Low-Fat Fudge Brownies - Secret Recipe Club

It's that time again, Dear Reader, for another Secret Recipe Club reveal.  My assignment this month -- which I chose to accept -- is Chocolate & Chillies.  Asiya posts recipes that are all halal, which is similar enough to kosher that I don't have to worry about pork cooties or other major revisions.

And does she have recipes!  They all look amazing!   With so many from which to choose, I had a long road ahead trying to zero in on just one.

For about 5 seconds, anyway.

You see, in a week I will be hosting a meeting of reference librarians, and as host I have to provide the refreshments.   So I was glad that Asiya's brownie recipe beckoned, even with "low fat"in the title.  With Passover looming ever closer, I have to use up chometz anyway, so this was a win-win situation.  In this case, it turned out to be a win-win-WIN! These beauties are so delicious they just became my favorite brownies!

So creamy!  So fudgy!  If I didn't make them myself, I wouldn't have believed  they are low-fat.  Asiya mentioned that they taste even better the next day, but I had to quickly freeze the remaining ones, otherwise there would have been just crumbs left. 

I used whipped cream cheese in place of the sour cream, which I didn't have on hand.   I also used vanila extract since I don't own vanilla powder.  I did use a tiny amount coffee granules, because it enhances the chocolate flavor without adding much of its own.

The recipe said to bake for 20-25 minutes, but for some reason it took 30 minutes in my oven.  I was concerned because my oven temperature is usually quite accurate, but there was no need to worry ... the brownies were wowwies!  But do check after 20 minutes in any event since ovens may vary.

Update!  Make that win-win-win-WIN!  I also made Asiya's macaroons.  I wasn't going to mention them because they came out rather dry.   I shoved them in a plastic bag and forgot about them until the next day, when they magically softened up and became angelic pillows!   The recipe is posted here.

Thank you, Asiya!

Low-Fat Fudge Brownies
Adapted from Chocolate & Chillies
Makes 16 brownies

Cooking spray
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules (optional)
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbl. unsalted butter, cut up
2 Tbl.whipped cream cheese
1 Tbl. chocolate syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg white
1 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350F and put the rack in the middle.

Line a square baking pan with foil.  The foil should extend over the sides of the pan to make it easier to remove the brownies after baking.  Spray the foil with cooking spray.

Whisk dry ingredients together (flour through coffee granules).  Set aside.

Gloppy goodness!

Place the butter and chocolate in a medium sized bowl.  Microwave in 30 second intervals.  Stir and repeat until mixture is melted and smooth.

I decided to swirl instead of smooth

Stir in whipped cream cheese, chocolate syrup, vanilla, egg, egg white and sugar until completely combined. Fold in the dry ingredients.  Scrape into prepared baking pan.  Smooth out top.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with some crumbs sticking to the toothpick.

Crackly crust adds character.

Remove from pan by lifting the foil and setting foil with brownies on a wire rack to cool completely.  Cut into 16 squares and enjoy immensely.

Disclaimer - because this recipe is part of an online cooking challenge group, the linked recipes below might not be kosher.  


I"m so glad you liked them!!! They are my favorite and I was thinking of making them again this week. I will pay attention to the baking time this time and make sure my post is accurate. (I've never heard of the term "pork cooties"...lol!)

Glad the macaroons turned out well the next day. I did find that they softened up after being in a container (will have to update the post to reflect that).
These sound fantastic! I must make them! Great SRC recipe. Happy Reveal day!
Gingered Whisk said…
Oh, these look delicious! I love homemade brownies, and these look utterly perfect! And healthy, too?! Amazing!
Oh my! I need one of these right now!
Jocelyn said…
I absolutely love a good fudge brownie. And these are low fat? Means I can have more than one right?
Patti said…
You can never have too many brownie recipes!! Gimme some milk!!!!
Anonymous said…
I agree with Patti - brownie recipes are amazing - especially ones like these! Yum!
Tami said…
Oh yeah ...thick and chewy brownies just like I love them. Homemade brownies are one of my favs!
Ruchi M said…
Low fat anything is always good :)! And these look yummm!

ooh, i'm intrigued! i've never tried making low-fat brownies but i'd love to give 'em a try - saving some calories + fat is always a good thing! glad to meet you through the SRC - i'm a fellow group D'er! =)
Love brownies and I haven't made them in a long time. These look great!
Melanie said…
There is nothing better than a soft brownie with a crackly crust! And low-fat on top of that? Woohoo!
Kirstin said…
YUM!!!! LOVE brownies!! and they look so moist
Kristen said…
I am loving this brownie version. Low fat and high flavor is tops in my book!!
I love these brownies! I love all brownies but the fact that they're kinda like health food makes me feel even better about eating them ;)
these def don't look low fat. All the low fat ones I have seen look pretty awful. They look very rich! yum!!
dena said…
Thanks, everyone! XOXOXO
The Daily Smash said…
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Have a Great Day :)

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