Ever since those oat flour blondies, I’ve had an oat flour brownie on my mind. While it was easy enough to figure out how to balance the oat flour in a blondie recipe, brownies proved a bit trickier: they were either too soft or too dry, the flour hadn’t fully dissolved after baking or, err… baked into something that was rather unpleasant.
Two tricks to this recipe, which will be new if you haven’t made any of my brownies yet: the batter has a bit of cream in it, to help the oat flour blend into the ingredients, and it will also need a little rest. Just around half an hour at room temperature. These two steps make a lot of difference in helping oat flour act like its gluten sister, ap.
And if you are not gluten-free and wondering, why should I make this recipe? Let me offer that: a. Oat flour adds a layer of delicious flavor in anything you use it in (cookies and bars included) and b. Because it is such a light and delicate flour, it gives the brownies a softer, more fudge-like texture.
Oat Flour: there are at least three good brands I use and can recommend: arrowhead mills, bob’s red mill and anthony’s. Can you use homeground oat flour? I have never had success with it but if you have in the past (maybe your food processor is quite powerful) then it could probably work here.
Sugar: Granulated sugar. Don’t use brown, it’ll make the brownies overly soft.
Butter: Unsalted but if using salted, simply reduce the amount of salt added to the recipe. No need to soften it.
Cocoa: Dutch process cocoa which has been alkalized gives you a deeper, richer taste.
Milk: Helps the oat flour dissolve better into the batter.
Chocolate: An eating chocolate bar or good quality chocolate chunks will work here, use something between 45% – 72% cocoa solids. The most important thing is that at least half of the chocolate is very finely chopped.
First we partially melt the butter alone, then fully once the sugar is added. Then when everything is quite hot we’ll add the cocoa.
Doing this accomplishes two things: begins to melt the sugar granules and blooms the cocoa so that the batter is better blended before going into the oven, and the cocoa flavor is coaxed out for a deeper taste.
I get into this more in this shiny top brownie recipe but basically, having those tiny shards of unmelted chocolate will be the reason you get that signature, shiny, shattering brownie top.
Can I toast the oat flour for more flavor?
YES! I’ve done it for my oat cookies and oat blondies and loved it in both.
Can I make these ahead of time?
Yes, but I’d say not more than a day ahead of when you plan to serve them.
Can I make eggless oat flour brownies?
Not with this recipe. I’d find a recipe that was made to be eggless and adapt from there.
Can I make these oat flour brownies dairy-free?
With dairy-free butter and milk, yes!
Can I add any mix-ins to these oat flour brownies?
But ofc! Any nuts or dried fruits or even chocolate chunks are welcome.
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