So my brother-in-law complained about the switch from decadent brownie batter cookie dough to healthy turkey pasta.
As Peter is coming to stay with us soon, David felt the need to warn his brother that we were on a refined-sugar free kick and there would probably not be blog goodies. As my dear husband mentioned this to me while walking away, he also quietly muttered that he may have mentioned something about our household being in less cheerful moods due to said lack of goodies.
First. WUT. I am always cheerful. Freaking cheerful. Second. DOES MY HUSBAND NOT KNOW ME AT ALL?!?!?! “No refined sugar” does not mean no treats! It just means healthier, naturally sweetened, and chemical free treats! Guilt-free treats!
Don’t worry, Peter. Eat your healthy turkey pasta and zucchini and you can have some lightened up dark chocolate cheesecake brownies. And be cheerful. Apparently. -_-
Lightened Up Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies
These cheesecake brownies are everything they should be. They are rich and decadent and have a creamy quality similar to cheesecake.
But they also have more structure and density, like a brownie. And these cheesecake brownies come with even more perks . . .
- oil and butter-free
- refined sugar-free (depending on the dark chocolate you use, but still very low sugar)
- primal (aka paleo with allowance for dairy)
- so so so rich and chocolatey
I used my favorite 88% dark chocolate again. It makes me happy that a portion of profits go to endangered species protection and it’s seriously the very best dark chocolate I’ve found for when I need a little hit of sweetness. Now, I should note that if you use this dark chocolate, it won’t be 100% refined sugar free… but 5 grams of chocolate for half the bar is pretty negligible. As another option, there is always Enjoy Life or Davis chocolate chips.
But enjoy the cheesecake brownies, regardless!
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