Dense, chocolatey brownies made with chia seeds for a healthy treat. Low carb, gluten-free and sugar-free. This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.
There are so many misconceptions about a low carb diet, I often find myself exhausted at trying to battle them all. Attempting to show people that a high fat, low carb diet is not only great for weight loss and blood glucose control, but is actually very healthy all around, takes a lot of energy. Sometimes I just want to hide in my kitchen creating delicious recipes and not bother even trying to correct these misconceptions. But I would be very remiss as a low carb advocate if I did that.
So today I am over on the Bob’s Red Mill blog, attempting to correct the idea that low carb diets are also low fiber diets. I don’t know about you, but I eat plenty of high fiber vegetables and fruits, probably more than many people who follow a more conventional “healthy” diet. In my baking, I use flour alternatives that have as much or more fiber than many whole grains. As with anything, you can also get too much dietary fiber, so it’s a balance.
And to prove my point a little, I made some healthy and delicious chia seed brownies. We all know chia is good for us and it’s a great source of fiber. I got to wondering if it would make a good addition to a sweet baked good like brownies. Let me just say that my kids adored these. They couldn’t get enough and my son declared they were the best brownies he’s ever had. Because chia tends to attract and hold moisture, they were very dense and fudgy, which is my favourite kind of brownie. If you prefer yours a little cakier, try baking a little longer. And these are a really great base recipe. I dressed mine up with a little coffee and some chocolate chunks, but they would be wonderful frosted or with nuts and other fun inclusions. Since we have yet another snow day on our hands, I am letting my kids help me make these again today!
Please check out my Mocha Chocolate Chunk Chia Seed Brownies on Bob’s Red Mill.
Serves 16. Each serving has 6 g of carbs and 4 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 2 g.
152 Calories; 14g Fat (75.7% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 69mg Cholesterol; 172mg Sodium
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. All opinions, thoughts, recipes, photography, random tangents and incoherent ramblings are my own.