Easy Keto Brownies Recipe – Fudgy Low Carb Brownies

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This easy Keto Brownies Recipe is super delicious and fudgy. These decadent treats are made with low-carb ingredients like coconut flour and a sugar-free sweetener instead of traditional flour and sugar, which means you can totally indulge in a sweet dessert without throwing your diet off track!

image of finished brownies arranged on top of each other

When I first started eating keto, I was super excited that I could eat sugar-free treats. I started researching and experimenting with some keto dessert recipes and realized you could totally have sweet treats with a few minor modifications! These keto brownies are some of my absolute favorite low-carb desserts.

It took a bit of experimenting because of how tricky keto-friendly flours can be. My first few batches were super dry, and my kids were not fans, so I was about to give up. But I finally found the perfect balance that is super moist and chocolatey! You’ll love how easy these brownies are to make, even if you aren’t a baker, and I can’t rave enough about how delicious these brownies taste. I love the added Lily’s sugar-free chocolate chips; I think they give these keto brownies a fun and unique texture, which also makes it feel like I’m able to enjoy something super delectable!

Ingredients For Keto Brownies Recipe

Eggs: These help keep the brownies moist and hold everything together.
Butter: Gives that yummy, buttery taste to the mix.
Heavy Whipping Cream: Makes the brownies creamy and extra delicious.
Lakanto Monkfruit (Golden and Powdered): Sweetens things up without using sugar.
Cocoa Powder: Gives that deep, chocolate flavor I crave.
Coconut Flour: What adds structure and texture to the brownies.
Baking Powder: Helps them rise a bit while baking.
Lily’s Chocolate Chips: Little pockets of chocolate throughout.
Xanthan Gum: Binds everything together for the perfect brownie batter.
Vanilla Extract: Adds a hint of vanilla flavor to the mix.

image of keto brownie ingredients being mixed with whisk in glass mixing bowl

Steps For Making Keto Brownies

If you’re a visual learner like me, I’ve got you covered with this step-by-step pictorial, but if you prefer to jump straight to the recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post!

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan by greasing it lightly with butter or non-stick spray. In a large mixing bowl, crack the eggs and beat them until smooth. Then, add the monk fruit sweetener, melted butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.

chocolate chips on top of low carb brownie batter

Step 3: Add the coconut flour, baking powder, and xanthan gum (if you choose to use it). Mix everything until you have a thick and smooth batter. Gently fold in the Lily’s chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter, and transfer the batter to the greased baking pan.

sliced brownies keto dessert

Step 5: Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25-28 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick or knife into the center; they’re ready if it comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs.

***Allow them to cool in the pan before cutting them into squares. Enjoy

Top Tips And Tricks For Making Keto Brownies With Coconut Flour

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Bring eggs, butter, and dairy products to room temperature because it makes for a smoother batter.
  • Sift Dry Ingredients: Sift cocoa powder and flour to remove lumps. ( Experts always say to do this, but I never do.)
  • Gentle Mixing: Try not to over-mix the batter because it can make the mix more dry and dense.
  • Use the Toothpick Test: Insert a toothpick into the center to check doneness; it should come out mostly clean with a few crumbs.
  • Cooling Time: Let the brownies cool in the pan before slicing; it helps them set and prevents crumbling.
  • Grease and Parchment: Grease the pan and use parchment paper for easier removal and cleaner edges.
  • Adjust Sweetness: Taste the batter before baking; if it’s not sweet enough, add more sweetener.
  • Oven Monitoring: Towards the end of the baking time, keep an eye on the brownies; oven temperatures can vary.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Make Keto Brownies Less Dry?

I find keto-friendly flours to be a bit challenging. Most low-carb dessert recipes use more eggs than traditional desserts to make keto desserts less dry. The secret to moist keto brownies is butter and eggs to balance the flour.

What Can I Substitute For Monkfruit?

As long as you use the same variety, you can substitute Besti Wholesome Yum sweetener or Swerve for Lakanto Monkfruit. I’ve included the brand conversions below to reference my favorite sweeteners with the most minor aftertaste. I do not use Stevia, which is often quite bitter in baking recipes.

