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Six variations of brownies for moist and chewy, to bean, to bran to dark and even a brownie trifle!


Moist and Chewy Brownies

Moist and Chewy Brownies are made with semi sweet chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, egg whites and vanilla these turn out rich, moist, chewy brownies.

Vegetable cooking spray
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 14-ounce can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 egg whites
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Spray a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. In a saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and cocoa.

In a small bowl, combine chocolate mixture, egg whites and remaining ingredients. Turn into prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes or until center is set. Cool.

Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Recipe makes 18 servings
Serving size: 1 brownie
Calories 91
Fat 1.2g

Bean Brownies

These brownies are high in protein, fiber and flavor - a nutritious treat! No one need know there are black beans in them. That will just be our secret.

1 15.5-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup 100 percent pumpkin puree
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
4 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts, optional 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine beans, cocoa powder, pumpkin, honey, flax seed, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla in blender or food processor. Blend or process until smooth. Pour into pan and sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips. Bake 30 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly in center with a finger.

Nutrition information per brownie: 202 calories, 6g protein, 22g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 13g fat, 4g saturated fat, 86mg sodium.

Bran Brownies

Oat bran adds a nutritional punch to these rich Bran Brownies while cocoa powder and chocolate syrup give them a wonderful double chocolate flavor. Using just the egg whites, we cut fat, calories and cholesterol with no sacrifice to taste.

1/4 cup plus 1-tablespoon unbleached flour
1/4 cup oat bran
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup instant non-fat milk powder
Pinch baking soda
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Combine flour, oat bran, cocoa, sugar, milk powder and baking soda in a large bowl; mix well. Stir in the chocolate syrup, egg whites and vanilla extract. Fold in nuts if desired.

Coat an 8 x 8-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread batter evenly in pan and bake at 325-degrees for 23 minutes or just until edges are firm and center is almost set.

Cool to room temperature, cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

Recipe makes 16 servings. Serving size: 1 brownie.
Calories: 71; Fat: 0.4g; Cholesterol: 0; Protein: 2g; Fiber: 1g; Sodium: 28mg

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Applesauce keeps the fat out of these rich dark chocolate brownies, while buttermilk makes them tender. Dark chocolate is healthful, too!

Dark Chocolate Brownie

1-3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup non-sweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
7 egg whites
2/3 cup non sweetened applesauce
1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Lightly coat a 13 x 9-inch pan with vegetable oil spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, cocoa, flours and baking powder. Set mixture aside.

In another large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Slowly stir in applesauce, buttermilk and vanilla. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined. Fold in walnuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Do not over bake. Cool completely on a wire rack. Lightly sprinkle with powdered sugar, then cut into squares.

Cannot Tell They Are Low Fat Brownies

You may not want to share this information, but the ingredient in these fudge like brownies that keeps the fat down is pureed prunes baby food! Cocoa powder gives them a nice chocolate flavor.

1/2 cup all purpose flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 jar (4 ounce) pureed prunes baby food
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 inch square pan.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, sugar, and salt. Pour in oil, vanilla, prunes, and eggs. Mix until everything is well blended. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until top is shiny and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Recipe makes one 8 x 8 inch pan of brownies. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Serving size: 1 brownie
Calories: 65; Protein: 1g; Total Fat: 2g; Sodium: 18mg; Cholesterol: 18mg; Carbohydrates: 12g; Fiber: 0

Blueberry Brownies

Applesauce keeps down the fat content in these Blueberry Brownies, while blueberries, cocoa powder and walnuts load these up with crunchy sweet goodness.


1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup unbleached white flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8-inch square baking pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine applesauce, sugar, and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flours, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and salt. Make a well in the center and add wet ingredients; mix until just combined. Gently fold in walnuts and blueberries.

Spread mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until center is firm and not sticky. Let cool completely before slicing. Recipe makes 16 servings. Serving size: 1 brownie.

Calories: 80; Protein: 2g; Fat: 2g; Carbohydrate: 15g; Sodium: 208mg; Cholesterol: 0; Fiber: 1.4g

September 13th is International Chocolate Day.