Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Health(ier) brownie bites

The ides of March are approaching and following close on its heels is - SUMMER - egads.   And that means - bathing suits.  The last week or so I have been researching lighter, healthier and less calorie intense recipes and this is the first recipe in that attempt.   These brownie bites, unofficially, are 2 points on the weight watchers point system (calculated according to the recipe builder).  You can indulge in chocolaty heaven without the guilt!

Health(ier) brownie bites
 Makes 22 mini brownies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Prepare mini-cupcake or muffin pans.  I use silicon pans so there is no additonal fat and they pop out easily.

3/4 cup unsweetened dutch processed cocoa powder
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar (or you can use splenda)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup greek no fat yogurt
1 tsp honey
5 tblsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup freshly brewed coffee
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate

Sift dry ingredients into mixing bowl making sure that there aren't any lumps.  Add the coffee and mix thoroughly.  Add the vegetable oil, the yogurt, honey, vanilla and chopped chocolate.  Make sure that all ingredients are completely mixed.

Brownie mixture will be quite thick so do not be surprised.  Spoon into waiting pans.  Bake for 12-14 minutes or until set.

Plate and serve with confectioners sugar, cold milk or vanilla ice cream.  Can you say heaven?

Brownie Bites