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Low Carb Valentine’s Day Brownies

Cuteness overload! Bake these Low Carb Brownies for you hunny or kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Pan of Low Carb Valentine's Day Brownies, fresh from the oven and sliced into 9 squares.

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At last these these lovely brownies make their debut on the blog!

I’ve been working on a low carb brownie recipe for a long time. Seriously, it’s basically embarrassing how long it took me to perfect. But what timing? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I decided to create these adorable Low Carb Valentine’s Day Brownies just for the occasion!

I love the little red hearts. They are so cute! This is the perfect sugar-free dessert for the little ones. My girls were so excited to see the brownies come out of the oven with the red hearts submerged into the brownies like magic. I hope you love these beauties too!

Why it works

  1. Ultimately fudgy, these low carb brownies are ultra chocolatey and crazy addicting.
  2. They are so easy to make! You’re looking at about 15 minutes of easy prep to make these beauties.
  3. Perfect for Valentine’s Day! This sugar free dessert is specially designed for cuteness overload – great to surprise your honey or make for your kids.
Freshly baked pan full of Low Carb Valentine's Day Brownies, sliced into 9 and one brownie removed.

Ingredients

  • cream cheese
  • powdered monk fruit / erythritol sweetener
  • vanilla
  • butter
  • eggs
  • almond flour
  • sea salt
  • cocoa powder
  • instant coffee
  • red food colouring gel

Powdered Monk Fruit / Erythritol SweetenerMy favourite low carb sweetener! I buy it in granular form from either SoNourished or Lakanto, then turn into into powdered form with a coffee grinder. Grab a clean coffee grinder, add about 1/4 cup granular sweetener and ‘blitz’ it for a moment or two – you’ve got yourself some powdered sweetener!

Instant Coffee – Adding coffee to chocolate desserts doesn’t usually add a lot of coffee flavour, if any at all; it simply amplifies the richness of the chocolate! In this case, I did add a touch more than I normally would, so you can just barely pick out the coffee flavour, but most likely only if you know it’s there! If you want zero coffee flavour, cut back the 1 tbsp to 2 tsp.

Red Food Colouring Gel – Food colouring gel is not the same as the liquid! Ever tried to dye something red with the liquid food colouring? It turns pink. I mean, if you want pink hearts, that’s totally cool too, I just personally really love the bright red hearts!

Stack of low carb valentine's day brownies.

How to make Low Carb Valentine’s Day Brownies

The brownie

Start by heating your oven to 350°, then cover the entire outside of an 8×8″ baking pan with tin foil. Spray the inside of the pan with oil and set aside.

Melt the butter and set aside. Sift the almond flour, salt, cocoa and instant coffee into a medium sized bowl and mix well, then set aside.

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whip the cream cheese until it’s nice and smooth. Sift in 1/4 cup of the sweetener and mix well, scraping the bowl once or twice. Stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla, then scoop out about 3 tbsp of the batter and set aside; this will be for the hearts.

Mix in the remaining sweetener, then the eggs, one at a time, scraping in between each addition, then stir in the melted butter and remaining vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the cream cheese and stir just until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan, then spread out evenly with a spatula.

The hearts

Mix red food colouring gel into the reserved batter that was set aside, until you have a bright red colour, then scrape it into a piping bag. Pipe 9 hearts evenly onto the brownie batter using a fairly thin layer. During the baking process the hearts will sink into the brownie batter.

Bake it

Bake the brownie in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Depending on your oven it could be a few minutes sooner or a few minutes later.

You’ll know it’s ready when you see cracks around the edges of the brownie, the edges will begin to pull away from the edge of the pan and the very center will still be jiggly and have a shiny glaze to it.

Cool completely before cutting into squares. Keep refrigerated.

Expert Tips

  1. Begin with room temperature ingredientsthis will help the mixing process.
  2. Make sure the tin foil comes all the way up all four sides of the baking pan. This helps to minimize the possibility of over cooked brownie edges.
  3. Scrape all the way down to the bottom of the bowl in between each addition – this will help to keep the batter lump free.
  4. If you have a small heart shaped cookie cutter, lightly press it evenly onto the brownie to use as a guide to make even shaped hearts.
  5. Don’t over bake – You’ll know it’s ready when you see cracks around the edges of the brownie, the edges will begin to pull away from the edge of the pan and the very center will still be jiggly and have a shiny glaze to it.
Platter of low carb valentine's day brownies.

Looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner to go with these brownies?

I love Valentine’s Day! Since we had children, my husband and I have spent every Valentine’s Day at home. It’s so nice to skip the busy restaurants, create a delicious meal with a decadent dessert, all while sipping a fine merlot in the comfort out our own home.

This past year, for the main entree, I made my Prosciutto, Pesto and Feta Stuffed Flank Steak. I am OBSESSED with this dish. Juicy meat loaded with all my favourite things? Yes please!

