What’s better than dark chocolate and nut butter? Dark chocolate, nut butter and cream cheese of course.
If you’re looking to mix up your standard brownie recipe, you’re in the right spot.
Keto cheesecake is a standard classic when it comes to keto desserts, and brownies are a dime a dozen. This ingenious combination makes for a treat you and your guests will never forget.
These low-carb mocha cheesecake brownies are:
The main ingredients are:
Optional additional ingredients:
- Almond flour
- Vanilla extract
3 Health Benefits of These Mocha Cheesecake Brownie Bites
#1: Supports Your Eyes
Although these mocha cheesecake brownie bites may taste and feel like a treat, they offer some fantastic health benefits.
One of the health-promoting ingredients in this keto dessert recipe is eggs. Aside from being an excellent source of protein, eggs are a rich source of the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two of the most essential nutrients you can consume for eye health. As antioxidants, they have an affinity for your eye (specifically the retina) and help protect your eyes from oxidative damage[*].
High concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin are also associated with a reduced risk for common eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration[*].
#2: Antioxidant Rich
While eggs provide a rich resource of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, chocolate also comes packed with some antioxidants of its own.
In fact, cocoa contains more polyphenol antioxidants than most foods, including catechin, epicatechin, and procyanidins.
These antioxidants are protective of your heart, influence insulin sensitivity, and are anti-inflammatory. They’re also involved in your immune response and may affect gene expression.
Antioxidants are a crucial component of your body’s system. Without sufficient antioxidants to balance out reactive oxygen species, oxidative stress could take over and cause tissue and cell damage, or worse.
Cocoa consumption, in particular, may have beneficial effects on cognitive function, mood, and UV damage[*].
#3: Improves Nail Health
Sure, the health of your nails may not be on the top of your list when it comes to concerns around wellness. However, nail health says more about what’s going on inside your body than you may think.
In fact, your hair and nails are often used as diagnostic criteria in ancient forms of medicine like TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and Ayurveda (ancient medicine of India).
Not to mention, for those struggling with brittle nails, it can become quite a nuisance or even painful to deal with.
So how do you strengthen your nails? Research shows that collagen can both improve nail strength and enhance nail growth.
In one study, researchers gave a group of volunteers with brittle nail syndrome oral collagen supplementation for 24-weeks. Brittle nail syndrome is a common condition marked by roughness, raggedness, and peeling of the nails.
After the trial, the participants showed significant improvement in nail strength, less breakage, and a 12% increase in nail growth rate[*].
Mocha Cheesecake Brownie Bites
An essential part of following the keto diet is finding low-carb desserts that can calm your sweet tooth without tossing you out of ketosis.
With a carb count of only 3.6 grams per brownie, and net carbs of only 1.6 grams you can enjoy these keto treats guilt-free.
And if you really want to jazz them up add in some sugar-free chocolate chips.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 16 1x
2 scoops Perfect Keto Chocolate Collagen
1 packet of Perfect Keto Instant Mocha Coffee
½ cup cacao or cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 cup Perfect Keto Nut Butter (or creamy almond butter)
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons non-alcoholic vanilla flavoring
Cream Cheese Filling:
4 ounces softened cream cheese
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons non-alcoholic vanilla flavoring
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Grease an 8×8 baking dish and set aside.
- In a large bowl or food processor mix together the chocolate collagen, cacao, and coconut flour.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the nut butter, eggs, vanilla.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and mix in the sweetener until combined.
- Equally disperse the batter into the baking dish.
- In a small bowl, whip together the cream cheese, heavy cream, vanilla, and sweetener (to taste).
- Pour the cream cheese layer over the brownie layer and using a silicone spatula or fork, gently swirl the cream cheese filling into the brownie batter.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes.
- Serving Size: 1 brownie bite
- Calories: 170.2
- Fat: 114.2g
- Carbohydrates: 3.6 (Net: 1.6 )
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 7.5
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