OH. MY. GOODNESS.
Sometimes a combination of flavors just sends me right to food heaven. These Salted Caramel Brownies are just such a combination. Browned butter, dark chocolate, buttercream frosting, caramel and sea salt! (This post contains affiliate links via my association with Amazon.com)
Now I am going to tell you something amazing…
….these brownies are completely grain free!
You Can Make Them Two ways!
I made these rich, decadent brownies using Otto’s Cassava Flour. Cassava flour looks like flour made from wheat, it cooks like flour made from wheat and holds together like flour made from wheat but it is completely grain and nut free! Cassava flour is made from 100% yuca root and is the best option I have run across for people that need to avoid gluten and grains!
Because it is so new, Cassava flour isn’t in most stores yet but it is available online. Of course you can make this recipe using regular flour. I just love to offer my friends with food intolerances an awesome option! Not only is cassava flour a fabulous grain free alternative but it is a resistant starch, which means it’s fabulous for digestion. Win/win!
So let’s talk about the recipe, you may recognize it! I use my Browned Butter Brownie with Macadamia Nuts recipe, replacing the macadamia nuts with pecans…
… then frosted the brownies with buttercream icing, drizzled them with caramel and sprinkled them with flaked sea salt! An older recipe with an amazing new twist. SWOON!
The Recipe: Salted Caramel Brownies
Tips and what you will need: Check out my Browned Butter Brownie with Macadamia Nuts recipe for a visual on browning butter. You can buy organic caramel sauce or you can make homemade caramel sauce by following this recipe. Variations: of course you can use your favorite regular flour, gluten free flour, or for the grain free version. I use Otto’s Cassava Flour. I like to use an 8″ round cake pan and parchment paper.
An amazing browned butter brownie recipe with buttercream frosting and salted caramel! I offer a regular, gluten free and grain free option!
- 1 Tablespoon soft butter for pan preparation
- 1 stick salted butter browned
- 1 ¼ cup organic sugar
- ¾ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract...but trust me on the paste!
- 1 T milk or almond milk or water
- ½ cup all purpose flour gluten free flour, or Otto's grain free flour
- 1/2 cup pecans roughly chopped (reserve a little for garnish)
- Make sure butter is soft or the icing will be clumpy
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 stick butter room temp
- 1-2 Tablespoons heavy cream start with 1 and if more is needed, add the second
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- Buy caramel sauce at the store or follow the link above to make my recipe!
Position rack in bottom third of the oven and preheat to 325.
Cut a square of parchment, wad it up with your hands and run under water.
Squeeze out water and use your hands to rub it flat. Dry well with a paper towel.
Line the round cake pan with paper, leaving several inches of overhang so you can lift the brownies out later. Use a paper towel or napkin to wipe bottom and sides of parchment with soft butter. Set aside.
To brown butter: Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally and continue cooking till butter bubbles, then foams and turns a light brown (about 5-7 mins). It may seem like nothing is happening but eventually the butter will erupt with a caramel colored center!
Remove from heat.
Place sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a large bowl.
Add browned butter to bowl with sugar, cocoa, and salt.
Whisk until well mixed and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time. whisking after each addition.
Add vanilla paste and milk, almond milk or water, whisk.
When batter looks shiny add your choice of flour, stir till really well blended.
Fold nuts into batter.
Pour into prepared pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 30-35 minutes)
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Keep brownies on parchment for frosting and drizzling with caramel.
Place soft butter and sugar in mixer and beat on medium speed till combined. Add vanilla paste and whipping cream. Mix till light and fluffy.
When brownies are cool, frost with buttercream icing. Depending on how thick you like the icing you may have leftover frosting. Usa a spoon to drizzle brownies with caramel, allowing some caramel to drizzle onto parchment first and then onto the brownies. This avoids big pools of caramel on the brownies. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and reserved chopped pecans.
Cut into pie shapes and serve.
