In my mind, the perfect fudgy keto brownies are gooey moist and have a bit of chew to them. They should have a depth of flavor that's so intense that you eat it in small bites and let the full flavor bloom in your mouth. I'm dreaming of these drizzled with a keto caramel sauce or with keto whipped cream. Mmmmm.
Unfortuately, this was easier imagined than realized. After TEN batch's–I finally created the almost perfect Keto brownie. I say almost because I discovered that I don't tolerate Xylitol very well.
So, if you tolerate xylitol well, this is the perfect fudgy keto brownie recipe. For the rest of us, I'm still working on the perfect keto brownies without xylitol. It will happen!
Only 3 Net Carbs
These gooey fudgy keto brownies boast only 3 net carbs and 6 total carbs! The other 3 carbs come from the healthy fiber in these brownies. So, these fit right into your keto lifestyle.
We like to have a batch made up, cut into small squares and frozen in the freezer. When we are craving chocolate or a sweet treat we can simply remove one, allow it to thaw and savor the fudgy gooey goodness while still remaining compliant to our ketogenic diet.
Fudgy Keto Brownies Techniques
Using A Food Processor
You can save time and energy by making these in your food processor. I find this makes melting the chocolate a breeze. However, you can use the same technique with a mixer. The idea is to combine the unsweetened chocolate that's been chopped thin with the hot water so that it melts easily. Plus, the hot water activates the cacao powder and espresso powder which provides more fudgy depth of flavor.
Temper The Eggs
Make sure your mixture isn't too hot when you add the eggs or your eggs could cook. If you're worried your mixture is too hot (if it's steaming then it is too hot). Simply keep the food processor running and add the eggs one at a time through the top.
Yet another strategy is to wait ten minutes for the chocolate to cool down a bit. However, don't wait too long or the chocolate may harden.
The Easiest Way to Finely Chop Chocolate
I have discovered that the best way to finely chop chocolate is actually with a stiff, serrated knife. The serrated edge prevents the knife from slipping off the chocolate bar.
Actually, the best knife in our kitchen for this job was our Cutco Cheese knife! It's shown in the video and works perfectly! Check out the video for a demonstration on how to finely chop your chocolate.
Substitutions For Fudgy Keto Brownies
Why Xylitol? Can't I Substitute?
Xylitol behaves a lot like sugar does when baking. It's a sugar alcohol and not a artificial sweetener.
Unfortunately, at the time of publishing this recipe, I haven't been able to find a substitution. All of my test batch's of brownies using other sugar substitutes have failed.
I avoid artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and Aspartame–so I haven't tried these. The good news is that I have a list of 3-4 natural sweeteners that don't contain carbohydrates to try. Stay tuned for updates!
If you're willing to help me out by experimenting. Try this recipe with either 100% Bocha Sweet or Erythritol and let me know your results. In the meantime, we're working on eating the last ten batches of experiments 😉
Ingredients for Fudgy Keto Brownies
Here's a few ingredients you'll need to make these fudgy keto brownies:
- My new favorite cocoa powder
- Espresso Powder
- Acacia Fiber Powder
- Madagascar Pure Vanilla
- Xylitol (make sure you get xylitol NOT made from corn)
**If you can’t tolerate Xylitol or prefer not to use it– you can substitute with Bocha Sweet
- Monk Fruit Sweetener
- Sweetleaf Vanilla Stevia Drops
- Almond Flour (Superfine)
- Coconut Flour
Espresso Powder in Fudgy Keto Brownies
You might be wondering about the Espresso Powder used in these brownies. Well, this is a baking trick to get the rich depth of flavor we so crave in a gooey fudgey keto brownie. You could omit it… but why would you?
Tutorial Video: Fudgy Keto Brownies
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Fudgy Keto Brownies (3 Net Carbs)
- 1/3 Cup Cacao Powder 1oz
- 2 Oz Unsweetened Dark Chocolate chopped thin
- 2/3 Cup Boiling Water
- 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
- 3 Tbs Unsalted Butter ghee or coconut oil
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 Egg Yolks
- 1 Tbsp Espresso Powder
- 1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Xylitol Substituting will NOT work
- 1/3 Cup Monk Fruit Sweetener
- 20 Drops Liquid Stevia
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 3/4 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tbsp Acacia Fiber Powder
- 3/4 Cup Almond Flour 84 g
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Flour 36 g
- In the bowl of a food processor combine: 1/3 cup (1oz) cacao powder, 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped thin, 2/3 cup boiling water
- Blend–make sure all the chocolate melted
- Then add: 1/3 cup Olive Oil, 3 Tbs unsalted butter, ghee or coconut oil
- Blend, then add: 2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
- Blend for 10-15 seconds. Then add: 1 c xylitol (Substituting will NOT work), 1/3 c monk fruit sweetener, 20 drops stevia
- Blend, then add: 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, 3/4 tsp salt, 1 tbsp Acacia Fiber Powder, 3/4 cup (84 g) almond flour, 1/4 cup (36 g) coconut flour
- Blend for approximately 2 minutes until the brownie batter is combined and smooth.
- Pour into a greased 9×13 pan for thinner brownies or use a 9×9 or 8×8 pan for thick brownies. 9×13 pan will take 20 minutes to bake. 9×9 will take 35 minutes. 8×8 will take 30 minutes