sauce pan with sugar and lemon juice. Turn on medium heat and crush the raspberries with a spatula.
- Let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly until a jam like consistency is reached. When the jam can coat the back of the spoon, without sliding off, it is ready. Set aside and let cool for 20-30 minutes.
- Transfer to a mason jar.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8×8 baking pan
- In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup with the unsweetened cocoa powder
- Grab a large bowl and mix together all the dry ingredients (GF flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt)
- Add the maple syrup and unsweetened cocoa powder mixture to the large bowl. Then add egg, oil, vanilla, and apple sauce
- Mix well and pour into the greased 8×8 baking pan. Smooth out and dollop a few tablespoons of the homemade jam into different places in the pan. Take a small knife or toothpick and swirl the raspberry jam around in the batter semi evenly.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 17-20 minutes. Check with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. Set on a wire cooling rack for 5 minutes then enjoy!
Store bought jam can be used instead of homemade
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 17-20 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: gluten free brownies, brownies, low fat brownies, healthy brownies, refined sugar free brownies