Merlot Wine Brownies
Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

{Gluten & Dairy Free} Merlot & Chocolate Brownies

Friday is here and what better way to celebrate than with Gluten & Dairy Free Merlot and Chocolate Brownies? It’s no secret I am in LOVE with a range of products that I have discovered from Chayah Foods. I have already made a Matcha Blue Smoothie Bowl and Blueberry Moon Milk. There was another product that got my creative juices flowing – their Merlot Flour.

Say what? Merlot Wine Flour?

This flour is real and is perfect in any recipe to add flavour, colour and even nutrition. Its taste is just like a good Merlot – but in powdered form! It is naturally gluten-free as well as alcohol free, but I found that it still gave the brownies a winey taste!


Merlot Wine Flour
Merlot Wine Flour

The Merlot & Chocolate Brownies

I did some research on Merlot Wine Flour and found that while you do not use the flour as a complete substitute, it can be added in as an enhancer to other flours.  Chocolate and Wine already go together like Gin and Tonic – so the flavour is spot on.

All that was left was to get the ratios right – and I made a decision to use a recipe that I’d already created for Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies.

I guessed quantities of the recipe and luckily managed to get it right the first time.🤩 The icing I felt also needed to be wine flavoured, so I used a bottle of merlot  and some icing sugar, playing around until I got the right consistency.

I have to say I am pretty chuffed with the results.

There isn’t a lot of the merlot flour in the blend, but there is enough to give the brownies a winey flavour that is intriguing and delicious.


Who wants a Merlot Brownie?


You can buy your Merlot Flour from Chayah Foods website at a cost of R139 for 40g.  (I do not make anything of the purchase 😁)

I am also running an Chayah Foods giveaway on Instagram if you would like to play around with some of their goodies too.

And now for the Merlot & Chocolate Brownie recipe….

Happy Baking,



Merlot Flour Brownies


Gluten and Dairy Free Merlot Chocolate Brownies

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, Chocolate, Gluten Free, Merlot, merlot flour
Servings: 10
Author: Cat Barker


For the Brownies

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup Caster Sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup very good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 TBS of Merlot Wine Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 21/2 tablespoons coconut oil melted but not hot
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 3 large eggs

For the Merlot frosting:

  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 4 TBS Merlot Wine
  • 1 Tsp Almond Milk


  • Preheat the oven to 175 °C and line a 20cmx20cm pan with baking paper.
  • You need two bowls for this recipe. In one bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the second bowl, stir together the melted coconut oil, vanilla and eggs. Stir until combined.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until combined, ensuring not to overmix
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 16-20 minutes or until the brownies appear set in the middle, with a little bit of a gooey appearance
  • Let the brownies cool completely in the pan and then prepare the frosting.
  • Mix all frosting ingredients together, let cool for about 20 minutes and then pour over the brownies.
  • Place the pan in the refrigerator and chill for 1-2 hours or until the frosting is firm and cut into squares 


If you only have a smaller baking pan, the brownies will be thicker, so just cook them for 5 – 10 minutes longer.
If your icing is too runny, add more icing sugar. If it is too thick, add more wine.


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