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Apr 21, 2010 12:07 PM

The BEST low-cal baked sweet (esp. brownies!!) recipe you know of...

Yeah, yeah I know the internet is saturated with low-cal sweets recipes. But one thing I hate is trying a new recipe and it being a big waste when the item turns out dry, tasteless, etc., so I'm looking for something that's been tested by the gourmand tastebuds here at Chow. You may ask, why on earth does she want to bake low-cal treats? What's the point? Well, here's the deal-- I'm in a "season of joblessness" currently, but have always been too busy to bake because of my job/school obligations. Now I'm trying to learn how to bake in my copious spare time, but I am also on a diet. I've been making full-fat stuff for weeks now and giving it away for the most part, but I want to make something I can enjoy.

I can get pretty much any ingredient, although I prefer to use real sugar, (not because I don't value other sweeteners, but because it becomes expensive to have so many when I use them so rarely) but other sweetener-based recipes are welcome. I define low-cal as 200 or less cals a serving. I'm not an ascetic! If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

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  1. It isn't exactly gourmand, but I've had good -- some claim "great" -- results with my modification of the One-Bowl Brownies recipe on the back of Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate. *Note: I haven't specified it below, but I use an 8x8 or 9x9 pan instead of the 13x9 pan the recipe calls for, because I like thicker brownies. Tinker with baking time accordingly.


    4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
    1/4 cup butter or margarine
    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1 1/4 cups white sugar (or a bit more, to taste)
    3/4 c. egg substitute
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup all-purpose flour


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
    Microwave chocolate and butter or margarine in large bowl at HIGH for 2 minutes or until butter or margarine is melted. Stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in applesauce & sugar. Mix in egg substitute & vanilla. Stir in flour.
    Spread in greased 13 x 9 pan. Bake for 35 minutes (do not overbake).

    1. I posted this in the "How to Bake Healthy" thread recently. Not sure of the calorie count, but there's no butter, so that probably helps!