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Food Friday: Fudgy Cocoa Brownies


Today I want to share one of my go-to recipes for a chocolatey and delicious dessert that is a bit less heavy and lighter in calories. I try to save desserts for special occasions or get-togethers, but sometimes the craving for chocolate is too frequent, you know? I will usually indulge with a piece of dark chocolate, but when I am in the mood to bake something, I can make this recipe without worrying about indulging too much. Plus, I usually have everything I need to make them on hand already, so there is no added cost or trips to the store.

I don’t go for recipes that “lighten up” by using sugar or butter substitutes. I want to make real food, not fake or diet foods. I found this recipe in a Weight Watchers cookbook, and was drawn to it because the substitutions for lightening it up only involve varied amounts of the same ingredients you would use for full fat brownies.

I first made these a few years ago, for a ladies’ movie night with some friends. They were a big hit, and I have made them several times since then. I would totally recommend bringing them to social gatherings or potlucks. No one will ever know they are “lightened”!

Fudgy Cocoa Brownies (from the book Weight Watchers Best-Ever Desserts)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 egg whites
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 square baking dish with tinfoil. The book recommends spraying the foil with cooking spray, but I prefer to use butter or oil to keep things from sticking.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl; then set aside.

Melt the butter. I used the microwave instead of the stove because there is less chance of burning it.

Whisk the cocoa powder and vanilla into the melted butter. Let this sit for about 5 minutes so it is not too hot when you put the eggs in. (Scrambled eggs in brownies are not so good.)

Next add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg, and egg whites. Whisk it all up until it is well mixed. If you are adding nuts, stir them in now. (On this day, Jeramy said he didn’t like nuts in the brownies so I left them out.)

Pour the mixture into the lined baking sheet and spread it out evenly. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Use a wooden toothpick to test it.

The foil helps you lift the brownies out onto a cutting board. We ended up flipping ours over onto a large serving platter, and then cutting with a pizza cutter.

If you are following weight watchers, cut the brownies up into 16 even squares. (Each square is worth 4 points plus value.)

For an even bigger, yet still lightened dessert, top with berries. Enjoying these when still warm is best. I like to re-warm the cooled ones back up in the microwave for a few seconds before having them.



Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

7 thoughts on “Food Friday: Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

  1. Thanks for posting! R u a fellow WWer?

    • I used WW successfully years ago and lost 25 lbs. It was a time when I was at the end of college and had gained more than was healthy. My husband and I have started following the program on our own recently, as we are both out of our healthy ranges. I love the changes they have made to the program since the last time I used it. It is so much more health-conscious now, with less focus on cutting calories and more on choosing what will nourish the body the best.

  2. looks great!!! can’t wait to try it!

  3. Deliciously sweet and simple. When you have the time, do drop by my new space. I’d love to hear from you.

  4. Thank you for dropping by. Very sweet of you! Going to come back for more!

  5. I think home-made brownies are so much better, not to mention healthier, than the stuff you make out of a box… as always… your pictures water my mouth lol!

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