"Skinny" Brownies

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Author Notes: When a friend pushed a version of this recipe on me, I was less than enthused. Neither a baker or a chocoholic, it took a recent blog hop featuring chocolate for me to try it. My recipe is adapted from one in the Weight Watchers "One Pot Cookbook" that features Amaretto. I switched it up, substituting Grand Marnier and adding orange juice and zest. Cardamom and ginger provided the spicy edge I wanted. I used decaf coffee granules instead of espresso, because that's what I had in the pantry. For a reduced calorie treat that's also low in fat and sodium, we think these are pretty terrific.Lizthechef

Makes 12 brownies

  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • zest of one navel orange
  • 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with the oil.
  3. Using a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom and ginger. Set aside.
  4. Using a large bowl, whisk together the egg, egg white, liqueur, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla.
  5. Add the sugar, melted butter, cocoa and coffee granules. Mix well.
  6. Stir in the flour mixture and the walnuts. Mix only until blended
  7. Pour into greased baking dish and bake for 18 minutes. Cool before cutting into squares.
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3 months ago sherry edelstein

just saw recipe, any sub's for the orange juice ideas? water ok?


3 months ago Lizthechef

The OJ really adds a nice flavor to the brownies - maybe coffee?


3 months ago sherry edelstein

thank you!


about 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I could eat the whole pan of these, Liz. Well done!


about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Liz - that is exactly what we did ;)


about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Spicy brownies. Yum.


about 3 years ago Lizthechef

I apologize for the duplicate publish. And also for omitting the sugar in my original post. Can this old dog learn new tricks? Sigh.


about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Mary - they are under 150 calories, I believe.


about 3 years ago ellenl

These sound terrific. I do love your style!


about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Hey, thanks - you made my day, especially after I accidentally double published...


about 3 years ago dymnyno

Oh. How I do love chocolate and walnuts together and this delivers and is low calorie too!!