Saturday, 18 May 2013

100 Cal Brownies (yes they really do exist!)

I will be the first to throw my hands up and admit I’m guilty of being a slightly obsessed calorie counter; after drinking my way through university I decided to tighten up on my health eating and cut out the alcohol as much as possible. I feel much healthier and happier and can now honestly say that everything in moderation is definitely the way.
As I spend a large chunk of my working days scouring the internet for inspiration, daydreaming about what my life will be like in the future and trying to find bargains on eBay, the other chunk of my day (when not working) is spent thinking about food. I am a BIG food lover and only realised quite how much in the past year. I mean, I’ve always loved food but since I’ve finished university and started working, my evenings are often spent trying out new recipes.
So as a self-confessed healthy eating calorie counter, I couldn’t help but drool over the 100 cal chocofudge brownies on one of my favourite blogs, The Londoner. Now, like Rose, I was also sceptical, how can something like a brownie keep it’s amazing taste when over half the calories are cut out? Well my scepticism was soon squashed because when I made these, I could have quite happily eaten a full batch to myself.

All you need is:
180g Low fat natural yogurt
60ml Skimmed milk or soy 
64g Cocoa powder
43g Wholegrain rolled oats
64g Truvia
1 free range egg
1 tsp Baking powder
Pinch of salt
150g cherries – Rose used 150g chopped pecans – but I prefer a fruity brownie

The recipe itself is pretty easy (and if you’re providing the goodies for a group of very hungry male work colleagues, I would probably recommend doing two batches)

Preheat the oven to 180 (fan)
Throw all of the ingredients into a blender (or use an electric hand whisk) apart from the cherries (or nuts if you’re using them)
Blend everything until smooth , then add your cherries/nuts/whatever
Pour the mix into a greased baking tray/sandwich tin
Cook for around 20 minutes but keep your eye on them – I would have only said to cook them for 15-18 minutes to keep them gooey!
When they are cool cut them into chunks – one batch normally makes about 9, I did brownie bites and managed 12 but it depends how big or small you want each piece.
Honestly, you will not regret making these. I am very grateful to Rose for sharing this recipe and will definitely be trying her ‘Slutty Brownies’ next – although, these are definitely not 100 calories!
N xo

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