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Berry Fudgy Brownies (Dairy and Gluten Free Recipe) and a Valentine’s DIY

Hiya, friends! Do you feel that? In the air? It’s love. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so what better way to celebrate than with a delicious brownie recipe? However, be warned: these brownies are not for the faint of heart. They are definitely decadent, densely chocolatey and rich, with a slight tart sweetness from the raspberry topping. Bake them, if you dare…

All joking aside, these are delicious brownies. Not necessarily for everyday consumption…but I won’t tell if you don’t. Make them for your friend, your valentine, or even for yourself (you deserve a treat!). What’s more, they’re free of gluten and dairy so even more of you can get in on the fun. Prepare to be indulged.

And what are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Candlelit dinner date? Romantic movie marathon? Let me know in the comments! I, for one, have an audition, winter workshop rehearsals and a hot date with an ice pack. Ow oww, I know. But really. I’ll probably be in pain. Whatever you end up doing, upload your creations to instagram using the hashtag #VDayWithSousSus so I can see! Happy Baking! ♥

Note: Inspired in part by Alice Medrich’s cocoa brownies and Joy the Baker’s olive oil raspberry sea salt brownies.

Berry Fudgy Brownies

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Makes 16 Brownies


  •  1/3 cup oat flour (if you’re sensitive to gluten or baking for someone who is, make sure it’s certified gluten free)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • about 1/6 cup water
  • about 1/4 cup frozen raspberries, thawed


  • 8×8 inch brownie pan
  • aluminum foil


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and position rack in the lower third of your oven. Line your brownie pan with aluminum foil and set aside. In a large bowl, place the oat flour, unsweetened cocoa, salt, and sugar, and stir together until thoroughly combined.

flour mixture

In a separate smaller bowl, combine the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract, and whisk until bubbles appear, about 1 and 1/2 minutes. Fold the wet mixture into the dry one and stir until incorporated. At this point the batter will be crumbly and dry. Slowly add water until it has thickened a bit and is slightly stiff but not runny. If you prefer more gooey brownies, add more water. If you want your brownies to be solid and slightly more dense, add less. For the latter, it should look something like this.


Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, scraping down the sides of the bowl. You may need to use a silicone spatula or spoon to spread the batter out a little as it is quite thick and does not spread as it bakes. Sprinkle the raspberries over the batter evenly.

before baked

Bake for 45 minutes, until edges are set but the center is slightly gooey. Allow them to cool before cutting.

baked   close up baked

cut brownies.jpg

Cut the brownies into sixteenths. Serve, if desired, or store in a plastic container in the fridge. Enjoy!

end of recipe

Valentine’s Day DIY: Personalized Wrapping Paper

This is a simple and easy DIY that’s great if you have gifts for your Valentine or your friend. It can be easily tailored to your needs. A little time consuming, but so worth it for the personal touch it adds to your V-day presents.

For this DIY you will need:

  • plain cream or white wrapping or tissue paper (just make sure it’s thick enough so your pens don’t bleed through, or layer it up)
  • markers or colored fine point pens
  • scissors
  • tape
  • gifts to wrap
  • a clean, flat surface

Cut the paper to the size you need to wrap your gifts. Using the pens or markers, start drawing on the paper. You can do a repeating pattern, word or phrase. Simple shapes like hearts or dots in pink and red are classic and easy. Don’t try to make each one perfect or exactly the same, the slight differences make your wrapping paper unique and interesting. Continue your pattern until you have covered the entire piece, and then wrap the gifts in it. Stick with a theme or mix it up. Experiment with different shapes and sizes. There’s no limit to the possibilities. When you’re done, take a picture and upload it to instagram using the hashtag #VDayWithSousSus so I can see. Happy creating!

wrapping paper


Sous Sus Chef


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