Desserts: Cakes, Cookies and Others
Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious Brownies
These brownies are low in calories (only 133 per brownie) and saturated fat. They're also packed with 3 grams of fiber (which is just crazy for a brownie!), while spinach and carrots provide two powerful antioxidants.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
- 1⁄2 cup carrot puree (After peeling and trimming the ends, steam carrots for 10-12 minutes and then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
- 1⁄2 cup spinach puree (Steam for 30 seconds, then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
- 1⁄2 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 large egg whites
- 3⁄4 cup oat flour, or all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame.
- In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon.
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 bars.
Per brownie: 120 calories, 2 g fiber, 2.5 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate, 4.4 g fat, 1.7 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 31% of calories from fat.
Recipe from Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld, Harper Collins, 2007. Republished with permission of the publisher.Last Editorial Review: 1/8/2008