Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Gluten Free Chocolate Orange Brownies - Dark and Dangerous! (free from gluten, nuts and optional dairy free)

Meet my Gluten Free Chocolate Orange Brownies... Dark, fudgy, dangerously moreish and perfect for the Easter chocolate binge which is fast approaching (well... Easter doesn't have to be all about eggs does it?). This gluten free brownie recipe is made with dark orange chocolate and 'spiked' with a little extra orange oil for a truly citrus-infused experience. I made mine with Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange although it does have a 'may contain' wheat label, so if you are Coeliac, you should use an alternative such as Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Dark Chocolate Orange bar, Lindt Orange Intense bar or Tesco Zesty Orange bar. If you like your chocolate a little bit fruity, this one's for you.

I've been meaning to make these decadent mouthfuls for ages and actually bought the Chocolate Oranges when they were on offer at Christmas, but then life got in the way and they just didn't happen. All power to my self control though... Chocolate Orange in the house for 3 months uneaten? Go me!!!!

Trust me though, these beauties are worth the wait and the self-control. They pack a serious chocolate punch... enough to top up the empty winter serotonin banks with one square and because they are made with dark chocolate and offset with a hint of tangy orange, they are definitely less sweet than a lot of brownies.

Although I made these gluten free brownies with already infused orange chocolate you could just add extra orange extract to the mix alongside bog-standard chocolate, but be absolutely sure to choose dark chocolate. It makes for a more intense flavour experience and brings out the citrus beautifully.

I am also fairly certain that they could be made with ordinary wheat flour, although (for obvious reasons) I haven't tried it, but if it's gluten free brownies you are hunting down, this recipe is both wheat free and Coeliac friendly. Sub the butter for dairy free spread and use dairy free dark chocolate and you also have yourself a delicious dairy free treat too. Upgrade and make it a full-on chocolate-lovers dessert. Grab a bowl, and top with your favourite ice cream or custard and devour.

The eagle-eyed among you will notice there's a bit of a major change with this post. After nearly 6 years of blogging, I have finally found a route to making printable recipe cards on my Blogger blogging platform. I'm ecstatic actually! There seem to be a million and one app options for recipe developers who use Wordpress, but (as far as I can see) virtually none for the rest of us. Yet it's so important that you lovely lot can access my recipes in a way that is easy to use in the kitchen.

I am hoping that over time, I will be able to back-track across my old recipe posts and update as many as possible to include a printable version and I'd love you to let me know which Gluten Free Alchemist recipes you want me to update next. So if you have a favourite, please leave me a comment so that I can make sure the best recipes get updated first.

Of course, if you do make these deliciously fudgy gluten free Chocolate Orange Brownies, then make my day and let me know about it. Even better... take a photo and tag me in on social media.

If Chocolate Orange isn't your thing... there are plenty of other brownie options to choose from on Gluten Free Alchemist. We have recipes for :
Pear & Walnut Brownies
Beetroot Brownies
Chocolate-Banana-Coconut Brownies
Very Gooey Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Minty Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate-Cherry-Pecan Brownies
and even
Toblerone Brownies

Recipe for gluten free Chocolate Orange Brownies :

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Chocolate Orange Brownies - Gluten Free. Optional Dairy Free

Divine dense and fudgy gluten free brownies made with dark orange chocolate. Rich and decadent, but not over sweet.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 40 mins


  • 300g dark orange chocolate (I used Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange) - dairy free if needed
  • 150g unsalted butter (or dairy free alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract/oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 70g golden caster sugar
  • 70g soft light brown sugar
  • 130g plain gluten free flour blend (I used GFA blend A - See flours page)


