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Friday, 3 May 2013

Ooey-Gooey Fat Free Coffee Chocolate Brownies

Serves 12
Calories per brownie: 150 approx.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Last night I decided that I wanted to counterbalance the super healthy Rainbow Chard salad I had for dinner with a decadent dessert. And what says decadence better than brownies? Nothing does that's what! I adapted a coffee fudge brownie recipe from one of my favorite go-to cook books - Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet - and made it fat free. 

The result was rich ooey gooey delicious brownies with a subtle coffee flavor and a caramel-like lawyer on the bottom created by the apple sauce. You would never know these were fat free (or vegan for that matter). I served them with a dollop of Provamel Soy Vanilla custard and raspberries. 

I didn't include walnuts or a glaze to this recipe because I find these rich enough as they are and sometimes I reckon the simpler the better, but feel free to go crazy and add 1/2 cup of walnuts and a glaze.

Delicious with custard, raspberries and chocolate topping.


Dry ingredients - 
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 & a 1/2 tsps of baking powder
1 tsp of salt
1 & a 1/2 cups brown sugar

Wet ingredients - 
3/4 cup rice milk (or other non-dairy milk)
3/4 cup stong brewed coffee
1/4 cup apple sauce*
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt *

* Applesauce and yogurt are substitutes for the oil or margarine so if you don't have both ingredients you can simply double the use of either of them. 

For serving & decoration (optional) -
Soy vanilla custard or non-dairy vanilla ice-cream
Squirty non-dairy chocolate topping 


Preheat the oven to 180°C/380°F.

In a large bowl sift together all the dry ingredients. In a separate medium sized bowl combine all the wet ingredients, then stir the wet mix into the dry mix. 

Pour the brownie mix into a greased or non-stick 8" baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the brownie to check if it is cooked, it should come out clean. Leave them in more or less time depending on how gooey you like your brownies to be. Once they have cooled decorate with chocolate sauce. 

Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack. Serve warm with raspberries, custard or ice-cream... yum!

The surviving brownies ready to go to work with me tomorrow!

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