My Review of Krusteaz Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownies
Are you on the hunt for a great gluten-free brownie to satisfy your sweet tooth? Me too! My husband found Krusteaz Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownies and brought them home for me to try. Sweet right?
I started my gluten-free journey in January of this year. I won’t bore you with the details now, because I know you want to know about these brownies!
However, if you are curious about why I am ditching gluten, check out my post, “Going Gluten-Free” when you’re done here!
Krusteaz Gluten-Free Brownies
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So, the picture on the Krusteaz box looked very promising. I could see that they should be kind of fudgy, not dry, and super chocolatey.
I was really anxious to try these to see if Krusteaz just has great marketing, or if the brownies really do look that great.
The ingredients on the box are listed as:
Sugar, brown rice flour (rice flour, stabilized rice bran with germ), semi-sweet chocolate chips (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin [emulsifier], vanilla extract), cocoa (processed with alkali), soybean oil. Less than 2% of: salt, baking soda, natural flavor.
CONTAINS: Soy May contain milk and eggs.
I like that there aren’t a ton of ingredients in this mix. And no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. I get freaked out when there’s a list of 50 ingredients and I can’t pronounce half of them.
The instructions are also super straightforward. I LOVE that I only needed one egg for these. Since there are 7 people in our house, we go through eggs pretty quickly. And a lot of brownie recipes I have made usually call for 2-3 eggs.
The box states to let the brownies bake for 48-52 minutes. However, for some reason, my oven thinks it’s a superhero and seems to cook with super speed. So, I let them bake for 40 minutes, and they were perfectly done!
If you know your oven well, this shouldn’t be a problem for you. If you don’t, I would recommend that you start checking on them at about the 38-minute mark, just to be safe.
Inserting a butter knife into the center of the brownies is my tried and true method of testing. If the knife comes out clean, they’re ready to go!
Smell (My Favorite Part About Baking Brownies)
When the kids came in from school, they immediately asked, “What’s that smell?!” The house was filled with a warm, chocolate fudge smell. It was like Heaven.
Imagine you had the most delectable smelling chocolate candle (do they make those?), and you put one in each room of your house. That’s what this was like. You couldn’t escape it, and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to!
When I told them that I was working on a review of Krusteaz Gluten-Free Brownies, they practically begged to be my taste testers.
Would you ever have thought that any kids would beg for gluten-free brownies? The smell was so delicious that the words “gluten-free” didn’t deter them, as it would most people.
They insisted on being my brownie tasting subjects. And so, they were!
Do you remember how I told you a minute ago that the picture on the box looked promising? I can honestly say, these brownies didn’t disappoint!
They were incredibly moist, and a little gooey, just how I like my brownies! The box says Double Chocolate, but I think it should really say something along the lines of EXTREME CHOCOLATE.
The chocolate chips in the batter melted just enough to give the brownies the gooey texture I love so much.
If I had to list one negative about the texture, I would have to mention that there is a very slightly grainy texture. I know this is because the mix is made mostly of brown rice flour, which tends to be a little grainy (no matter what I use it in).
My kids (all 5 of them) didn’t notice one bit, and my husband couldn’t tell either. I was probably looking for a downside, and that’s why I was able to identify the barely-there graininess.
If I took these brownies to my church small-group, I promise not one of those ladies would notice the graininess. I would bet that they wouldn’t even be able to tell they were gluten-free!
Ok, since this was a TASTE test, I’m about to get real. Along with myself, I had Tim and all five of the kids test the brownies. Not just a tiny piece, either.
We all had a nice big portion of brownie, the kind you need to follow up with a tall glass of ice-cold milk. You know the kind. Right?
Did they taste good? Let me just say there was not a single crumb left behind. We devoured the brownies like they were our last bit of food in a zombie apocalypse.
And I don’t have a single regret.
It was like a chocolate explosion in my mouth. The brownies weren’t too sweet, either. That seems to be the case with some gluten-free products I try, almost as if they are replacing the gluten with sugar.
These brownies had just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy my sweet tooth without making me feel like I’d go into a sugar coma.
In case you can’t already tell, these brownies DEFINITELY passed the taste test. My family was so impressed with these brownies, the kids have already asked when I am making them again!
Would I recommend Krusteaz Gluten-Free Brownies?
Um… yes. Yes, I would! I am kind of new to this gluten-free lifestyle, and I honestly expected to not find many great-tasting gluten-free products, but I did! (I guess I should say Tim did, but still…) And at only $3.84 a box, I felt like I hit the jackpot!