Sugar Free Mini Brownies

by Lori and Michelle on March 18, 2011

Michelle and I are always thinking of new ways of getting our daily fix of dessert even on a Candida cleanse. Priorities right 😉

You know when you have those days when you just crave chocolate and all you need is a little bit. That was the mood we were in when creating this recipe.

We still have yet to try to make a blondie… we know Veggie Girl has some really good recipes (we made one of her recipes for our family back home and they all loved it)

These decadent chocolate mini brownies were perfect!

Hard to believe they contain no sugar :) We gobbled these mini sugar-free brownies in no time and enjoyed each little bite!

Let cool and dig in!

A little chocolate.

A little sweetness.

A little piece of heaven.

Here are some ideas to help you if you do not have all these ingredients on hand!


– if you do not have mesquite flour you can use any other flour as a substitute ( any GF, nut or regular flour)

– can use unsweetened applesauce or any puree instead of pumpkin puree

– can use stevia instead of xylitol ( if using powdered stevia start with 1/4 tsp and increase till you liking) **I guess next time we will have to make these with stevia

– if you are not watching your sugar you can use regular sugar of your choice; add 1-2 tbsp (more if you like it real sweet)

– if you do not like coconut oil, use any liquid oil of your choice

– can sub out the water for any non-dairy milk of choice

Other great brownie recipes of ours to check out:

Raw brownie

Chewy gluten free brownie

Brownie sandwich

Video of me making a brownie

I never really considered myself a brownie person, but I guess I do like a good brownie from time to time 😉

Till next time,


{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie @ Baking Charms March 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

Ahh thank you for this recipe! Can’t wait to start trying out more sugar-free recipes :)

Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

I haven’t really experimented much with xylitol; seeing it on here often tells me I should at least try it out! I thought about putting some on top of my raspberry scones last week as a “sugar” dust on the top, but didn’t want to have to go to the store, heh. (Lazy) This looks absolutely delicious! :)

Christine (The Raw Project) March 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

Yum, this recipe looks wonderful and perfect for Friday. Something I need to try when I get all the ingredients. :-) Thanks and happy Friday!

Jenny March 18, 2011 at 7:58 am

I love the mix of mint and chocolate!

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free March 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

These look fantastic!!! Were they bitter? I just adore bitter chocolate!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

These are adorable, and I LOVE that pedestal!

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

Katie – we are knew to xylitol, just stated using it a few weeks ago. I think it would be great on top of scones.

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

Jenny – mint chocolate is one of our favorite combos!

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 8:35 am

Alex – no we did not find them too bitter, a simple balanced flavor

Ashley March 18, 2011 at 9:00 am

You two are just so creative!! Love that cake stand…so pretty! Brownie sandwich??? Need to check that out!

Katie March 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

Shut up! I just made mini brownie bites on Sunday!!! And they were gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.

Gillian March 18, 2011 at 10:23 am

You ladies are so creative and brilliant- what a delicious looking treat!!!

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

Thanks Ashley, it is one of our favorite cake stands!

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

Katie – ok seriously we think alike all the time :) that is why we love ya!!

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

Thank you Gillian!!

(what runs) Lori March 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

…where were these yesterday?!?!?! YUM!!!!

I’m totally making these…

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Although I am not really a chocolate or brownie person, I always get those cravings from time to time. These looks delicious! Love the cake stand too…so cute!

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thanks Sarena!

Frannie March 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Very interesting ingredients. They look fabulous!

Little Bookworm March 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Love the sound of these Mini Brownies. :) Love brownies. Hope the cleanse is going well!

fartygirl March 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Just when you ladies top yourselves, you top yourselves! Nice work. I love the little bits of color peeking out of the chocolate. Gorgeous work, as always! I have most of the ingredients on hand. Totally making this tomorrow!!!

Ela March 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Sounds great! I’m so glad that you’re exploring the no-sugar dessert thing: I find it a wonderful avenue of exploration.

I was going to ask if the chia seeds were whole or ground, but I think I see them whole in there!

I’m also wondering whether you think they would work in a pan, or whether they need to be separate like cupcakes.

Great creativity, as always! I definitely think of you as brownie queens.

emma March 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

My favourite Twins! I’m always so impressed by your recipes. I especially love the last section as I often struggle getting hold of some “American” ingredients. I long for a Whole Foods – the nearest one is in London!! (300miles away!) xxxxx

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Ohhhh those look so CHOCOLATEY!!! I love how really dark chocolate desserts don’t need as much sugar as other flavor baked goods. The dark stuff speaks for itself!!

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

thanks Fartygirl! HUGS

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Yes Ela they are whole, sorry we forgot to mention that about the chia seeds! And yes it should work fine in a pan, they just are a little delicate.

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Emma wow 300 miles away I am not sure what I would do without one close by, LOL

Pure2 March 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

SO true Gabriela!!

rebecca lustig March 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

oh my gosh they look SO rich and decadent to be sugar free!

michaela March 19, 2011 at 12:27 am

This looks great I have question about xylitol, why you choose this kind of “sweetener” I mean it is better option than stevia, when you compare taste and health concern. I think stevia is better option but probably xylitol has better taste. Thanks a lot.
PS: I have found in natural zing yacon syrup which has 0 GI,that is write on it, it is something new and RAW yacon

Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 19, 2011 at 1:18 am

sugar free brownies–that’s music to my ears! here in New Zealand, brownies are always labeled as “American Brownies” HA! apparently they are American! i love that they contain pumpkin :) thats great!

Pure2 March 19, 2011 at 5:26 am

MIchaela, yes we know about yacon, we love it! Now for stevia vs xylitol I am not sure what one is necessary the best because I have heard pros and cons for each one; therefore I use a mix of both of them in my diet. I like both, I personally do not notice any major change in taste when I am using xylitol yet. If you like stevia and your body is liking than that is fine, keep doing it. To me it is just nice to know that there are a few different low GI options out there for me to experiment with.

Alison March 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I also did the 4 Minute challenge earlier this week…it was no joke! I LOVE the workouts and Z & F are awesome! Those brownies look tasty! I too struggle with Candida…it has to be the worst/most annoying thing ever! Thanks for posting recipes I can actually have:)

hihorosie March 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Those look so tasty! Thanks for sharing.

MarathonVal March 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I think it would be fascinating if you would post about xylitol and why you use it!

jenny April 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm

i think i’m going to make these tonight! thanks twins!

Beth July 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I am definitely in that “I just need chocolate at any cost” mode right now. These sound wonderful (I love my brownies not-too-sweet). and look lovely. You girls never cease to impress me with your ideas!

Pure2 July 23, 2011 at 5:44 am

Aww thank you so much Beth, that means a lot! Yes love chocolate

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