8 oz pecans (about 2 heaping cups) (or most nuts would work, like walnuts)
1/2 c sour cream (120 g)
4 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 t maple extract
1/2 t peppermint extract
1 T honey (can sub Swerve sweetener for lower net carbs)
1 T inulin chicory root fiber*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
(1/2 c optional sweetener of choice, i.e. erythriyol (for Keto), coconut palm sugar, coconut nectar...)
1/2 c coconut oil (112 g)
4 oz. softened cream cheese
1 T honey (or 5 drops stevia, or Swerve confectioners)
1/3 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 t peppermint extract (or 2 drops food grade peppermint essential oil)
1 t alcohol-free vanilla extract
*Inulin is a naturally sweet pre-biotic fiber with practically no net carbs. Can be omitted but you might have to add another sweetener to stand in.
In a food processor, blend pecans or walnuts until smooth and starting to turn into almond butter consistency. Add eggs one at a time, blending completely after each of them. Once fully incorporated, add sour cream, cream cheese, cocoa powder, vanilla, maple, mint, honey and inulin (and optional additional sweetener if using). Blend until smooth. Pulse in baking soda and salt.
Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with coconut oil.
Pour batter into dish.
Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes until knife inserted in center just barely comes out clean.
Don't over bake!
Cool to room temperature. In the meantime, make mint topping.
Add all ingredients into the high speed blender (I used a Vitamix). If desired, you can always add more honey to taste. Blend until creamy and smooth (might take a few minutes unless you melted the coconut oil first). Put in the fridge to firm up until brownies are cooled enough to frost.
Frost cooled brownies with mint topping. Store in the fridge- even better the next day!
Makes about 16 brownies.
Each brownie is approximately:
24 g fat
6.5 g total carbs
2.5 g fiber
4 g net carbs
3.8 g protein
I hope you love them as much as I do.
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