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.

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  • Yield: Makes 16
Guilt-Free Brownies

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2005

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

Directions

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

  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.

Cook's Notes

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

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