For 100 calories, make fudgy, healthy brownies rich with dark chocolate flavor!
There are very, very few times when I begin to question un-friending someone—because how rude would that be?—but have you ever heard someone say that they don’t like dessert…at all? I mean, what does that say about a person? Sweets, and chocolate in particular, are some of my happiest indulgences in the world. I’ve often said that if I had to choose between sweet and savory foods, I’d go sweet forever. But the drawback to loving them like I do is that all my favorite traditional desserts also happen to be the least wholesome things I eat–high in calories, high in sugar, and sometimes high in trans fat.
That’s why Amy Atherton’s Healthier Chocolate Treats Cookbook is a godsend. Amy is the blogger behind Amy’s Healthy Baking, and in her cookbook, she gives us healthier versions of our favorite sweet breakfasts, snacks, and chocolatey desserts. Her recipes are lower in calories and fat than the traditional versions, but by using some genius tricks and substitutions, they retain all of the flavor.
I figured I would start with a classic and make Amy’s Fudgy Dark Chocolate Brownies. The recipe was super easy to follow and because Amy is so smart about baking (she has a food science background!), her instructions were detailed and clear. The brownies I pulled from my oven were dark, rich, and chocolatey, with pretty exceptional fudginess. This healthier brownie recipe uses white whole wheat flour and maple syrup, a natural sweetener, instead of refined white sugar or brown sugar. Unlike traditional brownies, there are only 2 tablespoons of butter inside. But it’s all we really need, especially since the added greek yogurt provides plenty of moisture. At under 100 calories per square, you can enjoy a delicious, fudgy, healthy brownie anytime.
These healthy brownies are just one example of why Amy’s cookbook is truly impressive. It has over 50 recipes, and all of them are beautifully photographed. Her personal anecdotes that begin each recipe are so genuine, sweet, and warm, just like Amy herself, who I was lucky enough to meet this past April. She’s just about the most radiantly kind person I’ve ever met. (Side note: Now might be a good time to mention a side effect of this book is falling in love with Amy.)
The cookbook includes detailed guides on ingredients, measuring, and baking equipment. It’s filled with smart advice, tricks, and tips and Amy is sure to include accurate and detailed nutrition information for every recipe.
Anyone who loves sweets, or knows someone who does, will adore this cookbook as much as I do!
Fudgy 100 Calorie Healthy Brownies
- 3/4 cup 90g white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup 60g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons 21g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup 80g plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup 120mL pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup 56g chopped dark chocolate, divided
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F, and lightly coat an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the Greek yogurt, mixing until no large lumps remain. Stir in the maple syrup. Add the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated. Fold in 3 tablespoons of the chopped dark chocolate.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan, and gently press the remaining chopped chocolate into the top. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Cool completely to room temperature in the pan. Let the brownies set for at least 3 additional hours before slicing for the fudgiest texture.