admin - June 27, 2013
When you think of brownies, do you immediately label them as unhealthy? While this is true most of the time, here’s one brownie recipe that you can label as heart-healthy and not feel guilty eating.
These fudgy cream cheese brownies from Health.com make smart substitutions for unhealthy ingredients, like saturated fat. According to the American Heart Association, a person requiring 2,000 calories per day should eat less than 16 grams of saturated fat per day. This is just one example, as calorie requirements per person may vary depending on weight, height, and amount of physical activity.
These gooey brownies actually contain less than 3 grams of saturated fat per serving. Not only that – this dessert uses a calorie-free sweetener, making it a delicious, lower-sugar alternative compared to traditional brownies. When eaten in moderation, these brownies can stay under your daily recommended saturated fat intake and you can keep your heart from feeling the negative effects of a diet high in fat.
Here is the recipe from Health.com:
Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 square)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie stick margarine, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- Cooking spray
- 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup “measures-like-sugar” calorie-free sweetener
- 3 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk
Beat sugar and margarine with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, egg white, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour and cocoa, beating well. Pour into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray.
Beat cream cheese and sweetener with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add milk; beat well. Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate mixture; swirl together using the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.
Tip: Don’t use reduced-calorie or fat-free tub margarine in this recipe because those products contain water, which will make the brownies gummy.