Chocolate Chip Brownie Bark – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Rich chocolate brownie batter spread thin and cooked until crisp. A delicious low carb treat!

Low Carb Homemade Brownie Brittle

To say that I am pleased with the results of today’s Makeover Monday is a bit of an understatement.  Because this really is exactly how a low carb makeover should go.  I received a request for a makeover of a particular food item that a reader loves.  Since in this case, the item is actually a commercial product, I had to do my research and find a comparable recipe from which to work.  Found a few recipes that seemed just right, mulled them over a bit, mulled over my low carb changes and set to work.  And in this case, the results exceeded my expectations.  Granted, I haven’t actually tasted the original, but I am pretty sure I nailed the low carb, gluten-free version of brownie brittle.

Low Carb Gluten-Free Brownie Brittle

The only complication here is that I can’t actually call it brownie brittle, since this appears to be a trademarked term.  One blogger who had attempted her own version of the stuff was actually contacted by the company and told not to use it.  Ouch!  That seems a touch excessive to me, since really, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and it’s highly unlikely that the blogger was going to start marketing her homemade stuff.  Still, I respect copyright and intellectual property and all that, so I won’t use the name for my own creation.

Low carb gluten-free Brownie Crisps

Brownie bark?  Brownie crisps?  Whatever you want to call them, they are delicious.  They have a rich brownie flavour but they are thin and crisp.  I wasn’t actually sure I could get them as crisp and cookie-like as they should be.  My experience with making low carb brownies is that they get kind of puffy and soft and that you simply can’t achieve that chewy-crisp consistency without real sugar and flour.  But I wasn’t aiming for chewy, since that’s not the point of brownie brittle/bark/crisp.  So after I’d removed them from the oven, let them cool and scored them into squares, I returned them to the still-warm oven and let them continue to crisp up a bit.  It worked perfectly.

Now if only I could remember who requested this makeover.  Whoever you are, my family thanks you!

Low Carb Brownie Brittle for holiday gifts

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bark – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Yield: 24 brownie crisps

Serving Size: 2 crisps

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond flour (Honeyville)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup Swerve Sweetener
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tbsp cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cups sugar-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together almond flour, baking powder and salt,
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Beat in sweetener, cocoa powder and instant coffee until smooth. Then beat in melted butter, cream and vanilla.
  4. Beat in the almond flour mixture until well combined.
  5. Spread batter onto greased parchment into a rectangle about 12 by 8 inches. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  6. Bake 18 minutes, until puffed and set. Remove from oven, turn oven off and let cool 15 minutes.
  7. Use a sharp knife or pizza wheel to cut into squares, but don't separate. Return to warm oven for 5 to 10 minutes to crisp up slightly.
  8. Remove, let cool and break into squares.

Notes

Serves 12. Each serving has 4 g of carbs and 2 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 2 g.

108 Calories; 10g Fat (77.4% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 11mg Cholesterol; 114mg Sodium.

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Comments

  1. Ooh they look very nice! How can we request something for Makeover Monday? I am dying for some self saucing chocolate pudding or golden syrup dumplings and I just cannot find a low cab recipe for them! Hopefully Nevada Manna choc chips will be available again soon so I can make these :)

  2. Oh man, I’ve had the store bought version of this and I can’t wait to try these! My hubby was drooling over it in the store, but I just steered him on by since I knew how sugary the original version is. LOL Thank you!!! You rock!

  3. Whoever requested this. I thank you too and of course you as well Carolyn for rocking out such great recipes with such frequency! Cannot wait to try these!

  4. Oh my, now I am VERY hungry! These look amazing!

    • Okay, WOW! I knew the brownie back LOOKED amazing, but I made it today and it was even better than I expected! I’m obsessed now! Thank you for this recipe. I know quite a few people who will be getting brownie bark for Christmas. :)

  5. Jamie Karutz says:

    You are evil :P Brownies are my downfall…I swear I have hips by brownies. My family and I have been slowly eating our way through your blog. Thank you :) It’s been great to make some low carb treats for my daughter! I’ll be making more this week – with Halloween, she has parties and candy in her face for days, so I need to have stuff for her. Food – bad, bad food – is totally shoved down kids these days!

  6. These look AH-mazing! I plan to cut them into little sticks & use them for dippers into a lc Tiramisu dip or similar….yum. In case you don’t already know it…you’re a culinary genius Carolyn! (By the way…I recently heard that Whole Foods now has a brand of chocolate chips that is sweetened with stevia…little hummingbird on the wrapper?, I haven’t gone to look locally yet here in AZ).

  7. I think maybe you left out a step in the instructions? After #3 should it say to mix in the dry ingredients?

    My son was just asking for a brownie snack, gonna try these tonight!

