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Guilt-Free Brownies

To make these brownies lower in fat and calories (but still moist and fudgy), we replaced some of the eggs and butter with prune puree.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 50 mins
  • yield: Makes 16

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white
  • 1 container (2.5 ounces) prune puree (1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Cook's Note

Look for the puree in the baby-food or baking section at the grocery store.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a small saucepan, bring an inch of water to a simmer over low heat. Place chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl; set bowl over pan. Stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat. Immediately whisk in sugar, egg, egg white, prune puree, vanilla, and salt until smooth.

  3. Step 3

    In a medium bowl, sift together flour and cocoa. Stir into chocolate mixture just until incorporated.

  4. Step 4

    Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until top is firm (a toothpick inserted in center will come out with a few moist crumbs), about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. Using foil, lift brownies from pan. Peel off foil. Using a serrated knife, cut into 16 squares.

Source
Everyday Food, January/February 2005

Reviews (44)

  • 28 Oct, 2013

    My husband and I loved these. This is a great recipe to have on hand...a great way to use up extra baby food!

  • 6 Jun, 2012

    I love these brownies! I used 1/2 cup chocolate chips for the 4 oz. of semisweet. I microwaved the butter and chocolate chips instead of using the double boiler method. The texture is wonderful - fudgy and rich tasting. There is a bit of prune taste, so some might be put off by that. Personally, I think this recipe is tops!

  • 22 Mar, 2012

    A little disappointing for sure! How can these brownies be "guilt-free" and have 1 cup of sugar and white flour in them?!? To have a brownie is one thing but to call them "guilt-free" is not correct. I think the bigger offender is the white sugar and flour instead of the egg. I agree with a natural, fruit-based sweetener like the puree and maybe a high protein flour like almond flour or a high fiber flour like coconut replaced in the recipe and they could be called "guilt-free"!

  • 11 Mar, 2012

    Yum!!! You wouldn't even know that there are prunes in this. Stuck to the foil so it didn't slice perfectly. Yum, again!

  • 11 Mar, 2012

    Nutritional info (per a hardcopy of Everyday Food- Jan/Feb 2005): Serves 16, 140 calories per serving, 4.3g fat, 2.2g protein, 25g carbohydrates, 1.4g fiber

  • 16 Oct, 2011

    http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
    Here is a website for nutritional analysis. There are 127 calories per serving with 4.2 grams of fat. It did leave out the prune puree so you you will have to add a few nore calories per serving

  • 30 Jul, 2011

    The addition of prune puree makes these brownies soft and fudgy. I absolutely loved their rich flavor

  • 13 Jan, 2011

    Can prune lekvar be used or even, prune cake filling sold in the can? I would guess they are much denser than prune baby food.

  • 5 Dec, 2010

    Ok, I am very impressed with these. Sweet, chocolate-y,very fudge-y, not at all cakey. I put a very light sprinkle (about 2 TBS total) of white chocolate chips on top to give my 5 year old something to do. Great treat! (4 WW Pointsplus.)

  • 27 Jul, 2010

    This is a reply for giggles. There are many nutritional calculators on the internet. They are very easy to use. You simply put in the ingredients and it calculates for you. I have not seen nutritional info on any of Marthas recipes. It seems obvious to me they do not/will not include it. This seems to be a common complaint yet I cannot figure out why people keep coming back to the site.If you dont like no info or a certain ingredient, or preparation method there are many 'healthy' recipe sites.

  • 5 Feb, 2010

    sinfully good

  • 5 Feb, 2010

    Sinfully delicious.

  • 21 Jan, 2010

    Since these are called Guilt Free - where are the nutritional facts for this receipe.

  • 8 Jan, 2010

    nutritional info would be very helpful.

  • 22 Mar, 2009

    I used apple sauce instead of the prunes. It was okay. Not great.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    I use Splenda Blend for my baking and things turn out great. I just made peanut brittle and it was great. Cookies also but you have to eat within a day or so and if not, freeze and take out as needed. very good.

  • 23 Jan, 2009

    I think I will try this receipe with baby foold applesauce and see how they work out.

  • 6 Jan, 2009

    I wonder if you could use apple sauce instead of prune puree?

  • 19 Dec, 2008

    Just made these brownies. I used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose to make them even healthier. Next time I'll use a combination of the two. I thought the brownies came out moist and chocolatey (even tho they do taste like "healthy" brownies). Good job MS crew!

  • 19 Dec, 2008

    Just made these brownies. I used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose to make them even healthier. Next time I'll use a combination of the two. I thought the brownies came out moist and chocolatey (even tho they do taste like "healthy" brownies). Good job MS crew!

  • 19 Dec, 2008

    Just made these brownies. I used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose to make them even healthier. Next time I'll use a combination of the two. I thought the brownies came out moist and chocolatey (even tho they do taste like "healthy" brownies). Good job MS crew!

  • 14 Oct, 2008

    Where can you buy prune puree?

  • 5 Oct, 2008

    These brownies are surprisingly good. They are dense and chewy but not overly sweet, just right! I used applesauce in place of the prune puree. The cooking time suggested is a little long, mine were in for 25 minutes and that was definitely enough.

  • 26 Sep, 2008

    Have you tried the black bean brownie recipe made with splenda as an alternative? I have a friend who makes them because she can't have regular brownies. Peraonally I don't eat splenda but she thinks they are great.

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    I tried the recipe but used splenda instead of sugar. They were overdone in 20 minutes and rubber-like....terrible. My husband laughed about all the calories we saved as we threw them away!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    132 calories per square
    4 grams of fat
    1gram of fiber
    Semisweet chocolate contains fat too. But, calories just don't come from fat. Look at the amount of sugar and flour in this recipe.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    How many calories?

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    so, what are the calories, it would hopefully be lower since there is only 2 tbsp. of butter?

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    One serving equals 3 points on the Weight Watchers Point system.
    I calculated this recipe using The Living Cookbook Software. One square has 132 calories, 4 grams of fat, 1gram of fiber, 82 mg of sodium. (Great software if anyone is interested: www.livingcookbook.com)

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Has anyone tried these? if so, can you talk about the texture? Are they chewy, more cake-like or something else?

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Beter e-mail to pete

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Please list percentages on ingredients for the weight watchers to figure the points.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I've read several requests for calorie and nutrition breakdown for the MS recipes. It guess no one from MS Co. reads these comments. Wouldn't it make even more sense to provide that kind of breakdown for a "guilt free" recipe?

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Could you not use applesauce instead of the prune puree?

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Could you not use applesauce instead of the prune puree?

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Could you not use applesauce instead of the prune puree?

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    I calculated this recipe using The Living Cookbook Software. One square has 132 calories, 4 grams of fat, 1gram of fiber, 82 mg of sodium. (Great software if anyone is interested: www.livingcookbook.com

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    what is the nutritional information on these brownies?

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    Applesauce works great in a lot of things, too and is usually less expensive, too.

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    Applesauce works great in a lot of things, too and is usually less expensive, too.

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    I've been adding "Baby food" to some of my baked goods and they're turning out really well!

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    Is it possible to use baby prunes??

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    I am guessing that you could substitute just about any fruit puree for this recipe, so long as consistency is the same. In my head I instantly replaced prune puree with Apricot or Mango puree.

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    Where do you buy prune puree? If it is the grocery store, is it in the baking isle or canned fruit or other?? I've never heard of it. Can you puree it yourself in a blender?