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Fat-free Low Calorie Chocolate Brownie Dessert Recipe

Updated on March 26, 2013
Moist and delicious brownies without all the fat and calories.
Moist and delicious brownies without all the fat and calories. | Source

Chocolate Brownie Low Calorie Recipes


If you're trying to cut calories but don't want to skimp on flavor, try some of the fantastically simple yet surprisingly delicious recipes for low calorie, fat free brownies.

There are several variations on what you can add, but the most common ingredient when you want to cut the fat and still retain the flavor is to use applesauce.

Since I didn't have any unsweetened applesauce on hand, I used some fresh crisp apples I had and made my own. It takes about 10 minutes to make fresh applesauce so it's not a labor intensive project.

The best news is you get applesauce that is wonderfully delicious with no preservatives, no colorings, and best of all--no sugar.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 22 min
Ready in: 37 min
Yields: 16 fat free, low calorie chocolate brownies
5 stars from 3 ratings of Fat Free Low Calorie Brownies

Ingredients for Fat Free Brownies

  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill unbromated unbleached flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened finest cocoa
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Trader Joe's baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup non-fat dried milk powder
  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup unsweetened fresh applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon homemade or Mexican vanilla
  • finely chopped walnuts (optional)
  • powdered sugar (optional)
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 nonfat brownie
Calories 100
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Fiber 1 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 25 mg1%
* 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.

Instructions for Low Calorie Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If making fresh applesauce, prepare applesauce first and let cool to room temperature. Spray an 8 x 8 x 2 inch square pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Using a strainer as a sifter, add flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Shake back and forth over a large bowl until all is sifted through. Mix well.
  3. In small to medium bowl, mix together the sugars, non-fat dried milk powder, egg white, vanilla and applesauce. Whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in large bowl. Stir to combine. If adding walnuts, stir in to combine. Turn batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-23 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar if desired. Cut into 16 squares if desired.


How To Make Fresh Applesauce

Slice up some fresh apples.  Peel and core.
Slice up some fresh apples. Peel and core. | Source
Chunk into a pan with a few teaspoons of water.
Chunk into a pan with a few teaspoons of water. | Source
Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until apples are soft.
Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until apples are soft. | Source
Drain water.  Use emersion blender to mash apples.
Drain water. Use emersion blender to mash apples. | Source


How To Make Low Calorie Fat Free Brownies

Step 1:

Use strainer to sift dry ingredients.
Use strainer to sift dry ingredients. | Source

Step 2:

After sifting, stir dry ingredients to combine.
After sifting, stir dry ingredients to combine. | Source

Step 3:

Combine sugars and dried milk powder.
Combine sugars and dried milk powder. | Source

Step 4:

Add egg white, vanilla and applesauce.
Add egg white, vanilla and applesauce. | Source

Step 5:

Whisk wet ingredients well to combine.
Whisk wet ingredients well to combine. | Source

Step 6:

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. | Source

Step 7:

Mix well.  Add walnuts if using.
Mix well. Add walnuts if using. | Source

Step 8:

Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake. | Source

Step 9:

Cool slightly.  Dust with powdered sugar.
Cool slightly. Dust with powdered sugar. | Source

Step 10:

Cut into 16 squares.
Cut into 16 squares. | Source

Enjoy your nonfat, low calorie brownies~!

Enjoy!
Enjoy! | Source

More Ideas for Fat Free Brownies


Some of the recipes went as low as 39 calories. These were recipes using Stevia instead of sugar.

Some also used whole wheat flour for at least part of the flour portion.

Weight Watchers has a recipe that is very similar in ingredients though uses milk chocolate chips and plain fat-free yogurt as well as reduced fat milk. It is billed as a 2 points plus recipe.

Still another recipe uses low fat milk, bananas and oat bran.

There is an 88-calorie brownie recipe that actually equals 108 calories when you look at the nutrition information--figure that one out~! That one uses 4 egg whites, more sugar, semisweet chocolate chips and espresso powder.

There are many recipes you can use for some delicious alternatives to gooey chocolate brownies. These are viable alternatives to calorie loaded recipes and you still get the decadent flavor of chocolate but in a better-for-you way.

Try substituting oat bran for part of the flour to increase the fiber in the brownies. If you use organic apples that have not been exposed to sprays and pesticides, consider leaving the skins on when you puree the apples into applesauce--more fiber.

Also think about adding mini cinnamon chips instead of cinnamon for a different texture and flavor or perhaps just a bit of ground nut meal for part of the flour--such as walnut meal or almond meal.

The sky's the limit--try different recipes and see which ones become your favorites.

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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Om--Bob gave it 5 stars as well~

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      5 years ago

      Gimme some! Gimme some! Seriously, Audrey, your fat-free brownie sounds irresistible. Rated five stars :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Pamela--enjoy~

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from United States

      This looks absolutely delicious for a low calories dessert. I like the healthy ingredients also. I am copying it to try for my family. Thanks Audrey.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Enjoy, Ruchira - thanks so much for stopping in.

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      Wow...gotta try it.

      Thanks for a fantastic idea :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Hey BJ--I obviously think about them a LOT--too bad I don't get to eat them but the aroma is "almost" worth it~

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      How did you know, Audrey, I was thinking about chocolate brownies? Of course I am always thinking about chocolate brownie or chocolate chip cookies or just chocolate. But fat-free and low calorie - that would be something new so I'll try them. Thank you.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Thank you Ubaidh~~ You as well~

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Virginia~ Great ideas as well to try!

    • VirginiaLynne profile image

      Virginia Kearney 

      5 years ago from United States

      Terrific ideas. I buy an unsweetened granny smith applesauce in 1/2 cup packs--lunch packs. It is super sweet but not added sugar, plus it is already pre-measured and you just use what you need. I have a sans sucre mix I was going to review and I think I may just try your recipe next to it and see which is best. I've tried the sans sucre before and found it very rich but with kind of a strange texture. Thanks for all of the other ways you mentioned to try!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Carol--glad you enjoyed~

      Jaye--Great tip on Stevia--thanks so much for adding to the recipe~!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      They look good and chewy.. Great photos and who not shed some calories..Voting up and pinning.

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      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      It's good to see a recipe with healthier ingredients. I use organic flour and liquid Sweet Leaf stevia when baking because the latter works better than powdered stevia for that purpose.

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