  8. Can you tell me a good sub for the cream. I can’t have dairy. I have decided to try Swerve again. I know you probably don’t remember, but I asked for something different in the Mounds imitation bars. I tried the samples the 1st time and figured that may have not been enough to determine the sweetness gonna get the 16 oz. bag and try it. I will let you know my verdict once I’ve tried it.

  9. Oh my word. Can’t believe you managed this! You must be feeling super proud. If not, you should be! It looks amazing. Sharing this tonight on FB. Everyone needs to see this! :)

  10. Low carb and guilt free… I am making it and eating the entire batch! I’ve had the store-bought kind and they were good, but homemade is always so much better!

  11. These look divine!! All your stuff is amazing – thank you thank you thank you.

  12. Oh gosh, I know how that blogger feels! I was contacted by the Mars bars company and told not to use “Snickers” and “Milky Ways” on my site… you have no idea the horrible feeling in my gut I got! I guess they were offended on my healthified take haha, because hundreds of other bloggers with WAY more popular homemade versions continue to use those trademarked terms :/

    ANYWAYS, your brownie brittle… I mean, bark… ;) looks amazing. When I got an email saying you posted this recipe, I had never even heard of brownie bark before, but after seeing the first picture I was like, “GAH! I NEED THIS IN MY KITCHEN RIGHT NOW!!” You are so creative :)

    • Ack, Jessica….how obnoxious of them! Really, it’s not like the world is going to stop eating their candy bars because you managed a healthier version.

  13. These look amazing but do you have to use instant coffee? Not sure if you can substitute an extra teaspoon of cocoa powder?

    • You don’t have to sub in anything. Coffee just enhances the flavour of the chocolate (you don’t taste coffee at all).

      • Okay, I just don’t want to go out and buy instant coffee if I’m only going to use it for this recipe. :)

        What would be really good for the holidays is adding in some peppermint extract – yum!!

  14. So the instant coffee…do you mean 1 tsp of granules or of actual coffee? i.e. mixed with water? I made something once and used the granules. BIG mistake. I didn’t want to do the same thing again. These look absolutely yummy by the way!!

  15. These are perfect for holiday gifts!

  16. Our budget prevents going out and buying more sweeteners at the moment. I wonder if this would work with raw coconut sugar? Any thoughts?

  17. These look really good, so I’d like to make them for a party soon. Only thing is that I am allergic to almonds. Would 1/4 cup of coconut flour and an extra egg do it? Any other thoughts?? Thanks a million!

    • I am doubtful that coconut flour will crisp up enough. It’s great in cakes but it tends to stay soft, so I don’t think it would work for these.

      • Well, I did give your recipe a try subbing out the almond floor for a combo of coconut, flax seeds and flaxmeal and added an extra egg. You are right- not quite as crispy, but tasty all the same.
        This is a keeper for me! Thanks very much!

  18. This is brilliant, Carolyn!! You’re taking away my excuses not to have chocolate! :)

  19. What a fun idea Carolyn – you always amaze me with your creativity!

  20. I’ve never heard of brownie brittle/bark before but it sounds right up my alley!

  21. Wowza! This recipe rocks! This has got to be one of my new all time favorite low carb desserts. I returned mine back to the oven for 10 minutes and that worked perfectly. Thanks for another great recipe!

  22. Amazing! Did I tell you that we now have xylitol chocolate chips here?

    Life is pretty sweet. ;-)

  23. I just got my first batch of Honeyville almond flour and was wondering what to back – BINGO! These are AMAZING! And I am so impressed with the texture of this almond flour, it definitely makes a difference – thanks Carolyn!

  24. I made these, and while they look delicious they have and odd (taste, sensation) like they are cold or have mint in them. I’m new to low carb baking. Is this a side effect of the swerve? If so can I make them with something else? I would have tried Splenda, but I’m not sure that would be good with the chocolate.

    • Hi Cassie…erythritol on its own does have a cooling effect but most people don’t find that Swerve has as much. Sounds like perhaps you are more sensitive than most. Or did you use a different brand? I can’t speak for any other kind of sweetener, because I haven’t tested it myself in this recipe.

      • I used the swerve. Has anyone else made this with another sugar substitute?

        • Hi Cassie…not as far as I know yet. I’d suggest trying half Swerve and half Splenda before you go full Splenda. I think it has a different consistency and flavour so I think it’s best to try a mix of the two first. Or try half Swerve and half Stevia in the raw. I find that Swerve and stevia help cancel out each others’ funny effects and enhance each others’ sweetness.

