Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Review and Recipe

Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownies

Brownie bites made from Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix and Sugar Free Cool Whip
Brownie bites made from Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix and Sugar Free Cool Whip | Source

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4.4 stars from 7 ratings of Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie

What is the Best Sugar Free Dessert Mix?

Hands down, Pillsbury makes the best tasting sugar-free baking mixes on the market. The Pillsbury Sugar-Free Chocolate Fudge Brownie mix is no exception. In fact, it may be one of the best sugar-free desserts I've ever had. Pillsbury Sugar-Free Brownies have a rich, deep chocolate taste with a light crisp on the outside and a truffle-like moist dark chocolate taste on the inside.

Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix

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Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix Instructions | Source
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Pillsbury Brownie Mix Made Fat Free

Mixed as Directed: I like to see if I can make box mixes even better. I always reduce the oil in brownie mixes to 1/4 cup at the most. Sometimes, I replace the oil altogether, using applesauce instead. You can make the mix as directed with:

  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 TB water
  • 1 egg

Mixed as directed, a serving of 1/12 of the pan of brownies, or about 2 1/2 brownie bites is 150 calories.

Lower Fat and Low Cholesterol Version: Here is my lower fat variation, mix as directed using:

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 4 TB water
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute

With these substitutions, the calorie count is 125 for 1/10 of the pan of brownies, or about 125 for 3 brownie bites.

Fat-free and Cholesterol Free Version: If you want, you can replace all the oil with applesauce. This makes the brownie a bit flatter and with a denser, moister texture. Here is the ingredient list:

  • 1/3 cup applesauce (I use an unsweetened kind)
  • 3 TB water
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute

The calorie count for this version is about 100 for 1/10 of the brownie or 3 brownie bites.

Sugar Free Brownie Topping Ideas

These rich brownies do taste great on their own, but if you want a topping or to make a fancier dessert try one of the following:

  1. Sugar Free Cool Whip: Not only is this dessert topping easy, it also gives a nice contrasting flavor of vanilla to the chocolate of the brownies. Put a small slice of strawberry on top for garnish as I do in the photo and you have a company ready sugar free dessert.
  2. Sugar Free Pillsbury Chocolate Frosting: Purchased icings never taste as good as homemade. Like most canned icings, Pillsbury Sugar Free Chocolate Frosting has a preservative taste, it also has a non-caloric sweetener aftertaste. However, the icing is sweeter than I had expected, so it could fulfill the sugar cravings of someone who really longs for that deep sugar plunge. Certainly, it is easy enough to take of the lid and ice the brownie with this canned icing. If you are looking for a more traditional birthday gooey treat, this might do the trick.
  3. Sugar Free Pudding Frosting: For a less intense sugar taste, try making a frosting using Sugar Free Pudding. Make the pudding thicker by adding just 1/2 of a cup of skim milk to the 3 oz box of instant pudding. Or you can make a thicker version of the Cooked Sugar Free Pudding by using 1/2 the amount of milk required.
  4. Sugar-Free Ice Cream: Serve slices of the brownie with sugar-free ice cream for a great treat.
  5. Brownie Pie Sundae: Mix it up by baking the brownie in a pie crust, then serving it with ice cream and hot cooked sugar free chocolate pudding on top. Add sugar free Cool Whip and you have a terrific dessert. I served this for my husband on his birthday!


Brownie Bite Desserts for Dieters and Diabetics

These brownies taste is so good and dense that you feel like you've had a great dessert even with a very small portion. I like to make them as brownie bites, using mini muffin cups. The small size of the brownie bites makes them cook fast and helps with portion control. Two or three of these equals one serving and makes you feel like you've really splurged.

