The Holy Grail of Low Carb Brownies!
So many things went right in this recipe, it’s a wonder people eat “normal” brownies at all! Cast iron skillet brownies are easy to make and will give you both crispy edges and a delicious softer center! We finally broke in our small cast iron skillet that’s perfect for desserts like these. Our skillet is about 6 inches in diameter and can produce desserts to feed 4-8 people, depending on the sweet tooth ;). Read about how to season and clean your cast iron skillet so make it last forever.
To make this recipe even better, the TOTAL net carb count for a giant brownie is 12g of carbs! Split that between 4 hungry people and each would eat only 3g of carbs! Split it with even more friends and family and you’re all staying in ketosis just fine.
Erythritol, a sugar alcohol that is not digested by human bodies, was a miracle for us, so we use it quite frequently in baking. It’s low carb, low calorie and has a glycemic index of 0 so it does not spike blood sugar and does not cause an insulin response. It also doesn’t cause tooth decay like sugar does! A sugar alcohol that doesn’t sit well for us, however, is maltitol, so we try to avoid it. It’s commonly found in sugar-free syrups and Atkins bars. Then again, some people report no problems so it all depends on the body eating it.
In this recipe, we used a smaller amount of erythritol than we would’ve sugar. And because it is only 70% as sweet as sugar, this seemed counter-intuitive; shouldn’t we be adding more? We thought that after so long in ketosis, our tastebuds and bodies should be desensitized to very sweet foods. A normal recipe would call for ⅔ cup sugar for about 4 people. We only added ⅓ cup, and at 70% the sweetness, that’s a lot less! We tested it, and the brownies turned out amazing. They were still sweet, but the rest of the flavors were able to shine through! The cocoa, the nuts, the peanut butter and vanilla were all noted!
The consistency was dense, moist and super filling. You can substitute walnuts for any nuts; chopped hazelnuts would make this recipe taste a little like Nutella! If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, try doubling this recipe and pouring it into your regular brownie pan or baking dish.
Try this recipe, we guarantee they’ll be the best low carb skillet brownies you’ve ever tasted! Check out those macros, they’re unbelievable!
A note on safety: cast iron skillets get HOT! That includes their handles, which are the same material as the entire skillet. Use an oven mitt to handle this pan whenever it comes out of the oven. Use an oven mitt even after it’s been cooling for a long time. They retain heat very well, and will take a long time to cool off. Safety first!
Let’s make some skillet brownies!
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