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.
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:
· 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
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.
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.
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!