  1. Base-line a square non-stick 8 inch/20 cm baking tin with baking paper and pre-heat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas 4.
  2. Using a heat-proof bowl, melt and stir the chocolate with the butter over a saucepan of lightly simmering water, or in the microwave (medium setting, 30 second bursts, stirring between each). Once melted and smoothly blended, add the orange extract, stir through and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugars together until well-blended and airy.
  4. Add the chocolate mixture and beat until blended.
  5. Lastly add the flour and fold through with a wooden or silicone spoon/spatula until combined. The mixture should be a thick dropping consistency - If it feels a little too thick, add a splash of milk and fold through. 
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until just firm to the touch.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool completely, before slicing to serve. It may help to refrigerate before slicing to make the cutting easier, and then bring back to room temperature.
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  1. I am a real fan of chocolate oranges and these brownies sound so good. I know they would be so popular in our house!

    1. Thanks Corina. They have a divine melt-in-the-mouth fudge quality to them. They have certainly been popular here! x

  2. How absolutely gorgeous and amazing do these brownies look. Just how I like them, super dark and fudgy. Isn't that the complete point of Brownies? I was in love at first sight. My husband would eat the whole tray of these in one evening. (I'm not joking) Thank you so much for sharing them with#BakingCrumbs

    1. Thanks Jenny. I'm with your husband.... I could eat a whole tray in an evening too! Mmmmm.... did I? x

  3. Oh chocolate orange is definitely acceptable all year round and Easter is so not just about eggs! Love how dense and fudgy these are and they would make me so happy especially as you've used dark chocolate orange in particular which is my favourite! Thank you for sharing these with #BakingCrumbs :) x

    1. Ha Ha! Agreed. Using Orange chocolate was definitely a good move xx

  4. These brownies look delicious - I think that brownies are such a great gluten free bake because they don't need lots of flour. But it must be frustrating to have Terry's tell you their chocolates MAY contain wheat. I would be tempted to decide that my one would not contain wheat but as I now have two generations in my family with coeliacs with no symptons and only the younger generation having any symptons, it would be difficult to know if there was wheat if you had no symptoms! Anyway I would prefer these at easter than those cheap easter eggs!!!!!

    1. Thank you Johanna. The 'may contain wheat' is a difficult one. I am sure a lot of the time it is there to cover company backsides. We take a view depending on what the product is and actually it is very rare to get 'glutened' as a result of 'may contain'. I am probably more lax when it comes to myself than with Miss GF. x

  5. These brownies look gorgeous! I love that you have incorporated two of my favouritest things here - chocolate and orange! :)

    1. Thank you Priya. Chocolate & orange is such a perfect combo x

  6. I am always behind a good choc orange brownie - I can practically smell the orange coming off these!

    1. Ha! Thanks Claire. The smell when they were baking was awesome x

  7. These brownies sound so perfect to me & I love the combination of chocolate and orange!! I know I would love these! It's been a long time since I got myself Terry's chocolate. I think it's time to get some again. :D Thanks for sharing, Kate. Happy Fiesta Friday!

  8. What an addition to brownies! I love adding a bit of orange extract to baking. I think it gives a real hit of taste.

  9. The new recipe format is great, Kate. Can't wait for your bread recipe (saw it on Insta) in this format. I really need a new bread recipe to try; I'm ready for a change! Helen ��

    1. Thank you Helen. Took some photos for the bread recipe finally yesterday. It's definitely a good one x

  10. Hi Kate, I made this Chocolate Orange Brownie recipe this week and oh My! It is delicious. Thank you so much for your flour blending information and I have gone ahead and made myself a batch of each and made these brownies using Flour Blend A. Would love to have sent you a photo but couldn't work out how to do it! I used 3 bars of Lindt Orange Intense Chocolate. I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

    1. Hi Carol
      Thank you so much for letting me know. I am so glad they turned out well and (more importantly) that you enjoyed them.
      Also so pleased you have gone with the home flour blending. I think it ultimately works out cheaper and gives so much more flexibility when you want to tweak a recipe here and there!
      Shame you couldn't send a pic. If you make them again, e-mail one to me. XX


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