These low carb brownies are just like the ones my mom used to make (with the help of Pillsbury or Betty Crocker). They are the most like a classic box mix brownie. This gluten free keto brownie recipe is SO easy. They are great warm, in between cakey and fudgy, and rich with chocolate. There are also only 2 net carbs in each brownie in this low carb brownie recipe!
It's been a long time since I've had a guest post so when I saw Hannah's Low Carb Brownie recipe going viral in the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook group I asked her if I could share it here on Joy Filled Eats. I was thrilled when she said yes! My sweet tooth was also thrilled. There are never too many easy low carb brownies and although this is similar to my Fudgiest Fudge Brownies it is different enough to warrant its own spot on my blog.
Hannah's recipe uses cocoa powder as the base whereas my recipe uses melted baking chocolate. That makes her gluten-free brownie recipe more economical if you are on a tight budget.
Hannah's Fabulous Brownies
Hannah: I created this recipe after trying 8 to 10 other sugar-free, low carb brownie recipes that I just didn't personally enjoy. I really love brownies and I would rather go without than eat something that doesn't even have a semblance of that "real" brownie taste and texture.
My husband has laughed at me as I've been disappointed after trying so many recipes that people said tasted JUST LIKE _____, and I've worried that these people either haven't tasted the real thing in too long or are unashamed liars! I absolutely love these brownies and I am so excited to be able to enjoy them happy knowing they are not bad for my health!
Almond Flour - I prefer almond flour in low carb baking. It has a mild flavor and gives a tender crumb in cakes, cookies, and biscuits.
Coconut Flour - Just a little bit of coconut flour goes a long way. Coconut flour helps to balance the oiliness of almond flour since it is naturally drier and absorbs more liquid than other alternative flours.
Sugar-Free Sweetener - I like to use a blend of xylitol, erythritol, and stevia in my recipes. You can purchase this pre-mixed from the Trim Healthy Mama website or mix your own according to my recipe. By using a combination of sugar alcohols and stevia you can use half the amount required of 1:1 sweeteners and regular sugar. If you can't use xylitol with pets in the house sub in allulose or additional erythritol.
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder or Cacao Powder - I'm currently using raw cacao powder which can be used for cocoa powder. Costco has Navitas Cacao Powder for a good price. I like the flavor in my baked goods.
Vanilla - Vanilla extracts is a standard in any baked good. It brings out the flavor of the other ingredients in the same way a pinch of salt does.
Coconut Oil - I use refined coconut oil in recipes that I don't want to have a coconut flavor.
Sugar Free Chocolate Chips - You can use any sugar free chips you enjoy. ChocZero now has white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in addition to dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Save 10% with code 'joyfilledeats'
How to make Low Carb Brownies
It is easier to make low carb keto brownies than you think! All you need is a medium sized bowl and a whisk or wooden spoon.
First Step: Mix together the liquid ingredients.
Expert Tip: The most important thing when making these is to use room temperature eggs and melted coconut oil. If your eggs are cold they can make the coconut oil solidify when you are mixing.
Second Step: Add the dry ingredients. Spread in an 8 by 8 inch baking dish that has been greased or lined with parchment paper.
Third Step: Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the brownie batter.
Fourth Step: Bake. These are cakey right from the oven and get fudgier and fudgier as they cool.
Are these fudgy or cakey?
These are very similar in texture to box mix brownies. To me, these are the most similar to box brownies than any other keto brownies I've tried. Using cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate really makes them taste like the good ole' family-sized fudgy brownies from a mix.
They are unbelievably delicious but a little cakey when they are still hot from the oven. They do become fudgier when cooled. My preferred method of eating these is to chill them overnight and then warm up individual squares. This is the way to get fudgy keto brownies!
Can I use a baking mix for low carb brownies?
No. Baking blends really do NOT work here. It needs to be this specific combo of almond and coconut flours to get that almost real brownie taste and texture!
What sugar-free sweetener can I use for Low Carb Brownies?
This recipe is very versatile. You can use erythritol, xylitol, THM Gentle Sweet, THM Super Sweet, or a blend of erythritol and monk fruit sweetener like Lakanto.
I always use my sweetener blend of xylitol, erythritol, and stevia in my keto diet recipes except for times a powdered sweetener works better, like in icings.
Can I use butter instead of coconut oil?
Yup! If you prefer butter works fine in this recipe and any of my other keto brownie recipes that call for coconut oil. I use salted butter and melt it first.
More Ideas & Variations
There are so many choices for my low carb brownie recipe. Here are a few of my favorites:
Sugar Free Whipped Cream - whip up some cream, add a little powdered sweetener and use to top this keto brownies recipe.
Keto Cream Cheese Frosting - make this into a low carb chocolate brownie cake by baking in a round pan and piping on some creamy icing!
ChocZero Peanut Butter or White Chocolate Chips - sub in a sugar free chip in a unique flavor.
Ice Cream - who can resist a brownie sundae. I love these with my low carb keto coffee ice cream .
Peppermint - around Christmas I just love mint chocolate. Add 2 teaspoons of mint extract to turn these into peppermint brownies.
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- ½ cup coconut oil melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup warm water
- ⅓ c cocoa powder
- ¾ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
Preheat oven to 350.
Start by whisking the room temperature eggs and then the melted coconut oil and vanilla together with the warm water, this will prevent an undesirable texture from the coconut oil resolidifying during the mixing process.
Once the wet ingredients are all stirred together, add the cocoa powder, sweetener, salt, almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder.
Whisk together and spread into a greased or parchment-lined 8x8 pan.
Lastly, sprinkle the chocolate chips on the brownies and bake 20-30 min. The time on these seems to vary quite a bit.
Originally Published November 10, 2016. Revised and Republished July 29, 2021.