Fudgy Brownies

Fudgy Brownies
Lately, I have been fighting the urge to binge on brownies. Constant thoughts of them have been disrupting the normal ebb and flow of my life, so it was fortuitous that I picked up Lauren Deen's latest book, Cook Yourself Thin Faster. It just so happens to have the most delightful brownie recipe with only 56 calories per serving. I love the premise of her books--Have your cake and eat it too. Apparently, this applies to brownies as well.


Makes 18 brownies

Per Serving 
Calories: 56 ♥ Fat: 3g ♥  Sugars: 4g ♥ Sodium: 23mg ♥ 

Fudgy Brownies

Ingredients
  • cooking spray
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process, plus extra for the pan
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

1) Preheat oven to 350° F.

2) Next, lightly spray an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray and then coat the pan with cocoa powder.

3) In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, baking powder, and flour.
4) Then set aside.
5) Next, beat the eggs in a small bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla to the mixture and whisk until well blended. The color is mesmerizing.
6) Gently mix in the flour mixture.
7) Transfer the batter to the pan. Ready to go in the oven now. Yay!
8) Bake for 13 to 15 minutes taking care not to overbake. This warning from the author makes me nervous. However, after the fifteen minute timer goes off, I insert a toothpick into the center, and all is well. Instructions advise that the toothpick should not be completely dry. A few crumbs on the pick is actually a good sign in this case indicating fudgy brownies.

This recipe is so easy and fun. Don't let it's wafer-like appearance fool you. These brownies are just as satisfying as any 300 calorie brownie that I have ever eaten. Word of warning: don't eat the whole pan in one sitting.  Not that I know anyone that would do that.


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