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The secret to lighter -- but still delicious -- brownies? Replacing butter and much of the chocolate with better-for-you cocoa powder, applesauce, and reduced-fat sour cream.

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2008
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  • Muthu Radhakrishnan
    20 JAN, 2014
    Please do not try this recipe it didn't come out good It was like rubber
  • Jessica Delgado
    27 FEB, 2013
    I made these today. In the middle of making the brownies, I noticed that my chocolate stash had been stashed by my kids :/ so, I had to improvise, because I had the oven on and the dry ingredients mixed... I had chocolate pudding so I used that instead of the melted chocolate and you know what? the brownies came out delicious - very light and yummy! :) I will def. make them again!
  • nyc2naples
    20 JUL, 2011
    These brownies were cakey, not chewy, so did not work for me. I should point out that I made some changes, though none of them should've caused the cakey-ness: used half white and half whole wheat pastry flour, used 3/4c sugar instead of 1c, used only 1oz of chocolate on top instead of 2oz. If anyone is interested, I did a nutritional analysis (for the recipe with my modifications) based on 16 servings: 124 calories, 5g fat, 26mg cholesterol, 1.5g fiber, 17g sugar, 2.4g protein.
  • Ashley616
    9 JUL, 2011
    Brownies were easy and delicious! I only used 1/2 cup of sugar, I felt that a cup was too much. They still turned out fantastic. Very fudgy and satisfying.
  • bobbi12781
    28 SEP, 2008
    I forgot to mention that I made these without the 2T oil, and didn't even know the difference.
  • bobbi12781
    28 SEP, 2008
    I'm not sure how "light" this recipe is, but I like that there's no butter or oil. The first time I made these, I found them to be too cake-like. The second time, I used 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk, and the texture was more like a brownie. Good recipe.
  • jexika35
    11 JUN, 2008
    This is a very light brownie, so you don't feel too full or guilty! I recommend it.
  • Suly
    10 FEB, 2008
    A lot of chocolate ! I loved !
  • cayars
    7 FEB, 2008
    I made these for the Super Bowl and they were a definite flop. They were too light and "airy" compared, not at all what I would describe as "chunky". And way too much chocolate --- the melted chocloate on top was definitely overkill. My guests were disappointed.
    5 FEB, 2008
    I would like to know how many carbs are in this . Sounds good but if it has to many carbs I can't eat it.

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