Crazy-Good Chocolate Brownies with Mint Ice Cream! (A Giveaway from King Arthur Flour!) WINNERS PICKED!

Chocolate brownie topped with blackberries | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

These brownies have secrets! I baked them, passed them out to my family, my neighbors and my friends to see what they thought. I didn’t say anything, just asked for their honest opinions and this is what I got… “they are so RICH,” “beyond decadent,” “Amazing,” “Great, Can I have another one?” (he is 9) and on and on. Not a bad review in the bunch. No one guessed that they were Gluten-Free and from a King Arthur Flour mix. Yep, two things I rarely play with are gluten-free desserts and mixes. The reason for this tasty little experiment has to do with a young boy I met in upstate NY when I was teaching classes at the Battenkill Kitchen. He suggested that I make them and I couldn’t refuse. I added some dark chocolate ganache, blackberries and possibly the best Mint Leaf Ice Cream I’ve ever had.  Gluten-free or not this is one fabulous dessert!

I’ll start with my ice cream which actually tastes like fresh mint, because that is exactly what it is made with. No hyped up extracts that resemble Trident Spearmint Gum, just natural, summery mint.

*King Arthur Giveaway details below!

Gluten free chocolate brownie topped with mint ice cream | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies by King Arthur Flour

Ganache for Brownies:

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

6 ounces heavy cream

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold

pinch salt

Mint Ice Cream:

1 cup mint leaves

1 batch Ice Cream Base

To make the Mint Ice Cream:

Mint leaves in mortar and pestle | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

I used a Mortar & Pestle to muddle (mash) the mint. You want to release the oils and essence of the leaves, so they will flavor your ice cream base. *this lovely mortar and pestle was designed by my friend Suvir Saran.

Mint leaves crushed in mortar and pestle | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Mash the mint in a couple of small batches to make sure all the leaves are broken up.

Mint leaves in ice cream | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Add the mint to the cooled down ice cream base and refrigerate overnight. I prefer to add it when the base is cold so that the mint doesn’t have a cooked leaf flavor.

Strained mint leaves out of ice cream mix | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Once you are ready to churn the ice cream you want to strain the mint leaves out. I used Chinois Strainer so that the ice cream would be free of leaves, but any fine mesh sieve will do the trick. Freeze according to your Ice Cream Maker‘s directions.

How I came to bake King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Brownies…

Last month I was invited to teach classes for the non-profit organization Battenkill Kitchen, which supports local farmers and educates children about the importance of great food. It was a community event and King Arthur Flour (just a few towns over in VT) donated the flour, baking stones and pizza peels for the classes. We went to pick up all the donated goods from Mike, the GM of flour at King Arthur. As we were loading up our 50 pound bags Mike’s son arrived with a tower of boxes in his hands. He presented them to me and said “you have to try these, they are REALLY good!” By the look on his father’s face I could tell his son had come to this plan all on his own and Mike couldn’t have been prouder. I had to explain to the young lad about the airline’s cruel weight limit and that I wouldn’t be able to get that tower of boxes in my suitcase. He said he’d get his dad to ship them to me and that is exactly what he did.

He sent me their entire line of  KAF Gluten-Free products to try, so far I’ve only had a chance to make the brownies. Based on that mix alone, my sons are eager for me to try them all. There are also flours and other ingredients to create the breads from our G-F chapter in Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  The recipe for our Gluten-Free Crusty Boule is a perfect match for the new line of KAF flours, give it a try!

*King Arthur Flour Giveaway: Mike has also said he will send 10 of you a box of the brownie mix to try. I will pick 10 random winners next week, all you have to do is leave a comment below and you will be elegible.

Gluten free chocolate brownie batter | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

One bowl, a couple of eggs, butter and water is all you need to get the job done. I used an 8″ non-stick cake pan to bake them in.

Gluten free chocolate brownie batter | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

After they were cooled off I made the ganache. Heat the cream and salt in a medium sized sauce pan to just barely a simmer, turn off the heat and dump in all the chocolate and the butter, swirl the pan so the chocolate is all submerged in the cream, allow it to sit for about 3 minutes then gently whisk the ganache until smooth. Pour the ganache over the brownies and spread it smooth. Allow it to set up. If you refrigerate the brownies they are easier to get out of the pan in nice shape. You can eat them cold or let them warm up to room temperature.

Gluten free chocolate brownie topped with blackberries and mint ice cream | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Add a big scoop of the mint ice cream and some berries.

*King Arthur Flour Giveaway:  I will pick 10 random winners next week, all you have to do is leave a comment below and you will be elegible to win.  You need not be on a Gluten-Free diet to enjoy these! **Only residents of the USA are elegible for the contest.

