Lately, my husband has been on a brownie kick. He rarely eats sweets, but every now and then he will crave something and before you know it, 2 weeks have gone by with him eating some sweet treat every day! We’ve had weeks of gummy bears, caramel corn, and now… brownies.
We’re talking these kinds of brownies:
Kyle has been buying a box from the store weekly for the past, I don’t even know, maybe 5 weeks?
Inevitably, if there are brownies around, I will eat them. In the morning when I go downstairs to make my coffee, I will slice off a little brownie sliver to enjoy while my coffee brews. Then when I come home from work, it’s brownie time! And after dinner, who doesn’t need another brownie for dessert?
To avoid eating 3 brownies a day, I normally ask Kyle to hide them from me. Every now and then I will ask him for a brownie and he will take them out of hiding so I can have one. But, this technique does prevent me from having multiples each day.
I thought it would be helpful to come up with some healthy brownie alternatives, so here goes! I’d love to hear what you use as a sweet alternative when you want to avoid hanging out with Betty Crocker every day 🙂
1. Chocolate protein cookies or protein brownies
I recently made these and they were oh so good! I improvised the recipe, but it was something like:
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 mashed banana
I’ve used basically the same recipe to make protein brownies, but added in chocolate chips and some fresh mulberries. These were AMAZING.
2. Chocolate ‘brownie’ pudding
I swear this really tastes like brownie batter. I find it to be so rich and decadent! I like to top it with some nuts or anything else crunchy I have lying around like granola. Next to a glass of almond milk, this is divine!
I take one frozen banana and microwave for 1 minute.
The banana will be all melty and mushy which is what you want.
Stir in 1 tbs coconut oil. The hot banana should melt the oil and stirring it all together should form a pudding-like consistency.
Add in 1 tbs cocoa powder. The cocoa will stiffen the pudding up a bit. If it’s still too runny for your taste, you could add some oat flour or even protein powder. This is gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free (except for the banana), and really really good.
Here’s a recipe that I found on Yummly that kind of combines the banana pudding and the avocado pudding. It sounds really good to me!!
- 2 avocado
- 1 bananas (ripe)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 4 medjool date
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsps cacao (/cocoa powder)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
3. Chocolate avocado pudding
I know it sounds weird, but I promise it’s not. There are a million recipes for chocolate avocado pudding online, but I tend to be pretty simplistic and lean toward recipes with the fewest ingredients.
I mash up 1/2 avocado. Then I add about 1 tbs cocoa powder, sometimes a little more. Then I add either stevia or maple syrup to taste. I’ve even used avocado to make chocolate frosting and it was excellent.
These little bites are super yummy, high in protein, and easy to make. What more do you want?
5. Dark chocolate
Just a few bites of really good dark chocolate can almost always quash a craving. I love this kind:
Well, actually I love all kinds. Really anything chocolate…
Tell me, what do you do when confronted with chocolate brownies every single week??