In theory, brownies are the perfect food. They're chocolaty, kinda cakelike, go well with ice cream and have just enough crispy crunch. In reality, brownies can be kind of a pain to make and are a total nightmare for anyone who fears carbs. Except this recipe.

This quick skillet recipe is super-easy to whip up and will satisfy all of your chocolate cravings without a ton of carbs. Now if we could just find a way to take all of the calories out of ice cream, life would be perfect.

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Our skillet brownie takes less than 20 minutes to make and serves exactly two. Or one, if you prefer.

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Low-carb skillet brownie for two recipe

Nutritional Counts:

Food energy: 198 kcal; Total fat: 23.81 g; Calories from fat: 214; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Carbohydrate, by difference: 9.26 g; Total dietary fiber: 4.57 g; Protein: 7.14 g; Sodium: 278 mg

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Swerve Sweetener or other granulated erythritol
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and lightly grease a 6-inch ovenproof skillet (you can also use a 6-inch casserole dish).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cocoa powder, sweetener and baking powder.
  3. Stir in the water, oil or melted butter, egg and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared skillet and sprinkle with chocolate chips, if using.
  5. Bake 13 to 16 minutes, or until puffed but not quite set. The brownie should jiggle a bit in the center when shaken.
  6. Remove and top with lightly sweetened whipped cream or your favorite low-carb ice cream. Serve immediately.

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Updated by Sarah Long on 6/27/17.