Brownies are a perfect dessert—bite-sized squares of fudgy chocolate deliciousness. We love their deep chocolate flavor, moist middles and slightly crispy top crusts and edges. And they can be perfectly portioned so you can eat just one (or five—we won’t tell!). Everyone loves these ooey-gooey (sometimes cakey) chocolate treats.
We taste-tested every gluten-free brownie mix we could find—26 mixes in all, from readily available store brands and favorite gluten-free brands to harder-to-find specialty brands.
Gluten free brownie mixes are easy to make. Most can be mixed up and in the oven in about 15 minutes. We made the brownies straight up as instructed on the packages, and we also tested them without dairy, without eggs and sometimes without both. Baked as instructed, these mixes made tasty treats. Without dairy and eggs, however, we had a mixed bag—some successes and many failures.
Based on our panel of five editors/judges across the United States, we determined our 10 favorite gluten-free brownie mixes, both cakey and fudgy, as well as good paleo and sugar-free mixes.
Brownies with Benefits
Brownies can be excellent vehicles for culinary creativity, even when you’re using a mix. Half of our readers bake the mixes as-is, and half put their personal signature on their brownies. They add something to the mix—such as chocolate chips, peanut butter, caramel or other goodies—to make the brownies their own.
Consider stirring chocolate candies or dried fruit (like dried cherries) into your batter before baking or adding frosting and additional toppings after baking. Want to really mix it up? Layer chocolate chip cookie dough and brownie mix batter on top of one another and bake to make “brookies”—brownie cookies!
Don’t reserve brownies for special occasions or holidays. More than half of our readers make brownies all year long. You can give them a holiday theme by stirring candies into the batter (crushed candy canes for Christmas), topping them with colored frosting (pastel colors for Easter, green for St. Patrick’s Day) or sprinkling on a topping (candy corn for Halloween).
The majority of our readers (over 75%) prefer to make brownies with a mix, rather than making them from scratch. But if you prefer from-scratch, turn to homemade gluten free brownie recipes. Over the years, we’ve created many delicious gluten-free brownie recipes at Gluten Free & More.
Top 10 Things You Want from Your Brownie Mix
Based on a GF&M reader survey.
- 71% Great taste
- 71% Certified gluten-free
- 51% Makes fudgy brownies
- 45% Easy to find at a store near me
- 28% Price
- 18% Dairy-free
- 12% Low in sugar
- 8% Grain-free
- 4% Egg-free
- 2% Paleo
Q: What do you look for in a brownie mix?
“It’s less expensive to make from scratch than to buy the better mixes. The ‘cheaper’ ones don’t have the flavor and only make an 8×8-inch pan. Scratch is usually a 9×13-inch pan.”
“I like options of making [them] dairy-free and egg-free.”
“[A mix] that’s easy to make.”
“[I want brands that] don’t require the addition of any weird ingredient. Eggs/ milk/ butter/ water are fine. Don’t ask me to add an ingredient I don’t readily have on hand.”
Q: What is your favorite gluten-free brownie mix?
“King Arthur’s GF Brownie mix is so good my daughter will let me give it to her friends. It is rich, dark chocolate and not grainy.”
“1-2-3 Gluten Free mixes have the best chewy texture, are more moist and keep longer than all the others I’ve tried.”
“Bob’s Red Mill is the BEST!! Dark rich chocolate flavor, fudgy texture and not at all grainy. I add a few chocolate chips to the mix for extra gooeyness.”
“When I make brownies, I like to share them with my friends who are not gluten-free. They are the toughest critics. Pamela’s has consistently fooled and pleased them all.”
Sometimes it’s just easier with a mix — especially if you’re short on time or ingredients. We recommend storing a few of these brownie mixes in your pantry in case you need some last-minute sweet treats!
The BEST Gluten Free Brownie Mixes
Includes our favorites & reader survey favorites.
This chart provides information about the specific brownie mixes shown. For information on other varieties, check the manufacturer’s website. Prices can vary by store and region. Nutritional data was compiled from packaging, marketing materials or the company’s website. Manufacturers can change ingredients without warning. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer directly.
GFM Editors’ 10 Favorite Gluten Free Brownie Mixes
Our editorial team baked up batch after batch of brownies to find the best gluten-free mixes for you, noting both cakey and fudgy favorites.
In alphabetical order.