          • I am a HUGE fan of yours and I am in awe of all of your recipes! I made these, and while they “worked”, I also found the Swerve “cooling” to be just awful. I have made other recipes (which had great reviews) from you and other low-carb bloggers with Swerve, and have had the same results. I am surprised at how widely used and loved Swerve is….when I use it, it is all I taste! Is the best solution to try to use half Swerve & half Splenda? Maybe I’m too used to the taste of Diet Coke (gasp!)

          • Hi Ilyse,

            Erythritol has a cooling effect and Swerve generally has less of that effect, but every palate is different. Some people are really sensitive to it. So I am going to suggest Splenda or xylitol to offset that for you. Try half Swerve, half whatever else you choose to use and see if that helps. If not, go lower Swerve and more something else. For the record, I have the same issue with sucralose. Not cooling, of course, but it has an awful aftertaste for me.

  25. YES PLEASE!! I love brownies!

  26. I made these yesterday and I hate to say it, they were a conmplete failure. I think that 3/4 cup Serve is way too sweet and then they never set up. I baked them for 30 minutes, and they were still like dough in the center part. Unfortunately, I had to throw it out. I was very disappointed, because I have always liked your recipes in the past. :(

    • I am sorry they didn’t work for you but there has to be a culprit here because it’s a well tested recipe and has worked for others besides me. Did you use almond meal or almond flour? What kind of cocoa powder? I am sorry you found it too sweet but do keep in mind that it’s a matter of personal taste. I did not find 3/4 cup of Swerve to be too much. Thanks!

      • I used the Honeyville Almond flour. I used the Hershey’s cocoa powder. I don’t know what went wrong, but it never did set up and get puffy. I don’t know what went wrong.

        • Then I honestly can’t say what went wrong either. I’ve made this several times and plan on making it again very soon. I never had that issue at all. Perhaps try spreading it more thinly next time?

  27. Hi Carolyn, just wanted to say thank you so much! This recipe is awesome! They are sooooo good! Do you store them in the fridge? BTW, I used coconut/almond milk instead of cream since I didn’t have any.

  28. I used erythritol (its all I had), and it made the texture fine, but the taste was “cooling” which was very odd. I think if I do them again with erythritol I will have to add mint extract to at least taste minty to go along with the cool. I also made my own almond meal (they were frozen almonds….they didn’t turn to flour at all….probably because the cold made them stick together). But they still came out OK. Will try a different sugar next time for sure.

    • Hi Sue. Swerve is based on erythritol too, but most people, such as myself, find there is a LOT less of that cooling sensation. I typically don’t find that it has any. Definitely give Swerve a try, it makes a big difference. But mint is also a good option to “cover” the cooling sensation.

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  29. I love this. My crisp cookie loving husband will, too, I’m sure!

  30. I tried this recipe using splenda and toffee bits. The taste and texture were very good. The only issue I had, it did not set up either. I put it back in the oven on a lower temp for another 8-10 min. It did crisp up then. Mine did not puff up as you described. I think you have to be careful not to beat the egg whites too long. Definitely will try again.

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for your input. I think the Splenda plays a role in the different outcome as well. Swerve contains erythritol, which is non-hygroscopic so it doesn’t attract moisture and tends to crisp up as it dries.

  31. Can you use Oat flour instead of almond flour (almond flour has allot of fat in it).

    • Possibly but I haven’t tested it myself. Almond flour may have a lot of fat in it, but it has a lot less carbs than oat flour and is far better for you.

  32. oH.mY.gOsH!!!
    I made these last night after finding your recipe.
    From licking the batter off the spoon, the smell while they were baking to the first taste of the finished product…. heavenly!
    I have made quite an array of low carb treats but this one….. WOW!
    Thank you! :)

  33. These are delicious! I have a hard time with swerve sweetened chocolate treats, but these are great!
    I have successfully converted these with coconut flour, I did one batch with 1/4 cup coco flour and 4 egg whites. Another I used 1/4 cup coco flour and 3 whole eggs. I also used just 1/2 cup swerve, and subbed the butter for coco oil for each batch. Both batches were good, the whole egg batch rose just a little bit higher than the egg white batch. Only difference I noticed is there were a tad bit drier than the almond flour version, but still chewy when chilled.
    Neither the almond flour version nor the coco flour version crisped up for me, but when chilled the chewiness makes up for the lack of crispiness.

    We are long time low-carbers and we loved this recipe. A new treat that I will keep on hand from now on, thank you!

    Do you know how well they freeze?

  34. How about gluten-free all purpose flour? I’m new to this gluten-free, dairy-free diet and still trying to figure out correct/possible/permissable substitutes. Thanks!

    • Carolyn says:

      That might work. It has less fat and is more absorbent than almond flour so you will probably need a bit less of it.

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