Now, normally I’m not a fan of low-calorie desserts, because I think it’s a joke. If you’re going to eat dessert, eat dessert. But one of my favorite bloggers, Rosie from The Londoner, put these babies up the other day and they looked so gooey and delish I just had to try them. Now, I made some changes to my liking, so if you use slightly different ingredients (regular yogurt vs greek, etc) they may come out differently, but guys they’re pretty…good?
Now I won’t lie, these definitely do not compare to a thick af fudgy and decadent real brownie (looking at you oreo brownies), but if you have a hankering for something sweet that’s secretly healthy, these brownies will cut it.
How many calories are in these low cal brownies?
Okay so here’s the deal. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback that these brownies are more than 37 calories as we previously claimed. I’ll address it: when I first made these brownies the nutrition calculator I used said these were 45 calories each if absolutely no batter was lost in the process, so when I weighed it and accounted for the loss we fully got to 37 calories. Lately we’ve seen a whole lot of comments saying these have 90 calories in each brownie (which isn’t true), but let’s set the record straight!
I’ve broken it down for you here and will be changing the name to 53 calorie brownies to appease you all.
3/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt – 11 calories per serving
1/4 cup skim milk – 3 calories per serving
1/2 cup cocoa powder – 11 calories per serving
1/2 cup rolled oats – 8 calories per serving
1 egg – 7 calories per a serving
1 teaspoon baking power – 1 calorie per a serving
1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend – 13 calories per serving
And 11 + 3 + 11 + 8 + 7 + 1 + 13…drum roll please…53! This adds up to 53 calories per a brownie. I’ve checked this multiple times on multiple sites with the exact ingredients I used and the facts don’t lie.
That being said, at the end of the day, let us all remember that a 5, 10, or 40 calorie difference is not going to kill you. What’s most important is that they brownies are made with whole ingredients, low sugar, rolled oats, and protein packed greek yogurt! They do happen to be low cal, but they’re also delicious! A low calorie brownie that actually tastes good. Say what? Yeah, so I was baffled myself. But it’s true. If you cut these low-calorie brownies into 9, they are 53 calories each. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
I added about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to my batter, just to live dangerously. This brings the calorie count up to about 65 calories per brownie. Not bad, not bad. You can also add some toasted nuts to the batter or dried fruit—doctor up these healthy brownies however you want! And, as Rosie says, be sure to undercook your brownies. They taste so so so much better that way!