1-2-3 Gluten Free Divinely Decadent Brownies Baking Mix
We love this light and cakey brownie, with a great texture and rich chocolate taste. An optional glaze gives the brownies a delightful finish.
Authentic Foods Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
These brownies are moist and cake-like. The mix contains a lot of chocolate chips, which provides a nice contrast and a dark chocolate flavor. This batter tested well with conventional egg replacers.
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix
A surprising gluten-free winner from a gluten-full brand. Not too fudgy and not too cakey. The chocolate chips in the mix are a nice bonus.
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie Mix
One of our editors calls this fudgy mix “like homemade.” It didn’t work well with commercial egg replacers when we tested it.
Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Fudge Brownie Mix
A very cakey brownie with melty-gooey chocolate chips, best served fresh from the oven. Slightly gritty but definitely delicious. This batter tested well with conventional
Giada de Laurentiis for Williams-Sonoma Espresso Gluten-Free Brownie Mix
One of our editors says these brownies are “exquisite” and possibly the best brownies she’s ever had. The package comes with espresso icing that makes a fantastic (though sweet) topping. We used only half and saved the rest for future desserts.
Glutino Gluten-Free Pantry Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
A really dense and fudgy brownie with crispy edges. Works best with eggs and not a commercial egg-replacer, as stated on the packaging.
Krusteaz Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
One of our editors says this mix makes the perfect fudge-like brownies, although very sweet. This batter tested well with conventional egg replacers.
Namaste Foods Gluten Free Brownie Mix
This versatile mix is free from top allergens and works well with both dairy substitutes and egg replacers. It makes more brownies than most other mixes—one 9×13-inch pan or two
8×8-inch pans. These brownies are cakey but still moist and fudgy in the middle.
Pamela’s Products Chocolate Brownie Mix
This brownie earns a “P”—for pretty much perfect. It’s cakey, like the perfect chocolate cake, but with melty chocolate chunks inside. The mix is sweetened with molasses and honey. This batter tested well with conventional egg replacers.
GF Brownie Mix Runners UP
Bella Gluten-Free Chewy Chocolate Brownie Mix
A great fudgy flavor and a good texture with a slightly crispy top.
Better Batter Gluten Free Fudge Brownie Mix
A great brownie with a delicious fudgy center and a mild chocolate flavor.
Best Paleo Brownie Mixes
Boulder Bake Brownie Mix
This unique paleo, grain-free brownie is made with almond flour. You’ll need to add your own sugar and nut or seed butter. This is our favorite paleo brand by far. It worked well with conventional egg replacers.
Sugar-Free Brownie Mixes
One of our readers wrote, “Being diabetic, I am looking for a brownie mix sweetened with stevia.”
We hear you. Readers often ask us about sugar-free products, whether for a medical condition or a diet like keto. Here are a few gluten-free brownie mixes that are free of refined sugar.
Good Dee’s Chocolate Brownie Low Carb Baking Mix
Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetened Brownie Mix
Sans Sucre Gluten Free and Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
Best Ready-Made Packaged Brownies
Want a brownie for a quick snack or lunchbox treat? Check out these grab-and-go gluten-free brownies.
Base Culture Brownies Almond Butter Brownie
Contains eggs, tree nuts.
Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Brownie Bites
Rule Breaker Deep Chocolate Brownies
What About Egg-Free?
Replacing eggs in a packaged brownie mix can be tricky. Sadly, our testing confirmed that making good egg-free brownies from most mixes is disappointing. We made some mixes using conventional egg substitutes, like flax egg and packaged egg replacers. Some worked but many did not. One reader described her attempt as “like tar.” One of our editors said, “I made brownie glue.”
A few mixes called for more elaborate substitutes like tofu and sweet potato. In our testing, we generally avoided substitutes that might impact the flavor of the brownies.
Where To Buy Brownies
Almost 95% of you purchase brownies in your local grocery store, rather than online. But distribution is scattered, and some mixes (like some of our editors’ top choices) may not be stocked in your neighborhood grocery store. If you can’t find a product locally, look online.
Best Brownie Pan
Want crispy edges and a nicely sliced brownie? This 9×13-inch pan has a metal divider that pre-slices brownies as they bake. You can also individualize each brownie square with whatever mix-ins you’d like.
Managing editor Erica Dermer is author of Celiac and the Beast: A Love Story between a Gluten-Free Girl, Her Genes and a Broken Digestive Tract.