Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Chocolate Cream Cheese Chia Seed Brownies (Low Carb & Gluten Free)

If you haven't already heard of Chia Seeds, well you just have to try them! They are little seeds that are normally black or white and absorb liquids like crazy. Chia seeds are high in fibre, a good source of protein and low in net carbs! You'd think these brownies would have a kind of gritty texture because of the Chia seeds, but you'd hardly even know they are there! I've made this recipe twice so far, and it is by far the best brownies I've ever tasted, healthy or not. The unfortunate thing is, you have to wait over night before eating them. So here it is:

Makes approximately 25 brownies

1 Tbsps Chia seeds
1/2 cup water
1/4 almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
4 eggs
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup xylitol
1/2 cup sucanat
1/2 cup (or one stick) butter, melted
2 tsps vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 ounces (half a brick) cream cheese, softened

Preheat oven to 325F. In small bowl, mix Chia seeds and water together. Let sit for 20 minutes, stirring half way. This mixture will become like a gel. Grease a 9" by 9" pan. In a large mixing bowl, whisk your Chia mixture, almond flour and coconut flour together. Add in eggs. Mix in cocoa powder, xylitol, sucanat, butter, vanilla and salt until just combined. Pour batter into pan and soften your cream cheese. Drop the cream cheese by dollops into the pan and swirl it around with a toothpick or knife incorporating it into the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until darkening around the edges and toothpick comes out clean. Let rest over night. Cut and enjoy!

Adapted from a Your Lighter Side blog recipe

Nutritional Info (per one brownie)

Calories: 182
Total Fat: 17g
Carbs: 6g
Fiber: 4 . 1g
Net. Carbs: 1 . 9g
Protein: 5g