I just pulled these out of the oven and now the house smells like chocolate. I am looking forward to trying a brownie when they cool a bit. They look really good.
I am not pretending that these brownies are health food. But compared to another homemade brownie recipe I've made before (which call for 1 stick of butter) these are healthy-ER. I used white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour. That always makes me feel a bit better. Eggs and yogurt are full of protein. I did use 1 cup of brown sugar as the recipe calls for but I did not pack it down much at all. I added some walnut pieces to the batter and I know walnuts have anti-oxidants. Applesauce comes from fruit. And cocoa comes from a plant, so chocolate is technically a vegetable, right? Ha, ha. Just kidding. I also noticed when looking at the original recipe that this 8 inch x 8 inch pan of brownies is considered 12 to 16 portions. Who knew!?. I was going to cut this pan of brownies into maybe 9 brownies! Okay, I'll cut them into small portions.
Skinny Brownies from www.yummyhealthyeasy.com
Recipe link is HERE.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (or low-fat sour cream)
- 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted (I used chocolate chips)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp. canola oil
- 2 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate, chopped (I used chocolate chips)
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces (some mixed in, some placed on top before baking)
- Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 8x8 square pan with cooking spray then line with a strip of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Spray paper with cooking spray, too.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda.
- In another medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, applesauce, greek yogurt, melted chocolate, eggs and oil. Add the flour mixture and stir until just moistened.
- Spread batter in prepare pan. Sprinkle the top with the chopped chocolate pieces.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, about 30-35 minutes.