I found this recipe in a Food Network magazine for October of 2009. Every magazine they do a “battle” between two chefs on a type of recipe and this month it happened to be brownies and chefs Aaron Sanchez and Ellie Krieger were battling it out. Ellie’s was of course a healthy take on a brownie, because that is her point of view, Aaron’s point of view is inspired heavily by his heritage so he made Mexican style brownies. I wanted to take his brownies on it particular because of his quote in the magazine which was, “Brownie and healthy don’t belong in the same sentence!” So I remade his brownies to show that it is very possible and they can be very tasty. For my version of his brownies (mine have more chocolate by the way) end up only being 117.4 calories, 1.9 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber for each one – with his you won’t be nearly as lucky. Each of his brownies would cost you 224.8 calories, 11.7 grams of fat and 1.2 grams of fiber! Here’s the recipe so that you can now show everyone that brownie and healthy can go together!
1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Splenda
1/2 cup Eggbeaters
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon coffee grounds
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips – mini or regular size
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8×8 square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, set aside. In a large bowl combine yogurt, sugar, Splenda, Eggbeaters and vanilla and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. Add the cocoa, coffee grounds, flour, cinnamon, chili powder or cayenne pepper, salt and baking powder and mix until smooth. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top. Pop in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out slightly fudgy. Enjoy them with your closest friends and family, and marvel at the fact that healthy things can taste REALLY REALLY GOOD!