You would never guess that this brownie is low fat! It is a seriously lusciously chocolatey, moist and delicious brownie. In fact when I took some to a recent function, nobody realised that it was low fat, the brownies all disappeared really quickly and I had quite a few compliments!
The original recipe is from the Heart Foundation’s ‘Deliciously Healthy’ Cookbook. Of course I have changed it ever so slightly. I cut back the sugar a bit and used half wholemeal flour to increase the fibre content (and slightly lower the GI!) Using Dutch cocoa is the secret to getting the gorgeous dark color and the deliciously rich chocolatey flavour. If you can stop it from being eaten, it will keep well for up to 4 days (I haven’t managed to have any left past then to check!). I’m sure it would also be fine to freeze for a week or so.
Best of all, it’s really quick and easy to whip up a batch. Enjoy 🙂
Low Fat Chocolate Brownie
Makes 32 brownies
1/2 cup of wholemeal plain flour
1/2 cup of white self-raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3/4 cup Dutch cocoa
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup of sandy brown sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence
1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
200g of low fat natural yoghurt
1/2 cup of apple puree
200g frozen raspberries or other mixed berries, optional but very yummy
Preheat oven to 170°C. Line an 18 x 28cm slice tray with baking paper
Sift together the flours, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa into a large bowl. Mix in sugar, then stir through berries to coat well with flour. Make a well in the centre
Whisk together the eggs, oil, vanilla, apple puree and yoghurt in a medium bowl. Add to the flours and fold through until well combined.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tray and bake for approx 30 minutes. It is cooked when the brownie is firm to touch, however it may still be a little soft right in the centre.
When cooled, cut brownie into 8 x 4 = 32 slices
Each delicious (32g) brownie has a mere 62 calories, 1.5g fat of which a tiny 0.4g is saturated and 0.8g fibre 🙂
(A 32g ‘regular’ brownie would normally have around 150 calories, 8g total fat and 4g saturated fat – unsure about fibre content but guaranteed to be less!)