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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Low Carb Brownies


Ingredients

2 oz bitter chocolate (I used 86% cacao dark chocolate)
1 stick butter
1 cup granular artificial sweetener (I used Stevia)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/4 cup almond meal/flour (I used hazelnut flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional--1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans 


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 and butter an 8x8 baking pan. 
2. Melt the chocolate and the butter together in a saucepan or microwave. 
3. Use an electric mixer to beat in the your granular sweetener and then add in the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract and then add the almond flour and salt. Stir in the nuts if using. 
4. Pour brownie mixture into pan and bake 20-25 min. Let cool in pan and cut into squares
Yields about 16 squares at 2 net carbs per brownie if you use the recipes recommended almond meal. 
I also added a simple cream cheese frosting, which will up the carb count a bit, but not by much. A gentle reminder... I don't count carbs so no I don't know the exact carb count on this addition to the brownies. I make cream cheese frosting quite often, and it always depends on what goes in it, but it's a very low carb way to make frosting for quite a lot of deserts...
Simply soften your cream cheese and add your own low carb ingredient preferences. I used a bit of melted 86% cacao dark chocolate, some sugar free hazelnut syrup, and 1 packet of granular Stevia (2 teaspoons). Mix well and spread it on. 

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