Delectable Low Carb Brownies

By J Kate

These brownies are rich, very flavorful, and true to the brownie taste we all know and love. The xylitol is crucial for the flavor and texture. I wouldn’t recommend using stevia, but as with all recipes feel free to adjust.

Delectable Low Carb Brownies
  • 3/4 cup granulated xylitol or erythritol

  • 1/4 cup almond meal

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 4 egg whites

  • 1/4 cup applesauce

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Mix xylitol, cocoa powder, almond meal, baking powder, and salt.

  3. Add in egg whites, applesauce, and vanilla extract and stir until completely combined, which may take a few minutes. Make sure there are no pockets of cocoa powder.

  4. Spoon/pour batter into a greased or foil lined 8X8 pan.

  5. Bake in the oven at 350F for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Nutritional Facts

Calories 74
Calories from Fat 40
Total Fat 4.4g
Saturated Fat 1.1g
Sodium 313mg
Total Carbohydrates 9.7g
Dietary Fiber 4.1g
Sugars 2.2g
Protein 4.5g

dessert brownies gluten free dairy free

14 replies

Paula Higgins
Paula Higgins 2017-03-14 19:06:47 -0500 Report

I used erythritol in this and it was gritty, too sweet. After it baked it dried up and fell apart although some of the center was not fully baked. Not a good recipe.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-10-09 23:39:24 -0500 Report

Erythritol is the main ingredient in Truvia™ and is quite expensive. Another alternative sugar alcohol is mannitol, which often used commercially for "sugar-free" baked goods. Also make sure that you use de-fatted, sugar-free, dark cocoa powder (at least 70% chocolate).

Low Carb Liz
Low Carb Liz 2014-08-06 13:10:40 -0500 Report

I'm thinking the applesauce is used instead of oil that's what the 'lowfat' crowd uses. To lower the carbs I would use oil that would make up for the extra carbs you'll get using splenda.

evaziem 2014-06-05 18:10:43 -0500 Report

Xylitol is acceptable.
Almond meal is acceptable.
Why egg substitute? A real egg is good for us.

Anonymous 2014-06-05 05:46:33 -0500 Report

The 3 Tablespoons egg replacer is powdered egg replacer, not liquid egg substitute like Egg Beaters. You could use liquid egg subtitute to equal 4 egg whites.

Rev Dr J
Rev Dr J 2013-10-30 18:44:24 -0500 Report

I haven't tried the recipe yet, but I will soon, it looks easy enough and the ingredients look reasonable. To estherkabbalah from India, I don't know where you are now, but when I lived in India, there were always apples available, and even though apple sauce may not be available, you can make it yourself and it isn't difficult to make. You could get the recipe for applesauce and make up just a small amount, just enough to use for this brownies recipe, and if you have any left over, it is tasty, and very helpful to get medication down that doesn't taste too good. When I had stomach surgery and had to crush medications,it was terrible! But many of them we just folded into a little bit of apple sauce, and this made it easier to get down. Some medicines, even though they aren't crushed, still have a bad taste going down, or a bad after-taste. Applesauce will help with this, if you take it with your medications. Also, regarding sweeteners, you can use any other sweetener that is available to you if xylitol or erythritol are not available. You didn't really say what was available, but I don't use xylitol because it gives me diarrhea, as does sorbitol, and these are the two most common sweeteners in so-called "sugar-free" gums and candies. Both have a tendency to give people diarrhea, especially if they eat too much of it. I am very sensitive to them and can not eat them at all. So I use some of the newer sweeteners that have come on the market that are in powdered form, such as Splenda and Equal, as long as I don't use too much of any of them. Regarding egg replacer, no it is not curd. Commercially, you have to be careful about what grocery stores sell as egg replacer, because it is also egg, it is just made from more of the white of the egg and less of the yellow. If you avoid egg altogether, as I do, you can get a powdered egg replacer, which just required adding a teaspoon or two more fluid into your recipe if you use it, and it is comprised to things such as arrowroot starch, tapioca starch, and things like that, things that will make your recipe hold together. Brown Rice polishings will also act as an egg replacer, but I am not sure where you would get it. I happen to know a woman who also does not eat egg, and she polishes her own rice, and saves the polishings to use as an egg replacer. That is a bit radical for most people's kitchens. The box of powdered egg replacer, which is available in any health food store, is probably your best bet it you are avoiding egg, but if not, then the egg replacer in the grocery, which utilizes primarily the white of the egg and removes the yellow where most of the cholesterol is located, is probably your best bet. I hope that this has been helpful to you. Sat sri akal.

estherkabbalah 2013-08-31 02:18:34 -0500 Report

I'm from India and my mom has diabetes..I love brownies and this recipe sounds fab. But we don't get xylitol here instead of that can I use Sugarfree sweetner which comes in powder form??? And also applesauce is rarely what can be the replacement for it..You also mentioned egg replacer, is it curd??