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Fudgy Keto Brownies (with Vegan Option)

Dreamy decadent fudgy keto brownies made with almond flour and zero-calorie sweetener for a low-carb sultry dessert. This easy recipe comes with a vegan option and is perfect for those who watch their sugar intake or follow a keto diet.

This post is sponsored by Monk Fruit In The Raw®

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Oh hey, chocolate lovers, do I have a treat for you?!

If you’re a seasoned veteran of The Roasted Root, you know I have a mega weakness for brownies, but am also careful with my sugar intake.

For this reason, I have been known to develop sugar-free (keto-friendly) recipes that are designed to not raise blood sugar. Just take a looksy at my Low-Carb Peanut Butter Fudge, Keto Edible Cookie Dough, or Keto Coffee Ice Cream for example.

Fudgy Keto Brownies made with almond flour and monk fruit sweetener - an easy recipe with a vegan option! | TheRoastedRoot.net

WELL, I finally made it my mission to make a low-carb brownie recipe that is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and also friendly to my blood sugar.

I have included all sorts of adaptations to fit your dietary restrictions – have a look in my Recipe Adaptations section below for a vegan option and more!

Using 9 basic ingredients, we’re whipping out the fudgiest and best keto brownies in all the land. When it comes to sugar-free treats, the biggest question is always what type of sweetener to use.

I use Monk Fruit In The Raw®. Let’s chat about it!

Have you tried monk fruit sweetener? For those of you who are new to it, here’s the skinny:

What is Monk Fruit Sweetener?:

 

Monk Fruit In The Raw is a  is a zero-calorie sweetener, perfect for replacing cane sugar in any of your sweet treats. Monk fruit is native to China and has been used in Chinese medicine for many decades. The sweetener is derived from monk fruit extract, making it a plant-based sugar replacement.

Monk Fruit In The Raw can easily be incorporated into the diet of people with diabetes.  Monk Fruit In The Raw contains less than one gram of carbohydrates.  If you’ve noticed gas or bloating from zero sugar sweeteners in the past, not to worry, there are no sugar alcohols added.  And this is coming from a girl who is super sensitive to sugar alcohols.

 

Using the Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag is super easy because it’s a 1:1 conversion. If you’re trying to replace 1 cup of cane sugar, simply use 1 cup of monk fruit sweetener.  For best results, it’s recommended to replace half the sugar in your recipe.  This allows for proper browning and rising that only sugar can provide.

 

How to Make Keto Brownies:

Take three eggs out of the refrigerator to bring to room temperature.

Melt the ghee/butter and chocolate in a saucepan on the stove top over medium-low heat. Stir and heat just until mixture has melted, but don’t bring to a full boil. Set aside while you’re prepping the rest of the recipe.  Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the pure vanilla extract.

Note: As an alternative, you can heat the ghee and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well until melted and creamy.

In a bowl, mix together the almond flour, raw cacao powder, monk fruit sweetener, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt.

Crack the eggs into a stand mixer (or mixing bowl if you’re using a hand mixer) and beat well until frothy.

Add the melted chocolate mixture and beat until well-combined and a pudding-like consistency is reached.

Leaving the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture until incorporated. Beat at a higher speed until well combined and a fudgy brownie batter is formed.

Transfer the brownie batter to a parchment-lined 9” x 5” loaf pan and smooth into an even layer.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 to 22 minutes. The less time you bake the brownies, the fudgier they will be. Promptly remove the keto brownies the oven and allow brownies to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. 

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Recipe Adaptations:

  • Add ½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips or chopped nuts
  • Add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee for even richer flavor.
  • Whip up a keto chocolate frosting for an even sultrier experience.
  • Replace the almond flour with 3 tablespoons coconut flour.
  • Double the recipe and use an 8” x 8” square baking pan for even more keto brownies.

Decadent Fudgy Keto Brownies - made with almond flour and monk fruit sweetener - an easy recipe with a vegan option! | TheRoastedRoot.net

Vegan Keto Brownies:

Make the recipe vegan by substituting coconut oil for the ghee, omitting the eggs, and add 3 flax “eggs.” To do so, whisk 3 tablespoons ground flax seed in a bowl with 9 tablespoons water. Allow this mixture to sit 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens to the consistency of beaten eggs.

While the flax egg mixture is sitting, melt the coconut oil and chocolate bar together in a saucepan. Stir the remaining dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

Whisk the flax “egg” mixture into the saucepan with the melted coconut oil and chocolate.

vegan keto browniesPour this mixture into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.

