Espresso Brownies

When I was a kid I loved chocolate, and pretty much any chocolate would do.  I even loved the cheapo stuff that was mostly brown wax and left that awful coating on the inside of my mouth.  These days I’m a little more picky.  Ok, maybe a lot.  I’m willing to hold out for good, dark chocolate and it often comes in the form of a brownie.

Espresso Brownies single - Crafty Staci
Espresso Brownies single - Crafty Staci

This recipe was a result of my effort to make a brownie that was a little lower in calories.  I like the No Pudge Cappuccino mix, but I didn’t have any on hand and when you need a brownie, you need a brownie.  This is the nutrition info if these are made exactly according to this recipe:

Nutrition info for Espresso Brownies
Nutrition info for Espresso Brownies

Espresso Brownies

· 1 cup all-purpose flour

· 1/2 cup cocoa powder

· 1 (1.4 oz) package chocolate fudge sugar-free pudding mix

· 3 tablespoons instant espresso powder

· 1 teaspoon baking powder

· 1/2 cup granulated sugar

· 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar

· 2 egg whites (or 1/3 cup egg whites from carton)

· 1 egg

· 3 tablespoons butter - melted

· 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

· 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Espresso Brownies Ingredients - Crafty Staci
Espresso Brownies Ingredients - Crafty Staci

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 by 8 inch baking pan.

Stir together flour, cocoa powder, pudding mix, espresso powder and baking powder in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine sugars, egg whites, egg, butter, yogurt and vanilla. Mix well.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Don't over stir.

Espresso Brownies batter - Crafty Staci
Espresso Brownies batter - Crafty Staci

The batter is very thick, and will need to be spread, rather than poured, into the prepared baking pan. Bake 20 - 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. These are at their best as soon as they're cool enough to eat.  Makes 16 brownies.

Espresso Brownies full pan - Crafty Staci
Espresso Brownies full pan - Crafty Staci

There are lots of ways you can play around with this recipe:

  • use pureed prunes or applesauce in place of half or all of the butter
  • replace the egg with chia seeds or egg substitute
  • if you avoid artificial sugar, use regular pudding mix, or leave it out entirely
  • use some wheat flour instead of all white
  • sour cream works as well as Greek yogurt
  • add chocolate or other flavor chips
  • for regular brownies, just leave out the espresso powder
  • you can even make blondies – just leave out the cocoa and espresso powders and use vanilla pudding mix
  • make your own mix by combining all the dry ingredients and store until you’re ready to add the wet ingredients

I think it’s time for another batch!