One of the hardest things to give up when following a ketogenic or low carb diet is chocolate sweets. No more worries! This is the best and easiest fudgy keto brownies recipe you'll ever make. With regular ingredients you may already have in your pantry, this is a simple option to make. Grab some almond flour, cocoa, and your favorite sugar substitute to create a delicious treat that is rich, fudgy, and a perfect snack!
Fudgy Keto Brownies
Whether you are here for a low carbohydrate dessert, or want a fudgy brownie that is also gluten-free, this recipe is sure to please. Unlike many keto treats, this one has a more traditional flavor to brownies and truly feels, looks, and tastes nearly identical to a regular brownie.
If you don't need keto or gluten free, you might like this recipe for triple chocolate fudgy brownies. It's another simple choice that has three different chocolates and nuts for texture. It's a hit with the non-keto crowd and a great choice to share.
What Flour Do I Use to Make Low Carb Brownies?
There are many options on the market that are low-carb and work well in baking. The most popular options for low-carb baking include almond flour, coconut flour, sunflower seed meal, flax meal, and psyllium husk. All of these flours have unique uses and can be handy in your kitchen should you be following the keto diet. What you use will depend upon the recipe and your own preferences.
For this keto brownie, I prefer using almond flour. It gives the best overall flavor and texture while not requiring a lot of extra ingredients to create the same result. It's also fairly affordable and readily available in most grocery stores and markets. My favorite brand is Bob's Red Mill, but you another close favorite is Blue Diamond almond flour.
Can I Make Keto Brownies with Walnuts?
You can definitely make these brownies with walnuts. Walnuts, pecans, and peanuts are common additions to the keto brownie. They are low in carbs, high in protein, and add a great bit of texture to the chocolate treat. If you want more texture and chocolate, you can also mix in some sugar-free chocolate chips. I prefer using Lily's sugar-free chocolate chips in baking keto dishes.
What is the Best Sugar Substitute for Baking?
When baking with sugar substitutes, there are tons of options on the market. We've all seen the blue, pink, and yellow packets for use in coffee and tea, but those aren't made for baking. Specifically, you want to look for a product that bakes well and is easy to measure in close portions to what you might use with traditional sugars.
For most baking, I prefer using Truvia Sweet Complete. It is easy to find in my grocery store and it doesn't have an overpoweringly noticeable "sugar free" taste. It is also ideal since it is a 1:1 baking blend. Others prefer using monkfruit sweetener by Lankanto or Splenda Naturals Monk Fruit sweetener. Whatever you choose to use, make sure it is truly sugar-free and keto-friendly.
How Many Carbs are In Keto Almond Flour Brownies?
This recipe as written calculates to 2 grams net carbohydrates per serving. That measurement is when using Truvia Sweet Complete, almond flour, and unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder. An 8"x8" pan makes a sizable brownie serving with 9 servings per pan. So, unlike many low-carb recipes, this is a great choice for a satisfying treat with truly low carbs.
Remember, net carbs are calculated by looking at the carbohydrate, fiber, and sugar alcohols in a recipe. So, the basic carbohydrate count shown on nutritional information is not entirely accurate for a net carb total used within a keto diet plan.
Are These Brownies Also Gluten Free?
This recipe is naturally gluten-free. That said, if you have severe gluten issues, I highly recommend verifying every ingredient is certified gluten-free and made in a facility that is gluten-free. Cross-contamination is no joke and can happen, even with naturally gluten-free items.
- Unsweetened cocoa
- Baking soda
- Coconut oil
- Truvia Sweet Complete
- Almond flour
How to Make Perfect Keto Brownies
Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare an 8"x8" pan with non-stick cooking spray or coconut oil.
Using a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the coconut oil in 30-second increments, until just liquid, then set aside.
Bring water to a boil.
In a large bowl, whisk the cocoa powder and baking soda together.
To the cocoa, add half of the melted coconut oil and the boiling water then mix until blended.
Add the remaining coconut oil, Truvia, and eggs and stir to combine.
When combined, fold in the almond flour, vanilla, and salt until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, then bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before slicing for best results.
These brownies will be thick and fudgy.
More Low-Carb Recipes to Try
What is considered low carb and keto friendly may be slightly different to each person, so make sure you verify ingredients fit your diet plan. Below are some more of my favorite keto-friendly recipes that can easily fit into your diet plan. Enjoy these dishes to create a tasty meal plan that fits your dietary needs with ease.
- Crispy Baked Zucchini Chips Snack Recipe
- Garlic Parmesan Sauteed Zucchini
- Low Carb Keto Alfredo Zoodles
- The Best Keto Bread Recipe
- Low Carb Keto Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
- Keto 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
For a richer flavor in most baked goods, I prefer using vanilla bean powder instead of vanilla extract. It's a great substitute that works well in recipes like this one for adding more flavor.
- ¾ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅔ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup boiling water
- 1 cup Truvia Sweet Complete
- 2 eggs
- 1 ⅓ cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare an 8"x8" pan with non-stick cooking spray or coconut oil.
- Using a small microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil in 30-second increments, until just liquid, then set aside.
- Bring water to a boil.
- In a large bowl, whisk the cocoa powder and baking soda together.
- To the cocoa, add half of the melted coconut oil and the boiling water then mix until blended.
- Add the remaining coconut oil, Truvia, and eggs and stir to combine.
- When combined, fold in the almond flour, vanilla, and salt until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan, then bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- These brownies will be thick and fudgy.
Mix in chopped walnuts, pecans, or even sugar-free chocolate chips for added texture.
Net Carbs: 2 gm per brownie when dividing whole batch into 9 pieces
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 23gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 6gSugar: 1gSugar Alcohols: 15gProtein: 6g
Net Carbs: 2 gm