Giada De Laurentiis’ Gluten-Free Skillet Brownies Are ‘Just as Delicious and Decadent as a Normal Brownie’

Looking for a delicious gluten-free brownie recipe that’s just as moist, fudgy, and satisfying as regular brownies? Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis‘ easy-to-make Gluten-Free Skillet Brownies recipe fits the bill.

Here’s how to create the Food Network host’s gluten-free take on this classic snack. It may just taste better than the “real thing.”

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis prepares a dish for a 2015 Food Network event.
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis | Manny Hernandez/Getty Images

De Laurentiis’ Gluten-Free Skillet Brownies are a ‘win-win’

The Everyday Italian star’s gluten-free creation calls for refined coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, two eggs plus one yolk, blanched almond flour, baking powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, and bittersweet chocolate chips.

For this recipe, De Laurentiis uses an 8-inch nonstick, ovenproof skillet.

On the chef’s lifestyle and food blog Giadzy, she said of her gluten-free creation, “This recipe is just as delicious and decadent as a normal brownie, but a tad better for you because it doesn’t use refined sugars or all-purpose flour. Also, the almond flour adds even more delicious flavor and texture — it’s a win-win!”

You can find the full recipe and reviews on Giadzy.

Giada De Laurentiis proves gluten-free doesn’t mean flavor-free

De Laurentiis starts her skillet brownies by combining in a medium bowl the melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir in the eggs and extra yolk, too, followed by the dry ingredients — almond flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Once all of the ingredients are combined, the chocolate chips can be folded in using a spatula.

The batter is transferred and spread into the skillet. Scatter additional chocolate chips on top if you’d like even more of a chocolatey flavor boost. Place the skillet in a preheated 325-degree F oven for almost half an hour or “until the edges look dry and the center still looks slightly underdone.”

Once the brownies have cooled, they can be cut and served.

A reviewer on Giadzy gave this non-traditional version of basic brownies a big thumbs-up: “Easy and the results taste great. The batter turns out a bit thick to pour so don’t be worried about that. I used unrefined coconut oil because that’s all I had on hand, and the results were great. The brownies taste like a Mounds candy bar. Served with whipped cream for a quick dessert.”

De Laurentiis’ new Food Network show is all about eating mindfully and freshly

Based on her 2021 cookbook Eat Better, Feel Better, De Laurentiis’ newest Food Network program Simply Giada focuses on eating mindfully and more healthfully without sacrificing taste or favorite dishes.

As she told Jenna Bush Hager and Sheinelle Jones during a remote appearance on Today, “The idea is to eat better without skipping on flavor. That was the idea of the book and we turned it into a show, Simply Giada. And I shot it all in Brooklyn and [her 13-year-old daughter] Jade came with me. And it was a blast.”

The chef tweeted about the program, saying “So thrilled my new show #SimplyGiada is premiering Sunday @ 11:30am on @foodnetwork!! It’s based on my latest cookbook, Eat Better, Feel Better & all the recipes are meant to help you feel your best inside & out! Hope u like it!!”

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