Low Carb Brownies Made with Almond Flour – Paleo, Gluten Free & Grain Free!
Sure, most of us know that it’s possible to make healthy brownies. We’ve all seen those black bean brownie recipes with no refined flours, and I’ve even made some fudgy vegan brownies that use prunes as a main ingredient! But, how in the world is it possible to make low carb brownies?! Sounds like an oxymoron!
Well, not anymore. The possibilities for healthy brownie recipes go beyond just carbohydrate-rich black beans and prunes. Instead, these are low carb brownies made with ALMOND FLOUR! Which keeps these keto chocolate brownies gluten free, grain free, and paleo, too!
Almond Flour: The Secret to Low Carb Brownies & Baked Goods
Basically, almond flour is just almonds ground up into almond ‘meal.’ You can find it at many grocery stores today, but it’s also easy and much cheaper to make homemade almond flour! And, because almonds are low in carbs, rich in fiber, and loaded with satiating dietary fats, almond flour is the key to making low carb brownies. Thanks to the almond flour, you get two grams of fiber and NO net carbs in each of these low carb brownies! (I guess, technically, they’re low carb brownie bites…but whatever.)
Because almond flour is a bit denser than traditional flours, it makes these low carb brownies SO satisfying. But, they’ve still got a surprisingly light, airy, and cakey texture thanks to the fluffiness from the eggs! There are more eggs in this recipe than traditional brownie recipes because they’re needed to prevent your low carb brownies from crumbling. Between the eggs and the grass-fed butter, you’re getting even MORE fuel-filled fats! The density of almond flour means most baking recipes that use it for low carb desserts have to be adjusted a bit. Just keep that in mind if you’d like to try your hand at making your own low carb desserts!
Sugar Free Brownies? Can It Be??
If we’re making low carb brownies (or any low carb desserts), we’ve got to cut out the sugar. But, sugar free brownies sound sort of gross… Luckily, there are loads of low carb sweeteners out there that you can use to make keto chocolate brownies. Stevia is a popular no calorie low carb sweetener, but I also like to use erythritol—a natural sugar alcohol that’s low in calories and carbs. I personally think it has less of an aftertaste than stevia which is why I chose it for these low carb brownies, but you can use whichever sweetener you prefer!
Erythritol is about 70% as sweet as sugar, so you may need to adjust the amount to your taste. But, its natural sweetness does the job and makes low carb desserts more doable. Even though these are sugar free brownies, you’d never guess! I like to bake my low carb brownies into brownie bites because I get to enjoy a nice, crispy edge with each treat! But, you can also bake bigger low carb brownies if you prefer. Enjoy the sugar free, grain free, guilt free indulgence!