I would like to introduce all of you to someone who has become a dear friend recently – his name is Joshua Weissman and he is the man behind the acclaimed food blog Slim Palate. Joshua and I met through Instagram a few months ago, but I actually already knew of Joshua before he came across my profile on Instagram. See, I came across Joshua years ago, as he was writing his cookbook while he was still in high school. I was immediately drawn to his photography and had so much respect for how hard he was working for his goals at such a young age. What I did not realize at that time, was just how much we actually shared in common then and ultimately, that our paths would cross years later. Joshua and I went through similar phases with our relationships with food, so his honesty in sharing his story of how he healed really resounds with me. What I find to be so incredible is that both of our journeys have led us to the same food beliefs, that a truly healthy way of living has so much more to do than just with the food you put in your mouth. 

I am so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to guest post for Bella! I love being able to collaborate with people who care about food like I do. Food isn’t just something that nourishes the body, but it is something that nourishes your mind, your emotions, your being. It’s something that often times, transforms our lives in some way or another.

Food has certainly transformed my life in many aspects. The first encounter being that I lost more than 100 pounds at age 16 and then published my first cookbook at 17. I understand that it was a fantastic achievement but I was very rigid during this time period. I never shamed people but I was very hard on myself. I think that I was mentally shaken still by the trauma caused by people who harassed me physically and emotionally when I was overweight. This took me to a place where everything needed to be as paleo as it could get.

I ended up dipping way too low on the weight spectrum for my height (entirely unintended). This put me in a bad spot for many reasons. After a trip to Europe, a lot of my mindset changed very quickly about food and the paleo and “gluten-free” community. That being that there was/is a lot of immense dogmatic, body dysmorphic, and orthorexic behavior going on in that realm. Following that, I gained about 70 pounds of necessary and good mass plus a lot of strength. I finally felt at peace with food, eating plenty of gluten when I wanted it. Baking my own sourdough bread, eating things that I was well aware contained gluten. It was a really important learning piece for me. That being, that you will not die if you eat gluten and do not have celiac disease. Of course, I still care about the food that goes into my mouth, I just don’t make a religion out of it anymore. I don’t need cheat days, I don’t need gluten free pancakes, and I don’t need to be stressed about any of those things. For credibility sake, I have kept the weight off for over 5 years now (which is about a quarter of my life).

gluten-free brownie cookies

That’s where this super sweet treat comes in. Sort of a symbol of letting go of the dogma and accepting real food for what it is. Ironically this recipe ended up gluten free but not by intention. I actually just liked the texture of the cookie without flour. It ended up much more chewy and exciting to eat. Either way, thank you all so much for taking the time to read this. Take a few minutes this week or weekend and bake some of these mind-blowingly easy to make gluten free brownie cookies! These really are throw-together cookies that likely contain ingredients that you already have lying around the house. Either way, thank you again for having me Bella. Hope to see you and everyone here again soon!

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gluten free brownie cookies

Thank you so much, Joshua, for sharing your story and these delectable gluten free brownie cookies! I think these are the perfect treat to make my dad for Father’s Day (he is a total cookie monster!) To follow Joshua you can check him out at his site Slim Palate, on Facebook & on Instagram @joshuaweissman


Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8-12 cookies


  • 2 ¾ cup (344g) powdered sugar (or substitute powdered maple sugar)
  • 2 egg whites (2 egg whites weigh approx. 80g)
  • 1 whole egg (weighs approx. 60g)
  • ¾ cup (90g)cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch (or substitue 2 tsp arrowroot starch)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 oz roughly chopped dark chocolate


  • Preheat your oven to 360 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • In a medium bowl add your powdered sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Add in the egg whites and whole egg - whisk until thoroughly incorporated and no lumps remain.
  • Fold in the chopped chocolate (the dough should be a bit liquid in texture)
  • Scoop the cookie “dough” onto the parchment lined baking sheet or sheets giving them enough room to spread slightly
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are shiny and are beginning to crackle.
  • Pull from the oven and let cool slightly until you can remove them without breaking them.(You can loosen them from the parchment if they stick by using a spatula to carefully loosen them from the paper)
  • Once they’ve cooled slightly, let them finish cooling on a wire rack until they are almost completely cooled.
  • Enjoy immediately and within a day of baking for best taste and texture.

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  • Kate June 15, 2017, 1:32 pm

    AH! I’ve tried these! These are so so good!

    • bella | ful-filled June 15, 2017, 3:13 pm

      YAY! I cannot wait to make a batch!

  • Christiann Koepke June 15, 2017, 2:43 pm

    wow this looks so good!! certainly cannot go wrong with chocolate cookies :) – CK

    • bella | ful-filled June 15, 2017, 3:13 pm

      exactly! I totally agree!

  • kimberley hasselbrink June 15, 2017, 3:37 pm

    My kind of cookie. Glad to hear your food journey is evolving; I don’t think it ever stops. ;)

    • bella | ful-filled June 15, 2017, 9:17 pm

      Me too Kimberley! And yes, I totally agree!

