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.
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.)
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.