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Recipes: Gluten-free turtle brownies

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Gluten-free diets have become a very popular trend in recent years; some even consider it a fad. However, there are health benefits to a gluten-free diet.

Some of those benefits include improving cholesterol levels, promoting digestive health and increasing energy levels, if you have gluten intolerance. On a gluten-free diet, you would likely eat more fruits and vegetables, just because they are several food sources that are non-starchy, and almost completely gluten-free.

That does not mean you have to give up all those tasty items you enjoyed before. For example, try these delicious gluten-free turtle brownies. Even if you are not on a gluten-free diet, you will love them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Betty Crocker® Gluten Free brownie mix
  • butter and eggs called for on brownie mix box
  • 25 caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 Tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan).
  2. Grease bottom of (8- or 9-inch) square pan.
  3. In medium bowl, stir together brownie mix, butter and eggs until blended. Spread 2/3 of batter in pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and whipping cream uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth.
  5. Drizzle caramel evenly over partially baked brownies.
  6. Sprinkle with half the chocolate chips and half the pecans.
  7. Drop remaining brownie batter by small spoonfuls onto caramel layer.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and pecans.
  9. 3 Bake 20 to 25 minutes longer or until top of brownie looks dry.
  10. Cool completely before cutting.
  11. Cut into squares, 4 rows by 4 rows. (Serves 16)
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