Necessity is the mother of invention, so they say! That was the case today when I wanted to make GFCF brownies to satisfy the chocolate cravings of The Prince and The Husband. But the only tools handy were a cake pan and a bag or Pamela's Irresistible Chocolate Brownie Mix.
But it turned out great! Pamela’s is really tasty. It is GF, however, not as pristinely CF as GFCF Mommy would like. Some of Pamela’s brands do contain milk ingredients, the brownie mix does not, but lists a warning that it is made at a facility where products with milk are also made. Hence, there is a risk of cross-contamination. My son is not as sensitive to trace milk elements as he is to gluten, and I have used Pamela’s with no problem, the company’s products taste great. But I wanted to warn those with children who are very sensitive to dairy. Here's the link: http://www.pamelasproducts.com/
But back to the oooey gooey thing! So, I only had a cake pan. I mixed up the brownies as directed on the package. Pamela’s is wonderful about listing alternative recipes. This mix has 3 versions: with butter, without butter, without egg.
I chose the “without butter” version, substituting canola oil for butter. Because my husband and the Prince like a sort of “rocky-road” effect, I added macadamia nuts, pecans, and mini-marshmallows, about 1/8 cup of each.
The recipe calls for baking 20 min. at 375, but I added all the nuts and things and right now I am cooking at altitude, so it took about 45 min. I’ll try this again at home, and write an update.
But I think I prefer the cake-like version to the regular brownie version. The boys sure ate it up!
Here are some adaptations:
Adult version: omit the mini marshmallows
Sensory-avoiding ASD child version: if your child only likes foods that are one texture and one color, omit the nuts. Not many kids ASD or not really like nuts, but mine does. Though as I say, he is sort of a sensory-seeker, even with his taste-buds!
Sensory-seeking PB lover child version: omit the nuts but add in 1/2 cup of peanut butter, maybe throw in the mini-marshmallows too!