How to Make Sugar Free Brownie Bites

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3 Mini Brownie bites are 125 calories.Ingredients: Pilsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix, 2 eggs (or egg substitute), oil (or applesause),  Sugar Free Cool Whip or Pillsbury Sugar Free FrostingSpray mini-muffin tins with baking spray so brownies come out easily (especially important if you use applesauce instead of oil).Mix batter according to directions on box (using egg substitute and applesauce for lower calorie, no fat version). Fill about 30 mini muffin tins with about 1 TB batter each.Bake in 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.Take out of oven and cool.  Frost with Sugar Free Cool Whip or Pillsbury Sugar Free Chocolate Frosting.  Garnish with strawberries if desired.
3 Mini Brownie bites are 125 calories.
3 Mini Brownie bites are 125 calories. | Source
Ingredients: Pilsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix, 2 eggs (or egg substitute), oil (or applesause),  Sugar Free Cool Whip or Pillsbury Sugar Free Frosting
Ingredients: Pilsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix, 2 eggs (or egg substitute), oil (or applesause), Sugar Free Cool Whip or Pillsbury Sugar Free Frosting | Source
Spray mini-muffin tins with baking spray so brownies come out easily (especially important if you use applesauce instead of oil).
Spray mini-muffin tins with baking spray so brownies come out easily (especially important if you use applesauce instead of oil). | Source
Mix batter according to directions on box (using egg substitute and applesauce for lower calorie, no fat version). Fill about 30 mini muffin tins with about 1 TB batter each.
Mix batter according to directions on box (using egg substitute and applesauce for lower calorie, no fat version). Fill about 30 mini muffin tins with about 1 TB batter each. | Source
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes. | Source
Take out of oven and cool.  Frost with Sugar Free Cool Whip or Pillsbury Sugar Free Chocolate Frosting.  Garnish with strawberries if desired.
Take out of oven and cool. Frost with Sugar Free Cool Whip or Pillsbury Sugar Free Chocolate Frosting. Garnish with strawberries if desired. | Source

Make Your Own Home Made Sugar Free Brownies

Of course, using a baking mix saves some time. I like having mixes in the pantry always ready to go. However, it doesn't take a lot more time to make up your own homemade brownies. Moreover, if you want to save some time, you can always make batches of the dry ingredients and put them in a Zip Lock bag to use as your own "homemade" baking mixes.

These mixes can also make a great gift for someone. The best part is that you can choose the sweetener you add to the mix. See my table for the differences between the sweeteners.

This recipe has dense, sweet and very chocolate brownies. They do not rise as well as the Pillsbury Brownies, but they do taste as good. You can experiment with using a bit more baking powder, or using baking soda to make them rise more. Different no calorie sweeteners can affect the rising too.

Calories: 33 per brownie bite (if you make 30 from the mix), or 82 calories for 1/12 of a pan of brownies.

Home Made Sugar Free Brownies

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Home Made sugar free brownies.Sugar Free Brownie bites.  Using non fat cooking spray makes the brownie bites come out of the muffin cup easily.Sugar Free Brownie Mix.  You can make up your own sugar free brownie mixes but putting all of the dry ingredients in the recipe together and then storing them in a Zip Lock bag.  That can be a great gift for a diabetic friend. Sugar Free Brownies use a lot of cocoa to make a dark, very deep chocolate taste, which makes up for not having sugar and fat.
Home Made sugar free brownies.
Home Made sugar free brownies. | Source
Sugar Free Brownie bites.  Using non fat cooking spray makes the brownie bites come out of the muffin cup easily.
Sugar Free Brownie bites. Using non fat cooking spray makes the brownie bites come out of the muffin cup easily. | Source
Sugar Free Brownie Mix.  You can make up your own sugar free brownie mixes but putting all of the dry ingredients in the recipe together and then storing them in a Zip Lock bag.  That can be a great gift for a diabetic friend.
Sugar Free Brownie Mix. You can make up your own sugar free brownie mixes but putting all of the dry ingredients in the recipe together and then storing them in a Zip Lock bag. That can be a great gift for a diabetic friend. | Source
Sugar Free Brownies use a lot of cocoa to make a dark, very deep chocolate taste, which makes up for not having sugar and fat.
Sugar Free Brownies use a lot of cocoa to make a dark, very deep chocolate taste, which makes up for not having sugar and fat. | Source

Home Made Sugar Free Brownie Bites

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 30 brownie bites

Ingredients for Home Made Sugar Free Brownies

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup granulated sugar free sweetener, Splenda, Equal or your favorite
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 TB oil or melted margarine
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, (no sugar added)

Home Made Sugar Free Brownie Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put mini muffin cupcake holders in mini muffin pan (about 24-30). Spray each cup with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together. Add the eggs, oil, milk and applesauce and mix until well blended.
  3. Put about 1 TB of brownie mix in each mini muffin cup. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the brownies pop back when touched. Serve with sugar free ice cream, topped with sugar free whipped topping or serve with sugar free pudding.
  4. If you make 30 brownie bites, then each one is 33 calories. Or 1/2 of the brownie mix is 82 calories.

