The holiday season is synonymous with festive decorations, and these Brownie Santa Hats are no exception. These bite-sized treats not only add a touch of holiday magic to your dessert table but are also gluten free and kinder on your blood sugar levels!
Indulging in festive treats doesn’t have to come at the expense of your health, especially if you’re mindful of sugar, carbs and gluten. Enter the delectable Brownie Santa Hats, a delightful gluten free holiday treat that combines the rich, chocolatey goodness of my low sugar brownies with a diabetic-friendly twist.
In this article, we’ll explore the art of creating these festive delights, and why these Santa hat brownies make such a great diabetic-friendly treat, while still keeping sugar levels in check and carbs at a minimum.
Why these brownie bites make a great Diabetic Treat
Traditional brownie recipes are often made with flour and call for copious amounts of sugar. But by using alternative sweeteners and carefully selected low-carb ingredients, these brownies offer a great low carb count option for individuals managing their blood sugar levels.
With the use of sugar substitutes like xylitol, these brownies achieve the perfect balance of sweetness without causing significant spikes in blood sugar. Also using almond flour seamlessly replaces the traditional wheat flour, reducing the overall carb count without compromising on taste and texture. It also has the added benefit of making these brownie bites gluten free.
The Brownie Santa Hats recipe makes them an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy a low carb holiday dessert without worrying about the impact on their blood glucose management.
What you will need to make Santa Hat Brownie Bites
- These almond flour chocolate brownies are not only gluten free but, thanks to some recipe tweaks, also feature an exceptionally low carb count helpful for individuals managing diabetes.
- Also known as heavy cream, it is a rich dairy product made of the cream skimmed from the top of fresh whole milk and is much thicker and richer than single cream.
- Not the best time of the year for strawberries admittedly, but most UK supermarkets will still have them available
4.5 cm round cookie cutter
How to make Brownie Santa Hats
Delicious chocolate brownies make the perfect festive treat, Santa Hat Brownie Bites. They are so easy to make and are a real crowd-pleaser.
Simply follow the 3 steps below:
- Using a 4.5 cm cookie cutter cut 16 circles from your uncut brownie square.
- Whip the double cream to form stiff peaks and pipe it on top of your circles.
- To finish them off pop a hulled strawberry on the pipped cream and finally just add a little extra cream on top of your strawberry for the pom pom.
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These make a wonderful diabetic friendly festive dessert. Because of the use of almond flour, sweeteners and good-quality dark chocolate, the overall carb count is dramatically reduced.
Carb Counting your Santa hat Brownie Bites
These bites have a slightly lower carb count of 4g of carbs per bite. I worked this out by knowing the total weight of the Almond Flour Brownies, which was 700g and the weight of each circular bite, which was 25g.
I then had to know my total countable carb amount for the low sugar brownies:
- 200g Sainsburys Dark Chocolate Chips = 77.4g of carbs
- 70g of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder =8.7g of carbs
- = 77.4 + 8.7 = 87.5g
Then using the formula
87.5 / 700 x 25 = 3g of countable carbs for the brownie.
Finally, I added the carb count of cream used and 1 strawberry to the 3g, which was 0.3g of carbs for 10g of cream and 0.7g for 1 strawberry.
3+0.3+0.7 = 4g of countable carbs per bite