February 14, 2013

Birthday Brownies - Sugar Free Cake Mix Brownies by Pillsbury

One of the problems you face when you bake all the time, is deciding what to make for birthdays.  Especially when you've been doing a detox of sugar and have been trying all sorts of 'fun' recipes.   Our freezer is currently hosting a nice variety of protein chocolate brownies, cheesecake, half a chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting, cookies and 2 slices of Italian Cream Cake with Lemon Filling.  All low carb, no flour and sugar free.  We have all the baked goods we could want, right?  But yesterday was my husbands birthday and I wanted to make something different.

It just so happens I had a box of Pillsbury Moist Supreme Sugar Free Devil's Food Cake Mix in the cupboard.  Now this mix is not low carb as it does have flour in it.  However, I saw it at my local grocery store a couple weeks ago and picked it up to give it a try in the future.  It's hit or miss whether your local stores want to carry these;  I've seen them one shopping trip but then they are gone the next.  I've heard some Walmarts carried them, although my local store did not.  I found mine at Publix and had to pay $3.49 for the box.  Not something I would normally purchase or keep on hand since I love to bake from scratch, but it was fun to try a new product.

In the end, we loved it.  Some people have gas and bloating issues because of the sugar alcohols.  My husband, our 17 year old daughter and I had no issues at all.   Pillsbury has a sugar free yellow cake mix, chocolate cake mix and a sugar free brownie mix.  I had bought the cake mix, but I used it in my regular recipe for brownies made from a cake mix and adapted it.

You can find my true, Sugar Free, Low Carb, No Flour Brownie here.

Here is the original recipe for brownies starting with a cake mix that I adapted to make sugar free for my husbands birthday.

Homemade Caramel Brownies 

1 chocolate cake mix of your choice
1 c chopped nuts (optional - I love them, my son and husband hate them)
1/2 c (1 stick) butter, melted
1 c Evaporated Milk (not sweetened condensed milk)
35 caramels - unwrap
2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate, etc. (up to you)

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the cake mix with the nuts, butter and 2/3 c evaporated milk in a bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon - the batter will be very thick. Spread half the batter into a 13X9 inch ungreased pan. Bake 15 minutes. In the meantime, unwrap the caramels and add the remaining evaporated milk. (Sometimes I add all the milk to the chocolate batter and just use a few teaspoons of water to thin the caramels instead).   Drizzle the caramel mixture over the brownies and drop the remaining batter over the caramel by heaping teaspoons.

Bake for 25 minutes more. Cool in the pan before cutting into bars.


Use a sugar free cake mix, dry
Nuts are optional
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 c original, unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c half and half or heavy cream
sugar free chocolate chips (like Hersheys) are optional
sugar free caramels are optional - I did not use

Mix the melted butter, cake mix, almond milk and half and half in a bowl with a wooden spoon until blended.  Pour into a greased 9X13" pan and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until the center is set and the brownies start to just pull away from the edge of the pan.  Let cool in the pan.  Cut into squares.  Serve with sugar free whipped cream (sweetened with your favorite sweetener) or use a spray can of sugar free whipped cream.  (I also have some awesome sugar free frosting recipes posted!  Just use the search bar on the right side of the page and search for sugar free frosting.  I'd suggest the 7 minute version or buttercreme!). 

Pillsbury Sugar Free Devils Food Chocolate Cake Mix Facts;
Amount Per Serving

Calories 120
Total Fat 3.5g
Saturated Fat 1.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 260mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 0g
SugarAlcohol 14g
Protein 2g
Calcium 4%
Iron 10%

Not a significant source of vitamin A and vitamin C. *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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