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These not-so-scary brownie bites are easy to make (they only require one bowl!) and have fewer calories and half the fat and sugar of regular brownies. But they still pack in all the rich chocolate taste you want from a Halloween treat, says recipe creator Marlene Koch, RD, author of Eat More of What You Love: Over 200 Brand-New Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories.
½ cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ½ tablespoons butter
¼ cup (or a 3.5 ounce container) prune puree (Koch recommends using baby food to make this ingredient even easier to add)
¼ teaspoon instant coffee crystals
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated, no-calorie sweetener
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup all-purpose flour
Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick baking spray. Place chocolate chips and butter in medium bowl and microwave on high for 45 to 60 seconds (or until chocolate looks shiny and partially melted). Remove bowl from the microwave and whisk until completely melted. Whisk in prune puree, instant coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar (it should be lump-free), blending until smooth. Stir in beaten egg. Add cocoa powder, baking powder, and flour, mixing after each addition. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin tins, using about 2 tablespoons each. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the center springs back when lightly touched. Cool pan on wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes before removing brownies.
Makes 12 servings
Nutrition score per serving (1 brownie): 100 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15g carbohydrates, 7g sugar, 2g fiber, 20mg sodium, 3g protein
Recipe re-printed with permission from Eat More of What You Love: Over 200 Brand-New Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories by Marlene Koch, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group © 2012
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