Ahh, brownies! We prefer them on the skinny side but will never skimp on the flavor, ever! We just love sinking our teeth into chocolaty goodness and treating ourselves to a sweet treat! Did you know that traditional brownie recipes call for cups of sugar, tons of butter, and a dash of a tummy ache later on? Oh no, that is a recipe of disaster and not to mention a disaster to your diet.
Luckily those times have changed, y’all. Easy swaps and healthier ingredients can be used to get the most decedent and delicious brownies. The beauty is that they are guilt free with non of the ingredients that won't leave you questioning your diet! Now, let’ get to our most favorite skinny brownie recipes that y’all will just LOVE too!
Classic Skinny Chocolate Brownies:
If you prefer a more traditional tasting brownie, you are in luck, y’all! These skinny chocolate brownies by Yummy Healthy Easy adds applesauce to help sweeten the goods, replacing the white sugar- how’s that for a sweet tip?! Here’s the how-to...
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (or low-fat sour cream)
- 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp. canola oil
- 2 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 8x8 square pan with cooking spray then line with a strip of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Spray paper with cooking spray, too.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda.
- In another medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, applesauce, greek yogurt, melted chocolate, eggs and oil. Add the flour mixture and stir until just moistened.
- Spread batter in prepare pan. Sprinkle the top with the chopped chocolate pieces.
Skinny Double Fudge Brownies:
Double the fudge, double the smiles! Chelsea’s Messy Apron load’s this recipe with goodness that we are lovin’, hope y’all will too! Here ‘s the scoop with a dash of honey too!
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2-4 + tablespoons brown sugar lightly packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup oat flour regular old fashioned oats that have been blended
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 + 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips separated (can sub milk chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Grind your oats and measure the 1/4 cup AFTER grinding the oats.
- In a large bowl, beat together (using hand mixers) the peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla.
- Beat in the applesauce until combined and then beat in the egg until just combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir together.
- Using a wooden spoon, combine the wet and dry ingredients until combined.
- Fold in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Transfer the mixture into the lined 8 x 8 baking pan.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips over the mixture.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly puffy.
Skinny Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies:
Why not add peanut butter to the batter? Sally’s Baking Addiction has a fantastic delicious recipe that you and your Sweetie will enjoy!
- 3/4 cup (185g) creamy peanut butter
- 6 ounces low fat or fat free plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup (60ml) milk (I like to use unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 large egg (or 2 egg whites)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup (200g) coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened natural or dutch process cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup (40g) old-fashioned rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 8×8 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Place all of the ingredients except for the peanut butter into a blender or food processor. (Yes, a blender!) For easier blending, place the liquid ingredients into the blender first. Blend until mix is smooth and oats are ground up. You will have to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a few times.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Batter will be thin. Microwave peanut butter for about 30 seconds. Drop melted peanut butter by spoonfuls onto the batter, swirling gently with a knife to create a marbled effect. (Try not to overmix!)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Brownies will be extra fudgy, so be sure to wait until COMPLETELY cooled Cut into squares and enjoy! Brownies stay fresh at room temperature for 2 days, and then can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days after that. Brownies freeze well up to 2-3 months.
Keto Fudge Brownies:
This simple brownie recipe is keto friendly and Sweetie friendly too, y’all! Just a hand full of ingredients will bring ya yummy fudgy brownies! Here are the steps...
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 2 tbsp Coconut flour
- 3 large eggs (room temperature)
- 12 tbsp Butter
- 1/2 cup erythritol
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Pink Salt
- 2 oz Unsweetened Bakers Chocolate
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Combine coco powder, coconut flour, and salt, and set aside
- Add eyrthritol, eggs, vanilla and mix with a hand mixer. Mix until the volume of the mixture has tripled in size. This should take about 3-5 minutes on high.
- In a 3rd bowl, melt together butter and bakers chocolate. This can be done using a double boiler method, or by repeatedly microwaving for 20s and mixing. If using the microwave be careful not to burn the chocolate.
- Add egg mixture to the butter/chocolate mixture in 3 parts, folding in each time. Most of the erythritol will be at the bottom of the egg mixture, thats ok!
- Once the wet ingredients are all combined, begin adding the dry ingredients. Add 1/3 of the dry mixture and fold into the wet. Repeat this process 3 times until all of the dry mixture is used and a homogeneous brownie batter is formed.
- Pour into a greased loaf pan
- Place into a 325 degree oven for 50-55 minutes.
Well y’all, if your mouth isn’t just watering, we aren’t doing our job! Hehe :) Don’t forget about the ideal beverage to pair with your baked goods: Southern Breeze Sweet Tea! The zero calorie sweetness of each glass will make your brownie snack time extra sweet and guilt free!
Sweeties, we would just love to hear about what skinny brownie recipe you will try first. What are your favorite healthy baking ingredient swaps? Leave us a note in the comments below- cant wait to hear from ya!