For a side that is just as yummy I made some seriously delicious Green Beans with Bacon and Almonds. This is definitely my favourite way to do green beans. Sweet and salty with a little bit of toasty? Yes please!

Love this recipe? Try these low carb desserts next:

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Freezer Cookies

Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cup Parfait

Chocolate Almond Truffles

Peanut Butter Cookies

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5 from 9 votes

Low Carb Valentine’s Day Brownies

Dive into fudge heaven with these deliciously adorable Low Carb Valentine’s Day Brownies. There’s not a lot better than guilt free indulgence!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian, Low Carb
Keyword low carb brownies, low carb dessert, Valentine’s Day
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 brownies
Calories 241kcal
Author Aleta

Ingredients

  • 1 x 8oz full fat cream cheese room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered monk fruit / erythritol divided
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract divided
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt grey or pink himalayan
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • Red food colouring gel

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

    The Brownie

    • Heat oven to 350°. Cover the bottom and side of a 8×8” baking dish with tin foil and spray the inside with olive or avocado oil, then set aside.
    • Melt the butter and set aside. Sift the almond flour, salt, cocoa and instant coffee into a medium sized bowl and mix well, then set aside.
    • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whip the cream cheese until it's nice and smooth. Sift in 1/4 cup sweetener and mix well, scraping the bowl once or twice. Stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla, then scoop out 3 tbsp of the batter and set aside; this will be for the hearts.
    • Mix in the remaining sweetener, then the eggs, one at a time, scraping in between each addition, then stir in the melted butter and remaining vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the cream cheese and stir just until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan, then spread out evenly with a spatula.

    The Hearts

    • Mix red food colouring gel into the reserved batter that was set aside, until you have a bright red colour, then scrape it into a piping bag. Pipe 9 hearts evenly onto the brownie batter using a fairly thin layer.

    Bake It

    • Bake the brownie in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the edges have begun to pull away from the sides and started to form cracks. The center will still be jiggly but have a shiny glaze to it.
    • Cool completely before cutting into squares and keep refrigerated.

    Notes

    Expert Tips

    1. Begin with room temperature ingredientsthis will help the mixing process.
    2. Make sure the tin foil comes all the way up all four sides of the baking pan. This helps to minimize the possibility of over cooked brownie edges.
    3. Scrape all the way down to the bottom of the bowl in between each addition – this will help to keep the batter lump free.
    4. If you have a small heart shaped cookie cutter, lightly press it evenly onto the brownie to use as a guide to make even shaped hearts.
    5. Don’t over bake – You’ll know it’s ready when you see cracks around the edges of the brownie, the edges will begin to pull away from the edge of the pan and the very center will still be jiggly and have a shiny glaze to it.

    Nutrition Facts

    Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  
     * Net carb count excludes both fibre and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people.
    Deduct fibre (1.7g per serving) and sugar alcohols (16g per serving) to get 2.7 g net carbs per serving.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1square | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 230mg | Fiber: 1.7g

    30 Comments

    1. These are adorable! Great tips for the food color gel. Can’t wait to make them for Valentine’s Day!

    2. What a fun and cute idea! The low carb aspect definitely helps keep us on a healthier track, too. This is so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    3. 5 stars
      These brownies are super cute! And they look incredibly decadent inside too! I bet my girls would love for us to make these together and would have so much fun making the hearts! 🙂

    4. 5 stars
      That is some fudgy goodness right there! These brownies look so yummy and decadent!

    5. 5 stars
      These are so cute. I love how simple and easy these are too. Those hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day – I know someone who will love this. Gotta share.

    6. 5 stars
      You have my heart with those hearts! These brownies are so cute! I’m sending this recipe over to my cousin. Her 8-year-old is getting into baking. She’s going to love these!

    7. 5 stars
      These are just too cute, especially for Valentine’s Day. I love that I can sneak one of these without feeling guilty!

    8. 5 stars
      These look fantastic! We love to eat low-carb so these would go over well in my house. I also really like that they’re dressed up for Valentine’s day – super cute!

    9. Awww how cute! These are super cute for Valentine’s Day

    10. Marisa Franca

      5 stars
      The brownies with the hearts are adorable. What a treat for those who have to watch their sugar intake or just want to cut their calories. I bet your kiddos had a great time sampling the goodies. And you are so right — chocolate and coffee go hand in hand.

    11. Loving that these are low carb and the hearts in the center are so pretty! Perfect V-Day treat for those on Keto 😀

    12. 5 stars
      These brownies are so cute! I love that they are low carb too. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    13. 5 stars
      Aren’t those little hearts adorable!! I would never have thought to add food coloring to the batter and piping them on there, so cute! And I am with you on staying in for valentines day, definitely makes for a more relaxing evening!

    14. Oh wow. These brownies sure look romantic and beautiful. I’ve tried all sorts of brownies but never with cream cheese. I just must make this. I bet it taste amazing. The texture looks so good! Saving to make for Valentines. Thanks!

    15. My hubby said they were great, very soft and fugey

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