I was really skeptical about trying “Katherine’s” lowfat brownies, but I’m so happy I did. She was a guest on Dr. Oz’s TV show who said she had a wicked sweet tooth, but was able to tame it with her brownies. She lost a bunch of weight and eats just one of these every day, which may be a challenge once you try them. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/low-fat-chocolate-brownies
Before this, I heard someone on Dr. Oz’s show rave about a black bean brownie. I looked up the recipe on Oz’s website and read comments from folks who tried them. Most said they heaved the whole wretched mess into the garbage, so I lost my interest in that recipe.
But then Katherine presented her treat and it looked palatable; I decided to try it.
Use just one bowl. There’s no need to “sift dry ingredients together” anymore unless you have bugs in your flour. Did you know that’s what started all that?
The recipe only filled a 9″x13″ cake pan about 1/2 inch on the bottom; I worried that they’d be flat and dry. So, after they were baked, I tossed on 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips as a frosting. (Just in case…sort of an insurance policy.)
While I was making the lowfat brownies, my granddaughters called from Florida and mentioned they helped their Daddy make a cake and they put sprinkles on the top. I’m easily swayed, so I added sprinkles as a festive note for Father’s Day, or just because they remind me of my grandkids.
But honestly, these brownies would be incredible naked. I mean the brownies, not the recipients – you could burn yourself eating hot brownies naked.
Ingredients (modified a bit from the Oz site.)
1/4 cup milk
1 cup applesauce – unsweetened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon (I think this should be optional – didn’t add much)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup flour (can use whole wheat pastry flour)
Spray a 9 x 13 cake pan with cooking oil
Preheat oven to 350
In a bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.
Add the sugars and continue whisking.
Add dry ingredients, putting the flour in last.
Mix with a spoon just until flour is incorporated.
Bake for 18 – 23 minutes, depending on your oven.
Optional: sprinkle 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips over hot brownies and spread as they melt.
Makes 12 large lowfat brownies.
Your tastebuds won’t miss the fat. These have a cake-like texture with a sweet chocolately taste. Essential to a brownie.
If you make them according to the Oz site method, you’d use an egg white instead of the whole egg, and skip the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Made the Oz way, they are said to be just over 100 calories per brownie. My way, a bit more, but so worth it.