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Friday, May 27, 2016


These were delicious!  These have been tested with both cocoa and Chatfield’s® premium carob powder.  A good quality carob powder makes a good substitute for cocoa and chocolate {1 oz chocolate would equal 3 tbsp of premium carob powder (45 mL) plus 1 tbsp(15 mL) butter}.  The frosting should not be optional for this recipe…together it makes for a special brownie.  In this particular instance I doubled the amount of carob powder for the frosting.  I’m not entirely sure if that was necessary, as in the refrigerator it became quite firm – good though! Carob powder is more carby than cocoa so it is only recommended if chocolate is something you cannot have due to allergies or migraines. This recipe does not need gelatin.
I'm so very happy with this recipe using carob powder....finally I have a part of my life back again!  It tastes like chocolate to me!!  Thank you to a special reader who suggested carob powder.  Now I need to try the unsweetened carob chips and see if I like them or not. 

3 eggs
3/4  cup butter, softened (175 mL)
Liquid sweetener  (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1 cup (250 mL)
1/cup granulated erythritol, OR (125 mL)
  sweetener packets equivalent
11/tsp vanilla extract (7 mL)
3/4  cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, (175 mL)
   PLUS 2 tbsp (30 mL)
1/cup carob powder, OR cocoa powder (125 mL)
1/tsp baking powder (2 mL)
1/tsp salt (1 mL)
Milk Chocolate Frosting:
1/cup unsalted butter* (60 mL)
  (if using chocolate use half the amount)
1/cup whole, OR skim milk powder (60 mL)
3 tbsp whipping cream, OR evaporated milk (more carby)
Liquid sweetener to equal 3/4  cup sugar (175 mL)
6 tbsp carob powder, OR (90 mL)
  1 square unsweetened Baker’s® chocolate, melted (1 oz; 30 g)
2 tbsp powdered erythritol, OR (30 mL)
  3 sweetener packets (the kind for coffee)
1 tbsp water (15 mL)
1 tsp olive oil (5 mL)
1/tsp vanilla extract (2 mL)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). 

In food processor, process eggs.  Add butter, liquid sweetener, erythritol and vanilla extract; process.  In medium bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, carob powder, OR cocoa, baking powder and salt.  Add to wet ingredients; process until smooth.  Turn out into a greased 8 or 9-inch (20 or 23 cm) baking dish.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until knife inserted in brownies comes out clean.  Do not over-bake.  Allow to cool completely to room temperature.  Frost the brownies and refrigerate.  They are best once completely chilled or chilled and left at room temperature for 5 minutes.

Milk Chocolate Frosting:  In food processor, process butter, whole, OR skim milk powder, whipping cream, OR evaporated milk, liquid sweetener, carob powder, OR unsweetened Baker’s® chocolate, erythritol, OR sweetener packets, water, olive oil and vanilla extract; process.

Helpful Hint:  *I have used regular butter with the frosting before and it was fine.  

Yield:  25 servings
120.1/107.1 calories
1.8/2.3 g protein
10.3/10.2 g fat
0.7/1.0 g fiber
3.6/1.8 g net carbs

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