Speedy Bake Fudge Brownie Mix (DISCONTINUED)


Speedy Bake BrowniesAnother Speedy Bake package came to my rescue when the sweets cravings hit our household, the Fudge Brownie Mix.  Though they are not quite as good of a value as the full sized Gluten-Free Essentials mixes, the smaller size makes the perfect amount for our two-person household, an 8×8 pan.  Likewise, I suppose it is well sized for the little hands it is intended for. 

I went to prepare the batch, with ½ stick of Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, 1 egg, and… shoot … just one week in the fridge and my applesauce went moldy!  I had never had this happen before.  But with my “butter” already melted and a grumpy husband hungrily waiting, it was time to improvise.  Of course, peanut butter!  Since Speedy Bake mixes are for the nut allergic too, I think SunButter (a brand of sunflower butter) would work equally well.  Rather than the 1/3 cup applesauce, I filled my 1/3 cup just over ½ way full with creamy peanut butter, and the rest of the way with rice milk. 

Surprisingly, I actually liked the density that the peanut butter added to the brownies.  The other GF Essentials Brownies I had tried were gobbled up with fury, but for my personal tastes they were just a bit too cakey, and consequently just a touch crumbly.  This nut butter spiked batch leaned a bit more toward fudgy (I would say they were just barely on the cake-side), and were quite literally one of the most cohesive gluten-free baked goodies I had ever seen.  Nary a crumb fell as my dull knife glided with ease through the perfectly cooked interiors.  The results made me look like a pastry chef!

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My husband immediately noticed the peanut butter influence, but this didn’t slow him down.  He polished off ¼ of the pan before I had the chance to take my first bite!  I do think my adaptation made for a grainier brownie, it had almost a “made with whole wheat flour” vibe. Otherwise, they were soft and chewy, as a brownie should be. The peanut butter also neutralized a bit of the cocoa taste, but since I am not a huge chocolate fan, I found the overall flavor very appealing.  Of course, I don’t think that the brownies are overwhelmingly cocoa regardless, I assume because they are geared for more sensitive young taste buds. Oh yes, and the big chocolate chip spikes throughout were a nice touch. 

My Extra Notes and Tips:

  • All mixes from Gluten-Free Essentials are touted as dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and obviously gluten-free.  This mix does contain soy lecithin within the chocolate chips, which is seldom a problem for soy allergies and intolerances.
  • Though the mix instructions call for one egg, the people at Gluten-Free Essentials have successfully used various egg replacers in trials.
  • Ingredients are viewable on the Gluten-Free Essentials Website.

Where to Purchase:  All GF Essentials baking mixes can be purchased directly on the Gluten-Free Essentials Website.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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