healthy dark chocolate brownie bites
While we were gone on vacation our neighbor was nice enough to check in on our cats. He's got two cats of his own, which makes it a pretty good deal. When he goes out-of-town, we take care of his cats. And when we go away, he makes sure ours haven't eaten each other. But I still try to find a way to thank him, which usually includes making something sweet as a special thank you treat.
The other day when I saw him he was pretty insistent on not wanting any tasty goodies, complaining that he needed to cut back on all the sweet and salty snacking.
I'm quite familiar with the brownie mix you can get from one of my favorite stores, which is low in calories and made with yogurt instead of butter or eggs, and figured I could make my own - but with less sugar and flour. I played around with the ingredients and came up with something really dark and rich without all those big calorie and carb players. Because these little goodies are low in sugar and flour, they have a big cocoa flavor - so toss in some extra honey or agave if you want something really super-sweet.
3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of salt
1 cup plain thick-style yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon coffee (or water)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips
What you do
Preheat your oven to 350F and get out a mini muffin tin. Now go ahead and measure and add all the dry ingredients (cocoa, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt) and give a good stir making sure to break up all those bits of cocoa.
Measure and add the rest of the stuff and give a good stir, making sure there aren't any clumps, creating a nice and thick batter. It's that easy.
Grease your tins with spray or veggie oil (this recipe will fill two mini (or regular size) tins) and then scoop and drop a small spoonful of batter into each open spot.
Pop the dark chocolate brownie bites into the oven for 12-15 minutes. Once the tops are nice and toasty, they're good to go. If you prefer cake-ier brownies, let them hang out in the oven for a couple of minutes longer.
Remove the goodies and let cool in the tins for 5-minutes and then slide the dark chocolate brownie bites out with a butter knife. This recipe makes about 24 mini brownie bites, perfect for snacking or an after dinner indulgence.
*There's been lots of discussion on calorie counts, so here's my rough estimate:
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa = 148 calories
3/4 c flour = 348 calories
1/3 c sugar = 255 calories
1 t honey = 64 calories
1 c plain yogurt = 170 calories
1 tablespoon vegetable oil = 120 calories
1/2 c chocolate chips = 400 calories
So, that's roughly 1500 calories if you ate them all in one sitting. But, divide that by 24 and you get around 63 calories per small brownie bite. I'm not a nutritionist - these are just estimates based on the ingredients and measurements I used.