Sometimes when I get the craving for chocolate, I must have brownies. Applesauce brownies are moist and delicious and I can eat one or two slices without feeling guilty. These brownies are lower in fat and calories when I substitute unsweetened applesauce for the oil and two egg whites for the egg. They are cheap and easy to make. They can be prepared and baked in about 30 minutes.
1 package Betty Crocker Brownie Mix (10.25 oz.)
2 egg whites
⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp. Water
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking soda
⅓ cup chopped walnuts
(Greased 8 inch cake pan)
Mix egg whites, applesauce, vanilla, and water until well blended. Add brownie mix and baking soda and stir 50 times. Pour into greased cake pan. Sprinkle walnuts over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool. Cut into 8 slices. (182 calories per slice and low in fat).
If I had I followed the recipe on the back of the package using 1 egg, ⅓ cup canola oil, and 2 tbsp water and no walnuts, each slice would have had 326 calories and no walnuts. We are saving 144 calories per slice.
These brownies are delicious! They are moist and cake-like. They are low-fat. If you add the vanilla, you cannot taste the applesauce. They are also more nutritious. They have more protein and some vitamins from the applesauce. The walnut topping looks pretty and tastes great.
The brownies can be jazzed up with a dollop of Cool Whip or Chocolate Sauce and some sprinkles without raising the calorie count very much.
Homemade brownies from scratch do taste better but calorie and fat content could be pretty significant. They are decadent and best saved for special occasions.
I was very excited to try the 37 calorie brownie recipe from Broma Bakery. The Broma Bakery blog has some amazing recipes and some very lush, decadent treats. I like the calorie count but I really didn’t like the taste. It wasn’t sweet enough for me. These brownies are made from yogurt,cocoa powder, oats, skim milk, stevia, one egg, baking powder, and salt.