I haven’t posted a dessert recipe in a while…don’t think it’s be cause I haven’t been baking though!
In recent years I sort of became the unofficial dessert queen when invited over to someone’s house for a dinner or an event. I tend to always bring a sweet treat, even if not asked to. Some of this stems from the fact that since going gluten free, if I want dessert I need to bring it myself and I really do love to bake!
So when I had a sweet tooth coming on last month, and I was in the mood to fire up the oven, or at least attempt to – that’s a whole other story. Anyway, I scoured the pantry to try to decide what I wanted to play around with when I spied the large jar of Nutella – two of them actually. The use-by date was a month away and I hate wasting food, so something with the creamy hazelnut spread was in order.
The 3-ingredient Nutella brownies are all over the internet – just Nutella, eggs and flour and voila! you have brownies.
I altered the recipe slightly. I made it gluten free, I added toasted hazelnuts on top because I had some in the freezer and I added dark chocolate chips because, well, why would you not?!
If you are a salty-sweet person like me, go ahead and add some Maldon sea salt flakes right when the brownies come out the oven. Don’t be afraid of adding salt to your sweet baking. Salt really is a flavor enhancer and in the right ratio it really adds to sweet treats bring out the flavors and it usually isn’t even noticeable. Sweets can be, yes, too sweet and actually sort of one dimensional in flavor, just a bit of salt can help add depth and enhance the chocolate, vanilla, caramel, whatever flavor you have used. Just a sprinkling of the flakes on these brownies just bring out the richness of the dark chocolate and Nutella!
I’ve made these brownies four times now, taken them to friends, devoured them myself, and with and without the salt. I have to admit I like the with salt version the best!
1 cup Nutella
10 TB gluten free flour (I used King Arthur)
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix Nutella, eggs and flour with mixer until blended. The batter will be very thick. Add chocolate chips, reserve a handful for the top if you want. Stir with a spoon.
Spread batter into prepared 8×8 pan.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting.