Its Friday and all I can think about are these chocolately chewy brownies. A few years ago I was watching an interview where the actress Jenna Fischer, from the hit TV show The Office, was talking about these amazing 88 calories brownies that she made. I had to try them right away and sure enough they were as amazing as she said. When I did the calculations though they came up a little bit over what she said, but at 108 calories a brownie you don’t have to feel guilty about eat one (or a whole pan, lol). Not only are these a smarter dessert choice, but they are also super easy to make. Try them this weekend and you won’t regret it.
As you can see, I never got around to taking a picture of an individual brownie because some friends came over and these were gone in no time, but they work out to be about 2″ x 2.5″ for each brownie.
What you’ll need:
1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce (I used some from my Homemade Applesauce recipe)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Egg Whites
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Unbleached All-purpose Flour
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Instant Espresso Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8″ x 8″ pan with cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, add the applesauce, vanilla, egg whites and sugar.
Using a sturdy whisk or spatula, mix until they are well combined.
Add the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder and salt. Stir until just combined and no lumps remain.
Pour into prepared pan.
Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips evenly over the top. I love these little guys and couldn’t help but eat a few from the bag as I did this. So chocolatey and crunchy.
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry (a few crumbs are okay).
Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and allow them to cool for 5 minutes. Cut into 12 equal brownies.
A little trick that I’ve learned for cutting neat brownies, is to use a plastic knife in little sawing motions. If it starts to collect on the knife then I just give it a little rinse and wipe all the water off and keep going. It works so much better than a metal knife. Weird, eh?