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Gluten-Free Caramel Brownies

These Gluten-Free Caramel Brownies have a layer of date caramel and topped with a layer of dairy-free chocolate ganache. Vegan.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Chilling Time 4 hours
Servings 16
Author Tessa Fisher


Brownie Base

Date Caramel

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache


Brownie Base

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray and then line with two pieces of overlapping parchment paper.
  • Prepare your flax eggs and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. Melt your vegan butter in a glass measuring cup.
  • In a medium bowl, add cane sugar and pour melted vegan butter over top. Whisk to combine. Add flax eggs followed by vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk to incorporate.
  • Finally, add cocoa powder and almond flour, stirring until batter is smooth. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Smooth batter with a spatula so that it sits evenly in pan.
  • Bake for 30-33 minutes. Place on cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Making Date Caramel

  • While brownies are baking, prepare your date caramel. Place your dates, pitted and sliced in half, in a blender. Cover dates with warm water and allow to soak for 5-10 minutes.
  • Drain dates and place them back into blender. Add remaining date caramel ingredients and blend on high until smooth.
  • Store date caramel in the refrigerator until brownies are cooled. When ready to assemble, spread about 2/3 cup of date caramel on top the brownie base. Place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before adding the ganache layer.

Making the Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache

  • While the brownies with caramel layer chills, use a medium microwavable bowl and add chocolate chips and coconut milk. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until chocolate chips are almost completely melted (about two 30-second intervals). Stir until chocolate has completely dissolved.

Assembling Brownies

  • Pour ganache over chilled brownies, spreading evenly. Place in the refrigerator until ganache has set, about 3-4 hours.
  • Once set, remove brownies from pan, place on cutting board, and cut with a sharp knife.
  • Brownies should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Cut brownies will retain their shape and caramel when chilled after cutting.