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Low-Carb Gluten-Free Brownies with Peanut Butter & Cream Cheese

Updated on May 7, 2014

Sugar-Free Brownies to the Rescue

I have a friend who has a sweet tooth. The problem though, is that he suffers from something called candida, which is a form of fungus. When it flares up, it causes him to itch like crazy and sometimes to the point of excruciating pain. Its not an easy thing to watch especially when I know he's going through so much pain.

I've learned that sugar aggravates the condition and one must try to avoid sugars in all it's form, including simple flours and starches that gets converted into sugar once inside the body. During this time my friend had intense cravings for sweets and he specifically mentioned brownies. He was craving them badly so I decided to bake him a batch without any added sugar or starches.

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While I was experimenting in the kitchen, I realized that these brownies are good not only for my friend recovering from candida, they are also gluten free as well as being low in carbs, making them suitable for all types of people.

The difficult part was trying to come up with a good recipe for making these brownies taste good and boy was it hard. I've added some cream cheese and peanut butter to the recipe, which was exactly what it needed. After a few miserable results, the last batch came out the best and pretty close to the real deal.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 16 brownies

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 14 tablespoons butter
  • 7 ounces 90% cacao chocolate
  • 2/3 cup sweetener ( xylitol is best but other sweeteners work just as good )
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/3 almond flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan, make sure to constantly stir to prevent burning.
  3. Add sweetener and cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk in 1 egg at a time.
  5. Fold in the almond flour.
  6. Pour the batter into a non-stick baking pan. ( Lightly oil the pan for regular pans )
  7. Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese onto the top.
  8. Do the same with the peanut butter.
  9. Drag a fork over the toppings to make a nice, swirly pattern.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or just until firm.
  11. Cool the brownies before cutting into squares.
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This pure and natural sweetener is a sugar alcohol that is naturally present in small amounts in various fruits and vegetables. Resembling sugar in consistency and taste, but has a third fewer calories and is a great alternative for diabetics.

 

Check Out My Video - Just like my brownies, this video is homemade! There's room for tons of improvement I know, but I'm happy I got one done.

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Did you enjoy this recipe? All comments are appreciate so don't forget to say hello.

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    • Sandmoran profile image

      Sandmoran 

      3 years ago from Cowpens, South Carolina

      I mixed my cream cheese and peanut butter together after softening them in the microwave, and it was very easy to swirl and tasty too! Thank you so much for this recipe.

    • CherylsArt profile image

      Cheryl Paton 

      3 years ago from West Virginia

      That was very nice of you to make special brownies for your friend. I enjoyed your video and like the idea of swirling in some peanut butter.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Thanks MInoru

    • Minoru10 profile image

      Michael Yoshinaka 

      4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Great video !

    • BodyHairRemoval profile image

      BodyHairRemoval 

      4 years ago

      These look delicious!

    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you Shinichi. This looks delicious. I love almond flour and chocolate together, and I have had Xylitol at a relatives home--not as good as sugar, in my opinion, but definitely an option when sugar is not possible. Thoroughly enjoyed the video too. Nicely done!

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      kindoak 

      4 years ago

      Nice recipe. Sugar is something I try to keep as low as possible- Seems to work so far!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jerzimom: Thanks Cheryl. Glad you liked it.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thanks vinn.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Awesome lens. Love the video!

    • VinnWong profile image

      VinnWong 

      4 years ago

      I LOVE the addition of the video! Please keep it up! It makes the quality of the lens so much higher than it already is!

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