Craving CHOCOLATE? Craving SWEET?
Sugar FREE Two Bite Brownies
I used to buy these and eat an ENTIRE CONTAINER in one sitting.
They are heavenly!
They are also DEADLY … and even ONE of them can blow you off track on your Keto or other low-carb diet. If you are diabetic one of these little suckers can have your blood sugar soaring. And … tell the truth, can you STOP at ONE? Not me.
So given that I AM diabetic and strive to maintain a modified Keto diet … I set out to develop a sugar free version.
A two bite brownie from your local grocery will weigh in at:
Calories: 90 PER Brownie
NET Carbs: 11 grams with 7 grams being SUGAR
So you can see that eating an entire carton of 20+ brownies would cause problems! If you are on a strict Keto diet with under 50 carbs per day, just three or four of these will kick you out of ketosis.
My Sugar Free Version (recipe below) weighs in at:
46 Calories PER Brownie
NET Carbs: 4
Now 4 carbs is still a little high if you are on a strict Keto diet … but for the rest of us it is acceptable.
Some notes on the sugar free version.
I use a combination of three sugar substitutes: erythritol, xylitol and pure white stevia. Though both erythritol and xylitol have carbs … they are classified as sugar-alcohols and all carbs are canceled out resulting in a NET carb count of zero. These sugar substitutes don’t raise blood sugar or insulin levels to the extent sugar does.
The High Sweet Sweetener Mix (recipe below) comes close to the sweetness of commercial two-bite brownies. If after you test the recipe and still want it sweeter … add another 1/32 teaspoon to the sweeter recipe. Do NOT add more than that because your brownies might get that bitter sweetener aftertaste which is no fun at all!
HIGH SWEET SWEETENER MIX RECIPE
- Measure everything into a small bowl and stir 10 to 15 times with a big spoon.
- Dump into a high speed blender (bullet, ninja blenders are great). OR you can use a spice mill, but will need to divide the recipe into 2 or 3 batches.
- Buzz the ingredients (in several short bursts) until the consistency is similar to, or a little bit finer than table sugar.
- Store in an air tight glass jar.
Melanie's Sugar-Free Two Bite Brownies
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 1/4 cup High Sweet Sweetener Mix
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp milk (or water)
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder (yes you read that right 1/4)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Cream the butter (can use margarine) and the High Sweet Sweetener Mix together until it gets fluffy.
- Add one egg at a time and mix again. Add 2 teaspoons water or milk and mix again.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix very thoroughly … you have to distribute that 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder throughout the mix.
- Dump the dry mixture into the creamed mix and stir thoroughly. This will be a very thick, very stiff mix.
- Cover and place in refrigerator 30 to 60 minutes. This is actually optional, but makes scooping the dough into the muffin holes a lot easier.
- IF necessary, oil or spray your muffin pan.
- Scoop the dough into the muffin holes.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Near the end of the baking time, check often … if you want slightly “gooey” take the pan out of the oven when the brownies look a bit puffed and firm with just a slight hollow in the middle.
Looking for the perfect time to take your brownies out of the oven is a bit of a learning curve … once you nail it a a few times you will know what to look for. I much prefer to have my brownies a little underdone (gooey) versus over done … and it takes just a minute to get to over done, so watch carefully!
INGREDIENTS AND TOOLS:
Make sure you are using PURE White Stevia powder … NOT the liquid and not the spoon-for-spoon.
Erythritol and Xylitol can be found at health food stores, though the prices may be terrible elevated. They can sometimes be found at grocers in the health food section. I can regularly source them at a BULK Food supplier in my city … BUT the best and easiest is through Amazon.
I’m including Amazon links here (yes affiliate links).
Occasionally I use a no-name brand of Cocoa from a local super store, which is actually pretty good … but it is still more expensive than Scott’s Cakes 1 Pound Dutch Cocoa Powder.