280 thoughts to “Crazy-Good Chocolate Brownies with Mint Ice Cream! (A Giveaway from King Arthur Flour!) WINNERS PICKED!”

  1. These look amazing! I can’t wait to try mint ice cream w/ fresh mint from our garden. And the brownies? Gorgeous. Add ganache and they’re spectacular!

  2. As a tester, I will verify that these brownies are darkly rich and delicious. I also know, however, that you could put Zoe’s ganache on toadstools and they would taste like heaven. And that mint icecream was fantastic.

  3. Those brownies look fantastic, Zoe, as does the ice cream! I have two little 7 year old nephews that are GF, so this discovery would be great for them. And, we all know that King Arthur makes the best products! 🙂

  4. I’m still on the hunt for a perfect brownie… maybe this is it? And the ice cream is just another reason I need to pick up an ice cream maker. It’s on my list.

  5. i adore brownies and mint chocolate chip treats! those brownies are so rich, they look like they are sucking the moisture out of the air. i can’t wait to try them!

  6. I’ve never tried any gluten free products, but my godchildren are gluten free and these look amazing! I admit to being a brownieholic 🙂

  7. Wow he gave you one of each?!! I would be in 7th heaven! I love getting free products that I would normally buy anyway. It’s so generous of them to offer to 10 different winners so I’c rossing my fingers I’ll be one of them for a box to sample!

  8. We make ice cream all the time, but I’ve never made mint – great idea! I’ll have to try the brownies, too – I’ve never tried that gluten-free mix, although I’ve seen it.

  9. Delicious! I rarely eat gluten-free, and have been both pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised when I’ve done so. These brownies definitely look worth trying!

  10. Thank you for showing us a picture of how much to muddle the mint. I’ve never known exactly when to stop muddling—til now. A picture really is worth a thousand words!

  11. Wow, all of that looks amazing! I’ve never been a fan of mint in desserts, but maybe it’s just because I haven’t made them. Trident-y desserts? Yeah, notsomuch. And those brownies sound like a winner!

  12. I have no doubt that these brownies are delicious. I love King Arthur Flour and think all of their products are amazing.

    I keep seeing all of these incredible ice cream recipes on all of the food blogs I read, but I don’t have an ice cream maker. The thought of fresh mint ice cream is definitely making me consider buying one…

  13. I have a few people in my neighborhood that need gluten free diets which has raised my awareness to how much we eat every day that has gluten in it. I’d love to win these brownies and give them a try (I might even share them with my neighbors that can’t eat the regular ones).

  14. Who doesn’t love a chocolaty brownie and with mint ice cream and a ganache topping.. well be still my beating heart!

  15. How funny … my co-worker and I were just talking about a gluten-free diet today. We both loves brownies!!!

  16. They look and sound amazing. I’d love to try a box, my cousin has celiacs and we are always on the lookout for great GF products.

  17. What a sweet story to go with such a decadent treat! I can’t wait to make the ice cream and brownies!

  18. I’m a random person and more than willing to be a random winner! You may as well pick me – I’m going to try that ice cream recipe no matter what so I may as well have something to put it on 🙂

  19. I keep hearing amazing things about these mixes, so I would love to give them a try and pass them along to my gluten-free friends.

  20. I have a friend who is celiac. Since his wife died and I moved 4 hours away, he doesn’t get his usual treats. I would love to introduce him to these products!

  21. WOW, the brownies and ice cream look amazing! My sister is GF and will be thrilled to learn about this mix.

    One question, though. Might be silly, but I was wondering what KIND of mint you use for the ice cream? Just want to be sure. I looooove mint ice cream as does my husband, so I’d really love to give it a try. I could kick myself for giving away my ice cream maker years ago. WHAT was I thinking?!

  22. Those brownies look amazing, and the ice-cream too. I actually am growing mint in my garden this year, so I could even use my own mint!

  23. My best friend is a celiac, and we both LOVE chocolate anything. My favorite dessert to make for her is a flourless chocolate cake, but this could be a real contender. Thanks!

  24. Would love to try this new product from King Arthur. I love all of the products from King Arthur that I have tried! Thanks for the chance to win a box of brownie mix.

  25. Hi Zoe,
    I absolutly love King Arthur flour. This would be a great recipe to make for our church services. I would really like to share this on facebook !!! Is there a way to link this page on my facebook page !!!

