Gluten & Dairy-free Orange Fireball Brownies

Are you in need of a new brownie recipe, because if you are you really need to try my favorite gluten & dairy-free brownie recipe! I guarantee these brownies taste a little different, but when you sink your teeth into that first bite you’ll say, ‘Mmm’ and then seconds later, ‘Wow! What is this?’ 

GF-DF Brownies Hot from the oven
GF-DF Brownies Hot from the oven

What makes these brownies so good?

A hint of orange mixed in with the chocolate is the first zing of yum but wait…the cayenne pepper that slowly reveals itself on the back of your throat is what sends these brownies over the top. I literally can eat the whole pan and I am one who doesn’t like a lot of spice but trust me, these brownies contain the perfect amount. They offer just a tiny hint of heat in every bite.

My Favorite GF Brownie Recipe
My Favorite Gluten & dairy-free Brownie Recipe

We have a fabulous chocolate shop in my town. Maybe you have heard of them or even tried their chocolates. Once you have, you will never forget them. Actually, they are who inspired me to create this recipe. They sell one chocolate bar in particular that is one of my favorites, the Spicy Habanero Orange Espresso Dark Chocolate Bar. They sell world-wide and worth a taste! Check out COWGIRL CHOCOLATES here.

If you are in a pinch for a quick dessert pick up a ready-made gluten-free brownie mix (Betty Crocker or Krusteaz) and add orange extract, orange zest and cayenne pepper to the mix. It will save you about 15 minutes and still tastes great.

Gluten & Dairy-free Orange Fireball Brownies

Serves 15
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Meal type Dessert
My favorite gluten & dairy-free brownie recipe brings a burst of orange and a hint of heat when a little cayenne pepper is added to spring these brownies to life!


  • 1/3 cup oil (I used avocado but olive oil is fine)
  • 2 Large eggs (cage-free/room temp)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Large juice of orange
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (1/4 tsp if you don't want it too spicy)
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour (extra fine)
  • 1/3 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


Step 1
Together in a mixing bowl add oil, eggs, sugar, cocoa powder, juice of orange, orange zest and orange extract. Mix for 2 minutes.
Step 2
Add rice flour, potato & tapioca starch, and cayenne pepper. Mix until fully incorporated.
Step 3
Pour in 1 cup mini chocolate chips and fold in with a spatula.
Step 4
Place brownie batter in a 7x11" glass pyrex dish that has been pre-covered in non-stick spray.
Step 5
Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes. Do not over bake. Brownies will continue to bake slightly while cooling.

This recipe was shared on the following blogs: Poor & Gluten Free, Nourishing Joy, Grace & Good Eats



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