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Skinny chocolate brownies

Skinny chocolate brownies made with applesauce and Greek yogurt and are almost cupcake-like in texture. These healthy (or at least healthier) brownies make for a great guilt-free dessert. Skinny chocolate brownies made with applesauce and Greek yogurt that are almost cupcake-like in texture. These healthy (or at least healthier) brownies make for a great guilt-free dessert. | trialandeater.com Skinny and chocolate don't normally go in the same sentence, do they?

But anything that helps convince me I can eat chocolate without having to run for 500 hours just to burn it off is a keeper.

(Just kidding. I don't run.)

I made these brownies for my mom's birthday. Hoping she wouldn't be offended but knowing that she is trying to eat healthier and lighter these days, I wanted to make her a dessert that she wouldn't feel guilty about eating.

Enter skinny chocolate brownies. Skinny chocolate brownies made with applesauce and Greek yogurt that are almost cupcake-like in texture. These healthy (or at least healthier) brownies make for a great guilt-free dessert. | trialandeater.com I adapted from this recipe at Yummy Healthy Easy, and the name of that blog explains this recipe perfectly.

Jen was already using Greek Yogurt and applesauce (two of my favorite healthy ingredients to swap out for oil and butter, like I do in this and this), and I swapped out the canola oil for coconut oil. Skinny chocolate brownies made with applesauce and Greek yogurt that are almost cupcake-like in texture. These healthy (or at least healthier) brownies make for a great guilt-free dessert. | trialandeater.com Let's go over what these brownies are not.

They are not fudgy, decadant, so-rich-you'll-fall-over-and-not-be-able-to-get-up brownies.

What they ARE is light, chewy brownies with a cupcake/sponge-like texture, and surprisingly satisfying. Skinny chocolate brownies made with applesauce and Greek yogurt that are almost cupcake-like in texture. These healthy (or at least healthier) brownies make for a great guilt-free dessert. | trialandeater.comMy mom ate them all up happily. She told me so. Skinny chocolate brownies made with applesauce and Greek yogurt that are almost cupcake-like in texture. These healthy (or at least healthier) brownies make for a great guilt-free dessert. | trialandeater.com

Yield: 16 brownies

Skinny chocolate brownies

Skinny chocolate brownies made with applesauce and Greek yogurt that are almost cupcake-like in texture. These yummy, healthy (or at least healthier), easy brownies make for a great guilt-free dessert. | trialandeater.com

Skinny chocolate brownies made with applesauce and Greek yogurt that are almost cupcake-like in texture. These healthy (or at least healthier) brownies make for a great guilt-free dessert.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, (or cacao powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the brown sugar, applesauce, and Greek yogurt to the flour mixture and stir.
  4. Add in the eggs and coconut oil and mix until combined.
  5. Line a 9 inch baking dish with parchment paper (or spray the baking dish with oil) and pour in the brownie batter.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

adapted from Yummy Healthy Easy

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Serena @ Simple Holistic Girl

Wednesday 10th of September 2014

Ummmm, one word...CHOCOLATE - and the fact that they're skinny....makes it even better!

Kelly

Friday 12th of September 2014

YES and YES Serena!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

Thursday 7th of August 2014

You had me at skinny! I am always so happy to see when people have lightened up recipes, but not used any awful artificial sweeteners.

Kelly

Friday 8th of August 2014

Yes I stay pretty far away from artificial sweeteners. I'm always looking for skinny versions too! Do you have any favorites?

Meredith @ Unexpectedly Magnificent

Thursday 7th of August 2014

I love using applesauce while baking! Since I'm vegan, we use applesauce instead of eggs when we make pancakes. :)

Kelly

Friday 8th of August 2014

I will have to try that Meredith! I hadn't thought of doing that for pancakes before, but I'm sure it's delicious!

Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

Wednesday 6th of August 2014

I love finding recipes like these and am so impressed with these brownies! Skinny and chocolate doesn't sound like it goes together, but I sure like how fudgy and decadent they look. Definitely going to try these out!

Kelly

Friday 8th of August 2014

Thanks Gayle! They aren't really fudgy because of the substitutions, but they are still pretty delicious :) Let me know what you think!