The following can be substituted for Lakanto Monkfruit Powdered

The following can be substituted for Lakanto Monkfruit Golden

Some people have asked if you can use powdered erythritol for the Lakanto Monkfruit Powdered. Yes, you can, but you’ll still need to use a sugar-free brown sugar substitute for the Lakanto Monkfruit Golden. I don’t personally use erythritol, but I have used the other options listed above. 

Is Baking Cocoa Keto Friendly?

Yes, baking cocoa or cocoa powder is unsweetened and naturally low-carb, so you can still have it on keto!

Can I Sub Almond Flour for Coconut Flour?

Yes! The conversion is 1/4 cup of coconut flour equals 1 cup of almond flour. Although it isn’t an exact science, this conversion generally works well in most recipes. Also, if you are looking for gluten-free, all the ingredients I used in my pantry made these brownies gluten-free, but you’ll want to check the exact ingredients you use.

What Kind of Pan is Best for This Low-Carb Brownies Recipe?

An 8-inch pan works best with this recipe. You can line the pan with parchment paper to keep the pan clean. If you don’t have an 8 X 8 pan, I would probably go for a slightly smaller one rather than a larger one. These brownies are thinner, so they probably wouldn’t do well in a bigger pan. If you use a smaller baking pan, you will likely need to bake them a tad longer.

Is It Okay To Use A Different Type Of Butter Or Oil?

Absolutely! Coconut oil in the same amount will work just fine.

What If I Don’t Have Xanthan Gum?

It’s okay to skip it. It helps with texture, but the low-carb brownies should still be tasty without it (maybe a bit more crumbly).

Can I Use Baking Soda Instead Of Baking Powder?

It’s better to stick to baking powder, as they work differently. But in a pinch, use half the amount of baking soda.

Are These Brownies Gluten-Free?

Yes, keto-friendly flours like coconut and almond flour are gluten-free. Always check the specific ingredients you use in your kitchen to be safe!

How Many Carbs In A Keto Brownie

This recipe has 3g of carbs and 2 g of fiber, making it 1g of net carbs per serving.

Note: The sugar alcohol from the sweetener and sugar-free chocolate chips are not included in the nutritional info as most subtract to calculate net carbs.

Storage Instructions

  • These are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. If you want to keep them fresh for longer, you can store them in the fridge for up to a week.
  • If you’re planning to freeze your brownies, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe Variations

  • Chocolate Chips: If you don’t have Lily’s chocolate chips, keto-friendly chocolate chips or unsweetened chopped chocolate will work fine.
  • Cream Options: Heavy whipping cream can be replaced with unsweetened almond milk unsweetened or coconut milk for a dairy-free alternative. Use the same amount as mentioned in the recipe.
  • Flavor Extracts: Vanilla extract can be switched with other flavors like almond or peppermint extract. Start with the same quantity as mentioned for vanilla.
  • Add-ins:  A handful of chopped nuts or unsweetened shredded coconut adds extra flavor and texture to the batter.
  • Spices: Adding a pinch of cinnamon or espresso powder can bring out different flavors in your brownies. Just a little bit goes a long way, so start with a small amount and taste as you go!

More Keto Dessert Recipes:

 

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Best Keto Brownies Fudgy Brownies

Fudgy low-carb keto brownies recipe made with coconut flour and monkfruit sweetener for the perfect gluten-free chocolate dessert.
Prep Time12 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time37 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Keto Brownies, Low Carb Brownies
Servings: 12
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350° degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). This helps the oven reach the right temperature before baking. Then, take an 8 x 8-inch baking pan and lightly coat it with cooking spray or butter. This prevents the brownies from sticking to the pan.
  • Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Use a whisk or fork to beat them until they're mixed and slightly frothy. Then, add the monkfruit golden sweetener (use the recommended amount according to the recipe), monkfruit powder (if specified), melted butter, cocoa powder (the amount listed in the recipe), heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract into the bowl with the eggs. Mix everything until it looks smooth and evenly combined.
  • Now, it's time to add the dry ingredients. Put the coconut flour, baking powder, and xanthan gum (if mentioned in the recipe) into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Use a spatula or a mixer on low speed to combine everything thoroughly. The batter should become thicker and mixed thoroughly.
  • Add Lily’s chocolate chips and gently fold them into the batter using a spatula. Be careful not to overmix. The batter will become thick as coconut flour is very absorbent.
  • Spoon the thick batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25 to 28 minutes. Check the brownies by inserting a toothpick or a knife into the center; if it comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs, they're done. Baking time might vary depending on your oven, so watch them.
  • Once baked, take the brownies out of the oven and cool in the pan. These keto brownies are best enjoyed warm.