  26. I like King Arthur Organic Unbleached flour for baking … haven’t seen the gf brownie mix, but will look for it!

  27. chocolate is the name of the game – gluten-free or otherwise – these are really wonderful looking brownies –

  28. King Arthur is one of my favorite VT companies- I make sure to buy whatever products of theirs I can find here in CA! I also have a new ice cream maker that I have been itching to use- the mint recipe sounds PERFECT.

  29. I am loving the way the mint gets muddled and mixed with the cream to make that ice cream. And I’d never have guessed those brownies were gluten-free. They are a match made in heaven.

  30. Ooh these look fabulous. I was drooling over that first picture with the mound of blackberries then I saw it topped with ice cream too! I have to try these.

  31. All of this sounds wonderful. My good friend has Celiac disease and I’d love to share the brownies with her. I’ll definitely pass along the recommendation.

  32. Oh My those brownies look sooo good- and I wish I had an ice cream maker because mint is one of my favorites…after chocolate of course!

  33. I really need to buy some of the new gluten-free items from KAF. I just found out that someone new at work can’t eat wheat, and I’d love to make these brownies for him. =)

  34. I’m going to make this for my hubby’s b-day tomorrow. I don’t have an ice cream maker so I will cheat and buy mint ice cream but I am looking forward to making the Ganache topping. 🙂

  35. I’ve been a huge fan of KAF for years but have not seen any of the gluten free products in my local stores. I’d love to try it as my in-laws follow a gluten free diet and I’d like to make a treat for them that they can enjoy at our next family gathering!

  36. My mum is wheat intolerant, and we don’t tend to have a squillion different gluten-free flours in the house, so I’d love to try these mixes!

  37. I’m working up to going GF to see if it makes me feel better. Delicious brownies sound like a good place to start!

  38. I’m not gluten free, but I am wheat free so I rely on a lot of GF products. I’ve still never tried a GF cake mix though. 🙂

  39. I think that King Arthur should replace its brownie picture on the new package with the one that you took with the mint ice cream. It looks delicious!
    I haven’t wanted to make brownies recently as my kids are gone and I know that I would eat all the brownies myself!
    Hope I can find this new product at my grocers here in Louisville.

  40. I work with a woman who has many health problems and now found out she can’t eat gluten. I would love to make these for her.

  41. Brownies aren’t something I usually make, not because no one likes them. However, the ganache layer and ice cream well,……….. I just may have to try that!

  42. Hmmmm, I’m very skeptical of boxed mixes. I find they have an after taste that’s less than pleasing. It would be impressive if they are as good as you say as baking gluten free can be expensive by the time you purchase all the specialty items.

    1. Hi Maria,

      No one that I gave them to detected any aftertaste and they were unaware that they were from a box. You may have a greater sensitivity to certain flavors, but the general consensus I got was great. I agree with you about the mixes, but that is also because I get such pleasure from baking from scratch. These are easy and good for someone in a real hurry!

      Thanks, Zoe

  43. Wow, I just love all of the pictures, and your guiding tips! I would love to reach through my computer screen and grab one of these brownies! The topping looks sooo rich! Would go great with my cup of coffee!

  44. These brownies look delish!! And the mint ice cream was a great idea, chocolate and mint is one of my fave combos!

  45. I always look forward to reading your post every since I found your site. You are so creative. You have inspired me to be creative and make my brownie mixes into something that looks and taste home made. Thanks for the post.

  46. I would love to try the brownies. My mother grows mint and has TONS of it, so I’m going to try the ice cream.

  47. Love the blog…just found it today. Trying the ABin5 today as well.
    These brownies look amazing..a must try. Thanks for sharing!!

    Julie

  48. The Brownies look so moist, fudgy, and delicious! I have used various King Arthur Flours for many years, and will look for their new products! I know the ice cream would be wonderful, too. That picture says it all !!!!

  49. mmm… chocolate! i’m always interested in easier ways to make gluten-free food, so i’m dying to try the mix!

  50. My friend recently found out that he has celiac disease and he’s pretty bummed about it because he’s a bit of a wheat fiend. I’m determined to prove to him that gluten-free can be just as good, and that brownie mix would probably help. 😉

  51. so I read mint..then brownies.. couldn’t pass up the beautiful posted picture of yours on foodgawker.com. My friend is gluten free due to allergies, and I am constantly baking things that she can’t try – I told her if I found something in my price range (I am a poor college student) that was gluten free- I would make it for her! I am not sure how expensive this is, but I am definitely willing to try it!

  52. I’m so happy to hear that King Arthur is making GF products! And also that your new book has some GF options. I have your original book which I love, but I mostly bake gluten-free these days as I find myself more and more sensitive to wheat. Even though I am primarily a bake from scratch baker, I will check out King Arthur’s product line for those times when I need a quick baked good.

