Hey, you! Yes, you!
I’ve got you a present…
Have you checked out my Pinterest It Comes Naturally board??
I came across these amazing brownies on Pinterest.
I came across Foodie Fiasco’s Amazing low carb brownies. Claiming to be less than 300 calories per tray, I had to check it out!
The trick is hat Kelly used xylitol. It just happened that I had some in the back of my cupboard that I hadn’t opened yet.
Sarah Wilson called xylitol “one of the few safe alcohol sugars”.
It is made from birch trees and has a number of healthy benefits:
- it is good for the teeth as it reduces bacterial growth and cavities.
- it is good those with diabetes.
- it received the highest and safest acceptable daily intake rating in a study in 1986.
- it has 40% less calories than sugar.
I don’t think it tastes quite like sugar, but it makes a change, and can be considered a ‘natural’ ingredient.
Low carb, gluten free, healthy chocolate brownie
- 150g granulated xylitol
- 55g ground almonds
- 40g raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 120ml egg white – or 3 tbsp ground linseed (flaxseed) made up with 12 tbsp water
- 1 small or 75g mashed banana
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and combine
- Pour into a prepared baking tin
- Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until the cake has set, and is solid to the touch. The slice looks darker because I had to put it back in the oven because it wasn’t quite cooked through. While I like a gooey brownie, I don’t want it to be runny!
So how did it measure up on the calorie stakes?
Well, for about 1000 calories for the recipe, I’m not sure where I went wrong! Nutritional information for the recipe according to MyFitnessPal:
Calories: 996Carbs: 196g
But if you chop it into 10 squares, it’s only 100 calories a slice and less than 20g carbs and approx 1.3g sugars, so not bad 🙂