Saturday, 24 September 2016

Mia's Recipe: Healthy 77 Calories Brownies

Yes, that's not a typo and your eyes aren't playing a trick on you. I'm going to share with you my recipe for a yummy, 77 calories brownie!

With no refined flour, no refined sugar, and no butter, this will be the perfect sweet treat for those watching your diet! Best of all, this doesn't taste healthy at all! 

To make your own 77 calories brownie (16 servings), you'll need:

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1/2 cup honey 
(you may reduce it if you prefer your brownies less sweet)
2 eggs
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
(I've used 1/4 wholemeal and 1/4 low-carb mix, else with 100% wholemeal you should be getting 75 calories brownies instead) 
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

optional: chocolate chips or chopped nuts of your choice
(but do note these aren't included in my calorie count) 

It can't be any simpler to make this yummy brownies. First, add all your wet ingredients (honey, applesauce, eggs) into a bowl and mix till combined. 
Then, sift in your dry ingredients (very important to sift, especially for cocoa powders as  they're always lumpy) and mix until just combined. 
You may fold in your additional chocolate chips or chopped nuts before pouring the batter into a greased (or non-stick) 8 x 8 inch square brownie pan, for an easy time cutting them into 2" squares so you can gauge your calorie intake better.
Bake at 180 degree Celsius for 20 minutes and check that a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

Due to the wholemeal flour, the brownie will be slightly more crumbly but still stay soft and moist (due to the honey and applesauce). 
I find that even without the chocolate chips, I wouldn't mind having the brownie a little less sweet hence it's probably good to reduce another tbsp of honey from the recipe (to use about 100ml instead of 120ml) and to make up for the hydration level with some skimmed milk. 

Do share with me how yours turned out if you've tried this recipe as well. 

Edited: I've tried substituting butter with applesauce for breadmaking and it turned out quite terrible! Fellow bread-bakers, if you've ever successfully did a butter-applesauce replacement, do let me know how you did it!

To get the wholegrain and low-carb flour I've used for this recipe, hop over to iHerb right now! 

Till then,
Mia Foo


  1. Looking at this recipe I find it so difficult to believe it's only 77 calories! It looks so decadent and rich! I'm not sure it would be 77 calories if it was near me, simply because I would eat them all! ;)

    I'm looking forward to being able to try this!

  2. This sounds like a great plan! Only 77 calories!! That's very nice haha. No need to hold back and eat one ;). And looks like it's not too hard to make. Great recipe!

  3. Bookmarked and scheduled! :) I don't have a sweet tooth, but I can appreciate sweets every now and then. 77 calories, you say? As most would assume, it's suspicious to keep brownies around that calorie count, but you seem to have cracked the code for dieting brownie lovers who want sweets on a cheat day, haha

  4. Wow, this looks mouthwatering! Plus all the ingrediaents are healthy. I'll make this for sure! Bookmarked :)

  5. I'm now hungry just looking at your pictures. Haha! This is something worth trying. Totally delish and healthy at the same time!Sweets worth keeping. Hehe

  6. This is great!! My daughter loves chocolate something terrible, and I know I should not give in so often to her sweet tooth, SO this would be a great alternative. I love brownies myself, so I will enjoy them, too! Haha!

  7. Are you sure it's 77 calories? haha! The brownie looks so yummy to be healthy. ugh! But I'm curious, 77 calories for how many grams?

  8. Woah there! 77 calories? For real? How did you measure the amount of calories? This really looks yummy. I wish to make this version but before that, I do wish that all of the ingredients are available here. Looking forward for more recipes!

  9. Would love to try this at home. Though i dont watch the calories I am taking in nor do my boys are concerned with theirs, i still would love to try this. We are into baking lately. And by we means my boys do the whipping and almost everything. I just manage the oven.

  10. I can't believe they are only 77cal they look so yummy! I love brownies. I have to give this recipe a try :)

  11. This is heaven sent! brownie for 77 calories?! Too bad I'm not really good at cooking or baking but I'll give it a try. After all, it looks so worth it. haha!

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  12. I'm trying to go easy on sweets nowadays because they tend to bloat me, but if this brownie is healthy then I'm not gonna stop myself from eating it hahaha.. It looks really good I must say.

  13. I don't even care if this has 150 calories. I'd eat it willingly! Looks so chocolatey and moisttt. I wish I could make one myself!

  14. Your recipe looks like yummy! I'll try to combine this one using my cousin's recipe. I find it awesome too for those who are conscious with calories. Can't wait to know the result then.

  15. These look absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! I can't wait to try making these this weekend. My husband loves brownies but we don't make them often due to the calories. Looks like a win-win situation!

  16. The brownies look the same delicious. They are just so much healthier. I like the fact that you leave options. For example to put more or less honey. In this way we can decide how healthy or sweet we want them!

  17. I am going to have a baking class soon :-) Will surely use this recipe for my brownies. Your work looks yummy.

  18. Wow, this looks so yummy! Our family loves brownies, I always bake brownies almost every week. But we don't monitor our calories so I just bake without knowing the calories of each slice. Thanks for sharing your recipe, I might need this if time comes that I need to watch my diet.

  19. I should try this soon. This would help me and my family lessen our sweet intake a bit. hahaha I like looking for recipes that are less sinful. ;) #6

  20. Nifty! I would love to try this but I might have a hard time looking for unsweetened apple sauce. I will still keep this in mind.

  21. A brownie with 77 calories? I'll take it! :-) I can't wait to try it out, will do after work. My sweet tooth is thanking you.

  22. Seems like a very healthy option.
    I am keen to try this out. Thanks for the detailed recipe.


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