  53. Beautiful picture of the brownies, they look delish! I love the way you instucted to make your ganache. I am going to try that the next time I make it. It looks really good on top of the brownies. Thanks for your newsletter, I love getting it!

  54. These look excellent….My soon to be sister-in-law has a gluten allergy, so I will definitely be trying these!

  55. That’s the best looking brownie I’ve seen in quite some time! I’d love to try those! The mint ice cream is definitely getting made this weekend.

  56. I am glad to know that King Arthur is making gluten-free desserts. A family friend has been gluten-free for two years now and would be thrilled to have “real” desserts again. If possible, I would like the boxes to be sent to his family to enjoy. Thank you for the post.

  57. WOW! King Arthur does gluten-free?! I will cross my fingers for the brownie mix give away, but I am going to order some of their gluten-free flour right now. I haven’t had a decent slice of bread in years…. it’s good to know that the best flour producer around is making products we can try out. I haven’t been able to eat a decent slice of bread in years… Lately I have had a craving for flat breads….do you think that it might be possible to do a gluten free flat bread with their products? Thanks for a great post. I am going to check out your Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp recipe next.

  58. My mom has been gluten free for over 20 years and it’s nice to see all the products hitting the shelves now. The prices are a little prohibitive but I understand the research that has to go into these products. We usually make brownies with oat flour and they are delicious. My mom can eat oat flour though where some can’t. I have been itching to try this mix, and especially the cookie mix. Betty Crocker recently came out with a cookie mix and while it’s okay, it’s still gritty. I’ll be interested to have opinions on the KAF cookie mix. Love your site – I’m adding it to my favorites!

  59. will you be willing to ship outside the US? 🙂 these look awesome and I’m intrigued but unless I get some here, not much chance of trying them out otherwise. 🙂

  60. These look soooo delicious! I rarely use box mixes–I even did a New Year’s Challenge on my blog to make things only homemade for 90 days. But these look too good and would be great for parties or get-togethers. Thanks for the review–and I’ll be checking back here frequently from now on 🙂

  61. How very chivalrous of King Arthur to have GF products! Thanks for the kick-in-the-butt (and inspiration) to start making some summer goodies.

  62. I (and my two sons) LOVED LOVED LOVED your gluten free chapter!!!! I would be thrilled to try anything you sent my way!! Your the best~

  63. I am a Family and Consumer Science teacher. With everything I read lately concerning gluten and how it affects children I would love to increase the variety of products I use in my classes.

  64. the brownies look delicious! do you know where would be the best place to buy these gluten free mixes and and the gluten free flours?

    1. Hi Michelle,

      There are links to the KAF website in this post that have a way for you to find the mixes locally in your area.

      Thanks! Zoë

  65. The brownies do look completely fabulous! I have been putting off making the gluten-free breads in your book for no good reason, but I must say these brownies are giving me a reason to begin with the gluten-free diet.

  66. I am drooling just looking at the pictures. I love any form of chocolate.
    We made vanilla bean ice cream this past weekend. I have mint growing in my garden I will have to try the mint ice cream next.

  67. A friend is just starting a gluten-free diet and is pretty lost. I’ll bet these brownies would make it all better!

  68. This looks so good! I’ll have to wait until July to try them (can’t buy King Arthur in the Middle East!) but will definitely put the brownies at the top of my holiday to-do list. Perhaps I can find a made-from-scratch recipe for gluten-free brownies in the meantime. . .

    Do you know, is there a way to make the mint ice cream without a machine? I’ve made a yummy chocolate ice cream by putting the mixture in a container in the freezer and giving it a stir every 20-30 minutes until it sets. Would that work for the mint ice cream with the custard base?

    p.s. I like the new look of your website!

  69. Even though I just made Dave Lebovitz’ Supernatural brownies…I’d never turn down an opportunity to try any promising brownie recipe…mix or not!!! Time to get out the ice cream maker as well!

  70. I love brownies! I’ve been on a quest lately, to find the best brownie ever… so far my boyfriend’s are the best, but I would definitely give the King Arthur mix a try with that mint icecream!
    Yumm!

  71. Zoe!
    Oh dear! You have made me a baker! I love your new book I got from Food Blogger festival this year, you are amazing, and I can’t stop experimenting – how fun. I’ve always loved to cook, but never bake. Look out world! Would love to try the brownies!! Bacione, Claudia

  72. My husband is gluten free and I have been hedging on buying any of these mixes. I am certainly putting my name here.

    Thanks for doing this.

