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(CRINKLE TOP!) FUDGY FLOURLESS BROWNIES by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


at first thought you may think a brownie recipe which instructs you to turn your oven on in the dog days of summer is laughable, but i’m here to tell you that indeed this recipe is a must-make! once you’re finished baking these fudgy chocolate-y squares, and the heat emitting from your oven has surrendered, you’re left with a few options: eat these brownies as is, and hope you can control yourself to eat just 1 or 2. or (my preference), plop a couple in a bowl, scoop some vanilla bean ice cream over top, grab yourself a couple spoons (if you’re sharing), and dig in! in all seriousness, making brownies in the summer time is certainly one of my favorite things to make. before having a baby, frank and i would spend our weekends at the beach, and if i had enough forethought, i would make beach brownies for us and our friends. a beach day is good like that. throw all caution to the wind, surrender yourself to the salty sea air, and dig in to a delicious batch of brownies!

these are by far the easiest brownie recipe i’ve made to date. we use a handful of ingredients that (if you’re gluten-free) are pantry staples, an easy-peasy technique to get that notorious crinkly top, and a quick step to melt the coconut oil and chocolate in one bowl. it all comes together in about 10 minutes, then off to the oven for just over 20 minutes. these brownies are chewy with a bit of crispiness along the edges, and fudgy in the center without feeling too rich. you could easily throw some chopped chocolate in the batter (even though i think these are sweet and chocolatey enough), and/or chopped nuts for some texture and nutty tones. but i love these as is with a good sprinkle of flaky salt sprinkled over top 👌🏼

hope you love these! xo!



(crinkle top) fudgy flourless brownies | gf & df

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| makes 16 square brownies |

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 1/2 cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder)

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

  • 1 cup coconut sugar

  • 2 large pasture raised eggs

  • 1/2 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks (roughly 3 ounces)

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



method

  1. preheat oven to 350°F. grease an 8x8-inch square baking pan, and line it with parchment paper making sure there’s enough overhang on each side. grease the bottom of the parchment paper.

  2. in a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cacao powder, baking soda, and salt. in a large bowl beat together the sugar and eggs with an electric mixer on medium-high for 2 minutes, until the mixture becomes pale in color and has slightly thickened. in pot over low heat, melt the coconut oil and measure out 1/2 cup in a liquid measure. add the chocolate and stir to melt. once melted, mix into the egg and sugar mixture, along with the vanilla until combined.

  3. a little at a time, add the dry ingredients, and mix on low until everything is combined.

  4. turn the batter out into your prepared pan, use a rubber spatula to spread the batter evenly into the corners and sides of the pan.

  5. bake in the center of your oven for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean (a few crumbs may stick). let the brownies cool for roughly 30 minutes, then use the parchment wings to remove them from the pan. let them cool another 20 minutes, then slice into 16 squares.


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15 RECIPES TO COOK THIS LONG WEEKEND (GLUTEN-FREE) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

there’s nothing more fun to me than cooking with friends and family on a long weekend. so, i’ve rounded up a combination of recipes that are perfect for easy-breezy summer weekends. one’s that are spent at the beach, in the backyard, at the park for a picnic - you name it, there’s a recipe for that! we have sides, mains, a cold slurp-able recipe, all things potatoes, summery sweets, and a mini section dedicated to grilling. so i feel like whatever you’re looking for you’ll find something here that hopefully will inspire you to make it or some version of it. wishing everyone stateside a lovely long weekend! here’s to it officially being summer! 💛


to start:

golden sunflower gazpacho - an impressive summer sipper. the great thing about gazpacho is that it’s great to make ahead of time (up to 2 days before you’re ready to serve it), and it’s cold for hot summer days! but i love this gazpacho mostly because at its base there are sunflower seeds that are blended up with the summer vegetables, making it a bit more creamy than a traditional gazpacho. plus, it’s vibrant yellow color screams summer.

bean-less sunflower seed & garlic hummus - summer isn’t summer without hummus as far as i’m concerned. neither is a long lazy weekend. this hummus is a bean-less iteration where we used soaked sunflower seeds in lieu of chickpeas. the rest of the ingredients are typical to traditional hummus: tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt & pepper, and water. i like to jazz it up on occasion if i can using black garlic (if you have it or can find it, i highly recommend it!), or 3-4 drained shallots and 4-5 garlic drained cloves from this garlic, herb & shallot confit with some of the infused oil to top the hummus (as shown above). you really can’t go wrong with this recipe.


as a main:

niçoise sandwiches - these sandwiches are great for a day at the beach, or a picnic in the park. they pack up easy, and each component can be prepared ahead of time making assembling them on the day of that much easier. they’ve got fresh crunchy vegetables, a dreamy shallot-garlic-balsamic vinaigrette, and crunchy bread! what’s not to love?

sprouted quinoa sliders w/ garlicky cucumber slaw - these are a great alternative to your typical summer bbq meal and they’re wonderful for vegetarians or vegans. they’re made with sprouted quinoa, held together by mashed sweet potato and a bit of gluten-free breadcrumbs. the original recipe calls for ramps, but since they’re season has passed, you could easily use green onions, or leeks in their place. plus, these patties can be prepared ahead of time and then cooked the day of.

summer beet tacos w/ beet green salsa verde & spicy pickled onions - another vegetarian and vegan friendly main dish. these tacos are colorful, fun, and taste like a dream. yet another make-ahead-friendly dish, and could even be served as an appetizer on a small tortilla if you like. while beets can often fall flat because of their earthy flavor, these are jazzed up with a punchy green salsa, sharp pickled onions, creamy avocado, and good bit of lime juice.