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Notes

The sugar alcohols in Lily's Chips and Monkfruit are not included in the nutritional information as most subtract to calculate net carbs.
Keto-Friendly Sweetener Substitutes:
The following can be substituted for Lakanto Monkfruit Powdered:
The following can be substituted for Lakanto Monkfruit Golden
Top Tips And Tricks For Making Keto Brownies With Coconut Flour
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Bring eggs, butter, and any dairy products to room temperature for better blending and smoother batter.
  • Sift Dry Ingredients: Sift cocoa powder and flour to remove lumps, ensuring a smoother batter.
  • Gentle Mixing: Avoid over-mixing once dry ingredients are added; it can make the brownies dense.
  • Use the Toothpick Test: Insert a toothpick into the center to check doneness; it should come out mostly clean with a few crumbs.
  • Cooling Time: Let the brownies cool in the pan for a bit before slicing; it helps them set and prevents crumbling.
  • Grease and Parchment: Grease the pan and use parchment paper for easier removal and cleaner edges.
  • Adjust Sweetness: Taste the batter before baking; if it's not sweet enough for your liking, add more sweetener.
  • Oven Monitoring: Keep an eye on the brownies towards the end of the baking time; oven temperatures can vary.

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Tried this recipe?Mention @kaseytrenumblogger or tag #kaseytrenumblogger!

collage image of finished keto brownies, cut and served

22 Comments

  1. Hi, instead of using the 2 different types of monkfruit sweetners, can I use only one of the 2? I have GRANULAR monk fruit sweetner but of a different brand. Do you think that will work the same? Sorry, if the question seems silly. I am very new to keto (this is my second week) and have only just started using monk fruit sweetners.

    1. I have only tried as is. If you use different sweeteners and/or types, it could change the taste and/or texture. Let me know how it turns out!

  2. Love all your recipes! How necessary is the powdered monk fruit? Just wondering because I have all the other ingredients on hand.

    1. I’ve only test this recipe as is so I’m not sure how it would turn out with a different sweetener.

    1. Hey Glenn, the recipe card was based on the exact branded ingredients I used in my kitchen. So, there is a chance there could be slight variation depending on what you used.

  3. How do you store these? Should you store them in the fridge?
    They were delicious and I could eat the whole pan BUT I know I shouldn’t haha!

  4. Hi! In my opinion This is not a carb friendly recipe. I have calculated it many times and it shows that for a 12th of a pan of brownies there is 19 carbs. Your nutrition says 3carbs. Am I missing something?

    1. Did you subtract the sugar alcohols? Most apps do not automatically subtract the sugar alcohols to calculate net carbs. They have to be backed out manually.

  5. 5 stars
    Just made these! OMGoodness put my husband put some whip on his I just ate mine out of the pan! It is all I can do to not go back and eat the whole pan

  6. 5 stars
    Just made these! OMGoodness my husband put some whip cream on his. I just ate mine out of the pan! It is all I can do to not go back and eat the whole pan

  7. 3 stars
    It was ok. I used classic monk fruit and it didn’t melt properly. Also there is weird bitter aftertaste that I can’t get over

    1. Yes, classic monkfruit wouldn’t melt properly. I would suggest next time popping it in a blender first to make it powdered as the recipe calls for. Anytime you change out an ingredient it will change the outcome of the recipe. Keto sweeteners do take getting used to as they can have an aftertaste.

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