Recipe courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Lighter Brownies

You don't have to give up brownies to keep it off. You just have to be smart about it. A normal brownie square is 206 calories with 11 grams of fat. My healthy lighter brownies are only 95 calories with 3 grams of fat. Big difference. These brownies are great to serve at a party without feeling guilt about packing on the pounds.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 16 brownies
  • Nutrition Info
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Canola oil nonstick cooking spray

1 teaspoon instant coffee powder or granules

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup trans-fat free vegetable oil spread (60-to-70-percent oil)

3 large egg whites


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Grease an 8-inch square metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a cup, dissolve the coffee in the vanilla extract. On waxed paper, combine the cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, vegetable oil spread, egg whites and coffee mixture until well mixed. Then blend in the flour mixture. Spread in the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the brownies 2 inches from the edge comes out almost clean, 22 to 24 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack, about 2 hours. When cool, cut the brownies into 4 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 4 squares. If the brownies are difficult to cut, dip the knife in hot water, wipe dry and cut. Repeat the dipping and drying as necessary.