to bake:

raspberry-currant yogurt crumble cake - to date one of my favorite ways to use summer fruit. this cake is loaded with fresh summer berries and currants. but you could easily use whatever fruit you like - be it cherries, peaches, blueberries, or some combination. it’s light and sweet, and that bit of spiced crumble topping just takes it to another delicious place.

cilantro-watermelon granita w/ mint - by far one of the easiest desserts you can make, and it’s impressive to boot! all you do is blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, freeze the mixture for a total of about 6 hours, and there you basically have summer in dessert form! my favorite way to serve these is in a see-through cup and, if you can find some, garnishing the tops with violet mint flowers, or even just small mint stems.

red berry blondies - for anyone who doesn’t like to make pie, but loves berries in dessert - this one’s for you! while blondies are the non-chocolate cousin to brownies, these are just as rich and dare i say a bit gooey. so be prepared for a heavier dessert with this one. the berries lighten them up a bit and definitely work to make these the ultimate summer-friendly dessert.


all things potatoes:

crunchy smashed potato salad w/ garlicky yogurt vinaigrette & pickled onions - i know i shouldn’t play favorites, but if there’s one thing you make on this list, this one’s it! it has everything you want and need in a potato salad: crunchy, salty, tender potato flecks, creamy yogurt-y dressing, and super punchy pink pickled onions! there’s nothing you or your potential guests won’t love about this potato salad!

warm fingerling potatoes w/ garlic-turmeric sauce - another potato salad mash-up with tons of flavor! the garlic-turmeric sauce is a favorite around here and is sure to add that extra something to just about anything it touches. add in some shaved red cabbage and you have yourself the perfect crunch to compliment everything else going on here.

chickpea flatbread w/ new potatoes & fresh basil - this has been one of the most popular recipes on my site for years now, and for good reason! easy homemade flatbread - check! crunchy potatoes - check! fresh summer garlic & herbs - check! there are also mushrooms for a bit of earthiness, that just adds to the flavor here. this flatbread is perfect to serve on the side to any main, or as an appetizer. either way you’re in for a treat!


to toss:

cherry panzanella - this salad is another favorite. it’s got everything you could ever want: cherries, fresh crunchy greens, heirloom tomatoes, fresh summer herbs, a punchy dressing, and crunchy bread bits! enough said! just go ahead and make it ;)

mellow melon salad - here we have a leaf-less salad composed of summer melons, julienned summer squash, grilled corn, tomatoes, and sweet shaved melon wedges. the colors in this salad scream summer, and so does its flavor - sweet and savory all at the same time!


to grill:

hickory smoked salmon skewers - these salmon skewers are one of my favorite recipes to date. the salmon is marinated in a subtle, but flavorful mustard-vinegar-based bbq sauce, then lightly grilled with hickory, giving them that bbq vibe while not completely overpowering them with smoke. minus the marinating and heating of your grill, these are a breeze to make - about 10 minutes of cooking time total! serve them over some lightly dressed greens and your meal is good to go!

grilled summer pizza w/ garden pesto & balsamic caramelized onions - if you have a bit of extra time, and want to challenge yourself beyond the limitations of your oven, then make grilled pizza! the flavor is what really takes it up a notch, especially if you use a charcoal grill. there is a learning curve here if you are using a charcoal grill, but nothing that’s too intimidating. there’s nothing better than pizza on a long weekend ;)

FROZEN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH BALLS by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


i know temps will cool soon, but it’s been hovering around the 100°F height mark in socal, and this very pregnant lady needed chocolate chip cookies without turning the oven on (because even with AC on the feet swell, and the dizziness sets in). this super easy, super quick recipe came about because i was constantly snacking on amesy’s stash of cookie dough in the freezer. he liiiiiives for chocolate chip cookies so i usually make about a batch of chocolate chip cookies that i cook off one by one. but i had found myself plucking a frozen chocolate chip cookie dough ball almost nightly. that’s when i decided i needed a stash all my own (because mom guilt), and i also wanted to make them a little more freezer friendly.

these are completely almond-based and made from almond flour and almond butter. both give the smooth velvety consistency of cookie dough, all you have to do is let the ball sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before you take a bite. aside from those ingredients, we add some super basic pantry staples: almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, chocolate chunks, and salt! that’s it. these literally could not be easier to make. from there, we mix the dough together, and form them into balls. then into the freezer for about an hour. you could top with with a chocolate drizzle and some flaky salt, or just keep them as is. they’re stored in an airtight container in your freezer and keep for months (if you can make them last that long).

they’re the perfect little pop of chocolate chip cookie dough on these hot summer days, and i hope you love them as much as i do!

xo!



frozen chocolate chip cookie dough balls | gf & v

before eating, let the balls sit out at room temp for about 5 minutes, just to soften slightly.

print the recipe

| makes about a dozen |

  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

  • heaping 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter

  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (preferably grade b)

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chunks (60-70% cacao)

optional toppings:

  • chocolate drizzle

  • flaky sea salt

  • cacao nibs

  • chopped nuts

  • hemp seeds



method

  1. line a baking sheet with parchment paper. set aside.

  2. in a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour and salt. using a rubber spatula, add the coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, and vanilla until combined. then add the chocolate chunks (the dough will be quite thick, this is what we want).

  3. using a tablespoon cookie scoop (or an equivalent), scoop the dough out into the palm of your hands. moving quickly (especially if you hands are warm), roll the dough between your palms making even-sized balls. place on the parchment and repeat with the remaining dough. pop the tray in the freezer and freeze for 1 hour. top with chocolate drizzle and other toppings if desired. freeze once again. then store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.


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