Check Out More Of My Chocolate Dessert Recipes:
Molten Lava Cakes
Triple Layer Naked Chocolate Cakes
Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake
Chocolate Covered Popcorn
Spiced Hot Chocolate
Chocolate Banana Bites
Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Enjoy! ~ Linda Spiker
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This looks amazing! I definitely will be making this the next time we host game night. They’ll never know its grain free. 😉
They won’t! I actually made two pans for the baby shower. A grain free and one using all purpose flour and we couldn’t tell the difference!
There’s only two of us and I’d probably have to make two pans too, seriously drooling here!!
Two pans should cover it:)
Linda I am so wanting one okay two pieces of these brownies right now. Look so good!
It’s a little early but who am I to stop you!
What a fantastic combination! I’d love these with my morning coffee. 🙂
Pinned this for later. I am loving these soooooo much. They will have to be baked in my house asap. (Doesn’t help that it is “that time” and I am searching for brownies lol) Great recipe thanks so much 🙂
Um, hello deliciousness! These look amazing! So awesome that they are grain-free. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
this is amazing!! salted carmel brownies and theyre grain free – you are speaking my language!! thanks for sharing this incredible recipe!
WOW! As a fan of salty and sweet ~ these look fabulous.
Pinning and will hope to make soon.
Your pics make me want to make them today!!
I need these in my life ASAP! Totally making them this weekend 🙂
Oooooh my goodness! Salted caramel anything is my weakness right now and chocolate has always been my first love. Can not WAIT to try these! Thanks for sharing!
Looks delish! Printing recipe now and following you as I am all about organic kitchen as well!
These look so delicious! Salted caramel is my favorite!
Drool! Loving this grain-free option! Thank you!
Oh my this looks amazing! Since it’s the weekend, calories don’t count, right?!
Yum, those look absolutely amazing! Seriously to die for.
Holy moly I’m trying this! They look so good I can’t wait to start baking them! My aunt has celiac so this will be a win for her! Thank you so much for sharing!!
Seriously this cassava flour tastes exactly like regular flour!
Omg. Yum!! I need this this weekend. Stat!!
These looks dangerous ! Aka they look amazing lol . I maybe shouldn’t have read this so late at night and when I’m trying to be healthy ? But I must say I need to make these for the next celebration of some sort ! Great post
Danielle Greco | AccordingtoD.com
I know. I always read blog posts before breakfast. Mistake!
Oh yummy! I love salted-caramel-anything! 😀 I need to look for this cassava flour – sounds like a great alternative to regular flour that I’m trying to avoid lately.
These look INCREDIBLE! This has me regretting the fact that my hubby and I gave up chocolate for lent.
hahaha! Well the post will still be here is 40 days 🙂
This looks divine. I’m not sure I would order Casava flour, but I’m thinking of trying it with coconut flour. Awesome!
If you do, please let me know how they turn out. I have never tried them with coconut flour!
OH MY is right! I can’t wait to make these. They look so good.
Wow! These look decadent and delicious!!
I’m a big fan of salted caramel anything. I haven’t tried that flour yet but I enjoy trying out new products so I’ll give it a go.
Okay, as I’m sitting here after putting the kids to bed, my inner sweet tooth is going crazy!! Plus, I love that I can make these grain free. Thanks for sharing!
My blood sugar spiked just reading this and I love it. Definitely a must try. Salted Carmel is the best thing on earth.
I appreciate the gluten free options in your recipe. We are experimenting more with gluten free. This recipe looks amazing and I am sure my kids won’t even know the difference if I make it without using wheat flour. I have been seeing a lot with Cassava flour and adding to my list of things to try. As always your recipes are stunning and beautiful to look at.
Thanks Michelle. You are so sweet!
Wow these look SO GOOD. Definitely not on the diet plan hahaha
I think I need to stop by! 😉
First, I must tell you that I’m a huge fan of Otto’s Cassava flour. This brownie recipe is hands down the BEST use of Otto’s…….ever! I have never frosted them or added the caramel, they don’t last that long at my house. We start eating them warm and by the time we stop, well, is there really any reason to ice just one brownie? LOL This is my go to recipe, and anyone who has had them, love them as much as I do.
I am so happy to hear this! Thanks so much!