Perhaps you’re like me and its day 6 of the New Year where-by you’ve resolved to be healthier and live below your means … but you’re already finding it difficult to resist temptation. In an effort to indulge my chocolate craving in a low-cal way while avoiding the grocery store, I mixed up a batch of Rocco’s Low-Cal Brownies.
I take no credit for the deliciousness of this recipe as celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito is the gorgeous man who created this dessert and shared with the world via Dr. Oz & ABC Good Morning America.
That being said, the point of this activity was to use ingredients already in my pantry so if you want a 100-cal brownie, follow Rocco’s suggestions. The ingredients in (brackets) are the ones that I had on hand… because seriously, what is Truvia?
- Nonstick cooking spray (I used Coconut Oil as I have a fear of using anything that comes from an aerosol on something that I will eat.)
- 1½ cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon espresso powder (1/2 tablespoon of ground coffee beans)
- ¾ cup egg substitute (3 eggs)
- 2 tablespoons low-calorie sugar-free chocolate syrup
- 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 24 packets (84 g) Truvia or 8 tablespoons granulated Splenda (6 tablespoons of Granulated Fructose… but I think sugar would work if you’re not obsessing over the 100-cal thing)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Spray an 8×8-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray or in my case, smother with the coconut oil.
- Combine the beans, cocoa powder, espresso powder (coffee grinds), and egg substitute (eggs). Rocco suggests a food processor, but I don’t have one so I just used my basic hand mixer and it works well. Opt for a deep bowl for mixing to keep those beans from flying all over your kitchen. (Been there, done that.)
- Making those beans disappear is the key to this recipe’s success so keep blending/mixing/processing the mixture until it is pure chocolate smoothness – about 2 minutes.
- Add the chocolate syrup (finally – you’re using it for its intended purpose), sour cream, melted butter, Truvia (sugar, splenda or granulated fructose) and mix until everything is combined – about 1 minute.
- Pour the batter into the prepared dish, and smooth the top.
- Book for 30 minutes, turning the dish halfway through the baking time. A toothpick inserted into the centre will come out with soft batter clinging to it.
- Let the brownies cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 12 squares and serve on the pretty snowflake plate that you received in last year’s family Secret Santa exchange.
- Et viola: delicious low-cal (ish) chocolate brownies to enjoy without breaking any New Year’s Resolutions.
I bet you never thought black beans would be the best secret ingredient ever for brownies.
|Dear Rocco, thank you for bringing low-cal sweetness into my New Year|
|My pantry-found ingredients|
|Mmm... don't be fooled. Cocoa + beans is a delicious combo|
|The secret is to mix, mix, and mix some mor|
|Sorry Miss Fergie, no licking the bowl for you!|
It's just not right on so many levels.
|Bonus points if you also have a high-heel diamond cake server|