Transfer to the parchment-lined loaf pan, bake, and enjoy!

Coconut Flour Keto Brownies:

Make this recipe using coconut flour instead of almond flour by replacing the almond flour with 3 tablespoons of coconut flour. Proceed as normal for the rest of the recipe!

Rich and Decadent Fudgy Keto Brownies - made with almond flour and monk fruit sweetener - an easy recipe with a vegan option! | TheRoastedRoot.net

Serve with Vanilla Keto Ice Cream for a real good time!

Decadent Fudgy Keto Brownies - made with almond flour and monk fruit sweetener - an easy recipe with a vegan option! | TheRoastedRoot.net

Fudgy Keto Brownies

Yield: 9 brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Amazingly rich and fudgy sugar-free brownies that are loaded with chocolatey goodness!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9” x 5” loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add the ghee and chocolate bar to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low. Stir occasionally until mixture has melted. Immediately remove from heat and set aside to cool. Once cool, stir in the pure vanilla extract.
  3. While the chocolate mixture is cooling, prepare the rest of the recipe. Add the eggs to a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until very frothy. Note: you may also use a mixing bowl and hand mixer.
  4. In a bowl, stir together the almond flour, cacao powder, monk fruit sweetener, ground cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the mixer with the beaten eggs and beat until a creamy, thick pudding-like mixture results.
  6. Beat in the flour mixture until well-incorporated and a thick brownie batter is formed.
  7. Transfer brownie batter to the lined loaf pan and bake on the center rack of the preheated oven 18 to 30 minutes, until the center has puffed up and is showing small cracks. Note: the brownies will not appear “done” after 18 to 20 minutes, but rest assured, they are!
  8. Allow brownies to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

*You can use grass-fed butter or coconut oil instead of ghee.

**Replace the eggs with 3 flax "eggs" (3 Tbsp ground flax seed + 9 Tbsp water)

***You can replace the almond flour with 3 tablespoons coconut flour

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1 of 9
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 23gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 13gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar Alcohols: 5g
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Judy Howser

Monday 15th of February 2021

I made the brownies Feb 15th, and the texture was better than other keto recipes, but the Monk Fruit Sweetener that is mixed with other sweeteners was not sweet at all! I had pure monk fruit sweetener before, and it was very sweet. Could be my baking chocolate was too bitter. Anyway, I may try swerve next time, and less baking chocolate. Meanwhile, perhaps if I frost them with a keto friendly cream cheese frosting they will taste okay!

Julia

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Hi Judy!

I have found sugar-free sweeteners vary in sweetness too. I use Swerve quite a bit, and think that may be a great option for the next round! Hope you enjoy the current batch with some frosting! xoxox

Lena

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Hello- I made these last night and while they did turn out pretty good, the sugar didn’t seem to dissolve, is that normal? I used lakanto monk fruit sweetener And followed the recipe exactly, except for the bakers chocolate part because I didn’t have any, so I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the melted butter. The fudginess is on point and so is the flavor, it’s just the crunch from the sugar crystals that throws me off. Any ideas as to why that happened or how to avoid in the future?

Julia

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Hi Lena,

Perhaps a different sweetener, like Swerve or Truvia would work better for less of the crystal effect. I didn't notice that when I made them using monk fruit sweetener, but sugar-free sweeteners do have a tendency to act differently than regular sugar and are more difficult to dissolve. In any case, try the brownies with Swerve next time and see if that helps! xoxo

James

Sunday 16th of August 2020

The article says Monk Fruit in the Raw contains no sugar alcohols, but the website cited above, https://www.intheraw.com/, says that it contains erythritol. Erythritol is considered the best-tolerated sugar alcohol, but I don't feel well after consuming it. Can you suggest how to modify the recipe for a sweetener that is just monk fruit? I think one would need to use a lot less, because it is very sweet.

M

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Amazing! My first time trying Monkfruit or a keto recipe. I would bake it a little longer but even the batter was so good!

Julia

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

I'm so happy you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for the sweet feedback! xo

Ellie

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

I used regular eggs and select harvest USA almond flour

Julia

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

I gotcha! I'm not familiar with that brand of almond flour, so it could be that we used different almond flours. I use Bob's Red Mill's Super Fine Almond Flour. My other thought is the brownies may have needed longer in the oven. Bake times can vary depending on elevation, so my guess is they may have needed another 5 minutes or so to fully set up. Nevertheless, I'll retest the recipe and see if I get your results :D

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