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Non-Chocolate Brownies - Gluten Free

Is there such a thing?  Brownies without chocolate?  Not in my book - BUT my Dad does not like chocolate so I made these butterscotch brownies for him - and made them gluten-free because I could! (inspired by a recipe in Company's Coming 'Squares') 


  • 1/4 cup butter 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 lg egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • 1/2 cup Julie's Flour Mix (or your own favorite all purpose mix) 
  • 1/4 brown rice flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts - walnuts or pecans 
  1. Melt butter and mix in the the brown sugar, add egg and vanilla and hand-beat until smooth
  2. Blend dry ingredients and stir into butter/sugar mixture, stirring briskly until batter is smooth.
  3. Scrape into a 9x9 inch cake pan  -  bottom lined with parchment paper 
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes 
  • 3 tbsp butter 
  • 3 tbsp whipping cream 
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups icing sugar 
  1. Mix butter/cream/brown sugar in saucepan and bring to a boil - then simmer from 2 minutes
  2. Remove from heat and add the icing sugar -- if too thick add a tiny amount of milk, just enough so it is easily spread over the still warm squares. 
  3. Let cool before cutting. 


  1. Julie, Butterscotch "brownies" are called blondies. I love them too though I don't do gluten free.

  2. If I were to make these with all purpose flour, would I substitute 3/4 cup flour for the flour mix and the rice flour?

  3. These sound wonderful. What do you suggest replacing the nuts with if I needed them to be nut free? Thank you in advance!

    1. You could just leave leave the nuts out - or add raisins instead?

    2. Great, thanks so much Julie! I wasn't sure if it would change the consistency too much if I just took the nuts out, but raisins sound like a good sub too :)