Sweetener Comparison

Name
Calories
Information
Pros
Cons
Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal)
4 calories per gram
Approved in 1996 by the FDA, which set an acceptable daily intake as 50 mg. per day or about 4 cans of soda (70 percent of all aspartame is used in diet sodas) Aspertame is 80 or more times sweeter than sugar.
The FDA has found no correlation between using aspartame and cancer. It is approved for pregnant women.
Not used in baking. Some people are sensitive and may have headaches, dizziness or skin reactions.
Neotame
0
FDA approved in 2002. Neotame is a chemical which comes from aspartame. It is 8,000 times sweeter than sugar.
FDA sees no cancer risk. It is approved for diabetics and pregnant women. It can be used in baking.
Some groups worry it may be as toxic as aspartane because it also breaks down to menthanol
Saccharin (Sweet'N Low)
0
Made from petroleum, saccharin is 300 times sweeter than sugar. In 1977, the FDA considered a ban on saccharin when rats who were fed huge amounts got cancer. A warning label was added to Sweet'N Low but dropped in 2000.
Has been used the longest of all the no calorie sweeteners and is the most studied. Can be used for baking and fine for diabetics.
Some groups remain opposed to use of Saccharin, especially by infants, children and pregnant women, suggesting connections with irritability and muscle dysfunction
Sorbitol and Mannitol
2.6 calories per gram
Approved by FDA in 1971, these sugar alcohols are usually taken from corn syrup but these are found in fruits naturally.
Can be used in baking.
Can cause upset stomach and have a laxative effect, especially if eaten in large amounts.
Stevia
0
Purified Rebaudioside A which is taken from Stevia leaves is approved by the FDA even though Stevia leaves are not. Stevia is a South American plant product which has been used there for years. It has been used in Japan for 30 years also.
Some research suggests it can lower blood pressure and sugar levels. It can be used in baking and is considered safe for pregnant women and diabetics.
When sold as a diet supplement, it isn't regulated by the FDA.
Sucralose (Splenda)
0 (3 per tea. with added bulking agent)
Approved in 1999 by FDA. 600 times the sweetening power of sugar.
After many studies, the FDA concludes no risks of cancer or other problems. It can be used for baking but has an aftertaste
Maltodextrin is added to make Splenda more like sugar granules and this gives it 12 calories per TB or 3 calories per teaspoon. Label may not list these calories.
Xylitol
2.4 calories per gram
FDA approved in 1963. Can be taken from many foods but generally taken from corncobs as a corn by-product.
Good for teeth and may help accute middle ear infections. Doesn't affect insulin levels. Can be used for baking.
May upset digestion or have laxative effect. Is toxic to dogs.
Sugar
16 in 1 tea.
 
 
 

Sugar Free Sweeteners and Small Portions

Making sure that you take sugar-free desserts in small portions can be a good idea. Not only because portion control is always a part of a diet plan, but also because some noncalorie sweeteners can cause gas, bloating and even diarrhea for some people if they eat too much of it. Some of the Amazon reviewers of Pillsbury's sugar-free yellow cake mix noted that the sweetener in that dessert caused them problems. The Splenda used in Pillsbury Sugar-Free brownie mix generally causes fewer problems but still should be eaten in moderation.

Try these Gluten Free Brownies Too!

Chocolate Fudge Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix made as directed

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/12 brownie
Calories 150
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 23 g8%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 20 mg7%
Sodium 100 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Review and Recipe, looks a tasty treat any ou presented this part so well, in detail and most helpful indeed.


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Vishakha Bajaj 3 years ago

Very informative hub.Thanks for sharing this information.


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Daddy Paul 3 years ago from Michigan

Nice information.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

What a great hub! I like the low-and-fat-free versions of the recipe, as well as the sugar free brownie bites. I also enjoyed the different ideas for the toppings, and the whole section on artificial sweeteners. What a nice touch! And having the calorie table is a bonus, especially since this is geared towards those who are dieting, or diabetic.

The review of the brownie mix is also useful. I usually make things from scratch, but sometimes the mixes are very convenient.

Thank you for sharing this with us, and have a great night. Voted up and sharing!

~ Kathryn


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

It's great to know that there are some tasty sugar-free dessert mixes out there! Thanks for the detailed review and all of the serving suggestions.

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