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A Sugar-Free Dessert That Satisfies

By Sarah Lynn

Editor’s note: Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where sweets abound. We decided to steer clear of the candy craze and excerpt a recipe from Bake to Be Fit’s Secretly Healthy Desserts by Sarah Lynn. These “brookies” are not only low in sugar and carbs, they also have just 170 calories a bar. So the family can celebrate without guilt or the sugar blues.

Keto “Brookies” (brownie + cookie bars)

Cookie Layer
1 1/3 cups blanched almond flour
(150 g)
1/3 cup erythritol (64 g)
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter, softened (56 g)
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup sugar-free chocolate chips (80 g)

Brownie Layer
2/3 cup blanched almond flour (74 g)
½ cup erythritol (96 g)
¼ cup cocoa powder (20 g)
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened (42 g)
1 egg
3 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate chips (45 g)

Serves: 16
170 calories / 15.5 g Fat / 2.5 g Net Carbs / 4.5 g Protein / 4 g Fiber / 1 g Sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
Start with cookie layer: combine dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a large bowl. Add butter and stir until distributed. Add egg and vanilla and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Spoon about 2/3 of the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan. Use wet fingers to spread dough evenly over bottom of pan.

Follow same instructions as cookie layer to assemble brownie ingredients.

Spoon brownie batter into the pan, and use either the back of a spoon or wet fingers to spread brownie batter evenly over cookie dough.

Take remaining 1/3 of cookie dough and distribute randomly on top of brownie batter. I formed the remaining dough into circle shapes to keep some brownie peeking through.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Allow to cool, slice, and enjoy!

Recipe and photo excerpted, with permission, from Bake to Be Fit’s Secretly Healthy Desserts: Easy Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Plant-Based, or Keto-Friendly Brownies, Cookies, and Cakes by Sarah Lynn (Skyhorse Publishing, 2020).

Sarah Lynn is a recipe developer, social media influencer, cookbook author, and food blogger who runs the healthy dessert website