Okay, okay, I know that it’s January and we’re all trying to undo what we did to our waistlines in December. In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting some figure-friendly recipes that will soothe your sweet tooth without tipping your scale. Today, I’m featuring my unbelievably delicious reduced-fat brownies. Loaded with all sorts of good-for-you ingredients, you won’t believe your taste buds with each chewy bite! (And you won’t believe the secret ingredient, either!)
Reduced-Fat Chocolate Brownies
1/2 cup water
3 ounces pitted prunes (about 9 prunes) (Yep, that’s the secret ingredient!)
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 egg whites
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the prunes, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to steep for 5 minutes. Uncover and let cool to room temperature. Drain the liquid and puree the prunes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the prune puree, applesauce, and vanilla. Beat in the egg whites, followed by the flour mixture.
Spread the batter in the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, if desired. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the center springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in the pan on a baking rack, then cut into squares for serving. (Makes 16 diet-friendly servings.)