Recipe: Spicy Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Brownies (Gluten-Free)

Add spice to your brownies for a tasty kick and an immunity boost.

Spicy ingredients like cinnamon and cayenne may help bolster your immune system thanks to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and sometimes even antibacterial properties. These gluten-free brownies have a spicy kick to get you through the last few weeks of winter.

Spicy Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Brownies

Makes 16


For the gluten-free flour blend

3 cups (435 grams) white rice flour

1 1/2 cups (187 grams) tapioca flour

3/4 cup (123 grams) potato starch

1 tablespoon (8 grams) xanthan gum

1 1/2 teaspoons (5 grams) salt

For the brownies

1 cup maple sugar

1/2 cup Gluten-Free Flour Blend (recipe above)

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chocolate chips

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

1/3 cup canola oil

3 large eggs, at room temperature


Make the flour blend: In a large bowl, whisk together the rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, xanthan gum and salt.

Make the brownies: In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

In a medium microwavable bowl, melt together the chocolate chips, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne, oil and 3 tablespoons water on medium power until almost melted, about 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, about 3 minutes.

Whisk in the eggs until the batter is smooth and shiny. Whisk in the flour mixture. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake until set, about 30 minutes.

Related Links:

Next Up

Gluten-Free Glossary

A glossary of gluten-free flours.

Gluten-Free 101

From pantry must-haves to ingredients to watch out for, here are the basics of going without gluten.

Best 5 Hot Cocoa Recipes

Check out Food Network's top-five recipes for comforting hot chocolate to find traditional and creative interpretations of this timeless sweet treat.

14 Healthy, Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes

If you're cooking for someone who's gluten free this holiday, or you avoid gluten yourself, turn to these 14 gluten-free recipes for your holiday menu.

29 Gluten-Free Valentine's Day Recipes

If your valentine is gluten sensitive you can still bake them a special sweet treat this Valentine's Day; choose from one of our 29 favorites from around the web.

Gluten-Free Holiday Baking

During holiday baking season, those who are sensitive to or intolerant of gluten needn’t miss out on all the sweet seasonal treats.

Gluten-Free Kid Snacks

Gluten-free packaged snacks your kids will love.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

This gingerbread recipe is not only free of gluten, it's also devoid of three additional, common food allergens: eggs, soy and dairy.

Oreo Goes Gluten-Free

2021 is already looking up.