I’ve been making variations of these yummy gluten-free brownie balls for years, but just decided this week to make a gluten-free, dairy-free version. I used my popular Chewy Fudgy Gluten-free Brownies recipe as my base and made necessary changes to make this dairy-free and suited for being used for making brownie balls.
I know cake balls or cake pops have been all the rage for a number of years now, but I’m a much bigger fan of brownie balls instead! They are so fudgy and rich, almost like a brownie truffle! Over the top good!
I had a hard time deciding what to call these! Gluten-free brownie bites, brownie balls, brownie bombs, brownie truffles… any way you call it, they are rich and delicious!
Speaking of summer, who is ready for summer? My kids get out of school in early June, so we’ve been busy firming up all of our summer plans. We have trips planned to Salt Lake City, northern California, and Seattle planned for this summer. In between all of our trips, I’m sure we’ll be having lots of backyard barbecues and making it to a few potlucks with friends too.
As I peeked in my baking cabinet, I saw my bottles of sanding sugars and had the idea to put a patriotic spin on these! These patriotic brownie balls will be a fun addition to our summer parties and potlucks! I just used colored sanding sugar, but you could also use patriotic themed sprinkles, edible glitter, or just put a swirl of a colored icing on top.
Since I wanted these to be dairy-free too, I decided to partner with Enjoy Life Foods and use their delicious chocolates! The chocolate bars, like all of the products from Enjoy Life Foods, are free of the “top eight” allergens: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish. Products are also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites. Of course, important to me is that they are certified gluten-free as well! All of my local grocery stores as well as my local gluten-free specialty store carry their products, so hopefully they’re easy to find in your area as well.
Notes on Ingredients and substitutions for these gluten-free brownie balls:
- If you need to save some time, you can also make the brownie balls with your favorite gluten-free, dairy-free brownie mix. Just make the brownies as directed, but add in the mini chips as called for in my recipe.
- I used Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate bars in the brownies and to melt to coat the brownies. You’ll need 6 bars total. You could also use the Boom CHOCO Boom Ricemilk chocolate bars if you prefer milk chocolate over dark chocolate. If you can’t find these bars at your local store, you can follow the links to order online, or feel free to substitute with a comparable amount of Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels. These bars do melt smoother and stay smoother than working with chocolate chips/morsels.
- To keep these dairy-free, you’ll want to use your favorite oil in the brownies. I didn’t specify a particular oil, since many of you are working with different allergies. I’ve personally tested these so far with vegetable oil, corn oil, and extra light tasting olive oil. I do believe that melted coconut oil would work as well, but I haven’t tested that yet.
- As always, I only recommend baking with a good quality all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. All flour blends are not created equal! I recommend avoiding flour blends that contain any bean flours or that are primarily rice flour, as you’ll get a more gritty result. If it already contains xanthan or guar gum in the flour blend, then omit the xanthan gum called for in the recipe below. I tested with gfJules and also Gluten Free Mama’s almond blend.
- Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips are an important ingredient in the brownies. You’ll roll the brownie balls while the brownies are still warm, and the melty chocolate chips help the balls stick together. I used Enjoy Life Foods dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate mini chips.
- There are many brands of sanding sugars available in grocery stores and hobby/craft stores. I picked these up at Hobby Lobby. Just be sure to double-check the labels for any allergens you need to avoid.
I did my first ever Facebook live video this week, showing how I start making these brownie balls. I was cracking up when I realized afterwards that I’d made the video sideways! 🙂 Oh well, I’m learning. I did get some feedback and will definitely try to go live for Facebook video again in the future! Make sure you are following me on Facebook so you can catch me live or watch replays!
One final note, if you’ll be serving these outside in hot weather, go ahead and keep them chilled in your refrigerator until the last possible moment. You’ll want to have some paper towels or wet wipes handy, but trust me, these are sooooo worth it!
Gluten-free Patriotic Brownie Balls Recipe:
*Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bars are made by Enjoy Life Foods. You can also use their ricemilk chocolate bars if you prefer milk chocolate. If you can't find these, you can substitute an equal amount of dark chocolate morsels. **Omit xanthan gum if your flour blend contains xanthan or guar gum already. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Dark Chocolate Coating:
Other gluten-free recipes for U.S. summer holidays:
*Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate Bars are made by Enjoy Life Foods. You can also use their ricemilk chocolate bars if you prefer milk chocolate. If you can't find these, you can substitute an equal amount of dark chocolate morsels.
**Omit xanthan gum if your flour blend contains xanthan or guar gum already.
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