I recently had quite the intense chocolate craving. And yes, I caved and I had a fun sized Milky Way. But what did that even do for me? It left me wanting 5 more fun sized Milky Ways! Haha and since that obviously is not the best option, my next thought went to brownies! Then I started thinking, what if I could make healthier brownies that didn’t taste awful? What if I could make healthier brownies that almost tasted like normal?
So I got to work! I love box mix brownies (Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies are my fave!) but we NEVER have that just lying around and I wasn’t really in the mood for a store trip, so instead I took my favorite “from scratch” recipe and modified it. I used our post on our favorite healthy substitutes for any recipe and I started making swaps.
And the result? Not too bad. Not the same, but it did kick my craving in the best possible way. I no longer “need” chocolate and I was able to stop at 1 brownie (okay, 2 brownies). I call that a success! I know if I had made these the normal way, I most likely would’ve finished the WHOLE pan! I really have little self control when it’s in our house, which is why we never have it in our house 😉 But these healthier brownies did the trick!
What exactly did I swap out? Well first off, I halved the sugar and replaced it with a teaspoon of vanilla. Second, I replaced all of the white flour with oat flour, and third, I took out the oil and put in Greek yogurt.
How do these healthier brownies taste?
Well, not like normal brownies. Upon first taste you can definitely taste the Greek yogurt. However, I am pleased to say that as the hours pass the tartness brought about by the Greek yogurt diminishes, and the chocolatey-ness prevails. There still is a bit of the tartness there, but it’s not bad.
Next brownie run, I will try using the pumpkin substitute for oil and let you know how it goes. Pumpkin should have a lot milder flavor and would definitely pair well with the chocolate. My only fear is that the brownies would turn pretty flat. Greek yogurt for some reason, makes the brownies puff up despite their lack of flour. The next “healthier brownie” venture probably won’t occur until November since this one did such a great job of curbing my cravings, but I will keep you posted =)
- 3 eggs
- 3/8 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 c cocoa
- 3/4 c oat flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 c sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 ounces Fage nonfat Greek yogurt
- small handful chocolate chips (optional)
- Mix ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Preheat oven to 350*
- Grease 8*8 pan and add batter.
- Sprinkle on chocolate chips.
- Cook for 25 minutes or until fork comes out clean.