Gwyneth's Magical Brownies

gwyneth's brownies

I refuse to get into a petty debate about whether or not Gwyneth actually eats these delectable brownies (or much of anything for that matter) that she includes in her It's All Good cookbook (link above). The truth of the matter is I don't care. I don't care at all. And you shouldn't either! These little beauties, though they may require some ingredients you've never used before, are so darn good it's ridiculous. And they also happen to be gluten free and vegan. 

Whether that's important to you or not you should do yourself a favor and bake these soon. They are exquisite - so richly fudgy and made of good-quality stuff so absolutely no guilt will emerge if you happen to eat more than one or use them to participate in the breakfast 'dessert' movement. I've been in the movement for years and it's a beautiful thing. 

Okay, enough background. Let's get to the recipe, shall we? Oh, but just one last comment - my husband AND his little brother (who is not someone easily impressed by anything #gf #vegan or #cute) said these were some of the best brownies they've ever had. YAY!!


  • 2 cups white spelt flour (or gluten free all-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower, safflower, or other vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or dairy alternative)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 x 11 baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray parchment.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, the maple syrup, brown rice syrup, coffee, non-dairy milk, and vanilla.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry. Do not over mix as that will result in a tough brownie. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let the brownies cool + enjoy
  5. P.S. if you want to get extra fancy you can adorn with fun stuff you have laying around your kitchen - like dried rose petals and mulberries (current obsessions)