Making a healthy brownie is pretty much attempting the impossible. Some may even say if it's healthy it's not a brownie.
But I don't agree with that. Part of finding that balance of healthy foods and still enjoying food, for me, is making treats that taste good but have some nutritional benefit. I have a real problem eating anything that is just pure junk these days.
So I experimented with brownies the other day and came up with these. Now, honestly, Rich didn't care for them. He is a brownie lover and wants that rich, sugary taste when he bites into one. I liked them at first, but did not love them. Sam said he did like them, which was a surprise to me. He had more than one.
The next day after making them, however, they tasted much better. And I have to say that for a brownie that has about 130 calories per serving (12 servings n all), and has some really nutritious add-ins, this brownie is a winner for MY lifestyle.
This brownie contains NO butter or oil, NO flour, and very little sugar. Kind of a brownie sin, right? Probably but I don't care-I want to fit into my pants every morning and recipes like this make that possible!
I know it's not going to taste just like the typical fudge and sugar-filled brownie.
But it definitely fullfilled my need for that brownie texture and chocolate taste and when you don't eat a lot of that kind of thing, you appreciate that.
So, for now this is my go-to healthier version of a brownie. I have some other variations I'm going to try with it. It's so simple to make, and if you are trying to eat healthier but miss your brownies, I highly recommend it to you too!
1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1/3 c. toasted wheat germ
3 T. dark amber agave nectar
6 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 t. baking powder
dash of salt
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
3 egg whites, slightly beaten
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1. In a food processor, grind the oats and wheat germ until fine (you can also add in pecans or walnuts). Pulse in the agave, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, slowly melt the chocolate squares by microwaving for 30 second increments until smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Add the chocolate mixture, applesauce, and egg whites to the oat mixture, stirring well.
3. Pour into a greased 8" square baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the middle is set. They will look moist; do not overbake.
*Optional: dust with powdered sugar
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