New This Month

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:
  • Total Time:
  • Yield: Makes 16

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2005


  • 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


  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.

Reviews Add a comment

  • sarahwashburn
    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!
  • AmyChristopher
    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!
  • wmw13
    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"!
  • ChefTBaks
    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!
  • ChefTBaks
    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
  • MS10028876
    16 OCT, 2011 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
  • sportsgalnat
    30 JUL, 2011
    The addition of prune puree makes these brownies soft and fudgy. I absolutely loved their rich flavor
  • MS12092232
    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.
  • weagl860
    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.)
  • slosh8715
    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.