Delicious & Carb-Conscious Chocolate Brownies and Muffins

Can you really put delicious and carb-conscious in the same sentence? According to Nutriseed NuMe, their Not-So-Naughty Chocolate & Pecan Nut Muffin premix and Chocolate & Pecan Brownie premix are just that. But I am not one to take accusations of carb-conscious deliciousness lightly, so I decided to try them for myself. Or let my kids try them anyway – they are the ultimate critics when it comes to food!

I don’t like sugar. I firmly believe its evil and that it has an addictive ability rivalled by hard substances. And the reason that I say that is that 1) my kids turn into monsters when they CAN’T have sugar, and 2) they turn into monsters when they DO get sugar. It really is that uncomfortable between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place scenario. You don’t win either way. The only solution is to give them something that is such a great imitation of the real deal so that they get the endorphin benefit without the crazy.

But kids are amazing little connoisseurs when it comes to sugar: they can spot a fake a mile away. I have tried baking butternut muffins with agave, or sugar-free chocolate, and a host of other things, all of which they refused to eat. So these teatime treats really had the bar at a super high level: they have to compete with sugar-laden delicacies. Oh well, it was worth a try!

Let’s Put Them To The Test!

The preparation time of these babies is about 30 seconds – seriously. You mix the contents of each packet with 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 5ml of vanilla, and then spoon it into a muffin pan and brownie tray. Done. I’ll admit that I licked the spoon when I was done – and it was deeply rich and delicious!

While they baked, I melted a leftover chocolate bunny from Easter with a little milk and crushed a few pecan nuts for the brownies.

Pour the melted chocolate over the brownies while they are still hot and sprinkle with the nuts.

Once the muffins have cooled, you can sprinkle them with a teaspoon of icing sugar.

And YES – I did decorate both with sugar – BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO BE THAT MOTHER THAT DEPRIVES THEM COMPLETELY. But to fair, the total amount of carbs per serving is 2g, and I added another 5g to each. Show me another cupcake with 7g of carbs, and I will eat that as well 😉

And the kids LOVED them. The brownies were finished before the chocolate had settled, and the muffins are great for a lunchbox treat.

Happy Baking!

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