Chocolate brownies have got to be one the most popular desserts around. If there are brownies at a party or family gathering you can be sure that they will be the first thing to disappear!
Of course, this means that there absolutely has to be a way for those on a ketogenic diet to get their brownie fix.
Luckily for you (and me!) there is no shortage of keto brownie recipes available. And they happen to quite simple and easy to make. In fact – the only difficult part is choosing which recipe to make first.
Tips for making keto chocolate brownies
Do not overbake the brownies. You don’t want dry, crumbly bites of disappointment.
Test the brownies with a toothpick – stick it in the center of the pan. If it comes out moist (but not covered in batter), then the brownies are ready. And if you want extra-fudgy brownies, you can undercook them slightly (but only slightly!), then place in them in the fridge to set.
If you keep your eggs in the fridge, take them out a few hours before you start baking so they get to room temperature. Cold eggs can cause the butter to solidify, which makes the batter thicker and more difficult to spoon and pour.
If you really want to ensure you have the richest flavors and texture, make the batter the night before, pour it in the baking dish, and refrigerate overnight. As with rich foods like curries, letting it sit overnight allows the flavors to mingle. It isn’t necessary though, but does add that ‘something extra’.
A light sprinkle of salt goes a long way. And no – you will not taste it! The function of salt in recipes like chocolate brownies and cakes is to enhance the flavor. It enhances the depth and complexity of the flavor as the ingredients meld together. There is no ‘correct’ amount of salt to add.
Chocolate or cocoa (or cacao)?
There are two ways to get the chocolate element of your keto chocolate brownies. You can use either chocolate melted down, or cocoa powder. Or even raw cacao powder instead of the cocoa.
The benefit of cocoa is that you can control the chocolate and fat ratio. As well as avoid any potential preservatives and other refined ingredients. Cocoa (and your choice of oil/fat) is also a more affordable option that keto-friendly chocolate bars.
When it comes to choosing between cocoa powder or raw cacao powder, you can go either way. Just make sure they are unsweetened, and keep in mind that brownies made with raw cacao powder will be slightly lighter in color, and have a bit of a reddish hue.
Sweeteners and Keto Brownies
Xylitol is recommended as the best sweetener to use for keto chocolate brownies. You’ll get the best result in terms of flavor and texture from using xylitol.
If you choose to use erythritol, make sure it is the powdered version rather than the granulated one. If you only have granulated erythritol, you can use your blender to make it finer.
If you have wondered why powdered erythritol is always recommended over granulated ones, it is because erythritol does not melt the way sugar does, and it can actually re-crystallize when it cools down. For this reason, you will have a smoother texture if you use powdered erythritol.
In terms of brand-name sweeteners, Lakanto and Swerve (the powdered version) work great, though the Swerve has a slight cooling sensation.
In general, it is not recommended to use Stevia for chocolate-based recipes, as the stevia-aftertaste comes out stronger.
Brownies with erythritol tend to cook a little faster than brownies with xylitol, so if you have made your brownies with erythritol, start checking on them 5 minutes sooner than for those with xylitol.
And lastly – if you have any pets around, be extra careful with the xylitol as it is very toxic for them!
Keto Chocolate Brownie Recipes
Satisfy your cravings as well as your macros with these delicious, fudgy, low-carb keto brownies.
Image credit goes to Keto Connect
Coconut flour is known to soak up liquid quite a lot, so getting these brownies to be moist and fudgy was no easy task.
But, when you have a nut allergy and NEED chocolate brownies, you do what you gotta do.
If you don’t finish all of the Keto Brownies in one sitting and they get cool, pop one into microwave for a few seconds before eating to get it warm and fudgy again.
- Calories: 227
- Fats: 23g
- Proteins: 4g
- Net Carbs: 3g
View this recipe on Keto Connect: Keto Brownies
Low Carb Skillet Brownies
Image credit goes to Tasteaholics
I included this recipe purely because I love the idea of eating a brownie made in a pan. I’m even thinking of getting a smaller pan to make ‘personal sized’ brownies.
The macros for the Low Carb Skillet Brownies are based on splitting the skillet brownie up into 4 portions. At 333 calories, it is still a very sizable portion.
Safety note – cast iron retains its heat VERY well, so be sure to use oven mitts the whole time you are handling the skillet. Even if it has been out of the oven for some time, it may still be quite hot.
- Calories: 333
- Fats: 31g
- Proteins: 6g
- Net Carbs: 3g
View this recipe on Tasteaholics: Low Carb Skillet Brownies
Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Cheesecake Brownies
Image credit goes to gnom-gnom
The tangy cream cheese provides a delicious contrast to the sweettenws of the fudgy brownie in these Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Cheesecake Brownies.
The recipe provides for different amounts of xylitol to be added, depending on how keto-adapted you are. If you are early in your keto journey, you may prefer to add a little more xylitol. Make sure to use unsalted butter, as you will be adding half a teaspoon of salt to the batter.
These can last in the fridge for three days, or in the freezer for three months.
- Calories: 155
- Fats: 15g
- Proteins: 4g
- Net Carbs: 1.5g
View this recipe on gnom-gnom: Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Cheesecake Brownies
Fabulously Fudgy Keto Brownies
Image credit goes to Sugar Free Londoner
This simple recipe uses both coca and dark chocolate for a double does of chocolatey goodness.
Make sure to use the best quality dark chocolate you can find for the Fabulously Fudgy Keto Brownies. This recipes uses almost 2 bars of chocolate so you will taste the difference.
- Calories: 192
- Fats: 18.8g
- Proteins: 2.9g
- Net Carbs: 3.2g
View this recipe on Sugar Free Londoner: Fabulously Fudgy Keto Brownies
Keto Brownie Bites
Image credit goes to Ketogasm
If you struggle with portion control (especially when it comes to delicious chocolatey desserts), then these Keto Brownie Bites may be just what you need.
This recipe uses monkfruit sweetener instead of the more popular erythritol or xylitol. If you prefer to use erythritol, keep in the mind the batter will end up being thicker.
- Calories: 69
- Fats: 6g
- Proteins: 2g
- Net Carbs: 1g
View this recipe on Ketogasm: Keto Brownie Bites
Flourless Keto Brownies
Image credit goes to ruled.me
While most keto brownie recipes use almond or coconut flour as a replacement for regular flour, this recipe uses no flour at all!
The Flourless Keto Brownies still end up with a cake-like, fudgy texture though. The key to getting it right is the process of preparing the ingredients.
- Calories: 86.94
- Fats: 8.05g
- Proteins: 2.18g
- Net Carbs: 2.9g
View this recipe on ruled.me: Flourless Keto Brownies