One of the things I missed the most about going gluten free was the lack of affordable mixes. Trader Joe’s to the rescue! This mix was only $3.99 and incredibly easy to make.
After about five minutes of prep and 30 minutes in the oven, you get rich, fudgy brownies with a gratifyingly dense texture. If you have experience with GF baked goods you probably know what I mean – so often you end up with something dry and crumbly and not at all like the real thing. These, however, were great – I don’t think I would have been able to tell they were gluten free if the package didn’t say so, and they got gluten-eating Hubs’ seal of approval too, which is no easy feat!
The instructions were really simple – I just had to add egg, oil and water, exactly like a normal brownie mix. You could also sub applesauce for part or all of the oil to make it healthier if you like.
I chose to spoon mine into a mini muffin tin to create individual bite-sized brownies. I thought that it would be easier to portion control them that way, and I love the crusty brownies on the edge so I figured a muffin tin would give me the edge-brownie effect on every one.
They came out great! They still ended up baking for nearly the same time as directed for a full pan, about 25 minutes total. My only whoops came when I realized I must not have greased my muffin tin effectively on one side – about half of them didn’t come out in one piece.
Still tasted just as good though Plus they have stayed nice and moist for days in a sealed container and taste just as good as the first day, so they’d be perfect to make ahead for a party or bake sale.
I absolutely love shopping at Trader Joe’s – if you are lucky enough to live near one and haven’t shopped there, go immediately! They have a lot of good-quality products at great prices and are very gluten-free friendly. They are great at labeling both the products and the shelves with their own gluten-free symbol:
Heads up though – even if it carries this symbol, be careful to read the entire label if you’re on a strict GF diet. It only means that no gluten ingredients were used, but they can be cross contaminated by shared equipment. They’re great about honest labeling though, and I’ve never had a problem with their GF products that do not carry a cross-contamination warning.
Do you have any favorite GF finds from Trader Joe’s?