Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Arthritis Friendly Recipe: Best Ever Brownies

I'm still watching the Great British Bake Off and consequently I'm still baking alot. It's just my baking is arthritis-friendly and hasn't yet involved creaming, custards or crying. This amazing brownie recipe is a variation on my all-time favourite brownie recipe and I can promise you that these are so easy I managed to make them on one leg, half-drug addled, only two days after a major hip operation (probably qualifies as extreme cooking with arthritis). Feel free to replace the gluten-free flour with ordinary all-purpose flour and add in chocolate chips or nuts.

100g dark dairy free chocolate
75ml rapeseed oil
200g soft brown sugar
2 eggs
4 tbsp cocoa (dutch method for US)
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2tsp salt
85g flour (can be gluten-free)
3tbsp brewed coffee (boosts the chocolate taste but you can use water instead)

Makes 16

Heat the oven to 180c. Grease and 8in x 8in brownie pan.

Place the chocolate in a microwavable bowl and melt by heating at HIGH for 30 second intervals and stirring until runny. Remove from the microwave and add the rapeseed oil and sugar. Stir to combine. Add in the coffee, vanilla extract and salt and mix again.

Tip in the flour and cocoa and give another stir. Finally add the eggs and mix until smooth. You should have a thick batter that falls in a thick ribbon off a spoon. 

Pour the brownie batter into the pan and bake for 25-30mins or until the tops are shiny and cracked but the batter still gooey in the middle. Allow to cool then cut into 16 pieces.

Arthritis diet notes
Um, they are brownies so it's not really going to be good nutritional news. Rapeseed oil is a good source of omega 3 and chocolate is good for the soul but other than that they won't be winning any arthritis joint pain busting prizes. Sorry!


  1. They're brownies--so I forgive you for their lack of remarkable nutritious qualities. Sometimes we need scrumptious comfort foods (okay, sinful goodies) like this. Thanks for posting this yumlicious recipe. I'm sending warmth and comfort your way, hoping that you're healing gently and well after your surgery. Do take care, Kate!

    1. Thanks Wren. I totally agree about yumlicious food. I had my hip operation a few years ago actually and generally healed up ok but thank you for the kind thoughts. It certainly is a tried and tested recipe!

  2. At least you are trying to make them less reactive Arthur and in so doing, allowing those of us who twinge for a living to enjoy a little sweet treat now and again :)

    1. Thank you! Love the idea of 'twinging for a living'...What a great phrase.



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