I work in a radiation oncology clinic. Sometimes, patients bring the staff treats. We work long, busy days, and lunch is not always an option. These treats can be incredibly tempting. While I had previously not eaten a donut in years, once I joined this clinic, I started having at least one per week. Once I acclimated to one per week, it was a slippery slope to two per week, then two per day. These donuts were a wretched gateway sugar food that contributed to my 56 pound weight gain during my pregnancy.
These donuts (and brownies and cookies) still grace our clinic on a regular basis, as do large cakes purchased by our department for staff meetings. One thing helps me “just say no” to these addictive sugar-laden foods: knowing that I have something even more delicious and keto-friendly at home!
I found this recipe when I was about one month into keto in the reddit/ketorecipes pages when I had a brownie craving. I first made it with a powdered stevia blend, which did not do well at all and seemed gritty in the brownie portion. But it seemed like a very promising recipe, so I tried again with swerve. I have since made this recipe more times than I can count. My husband and I fight over these brownies; my toddler son asks for “more, more” whenever they are outside the refrigerator. I made it while staying with non-keto-following family members to help me resist the temptation in the house (as they always have both home-cooked and store-bought sweet goods around). I had to protect these brownies from my family members, as they were choosing to eat these over their conventional sweet goods!
This recipe makes a very dense, dark chocolate-tasting brownie. The cream cheese topping is necessary to cut through some of the richness of the brownie and adds some sweetness. In contrast to brownies from a box mix, I can’t eat more than two of these cheesecake brownies at a time due to the richness (which is great from a control-your-calories perspective). If you wanted a sweeter brownie, you certainly could add more Swerve/Erythritol to the brownie batter and cheesecake layer. I’ve also considered replacing some of the almond flour with coffee grounds, but haven’t yet tried that.
Keto Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies
For Cheesecake Layer
- 8 oz Cream Cheese
- 50 g Erythritol Swerve
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
For Brownie Layer
- 8 tbsp Butter, Unsalted
- 140 g Erythritol Swerve
- 80 g Cocoa Powder
- 0.5 tsp Salt
- 2 Large Eggs
- 70 g Almond Flour
- If your cream cheese is not already at room temperature, place it into a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until it is soft, stirring every 30 seconds.
- Add 50 g swerve to the cream cheese and mix with a hand mixer until creamy.
- Add 1 large egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract and mix with had mixer until well-incorporated; don’t over mix. Set aside
- In a separate bowl, place the 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, 140 g swerve, 80 g cocoa powder, and 0.5 tsp salt. Microwave in 30 second increments until all the butter is melted and the swerve is dissolved, stirring after every 15-30 seconds to prevent cocoa or swerve from getting stuck on the bowel. Mix well with a hand mixer and` let cool slightly.
- While this mixture cools, spray a 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
- Add 2 large eggs, one at time, mixing with the hand mixer until just incorporated after each egg.
- Add 70 g almond flour and mix. This will thicken your dough.
- Spread 75% of the brownie batter into the pan with parchment paper. It will be very thick, but it will still cover the whole bottom if you patiently spread it with a spatula.
- Next, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the brownie batter.
- Divide the remaining brownie batter into 5 even dollops, and drop onto the cream cheese mixture. Use a toothpick to swirl it with the cream cheese.
- Bake at 350°F(176°C) for about 30 minutes, until the cream cheese is set in the center but still jiggly, and the edges of the cheesecake layer are slightly browned.
- While it is best served after being chilled in the refrigerator, it is fine served after minimal time to permit it to cool.