I’ve generally been of the opinion that if you want dessert, just eat dessert. But recently, I’ve been interested in trying out healthier dessert options, because it sounds sort of fun. So to get started on that track I turned to Pinterest.
I can’t really take credit for this recipe. I made a few changes to the original but for the most part, I need to give credit where credit is due (aka thanks Skinny Taste). I’m still learning the ropes of healthy baking (which I used to do all the time, but apparently have completely forgotten), so I’m relying on some awesome recipes out there.
Now that I’ve tried a few successful ones, I can start experimenting with my own concoctions.
Sometimes when I look at healthy recipes, I worry the finished product is going to be gross. Don’t lie. I know you worry about this too.
The reality is we need to adjust our expectations. Most of the time, a recipe that includes no butter and sugar and calls itself dessert will NOT be the same as a traditional dessert recipe. So if you’re looking to make these brownies and expecting the gooey, chewy deliciousness of Ghiradelli Box Mix, you will be disappointed.
These Flourless Peanut Butter Brownies are tasty, but let’s be real. They’re not like those awesome and chewy box mix brownies. The texture is more spongey. That said, they’re pretty great considering they are completely flourless and low in sugar. If you’re wondering about the nutrition for 1 piece (and I cut this into 12 pieces), each serving is under 100 calories and has 5g of protein and 9g of sugar.
I found this idea of using powdered peanut butter instead of flour and thought it was perfect since Peanut Butter & Co. sent me some of their new Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter to try. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? I’ll definitely be giving this a try again and making new recipes with powdered peanut butter.
Flourless Peanut Butter Brownies
adapted from Skinny Taste
1 egg white
1 cup chocolate powdered peanut butter (I used Chocolate Mighty Nut)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp coffee (or water)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 325F. Grease and line a 9×9 inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat together egg and egg white. Add powdered peanut butter, cocoa powder, baking and start to mix in. Add water, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan. The batter will be thick, mine didn’t actually fill the whole 9×9 inch pan, but it worked.
Bake 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely and cut into 12 squares. Serve and enjoy!
I was pretty surprised at how tasty these were. I’m not sure if it’s because it was the first dessert I had in about a week or if they really were good. I’m going to give some to some friends later to see if they think they’re awesome too. Remember, it’s all about expectations right?
The other expectation is that you enjoy these while binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix. I finally got around to season 3 and destroyed it this weekend while Jesse was away backpacking.
How was your weekend? Do you love healthy desserts or prefer to stick to regular ones in moderation?