  73. These look delicious. My co-worker is always looking for gluten free anything. I’ll have to pass this on.

  74. mmmm…brownies!! The more chocolate, the better. And, with your suggestions, I would also be adding a “serving” of fruit and dairy 😉
    As paula deen says: Does mint also count as a vegetable?

  75. wow, those look so good! i would love to try these. i try not to eat too much gluten/wheat because i am the type of person that develops allergies to everything :/

  76. These look amazing. I am meeting so many people these days that are GF and these look like a wonderful treat to have when they visit.

  77. Hi! I am new to your bread books and blog. I have a lot of gluten free friends and I am always looking for new things to try on them. I’d love to have ten boxes of brownie mix and have a brownie party!
    Chance

  78. Um, YES PLEASE! I’ll take a box of GF brownies. Those look delish – I have yet to find a decent GF brownie but those little morsels you whipped up may be all that is missing from my life! Behold the power of the brownie.
    Now pick me if you please!
    Thanks,
    Jayne

  79. It is so nice of KA and YOU to sponser a give away! LOve KA flour and try to use it in all my baking.

  80. your ice cream looks divine! i’ll have to try this over the summer. also, king arthur EVERYTHING is great! just discovered it & so glad i did.

  81. Oh I can’t wait to try the King Arthur GF Brownie Mix! I have four Littles who are all gluten-free and could we ever use some delish brownies!

  82. I would love to try the gluten-free brownie mix. I love King Arthur! ( I really want some blackberries now too!)

  83. Just found out that my daughter has a food allergy to gluten, so I’ve
    been looking into gluten free recipes and options. KA products are TB, and would love to try the gluten free brownies! Thank you for the offer!

  84. Those look delicious, and given I am a home-made brownie snob (I usually can tell a mix a mile away – and home-made are so easy!), your experiment means that these could be worth a try. I’ll be right near Norwich, VT, myself very soon and hope to visit King Arthur. Thx for the info!

  85. My husband absolutely loves brownies! These look fabulous! I have a friend who swears by FA flour and has used some of the mixes! I would love to try these on my husband!

    Okay, I admit it, I want some, too!

  86. I have many friends and family that have gluten allergies and I am always looking for new receipes and products to make for them. These look decadent and delicious! I can’t wait to try them.

  87. They look wonderful…….I would definitely try this recipe. I love the King Arthur GF brownies. They are the brownie that I find closest to the wheat version. Have taken out the Healthy Bread in 5 cookbook from my local library and enjoyed the GF section. Thanks.

  88. My best friend’s daughter would love these! She has celiac disease so these would go great with her chocolate addiction!!

  89. I’m always looking for ways to cheer my friends with gluten allergies.
    I’d love to give your product a try!

    Thank you!! 🙂

  90. Your recipe/blog looks awesome. It makes the strange and mysterious gluten-free not so scary (and very delicious!).

  91. They look yummy! The pictures are very enticing 🙂 I love King Arthur products and my mom and I have a couple of the cookbooks. The recipes are always wonderful. Went to one of the bread-making classes and it was a blast! If you ever get the chance, I would recommend them.

  92. I would LOVE to try the new gluten free brownie mix! I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago, and miss the delicious taste of a brownie. I’m tauted by regular wheat flour brownies all the time so this would be an incredible treat.

  93. They look like the best box brownies I’ve ever seen!! I’m totally impressed, have never made any baked goods from packet mixes but think I would be willingly to try those 🙂

  94. Okay YUM! These look amazing. KA is my favorite flour! (I once spent 3 hours on the website) I have never tired their mixes. This one looks amazing. There is a chocolate cake that I wan to try as well. Thanks for this post! Can I eat brownies for breakfast? 🙂

  95. What a great idea to make, it looks so sophisticated, like a dessert in a 5 star restaurant… Great idea !! I need to try it too

  96. A lot of the children that I see for therapy are on gluten free diets. Their mothers are always complaining about the lack of sweets or having to bake from scratch. This may be the trick! Plus they look wonderful.

  97. I had to write! I made these yesterday and after two years of gluten free baking…THIS BROWNIE is the winner! They are delicious beyond delicious. Most people would NEVER know that they were eating a gluten free product. Outstanding product. Thanks Zoe and King Arthur!

  98. This is a great pitch! I’ve been curious about the gluten free mixes, and its nice to hear that someone who wouldn’t normally go that direction is sold based on taste.

  99. The picture is making my mouth water so I can imagine what these brownies and ganache and mint ice cream will do. What a dazzling combo this is. Now all I need to find is a good chef!………

    signed by an elder with the desire to be able to do these things again.

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