On Saturday night we attended the annual holiday party for my husbands office. For the past few years the party has been held at the lovely home of one of his co-workers and the finger food style dinner has been catered by Whole Foods. The food is generally very good, but not friendly to a gluten or dairy free palate.
Rather than feeling sorry for myself I decided to whip up a few Whole Foods inspired dishes to complement the standard party fair. First I baked a loaf of Gluten Free Rosemary Olive Oil Bread. I’ve made this twice and followed the recipe precisely, except that I do not add xantham gum or walnuts. It makes an excellent bread, especially when served warm.
And, second I made Brownie Bites. If you have not had the opportunity to try the Whole Foods Bakery Brownie bites you are missing out. They are dense, moist, chocolate, and irresistible in the fashion of a potato chip. You can never eat just one. Sadly however, they are made with flour and not gluten free, and so I had to create my own recipe to satisfy the craving. They were a hit to say the least!
Gluten & Dairy Free Brownie Bites
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ tsp orange extract
3 oz dairy free dark Bittersweet or Unsweetened Bakers chocolate
8 oz dairy free chocolate chips
1 cup (2 sticks) Earth Balance Buttery Sticks
1/3 cup rice flour
¼ cup arrowroot flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
½ tsp baking powder
1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
- Heat oven to 350 F.
- Grease a mini muffin pan (makes 24)
- Beat eggs and blend well with sugars, vanilla extract and orange extract
- In a double boiler or stove top pan on low, slowly melt the chocolate and the buttery sticks together. Stir until smooth and then slowly add to egg/sugar mixture.
- Sift together the flours, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and xantham gum. Add to wet mixture and stir well.
- Spoon batter into mini-muffin tins (makes 24 bites) or spread in 99 non-stick pan and bake for 18 to 22 minutes.
I apologize for the lack of photos, but the brownie bites did not stick around long enough for a photo shoot!