My name is The Hobbit and I’m a chocoholic. It’s been ZERO days since I’ve had chocolate. I love chocolate. I ADORE chocolate. Doesn’t matter if it’s that crappy chocolate that seem more wax than cocoa or the most expensive and decadent chocolate from Europe. Hell, I even like those horrible hollow bunnies that always showed up in my Easter basket next to the Cadbury Eggs. What the hell is up with those anyway?? They don’t really taste awesome, half the time they are distorted into some American Horror Story disfigurement, and when you bite into them? … SORE GUMS!! But, I’d eat those bad boys all day long over a salad :).
One of my favorite chocolate treats are brownies. I frigging love brownies. Not a huge fan of chocolate cake though, but I do like it better than white. What I love about brownies the fudginess, the moistness, the intense chocolate taste that you just don’t get in cake. Plus – FINGER FOOD!! I’ve been frustrated with brownies on keto. It’s hard to find one that is low carb, doesn’t use peanut or almond butter (sorry, that just spoils the taste for me), or isn’t dry and crumbly. I have a brownie recipe I use with caramel and nuts that I enjoy, but the brownie part on its own just isn’t quite right. It’s still kinda too cake-like. The caramel and nuts more than compensate for that and it IS QUITE YUMMY…but it isn’t a simple, lovely, brownie that you can slip into your hand and munch, or top with a scoop of ice cream (low carb, of course) and enjoy like carb-eaters.
While messing around with my pumpkin whoopie recipe, I discovered there was a significant difference between the recipe I started with and what I ended up with. The final product was moist and delicious (if you haven’t tried them yet, you really should). What was the difference? Two things: whey protein and pumpkin. Hmmm. Hobbit, I said, what if you borrowed from that masterpiece? Would it work? Would they taste funny?
Yes, it works 🙂
No, it doesn’t taste funny.
Not at all 🙂
In typical keto brownies, they rely heavily on coconut and almond products. I happen to be a huge fan of both but the downside to both of them is they tend to be rather dry without a large quantity of eggs. Normally, that isn’t too much of an issue (expect for WTH is up with egg prices??) but in brownies, too many eggs makes CAKE. Using pumpkin (in my case…wait for it…you know it’s coming...KABOCHA!) provides the moisture without distorting the taste. NOTE: You could also use pureed zucchini. The whey gives some substance and creaminess without adding carbs. Best of both worlds! Also, any hardcore chocolate baker knows a little coffee brings out the chocolate flavor – usually done with grounds. Not in this one, coffee is an ingredient but it is brewed :).
Actually, this was an accident. I was mixing up the batter and it was still a little too thick for my liking, and as I was reaching for some water to add, I saw my coffee cup :). In goes a bit of my morning pick-me-up, out comes great flavor!
So, are you ready for some brownies (makes 16 1″ brownies)??
- 1 tbsp (9.00 g), coconut flour
- 1/4 cup Baking Cocoa powder
- 4.00 tablespoon, Butter
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 cup (1 scoop (33.6 g), Vanilla whey protein (I used Dymatize Elite Whey)
- 1/2 cup (cooked), Kabocha Squash
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup granulated sweetener (I used stevia)
Pre-heat oven to 350F
Mash up the kabocha until it is free of chunks. Add the butter and mix well with a spoon. NO ELECTRIC MIXER! You don’t want to work this batter too much or it will be a cake, not a brownie (of course, if you WANT a cake, add 3 eggs to this recipe and beat it up good in a mixer – yes, that’s all you need to do :)). Add everything else to the butter\kabocha mixture and stir with a spoon until all the egg and dry are combined. Pour into your brownie pan (8×8 is what I used, don’t judge me on the color, it was a great price!)
and pop into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the brownies don’t jiggle when you gently shake the pan.
Remove and let cool before slicing and removing from the pan. Get your brownie eating on and enjoy!!
Nutritional info (based off my ingredients, check yours!): Calories: 42, Fat: 3g, Protein: 2g, Carbs: 1.5, Fiber: 1, Net Carbs: 0.5
Hey, if you read this and like it, feel free to give me some feedback in the comments. I’d love to hear from everyone on what they think of my ‘creations.’ If you have questions, ask! If you hate them, tell me 🙂. If you do your own tweaks, let me know, I love to learn new things!!