Another 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!
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.