Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Brownies
Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Brownies are posted in memory of Grandma Willey; here’s my healthier version of her famous brownies with walnuts.
When you see my stack of darkly chocolate brownies with walnuts, you may think I’m just posting them as a sweet treat for the holidays, but there’s also a heart-warming story behind this stack of brownies. Just over two weeks ago my sister Pam’s mother-in-law passed away. When I went to the viewing for Grandma Willey there was a table of memories of her life, along with a stack of printed recipe cards and a little sign that said “Dorothy’s favorite recipe, please take one.” On the card was the recipe for Dot’s Brownies.
Grandma Willey wasn’t technically a relative of mine, but I did see her often at Willey family events and always enjoyed her warm personality, her forthright comments, and her political philosophies, including the strong belief in women’s rights that she held way before it became common. The last few years of her life she suffered with very poor eyesight, and I admired the way Pam’s husband Kelly and his sister Elizabeth took care of their mom’s every need. I’m pretty sure Grandma Willey didn’t use a computer and I’m not sure if she even knew about my little blog, but I thought it would be fun to try the recipe and post it on the blog as a tribute to her, so I decided to see if I could come up with a sugar-free and whole wheat adaptation that worked.
Grandma Willey’s brownies had frosting, something I didn’t think was necessary for a sugar-free version. But when I tried the recipe the first time just substituting sweetener for the sugar, I thought they were not quite sweet enough, so the version I’m sharing here has an extra 1/2 cup of sweetener for a recipe that makes 12 large brownies. Grandma Willey used margarine (probably this was a depression-era recipe) but I liked the version with butter the best; use margarine or a blend of margarine/coconut oil if you prefer. I also switched the white flour for white whole wheat, something I use in almost all my baking experiments.
Even with my addition of more sweetener, this is not a super-sweet brownie the way I’ve made it, which suits my tastebuds perfectly. I’ll always remember Grandma Willey mostly for the goodness she instilled in her son Kelly, who has done so many nice things for me during my life, but now I have a great brownie recipe to remember her by as well.
How to Make Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Brownies:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Use the microwave to melt the butter or oil/margarine of your choice in a bowl that’s big enough to hold all the ingredients.
- Mix 7 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the melted butter.
- In a smaller bowl, beat 4 eggs with Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or other sweetener of your choice. (I originally made these with a combination of granulated Stevia and brown sugar, but now I like the version with Golden Monkfruit Sweetener just as well for a sugar-free brownie.)
- Mix the egg mixture into the cocoa powder mixture.
- Then add the flour, salt, and vanilla and stir to combine.
- I loved the part of the recipe that said 1 cup nuts (hand broken) and I did indeed break them by hand.
- Press the mixture into a sprayed baking dish. I used a glass dish that was about 8″ x 11″ which gave me twelve large brownies.
- Bake at 350F/180C for 30 minutes, and then let the brownies cool in the pan for a few minutes before cutting.
More Sugar-Free or Low-Sugar Recipes with Chocolate:
Whole Grain Low-Sugar (or sugar-free) Chocolate Cookies with Pecans
Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
Flourless Sugar-Free Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Sugar-Free and Flourless Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies
If you don't have butter you can use margarine or coconut oil; do not use margarine that has water as the first ingredient. I'm a huge fan of Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) but use another sweetener or brown sugar if you prefer. Recipe adapted from Dot’s Brownies, the favorite brownie recipe of Grandma Willey. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g
If you don't have butter you can use margarine or coconut oil; do not use margarine that has water as the first ingredient. I'm a huge fan of Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) but use another sweetener or brown sugar if you prefer.
Recipe adapted from Dot’s Brownies, the favorite brownie recipe of Grandma Willey.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.