{gluten-free} Maple-Almond Brown Butter Brownies

This weekend is the ‘unofficial official’ start to summer in the U.S., though where we currently live it’s felt like perpetual summer for months now. After a long and sunny fall in Morocco we had a month of occasional rain in Northern California and a few brisk and mostly dry winter months back in North Africa before migrating to the desert. On a good day the temperature hovers below 100 F and on those days we go to the park or indulge in an afternoon run. We eat thin cucumbers peeled, chopped, and sprinkled with salt and drizzle tahini sauce over cold bowls of quinoa and beets. We swim, I bake brownies. Endless summer is our new reality.

These brownies scrap the refined sugar and use maple syrup instead, which means you can use less sweet stuff than is typically called for in a more traditional recipe. Maybe because we’re no longer living in North America I find I crave maple syrup even more than I always have: it’s a little tie to our home continent. And it’s also a wonderful addition to baked goods and granola. Though maple syrup is still sugar the fact that it’s high in magnesium, potassium, calcium, and zinc makes me feel good as I whisk it into cake batter (and it’s sweet, so in a substitute for white sugar I can reduce the amount of sweetener needed overall. This is also why I like to use honey in place of white sugar). And, of course, I do love the taste of maple syrup.

This recipe is simple in premise and ingredients with a few small twists: brown the butter, use maple syrup, scatter a bit of salt over the batter before sliding it into the oven. It’s solid, it’s reliable, it’s just the thing for a summer barbecue. If your summer happens to begin earlier this year, well, that’s just one more reason to bake a batch.

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  1. These brownies look so moist and delicious. It reminds me of chickpeas chocolate fudges. They are really delicious and gluten free too. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Helen Spiridakis says:

    Nice post as usual……can’t wait to try these!

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