Did you make a resolution to eat healthier and/or lose weight this year? I, for one, resolved that for once I would not to resolve to do either of those things. :) I know I eat healthy most of the time, and I know I'm not giving up treats altogether -- especially sweet ones.
Of course, having healthier -- yet still deliciously indulgent -- versions of our favorite treats certainly helps. The trick is, they have to really, REALLY taste good. They can't be anemic and cloyingly sweet yet not really all that satisfying (yeah Snackwells, I'm talking to you!).
These brownies, which I developed for All You, will leave you licking your fingers and feeling I-just-had-yummy-chocolate happy, but since they have some healthier ingredients, you can enjoy them and still feel good about your day. (Pick up this month's issue for these and other resolution-friendly chocolate treats!)
Guilt-Free Fudgy Brownies
(recipe by me, for All You magazine)
3 oz. pitted prunes (about 10)
2 Tbsp. strongly brewed coffee
3 Tbsp. evaporated milk
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil or parchment so that 2 sides overhang; mist lining with cooking spray.
2. Combine prunes, coffee, milk, oil, eggs and vanilla in food processor; process until smooth. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, flour and salt; mix well. Stir prune mixture into flour mixture until well combined. Stir in chopped chocolate. Spread evenly in baking pan.
3. Bake until just set, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack.
NOTE: Wondering what to do with the leftover evaporated milk? Use it to make French toast with your favorite whole-grain bread. :)