July 24, 2012

{Healthier} Box Brownie Recipe


Brownies are definitely one of my favorite sweet indulgences.  I like to pack mine with chocolate chips for a chocolatey crunch in the center.

But because like most indulgences, I try to not eat the whole batch by the time my husband gets home from work, I thought I would try a healthier variation to make them a little more guilt free.  I got the idea to play around with swapping non-fat Greek yogurt for eggs and oil from this Hungry Girl cake swap recipe.

{Healthier} Box Brownie Recipe
-1 box of Pillsbury brownie mix {I use Pillsbury because it is made with soy and not milk but any box would probably do}

Follow box directions except:
-Swap eggs with egg whites
-Swap 1/2 of the oil called for with non-fat Greek yogurt
-I also added a heaping tablespoon of ground flaxseed
-Add about 1 cup of dark chocolate chips

This swap recipe came out really good!  It wasn't quite as chocolatey decadent, but definitely held a lot of it's flavor.  My husband couldn't tell the difference and I freely indulged like I would without the swaps! 

I tried a similar swap in these peanut butter cookies that also came out fantastic!  The Hungry Girl cake swap is pretty good but not as sweet as I would normally want.  I find that keeping some of the fats and oil, by only swapping half, it retains it's sweet and decadent flavor.  I also often swap whole wheat flour for half of flour recipes.

Enjoy your little chocolate brownie hearts out!

To see more of my favorite eats and sweets, check out the recipe index.

Any healthy recipe swaps to share? 

7 comments:

  1. yum! I'll definitely make these sometime!

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  2. I swap out all of the oil for applesauce. I don't notice the missing oil in any way.

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  3. Ok it's not exactly a swap but at Trader Joe's they have a brownie mix called No Pudge :) They are actually good too! I also use ground turkey instead of ground beef in most dishes that call for beef. So much leaner and with a sauce or seasoning you can't tell the difference.

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  4. I'll have to try the yogurt swap. I tried making my zucchini muffins more healthy and they weren't very good lol.

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  5. I love, love, love this idea and cannot wait to try it out! Thanks!

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  6. I'll have to try this out! My husband loves brownies, but the eggs have so much cholesterol and the oil is added fats!!! This swap would be perfect for him! Thanks for the recipe!!

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