With all the rich flavor of your favorite brownies, these chocolate-nut Ultimate Low-Fat Brownies are not only low in fat, but in calories and cholesterol too!
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 large egg plus 2 large egg whites
1-1/2 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, preferably toasted
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl set over simmering water or in a double boiler, melt the chocolate with the water, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the applesauce until blended.
In a medium bowl, beat together the egg, egg whites, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until thick, about 2 minutes. Beat in the chocolate mixture. Sift half of the flour and cocoa over the batter; stir with a spatula. Repeat with the remaining flour and cocoa. Stir in the almonds.
Spread the brownie batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean and the top is dry when lightly pressed. Transfer the pan to a rack to let cool completely. Cut the brownies into 16 squares.
Recipe makes 16 servings.
Serving size: 1 brownie
Calories: 150; Total Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 13mg
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