Fix That Dish: Brownies Made Healthy

by Simona Terron

Gooey, moist and chocolatey brownies are often the go-to dessert of choice for lifting the spirit. But with all that sugar, butter and chocolate, you’re sure to feel terrible about it later, especially when you experience a sugar crash. Lucky for you, there’s no need to resist your love for brownies because we’ve figured out how to make them healthier! Follow these simple steps:

  • Substitute white whole wheat flour for half of the white flour in your brownie recipe. Made from hard white wheat, it has a lighter bran and a lighter taste than regular whole wheat flour but will add healthy fiber to your brownies.
  • Add instant coffee for the rich bitterness that comes from dark chocolate.
  • Instead of using only sweetened chocolate, use a mix of semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa, which is packed with antioxidants and flavonoids that are good for your hair, skin and appetite.
  • Use less butter and still achieve a fudgy final product by adding a little canola oil to the batter. Or you could replace one-half of the fat with an equal amount of applesauce, prune puree or mashed white beans. The prune puree provides the richest taste but all of these non-fat options will replace the bulk provided by the fat and add extra fiber, while reducing calories.
  • Reduce eggs and sugar by half, but to maintain the richness and replace the liquid, use more vanilla extract for a deeper flavor and a little baking soda to get a better rise.
  • Switch from a lined and buttered baking pan to a silicon baking pan that doesn’t require any extra butter or spray.

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