SLIMMED-DOWN CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
Brownies and cupcakes are perennial bake-sale best-sellers, but they’re also calorie bombs. Nutrition and health expert Joy Bauer shares her slimmed-down versions in From Junk Food to Joy Food, the new cookbook based on her popular Today show segment. Her secret ingredient: pureed black beans. The fiber-rich legumes replace high-fat, high-calorie oil or butter, but all anyone will notice is the rich, fudgy taste.
Black Bean Brownies
Drain and rinse 1 (15-oz) can black beans. Return beans to can, adding enough water to cover. Place beans and water in a blender; puree. Combine bean puree and 1 (18.2-oz) box brownie mix in a mixing bowl. Add 1 large egg if you want a softer, spongier consistency. Mix thoroughly and bake according to box directions. Serves 20. Calories 120; Fat 1 g(0 g sat); Protein 2 g; Carbs 27 g; Fiber 2 g; Chol 0 mg; Sodium 80 mg
Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. —Joy Bauer, From Junk Food to Joy Food