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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Low Fat Brownie Bites

I've never been one to make stuff from scratch or with fresh veggies. I mean, my grocery shopping is 90% canned items. I've slowly started buying frozen veggies and I realize I like them a lot more. They have more flavor and taste a lot better. So the thought of me making brownies, from scratch, was completely new territory for me. I've always been a box mix kind of girl. However, with this whole weight loss thing I knew that box brownies & all other sweets were going to be very, very few and really far between.

Then my random sweet tooth attacked me.....which lead to me ferociously googling healthy dessert recipes. I came across quite a few. The first one (pina colada cupcakes) was TERRIBLE. My husband & I barely ate one cupcake and I threw the rest out along with the recipe. So I was a little nervous about the brownies. If they turned out as horrible as the cupcakes I was going to scrap all my healthy dessert recipes and rob the nearest gas station of all their Milky Ways & Twix.

The brownies called for just a few recipes and is really simple. Simple is good. I didn't start cooking until last year (I'm 27 now & I  avoided the stove like it was a carrier of the bubonic plague) so I like simple recipes.

The brownie bites called for:

  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar

  • I don't have the margarine in the picture because I used the last of mine on the brownies. Guess I need to pick some up this week...
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    Once you have all the ingredients together, things keep going easy as pie (or brownies, in this case).

    1. In a small saucepan: melt the margarine & remove from heat.
    2. Stir in sugar, vanilla & water.
    3. Stir in flour, cocoa powder & baking powder & mix well.
    4. Stir in the chopped walnuts.
    5. Spray the bottom of a 8x4x2 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray & pour the batter in.

         6.  Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mine actually cooked closer to 40 minutes before it was done.
         7. Cool thoroughly & remove from pan
         8. Cut into 8 bars, sprinkle with powdered sugar & serve!

    I was worried about how they would taste but considering my husband devoured his 4 bars in a few minutes & had powdered sugar all over him....I'd say they were good. Naturally, as soon as they were done I had no desire for chocolate & my sweet tooth had packed it's bags and left town. I've been nibbling on it the past day or so and it's really good. This is definitely a recipe that I will keep and make again.

    Obviously, I skipped the "cut into 8 bars part." There is only my husband and myself so I just cut the thing in

    The Totals
    Servings: 8
    Serving Size: 1/8th
    WW Points Plus: 3

    Until next time:


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