NOTE: Low carb eating seems to be healthier because you don't experience the blood sugar spikes and troughs. This is a topic in itself. Let me just say that if you are tired or hungry all the time, or can't seem to lose weight, you may want to consider lowering your carb intake to see if it helps. A good place to start is The Metabolism Miracle by Diane Kress.
After months of experimenting I've found the Holy Grail of Low-Carb Frosted Brownies. My 16 year old son, a picky taster, says these are indistinguishable from my award-winning regular brownies I make for him sometimes for an after-school snack You will be amazed. These are dense, moist, deep chocolate brownies that are incredible.
I use Hershey's Special Dark cocoa -- for best results use this or other Dutch-processed cocoa. The regular cocoa has no taste.
You can get the exotic ingredients (protein powder, almond flour, xylitol or maltilol, sugar-free chocolate chips) at a health food store or online at a company like Netrition.com.
1 cup melted butter or extra-light olive oil
1 cup Splenda
1 cup Xylitol or Maltilol
2 tsp vanilla
4 whole eggs
12 T (3/4 cup) cocoa
3/4 cup protein powder
3/4 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or put parchment paper in 13x9x2 pan.
Blend butter/oil, Splenda, Xylitol, vanilla, and eggs until smooth. Stir in cocoa and protein powder. Stir in almond flour, baking powder, and salt until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into pan, and bake 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (Don't overbake). Cool and frost with either #1 or #2 frostings.
This is a quick and easy frosting.
2/3 cup Splenda
2/3 cup protein powder
4 T (1/4 cup) cocoa
1/3 cup butter or olive oil
dash of salt
Mix Splenda, protein powder, cocoa, olive oil, and salt until crumbly. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until smooth. If icing becomes too thin mix in more protein powder. Spread over brownies.
This makes a creamy frosting that swirls beautifully.
1 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
2 T milk
Melt chocolate over low heat or double boiler. Add milk and stir until blended. Remove from heat. Blend with handblender until smooth and fluffy, then spread over brownies.