Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fat Free Low Sugar Brownies

From what I understand I'm not the only vegan with a sweet tooth. I also have a dysfunctional thyroid and have to watch what I eat really carefully. If you like stevia then you're set for life, but I don't. So, from time to time I try to come up with a recipe that satisfies my sweet tooth/chocolate cravings that won't break the calorie bank.

Fat Free Low Sugar Brownies
1 cup of unbleached flour
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of agave nectar* (add more if desired)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbesp soy yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)

This makes a very cakey brownie. If you like more dense brownies, try adding another 1/4 cup of applesauce. Another option is to add the full container of soy yogurt, but keep in mind that even soy yogurts are chocked full of sugar.
*Option: If you don't have Agave, replace with your vegan sugar but add a little bit of liquid. Soy milk, water, or more applesauce will work.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt). Mix wet ingredients in another bowl (agave nectar, applesauce, soy yogurt, vanilla extract, and almond extract). Combine the mixtures.

3. Pour batter into a pan (I used a 9" x 9" dark pan).

4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how fudgy or cakey you like your brownies.

The ENTIRE batch has somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 calories so it should be about 80 calories per brownie depending on how you cut them.

Please note, these definitely do not taste like full fat, full sugar brownies but they take care of that chocolate cakey fix you're craving. You could even eat two and not blow your diet!

Makes: 12 to 16 servings, Preparation time: 15 minutes, Cooking time: 10 to 15 minutes

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