Need a little snack to tide you over until dinner time? That mid-afternoon brownie with your coffee may not be such a bad idea. Instead of scooping up heart-day rejects, try making some of these healthy brownie recipes. They’re just as tasty as the real deal, but significantly cut down on the calories, fat and refined sugar content.
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“Chocolate brownies” and “37 calories” are definitely two phrases that you don’t often find in the same sentence, so take advantage of their pairing in this recipe.
What’s that you say? Our favourite source of monounsaturated fatty acids come in chocolate form? Fun avocado fact: they’re actually higher in potassium than bananas. This recipe skips the refined sugar in favour of applesauce and maple syrup for sweetness.
All you need for this recipe is a few overripe bananas, a nut butter of your choice and high-quality cocoa powder. Just think, that’s not very different from the classic, PB on a banana as a post-run snack, except it’s in brownie form….which is WAY more fun. These are best indulged in after refrigeration.
This dark-chocolately brownie tastes decadent, but skip the refined sugar and butter. Making individual servings mean you control your indulgence. If you are preparing more than one, make sure to microwave the ramekins individually for the best results.
We dare you to serve these to your friends without telling them what the main ingredients are… just wait until they rave about their deliciousness before you tell them about the black beans and avocado.
So this one is in here for the non-chocolate lovers. These brownies are so simple that they don’t even require an oven and are naturally paleo, gluten-free and vegan.
These brownies are as dark as cocoa can go.
Peanut butter brownies have got to be one of the best desserts out there… as well as one of the highest calorie ones. This recipe makes use of Greek yogurt, almond milk and rolled oats for a lighter take on the fan favourite.
Mug cakes are still a mind boggle. As if you can just mix a few ingredients in a mug, zap it for a few minutes and BAM have a brownie in your hands.
When you think brownies, sweet potato probably isn’t the first ingredient that comes to mind. But, sweet potato is the star of the show in this brownie recipe designed specifically with post-workout nutritional needs in mind. For only 121 calories, a single brownie provides 5g of protein, 24g of carbohydrates and only 2g of fat.