A gluten free, grain free brwnie recipe with Sunbutter swirl and salty pretzels

Gluten Free Sweet and Salty Pretzel Brownies Recipe

Gluten Free Sweet and Salty Pretzel Brownies Recipe

One of my all-time favorite flavor combos is sweet and salty. Throw in chocolate and I pretty much swoon. This gluten free sweet and salty pretzel brownies recipe is perfect.

I needed to come up with a nut free version of my sweet and salty brownies recently, so I subbed out the crunchy salted peanuts on top with gluten free pretzels – kind of a genius move if I do say so myself. And since I was giving that recipe a bit of a facelift, I decided to add a swirl of creamy Sunbutter filling into the brownie batter. And while I was at it, why not gild the lily with a layer of chocolate ganache?

These brownies are decadent, chocolatey, sweet, salty, and pretty much everything you want in a brownie. Oh, and did I mention they are also grain free?

P.S. – don’t skip the little bit of lemon juice in the Sunbutter swirl, it keeps the naturally occurring greenish tint from happening when you bake with Sunbutter.

A gluten and grain free brownie recipe filled with a Sunbutter swirl and topped with salty gluten free pretzels

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A gluten free, grain free brwnie recipe with Sunbutter swirl and salty pretzels
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Gluten Free Sweet and Salty Pretzel Brownies Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Refrigeration time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Brownies
Calories: 401kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • ¾ cup creamy or no-stir Sunbutter
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup plus 8 tablespoons 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature divided
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract divided
  • 1 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder corn starch or tapioca starch
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup gluten free pretzels crushed


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9 by 12-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, preferably fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the Sunbutter, powdered sugar, 6 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth and creamy.
  • In a food processor, combine 1 ¼ cups chocolate chips, 1 cup butter, the eggs, sugar, cocoa powder, arrow root or starch, salt, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Process until combined; the mixture will be lumpy. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Dollop the Sunbutter mixture on the brownie mixture and swirl with a dinner knife.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the brownies are set and feel slightly firm to the touch, the outer edges will appear drier than the center. Let cool in the pan.
  • Place the remaining chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl. Heat the cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter until it just comes to a boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips, let sit for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth and glossy. Spread the chocolate mixture over the top of the cooled brownies then refrigerate for 30 – 60 minutes. Sprinkle the crushed pretzels over the brownies, pressing them gently into the chocolate layer on top.
  • Remove the brownies from the pan by lifting the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Sweet and Salty Pretzel Brownies Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 326mg14%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 705IU14%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. October 23, 2016

    Sweet + salty + chocolate + crunchy is definitely swoon-worthy!

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