Gluten-free and guilt-free cashew brownies


The first flowers bloomed in my garden! I could not resist plucking a few to go with these brownies (I’m sorry, bees!) I’m taking these sweet treats to The Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday party, come join us there!

Ah, yet another brownie recipe, you say. But look closely, this one has no egg, no gluten,  and no added sugar. Did I mention it has a delicious cashew taste? This can be easily made vegan by substituting regular butter used here, with vegan butter.

I have tried using different flours to go with the brown rice flour, but oat flour works best and serves to hold the cake together or it gets too crumbly (as one can imagine, with no wheat gluten). It has a slight crunch from the rice flour and moistness of maple syrup blending well to make it delightfully tasty.

Scroll down for full recipe. These are some ingredients:


Melt 6 pieces of semi-sweet chocolate and butter in a pan:


Mix butter + chocolate mixture, applesauce, cashew paste, maple syrup, vanilla in a bowl.  Add dry ingredients (rice flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, starch,baking powder, soda) to wet. Add 2 pieces of chocolate cut into small bits. Spread in a baking sheet greased with canola oil. Flatten with spatula.


After baking at 350 °F for 43 minutes:


gluten-free and guilt-free cashew brownies

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: easy
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raw cashews – 1 cup

water or milk- 1/2 cup

maple syrup- 1/2 cup

butter- 1/4 cup

Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate (56% cacao)- 6 pieces + 2 pieces (divided)

unsweetened applesauce- 1/8 cup

vanilla extract- 1 tsp.


brown rice flour- 3/4 cup

GF oat flour- 1/2 cup

baking powder- 1 tsp.

baking soda- 1 tsp.

tapioca starch- 2 tbsp.

unsweetened cocoa powder- 1 1/2 tbsp.


* Soak cashew in water for a few hours, preferably overnight. Drain water, rinse cashews and use a blender to make a paste with 1/2 cup water or milk.

* Melt butter and 6 pieces of the baking chocolate in a pan and stir to combine. Pre-heat oven to 350 °F.

* Mix all wet ingredients (butter, + chocolate mixture, applesauce, cashew paste, maple syrup, vanilla) together in a mixing bowl.

* Combine dry ingredients (rice flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, starch,baking powder, soda) in another bowl.

* Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet and mix with a spatula. Stir in roughly broken bits of the 2 pieces of baking chocolate.

* Spread in a greased baking dish, I used a glass 2.2 qt rectangular dish. Flatten the top with a silicone spatula.

* Bake for 40-45 minutes or till a clean knife inserted in the middle comes clean.

* Wait till it is completely cool, before cutting into smaller pieces!


67 responses to “Gluten-free and guilt-free cashew brownies

  1. These look delicious!! I love the addition of the cashews. I make some similar gluten free brownies also using oat fllour, tapioca and syrup. I use coconut butter and almond butter in place of oil/butter and it makes them rich and fudgy. I just love the cashews in this 🙂


  2. Guilt-free brownies are the best kind! I love using Baker’s chocolate and your addition of applesauce and cashews to this recipe are great ideas. Thanks for bringing this to the party–I ate a bunch of Jhuls’ brownies already, but I can have your whole tray too since they’re guilt-free! 🙂


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  4. I’m so thrilled to see that there is life after gluten free. Years ago, our good friend was diagnosed with celiac disease…and it was so difficult for him to transition… It’s just nice to see that there are sweets and wonderful food that can be prepared for him now. I think I just might make these brownies for him… wonderful post!


  5. Wow Apsara! Really want to try this but i am so out of ingredients right now. Why do you stay so far away…it would be so nice if you were just around the corner 🙂 I could keep eating all the yummy stuff you make 🙂


  6. I think you’re on to something here, Apsara. Guilt-free brownies can potentially be a girl’s best friend. This girl, anyway, who must have something chocolatey on a daily basis. I can eat this every day and not feel guilty. Yay! 🙂


  7. Guilt free and your list of ingredients really impresses me. This is a different recipe for me but one I must try – I like the applesauce in it as I make my own and can it every year – thanks for sharing 🙂


  8. I will get a crazy craving for brownies randomly, I love that you came up with a more “guilt-free” recipe so I can indulge without feeling so bad occasionally, these look very rich 🙂


  9. Apsara, I made these brownies today and they were sooo delicious…the taste got better and better as the brownies cooled down…however I wondering if I could add something to make it a little more fudgy…is it possible? do you have any suggestions?


  10. They look so yummy!!! I can’t wait to try it once I buy some cashews. 🙂 Do you think I can replace the butter with coconut oil for my dairy-free needs? Please let me know. Thank you Apsara. 🙂


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