  • Sunny June 15, 2017, 4:51 pm

    These look amazing but I think I’m missing something. In the ingredients it lists cocoa powder and rough chopped dark chocolate but in the directions it lists mixing cocoa powder both with the dry and the wet ingredients????? Confused. Thanks.

    • bella | ful-filled June 15, 2017, 9:17 pm

      Hi Sunny! So sorry about that typo! Joshua sent me the corrections to the recipe instructions and it is all updated now! Happy baking!

  • Timothy June 16, 2017, 4:13 am

    Love this post! Looks lovely.

    • bella | ful-filled June 16, 2017, 8:09 am

      Thank you Timothy! Joshua is an inspiration for sure!

  • michelle @ hummingbird high June 16, 2017, 8:45 am

    Joshua’s story is so inspiring, and i love that he walked away from the whole experience with a healthy attitude towards food. these cookies look AMAZING too. xo

    • bella | ful-filled June 17, 2017, 10:07 am

      I totally agree Michelle and yes, these cookies are a part of my weekend plan for sure!

  • Joshua Weissman June 16, 2017, 8:52 am

    Wow this recipe looks so delicious and amazing! I bet someone really handsome came up with this recipe. Joking. So happy to be contribution to your beautiful blog!!! <3

    • Joshua Weissman June 16, 2017, 8:56 am


    • bella | ful-filled June 17, 2017, 10:07 am

      hahahahaha! you are too much Joshua! Thank you so much for partnering with me for this! It has been an honor to have you here!

  • Mark June 16, 2017, 10:36 am

    Can’t wait to try these. Any suggestions for a substitute for the powdered sugar? Perhaps a wet sweetener like honey or maple syrup? I realize this changes the wet/dry mixture. Just curious.

    • bella | ful-filled June 17, 2017, 10:06 am

      I can definitely recommend powdered maple sugar as it works very well as a substitute for powdered cane sugar Mark :) happy baking!

  • Miriam June 16, 2017, 11:25 am

    Can coconut sugar, run through a coffee grinder, be substituted for the powedered sugar here?

    • bella | ful-filled June 17, 2017, 10:05 am

      I have never tried making my own powdered coconut sugar, but I have used powdered maple sugar with success in various recipes that call for powdered sugar Miriam. But if you try making powdered coconut sugar for this recipe, please let us know how it works out!

  • Haley | Brewing Happiness June 18, 2017, 8:15 am

    Does it get any better than combining brownies and cookies???? NOPE.xo

    • bella | ful-filled August 6, 2017, 8:05 am

      I’m with you on!

  • Natalia June 19, 2017, 7:06 am

    OMG, I forgot when was the last time I saw chocolate cookies looking so addictive!!!

    • bella | ful-filled August 6, 2017, 8:04 am

      Haha! I know, right!?

  • Niko June 22, 2017, 11:29 am

    WHOA!! what have you done to me?!?!?

  • Niko June 22, 2017, 11:30 am

    These look SO freakin good!!
    Now i can eat NO other dessert until we make this!!

  • Niko June 22, 2017, 11:32 am

    eating these TONIGHT, btw., period. NO if’s, and’s, or but’s…SO EXCITED!! thank you for sharing bella!!

  • Miranda Mucklow June 25, 2017, 2:11 pm

    I just made these and i think i must have done something wrong. I mixed all the dry ingredients. And then mixed in egg and vanilla. But my batter was not wet like directions say it will be. And my cookies came out very thick and cake like not flat like the ones pictures. Help!!!

    • bella | ful-filled June 27, 2017, 9:15 am

      Hmmmm…its hard to say what may have gone wrong Miranda…I am thinking that perhaps your eggs were not large enough? Since eggs are the only liquid, maybe you could have added an extra egg white? Also, when you measured your powdered sugar did you use a spoon to fill the measuring cup or did you scoop directly into the bag? Using a spoon is a more accurate way to measure, this way the sugar does not pack into the cup and actually end up being too much for the recipe…I hope this helps!

      • Andrea August 28, 2017, 2:12 am

        Weight in ounces or grams would have been great.

        • bella | ful-filled August 31, 2017, 8:43 am

          Hi Andrea! That is a great idea! I will update the recipe to have weighted measurements!

  • Laura August 6, 2017, 7:11 am

    Hi I’m just wondering are these a healthy option I’m trying to eat healthy and I’m craving something so sweet and these look sooo tasty can someone help me out here please. Thanks

  • Mia Kouppa August 18, 2017, 8:02 pm

    All I can say is…oh my! I am definitely going to make these for a co-worker who has celiac disease, but I will make a few test batches before I bring them to her…you know, just in case :)

    • bella | ful-filled August 19, 2017, 9:52 pm

      hahaha! but of course ;)

  • Allegra Cerreti November 15, 2017, 3:23 am

    I made these cookies for a chocolate-themed bake sale and they sold out within minutes. I actually felt bad that I hadn’t made enough.

    • bella | ful-filled November 20, 2017, 11:01 pm

      That is great news! So happy they were a hit!

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