April 9, 2012 by RaesOfSunshine
My goal this Pesach?
To create nutritious rich, dark chocolate brownies.
Truly setting high goals, right?
But, really. Please try to find a healthy, brownie recipe that is gluten-free, refined-sugar free, does not include 6+ eggs and enough sticks of butter to make a house.
As my freezer gets filled with frozen fruit for smoothies, fresh-made chocolate banana soft-serve, berry sorbet, and multiple variations of the Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups – My brownie dreams were put on hold.
I am obviously too busy
sneaking dark chocolate almond cups taste-testing!
Until, I received a message that included a request for a recipe of:
A fairly easy dessert that could be made at home incorporating chocolate.
Did she read my mind?
Oooh it gets better.
A dessert that is semi-healthy, lower carb, and naturally sweet with chocolate. I’m trying to get fit, but I have a huge sweet tooth; Especially for baked goods.
I know what you’re thinking.
Semi-Healthy? Healthy. Bring it on!
How about a cross between a cookie and an rich, indulgent dark chocolate brownie that is under 100 calories, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, and takes only a few minutes to whip up?
Pillows of Chocolatey Goodness
Warning: Only make if you are truly addicted to chocolate, because they are really that rich!
Makes approximately 16
- 4 extra-large egg whites (approximately 2/3s cup)
- 1/2 c 100% honey
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 & 1/4 c unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa
- 1/2 c dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
*Choose a cocoa you enjoy since the taste is very prevalent. I am a fan of the Special Dark Hershey’s cocoa, but, then again, I also like dark chocolate that is over 70% cocoa…
and long walks on the beach.. Just kidding.
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Separate your eggs and whisk your egg whites. Feel free to use a electric mixer for a few minutes until the whites are frothy – stopping when there is still a little liquid at the bottom of the bowl.
Did you know a 140lb person can burn approximately 100 calories an hour by whisking egg whites? Well, this won’t take you an hour…but keep this in mind when you reach for your beater…anyways, back to chocolatey indulgence.
- Add in the honey and vanilla and beat together. Then, slowly add-in the cocoa. Beat as you go so you get a glossy, thick mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Leave room between the cookies (at least an inch or two!)
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are set and bounce-back slightly when touched. The tops will look glossy. Don’t over-bake!
- Let the pillows of chocolate cool and go ahead indulge.
Need more excuses?
- No cholesterol
- High in dietary fiber
- High in manganese
- High in magnesium
- Only 70 calories per cookie (nutrition facts below)
Are you sold yet?
I mean, what’s a cookie recipe without a stacking photo?
To the mystery requester asking for a low-carb, easy-to-make, chocolate dessert – hope this fills the cravings! Enjoy!
Have a request? Don’t be shy – Post it!
To healthy indulgence & more beautiful days filled with RaesofSunshine
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Recipe makes 16 servings
Total Fat: 1.9g
Total Carbohydrates: 15.0g
Dietary Fiber: 2.0g