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Allergen-Free Brownies

Babycakes NYC is a bakery in New York City that specializes in allergen-free treats. Cofounder Erin McKenna shows Martha how to make brownies that are wheat-, gluten-, dairy-, casein-, and egg-free.

  • Yield: Makes about 5 dozen mini brownies
Allergen-Free Brownies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2007


  • 1/2 cup canola oil, plus more for pans
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons garbanzo and fava bean flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot
  • 1 cup unrefined sugar or 10 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup store-bought unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee or hot water
  • 2 cups vegan gluten-free chocolate chips, such as Tropical Source


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush 3 dozen mini-muffin pans with oil; set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, arrowroot, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, and unsweetened cocoa powder; set aside. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, 1/2 cup canola oil, and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture, stirring to combine. Stir in coffee until it forms a batter. Fold in chocolate chips.

  3. Place 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared muffin cup. Transfer muffin pans to oven, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before unmolding.

Reviews (10)

  • vanillablue 12 Sep, 2012

    Can be made for those with corn allergies as well if you use a baking powder with potato starch instead of cornstarch

  • leahmirbaba 19 Jul, 2008

    These rock! We had some friends over with their small children, and the kids LOVED the brownies. I was also lucky enough to visit Baby Cakes in NYC... all of her stuff is amazing! So nice to have gluten free that isn't gummy!

  • wabeno9 5 Feb, 2008

    I can't have potato starch or arrowroot or cornstarch. Can I use tapioca flour or something else?

  • wabeno9 5 Feb, 2008

    I can't have potato starch or arrowroot or cornstarch. Can I use tapioca flour or something else?

  • cambriac 31 Jan, 2008

    Instead of bean flours, I substituted with 3/8 cup of sweet sorghum flour, 3/8 cup white rice flour, and 2 tablespoons corn starch and the recipe turned out wonderfully!

  • lauraevarts 23 Jan, 2008

    I have an anemia that does not allow me to eat fava beans which is in garfava and fava flour. Has anyone used a substitute that is still gluten free?

  • Ninabina11 23 Jan, 2008

    Diago... I too am allergic to wheat, rye, oats and barley... I think you can find the garbanzo flour at health food stores. They usually have a variety of different type of gluten free flours. Goodluck!

  • superkungfugirl 24 Dec, 2007

    My husband and I are allergic to eggs, dairy, sugar and wheat so we would LOVE to find more accessible recipes like this one!

  • Diago 19 Dec, 2007

    My Mom is allergic to wheat, rye, oats and barley and it is difficult to find recipes for her. I would love to see more recipes like this one on your web-site.

    Where would I find the following ingredients; garbanzo

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