Maple Tahini Low Carb Brownies are made with healthy substitutes for butter, sugar, and carbs, so this is a healthier brownie recipe! These fudgy paleo friendly avocado brownies are low carb, refined sugar free, grain free, and delicious!
You have been warned. The next 2 recipes posts are baked treats, healthier refined sugar free treats, but still —> baked treats. What can I say? Fall baking mode has hit me hard already. Well, and Fall Air Frying Food. that’s a thing, right? Kidding. Anyways, let’s all pretend it’s a crisp 55F out and crank on the oven some more. Mmm k?
You see, when it comes to making brownies, there are certain things that, IMHO, shouldn’t be messed with. For example, brownies should always be fudgy. If I want cake-like brownies, I’ll bake a chocolate cake, or make any of my no bake chocolate cake bites; I don’t usually mess with perfection.
But, I admit that I wouldn’t be your favorite place to get dessert recipes if I didn’t make them HEALTHIER desserts, amiright? That’s why I took a vegan avocado brownie recipe and made some simple, healthy substitutes for butter, sugar, and grains, so these Maple Tahini Low Carb Brownies are even healthier for you!
You’re about to get mesmerized by the swirly chocolatey tahini goodness. Ohhh and ahhhh…
Well the tahini chocolate swirly topping was the easy part! Finding the right balance of fudgy and not too cakey was hard part. First world problems here ya’ll. But alas, 3rd times a charm on these bad boys! But phew, I did it! Finally. Low Carb Brownies… so worth it! You’ll see why in a minute.
The Making of Healthy Chocolate Brownies
To make this a gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, and low carb brownies recipe, a few healthy ingredient swaps were needed. Here’s what we did.
Healthy Substitutes for Butter
We use avocado instead of butter. Avocado brownies are extra fudgy anyway, and leaving the butter out of the recipe makes them dairy free avocado brownies! Don’t worry, I have a vegan avocado chocolate sugar cookie recipe too. All bases covered here ya’ll!
Other healthy substitutes for butter in dairy free and/or vegan dessert recipes:
- coconut oil
- unsweetened applesauce
More Healthy Swaps in the Low Carb Brownies
Using melted dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate pumps up the antioxidant properties and lowers the sugar.
Okay, who’s hangry? *Raises hand, both hands* One for a brownie, one for high fiving you for reading all the way through to the recipe. LOL!
Maple Tahini Low Carb Brownies are made with healthy substitutes for butter, sugar, and carbs, so it’s a healthier brownie recipe!
- 2 small ripe avocados
- 2 eggs (room temp is best)
- 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 tbsp almond flour
- 1 tbsp arrowroot starch or coconut flour
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 c xylitol sugar or other sugar substitute (see notes)
- pinch of Cinnamon
- 1/3 c tahini
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1/4 c dark chocolate chips (to melt)
- optional chopped nuts to top
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Line a square 8×8 baking pan, with parchment paper. Set aside
- In a mixing bowl or food processor, blend together your avocado, eggs, cocoa. This will create a fudge like texture.
- Next add in your flours and sugar blend or mix again until batter is smooth. use a spatula to scrape down the mix and mix again if needed. Just be sure not to over mix or the batter they will not be fudgy.
- Transfer to mixing bowl.
- Next mix in your vanilla, baking soda, salt, and pinch of cinnamon.
- Pour batter into baking pan and smooth out to edges.
- In another small bowl, melt your dark chocolate chips, either by stove top or in microwave.
- Mix in your maple syrup and tahini and gently swirl together.
- Spread this on top of the brownie batter. Optional nuts to top.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until center comes out clean with tooth pick
- remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes on counter then 5 minutes in fridge to set.
- Slice and serve. Freeze or keep in fridge for best storage.
- Feel free to use raw sugar, coconut palm sugar, or date sugar instead of xylitol. Calories and carb count will vary.
- If you are baking at altitude, check brownies at 22 -25 minutes. Oven times vary.
Keywords: brownies, low carb, sugar free, healthy, tahini, gluten free, dairy free
Want to try another great dark chocolate brownie recipe? Make a batch of Dirty Chai Dark Chocolate Flourless Brownies, and then try not to eat them all in one sitting.
You see, these are so healthy you can have them for breakfast. Or did I take that too far? Possibly, but either way you’ve got a low carb brownies recipe that is easy to make, delicious, fudgy, refined sugar free, and better for you! That’s winning in my book.
Favorite Brownie Recipe? Avocado/oil free or real butter? You decide!