Oh yes. Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting…
… Are you craving dessert yet??
The past few days I have been teasing about a healthy brownie recipe on Instagram that is out of this world! The brownies have no flour, no added sugars, and no oils except for the scant amount of coconut oil I recommend greasing the pan with before baking. This brownie recipe is perfect on its own, but I thought I would kick it up another notch by making a light ‘frosting’ that takes this sweet and healthy(er) dessert to a whole other level.
The brownie recipe, which could also be classified as a sheet cake in my opinion, is actually adapted from this recipe from Lindsay for Sweet Potato Brownies. I liked the simple ingredients and the no flour and no added sugar concept of her recipe, but lo and behold, there were no sweet potatoes in sight when I went to bake. So what do you do in a situation like this when you want to make Sweet Potato Brownies, but with no sweet potatoes? You improvise, of course!
Although using a potato was out of the question, I went for the next tried and true orange produce I could think of and knew would be stocked in my pantry, pumpkin puree! I also kept the date concept Lindsay suggested in place of sugar because I thought it was not only an ingenious and all-natural way to sweeten up the recipe, but it also added the perfect amount of moisture to the dish as well. Sometimes when baking healthy treats without oils, the baked good can turn out really dry, but I found that using dates kept the batter from drying out while baking. Genius! I also replaced the applesauce with plain Greek yogurt since it was what I had on hand.
Along with the lightened-up brownie recipe came a frosting that literally is the ‘icing on the cake,’ or so to speak. By using plain Greek yogurt as my base, I added in cocoa powder, Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips, and Nutella for even more chocolate flavor and to sweeten it up a bit. Oh. My. Goodness. Feel free to make the brownies alone, but the Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting really does complete this special treat!
Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies with Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting
Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies:
1 cup dates
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup peanut butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup dark chocolate chips (I recommend using Ghiradelli! I have yet to find a better chip!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a high powered blender, place all ingredients except chocolate chips. Blend until batter is combined and smooth.
Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan using coconut oil or cooking spray, and pour in batter.
Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and bake 15 minutes.
Serve warm with a little ice cream on top, or with Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting!
Triple Chocolate Greek Yogurt Frosting:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup Nutella
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Spread frosting on top of a batch of Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies, or take a spoon and eat all on its own for a chocolate yogurt dessert!
- Which chocolate dessert do you prefer: Cake or Brownies?
- What are your thoughts on frosting? Are you more of a cake girl, or do you prefer the icing?
- Do you follow recipes perfectly, or do you tend to improvise when needed?