Holy cow, these are the fudgiest, chocolatiest, most delicious brownies (let alone keto brownies) I’ve ever tasted in my lifeee!
Seriously! Before recipe testing, I didn’t think it was possible for keto brownies to be as delicious as the sugar and carb-filled kind — but lemme tell you, you won’t even know this recipe is low carb! and doesn’t use traditional flour or sugar.
And you’ll probably have to hide these keto brownies from yourself, just as you do with a traditional recipe.
How to Make Keto Brownies
I assumed making brownies from scratch would be hard, since there are so many mixes for sale! But my friends, these easy to make keto brownies can be thrown together in less that 15 minutes (minus the bake time).
All that’s required in some melting and stirring…
First, you’ll want to prep a double boiler.
If you own one, awesome! If not, a heat safe bowl nuzzled into a pot of boiling water will do.
Toss your unsweetened baking chocolate and butter into the bowl — we want to melt and fully combine these ingredients.
Alternatively, you can use a microwave to melt these keto brownies ingredients together (I don’t like this method as I tend to burn the chocolate!) — try using 30 second intervals.
Toss the erythritol in.
Erythritol is my favorite of the keto sweeteners, so of course I wanted to use it in these keto brownies! Dissolving it in our chocolate and butter does two things:
- Sometimes, erythritol has a cooling sensation, similar to eating a mint — dissolving it in liquids helps minimize this.
- It also helps to combine the sugar and chocolate for a consistent sweetness throughout our keto brownies.
These keto brownies call for granular erythritol. Originally I worked up this recipe using confectioners, however I know granular is easier to find, and I couldn’t taste a difference, so granular it is!
Alternatively, you can try keto brownies made with stevia. Personally, I find stevia to be bitter and didn’t love how it tasted in these keto brownies — which sweetener do you prefer?
Coffee and Salt May Seem Weird, But Trust Me…
Believe it or not, both coffee and salt help bring out the chocolatey-ness of these otherwise typically keto brownies — or any low carb chocolate recipe for that matter! Ina Garten swears by it, and if it’s good enough for her, then it’s good enough for our keto brownies!
With both these ingredients, you want to use only enough to enhance the flavor, but not so much that you actually taste them!
My Mom suggests using caffeine free coffee (she’s uber sensitive to caffeine) — I think the more caffeine the better, use whichever you prefer.
Keep a careful eye on these keto brownies, as due to their color, you can’t tell if the top is getting too brown! Place a clean knife in the center to check the doneness.
I know some of you are wondering, so I wanted to share that I haven’t baked these as keto brownies mug in a microwave — if you give it a try, let us know in the comments below!
The Secret To FUDGY Low Carb Brownies
A loooooot of recipe testing and research went into these low carb brownies to get their texture just right (which I certainly didn’t mind, more keto brownies taste testing for me :)). I wanted to make them as fudgy as possible — no cakey brownies are coming from this kitchen!
Want to know the secret to achieving the ultimate fudgy keto brownies?
Add more fat than dry ingredients — it’s that simple (great news for us on a low carb meal plan!). Which is why these keto brownies call for an entire stick of butter and 4 ounces of baking chocolate (which is full of cocoa butter, i.e. FAT)!
How To Make Cakey Sugar Free Brownies
If you’re looking for cakey sugar free brownies, you’ll simply want to swap some of the unsweetened baking chocolate with more cocoa powder.
As I mentioned above, baking chocolate is full of fat, while cocoa powder is much higher in carbohydrates than fat, making it more similar to “flour” in this keto brownies recipe.
Keto Brownies Mix Ins
These keto brownies are super delicious on their own, but I think all brownie recipe benefit from a crunchy addition. Here are some of the mix ins I like to add:
- Low carb nuts: walnuts, pecans and peanuts are delicious!
- Low carb dark chocolate: Use some homemade sugar free chocolate chips or sugar free white chocolate if you have them laying around. Or, stir in some Lily’s Chocolate Chips.
- Unsweetened coconut flakes.
What about making a peanut butter frosting for some keto peanut butter brownies?
Or Try Avocado Brownies Keto!
Another way to achieve maximum fudginess in keto brownies is to swap the butter with avocado! Believe it or not, avocado brownies keto are pretty freggin’ delicious, plus, they add some unexpected fiber these treats!
Check back soon for my take on keto brownies avocado!
Keto Brownie Recipe
Hope you guys LOVE this keto brownie recipe as much as I do! Let me know what you think in the comments below — did you add any mix ins to you keto brownies? Happy baking!
Low Carb Brownies
- Preheat to 350 F and prepare the oven so the rack is on the lower 3rd of the oven.
- Prepare an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a double boiler combine butter and baking chocolate. Melt and stir to combine ingredients.
- Add erythritol, salt, coffee, and xanthan gum. Use a rubber spatula to stir until the chocolate mixture has absorbed the dry ingredients.
- Remove from heat and add the eggs, combine using an electric mixer.
- Mix in almond flour and cocoa powder.
- Pour batter into prepared dish, and use a rubber spatula to smooth out the top.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.