March’s Healthy Classic Fudge Walnut Brownies

March 2, 2015
Photo credit Francesco Tonelli

Photo credit Francesco Tonelli

Think back to when you have tried to diet in the past. You start off doing well but as time goes on, cravings for your favorite snacks start to creep up. You try to maintain your willpower and fight the urge to indulge in junk food, but most of the time there comes a point where you cave in and enjoy a delicious treat.

Everyone slips up on their diet every once in a while and to be honest, who can blame them? Food like pizza, cheeseburgers and desserts are sometimes too delicious to deny. Even though slipups are okay every once in a while, it’s best to take action against these cravings before they strike. One of the junk foods that tends to trip people up the most when it comes to dieting is sweets.

Everyone likes to have a sugary treat at the end of a long day, so why deny yourself? Believe it or not, it is possible to eat a delicious dessert without feeling guilty for it. There are endless recipes out there that give you a healthy take on some of your favorite recipes like carrot cake and cupcakes. Today, we will show you how to put a healthy twist on a crowd favorite: brownies.

So after you’ve had a tough day, come home and rejoice in the deliciousness that is this healthy fudge walnut brownie recipe from Cooking Light!

What you’ll need

  • 38 ounces of all-purpose flour (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks, divided
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • Cooking spray

How to make it

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife
  3. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl
  4. Combine ½ cup chocolate and milk in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at high for 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds
  5. Stir in butter, vanilla and eggs
  6. Add milk mixture, ½ cup chocolate and ¼ cup nuts into flour mixture; stir to combine
  7. Pour the batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup nuts
  8. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging
  9. Cool in pan on a wire rack.; cut into 20 pieces

Nutritional information

Recipe yields 20 brownies, serving size 1 brownie

186 calories; fat 9.1 g, saturated fat 4.2 g, 2.8 g protein, 25.4 carbohydrate, 1.4 g fiber, 30 mg cholesterol, 0.9 mg Iron, 74 mg sodium, 23 mg calcium