These slimming-friendly Chocolate Brownies are the perfect treat if you're following a diet plan like Weight Watchers or calorie counting!
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When you’re starting out your slimming journey, there are certain foods that you see ‘slimming’ versions of that are just too good to be true to be diet friendly! Introducing… our legendary Chocolate Brownies! Fear not, our divine Chocolate Brownies are super quick and easy to make, and they truly taste rich and chocolatey: ideal if you’re counting calories or following a plan like WW.
Perfect for a mid-afternoon pick me up alongside a cuppa, or for a delicious dessert when you just NEED a chocolate fix.
There’s no trickery or complex prep work either: it really is a case of mixing it all together and banging it in the oven – so if you’re looking for a quick sweet treat, these are ready in no time at all. Feel free to experiment with flavours like orange zest and flavouring or mint to make these versatile Brownies even better!
What diets is this Chocolate Brownies recipe suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Self raising flour
- Baking powder
Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
Do you need any special ingredients to make this Chocolate Brownies recipe?
These Chocolate Brownies are really simple to make, so don’t worry if you’re new to baking!
You’ll need some Choc Shot. It’s made by a company called Sweet Freedom, and you can get it in most supermarkets in the free from aisle or by the hot chocolate. It’s a low sugar chocolate sauce that’s almost a syrup. We always have a bottle in the cupboard, and it makes a great hot chocolate. You can even experiment with their other flavours like spiced orange or coconut!
It’s really important that you use self-raising flour and not plain flour as this helps with the rise. It’s also important to make sure you use baking powder and not baking soda.
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How many calories are in these Chocolate Brownies?
There are 59 calories in each of our slimming friendly Chocolate Brownies. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.
This Chocolate Brownies recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
How to make Chocolate Brownies
Preheat the oven to 170°C. Spray a baking tin (approx 8×8 inches) with low calorie cooking spray and line the bottom with baking parchment.
Place the reduced fat spread, granulated sweetener, baking powder, self raising flour, eggs, cocoa and Choc Shot into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
Pour into the lined baking tin and sprinkle over the dark chocolate chips. Place in the oven for 17 minutes.
Once cooked, turn out onto a wire rack and remove the baking parchment. Cut into 16 squares and serve warm or cold!
What should you should serve with these Chocolate Brownies?
These are pretty good just on their own, but if you fancied making them into a full dessert you could try serving with the following:
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
How do you know when these Chocolate Brownies are cooked?
These Chocolate Brownies should be slightly risen, with a little gooeyness in the middle. They won’t be quite as sticky as a full calorie version but they’re still really tasty.
It’s best to under cook these brownies just a tiny bit, and leave them to cool in the tin. This carries on the cooking process so they’ll be just perfect!
Cook them for 16-17 minutes in the oven.
How long can you keep these Chocolate Brownies?
Store these brownies in an airtight tin. They will keep for 3-4 days.
If you find they’re a little stale, pop into the microwave for 10-20 seconds to freshen up.
Can I freeze Chocolate Brownies?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
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These slimming-friendly Chocolate Brownies are the perfect treat if you’re following a diet plan like Weight Watchers or calorie counting!
- KCals 59
- Carbs 6G
- Pre-heat the oven to 170°C. Spray a baking tin (approx 8x8 inches) with low calorie cooking spray and line the bottom with baking parchment.
- Place the reduced fat spread, granulated sweetener, baking powder, self raising flour, eggs, cocoa and Choc Shot into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Pour into the lined baking tin and sprinkle over the dark chocolate chips. Place in the oven for 17 minutes.
- Once cooked, turn out onto a wire rack and remove the baking parchment. Cut into 16 squares and serve warm or cold!
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Alison CooperWednesday 10th March 2021
Is this recipe in one of the books?
HollyWednesday 10th March 2021
Hi Alison, this brownie recipe doesn’t appear in our books however we have a Sweet Potato Brownie in our third cook book Quick & Easy which you can find information about HERE, hope that helps!
JorgiaTuesday 9th February 2021
We have just made these and if I’m honest, they don’t really have a taste? I followed the recipe exact but did take them out of the oven earlier!
LisaWednesday 10th February 2021
Not sure what has gone wrong. Did you use proper cocoa powder as per the recipe and not drinking chocolate? Some people do confuse them.
Auntie FiSaturday 30th January 2021
I’m moving to a nephews, he and his girlfriend are on diets, i noticed she had the pinch of nom book, telling me she has two of them. I actually have the 3, im going to try these brownies once I move. Have made many recipes out of your books, cock n bull, and chicken satay being two of my favourites. Well done on having such a following 👏
HollySunday 31st January 2021
Hello, so glad you are a fan of the books and hope you enjoy making the Chocolate Brownies!
Christine SeabrookThursday 28th January 2021
This is going to be a really silly question?? It says 59kl but is that for the whole thing or per Square?
HollyThursday 28th January 2021
Hi Christine, these Chocolate Brownies are 59kcal per square of brownie, hope that helps!
MeganMonday 25th January 2021
Hi I loved the taste of these but they had a bit of a rubbery texture, I baked them for exactly 17minutes in the oven. Should I try taking them out of the oven slightly earlier?
HollyMonday 25th January 2021
Hi Megan, These brownies only need mixing for 2 -3 mins or they may be rubbery once baked. We use a fan assisted oven for all of our recipes but ovens do vary a little so if your brownies are cooking too quickly lower the temperature slightly and cook it’s best to under cook these brownies just a tiny bit, and leave them to cool in the tin. This carries on the cooking process so they’ll be just perfect!
Andrea MorganThursday 11th February 2021
I’ve followed exactly but the brownies are quite dry…….any ideas?
HollyMonday 15th February 2021
Hi Andrea, These brownies should be moist in the middle. We use a fan assisted oven for all of our recipes but ovens do vary a little so if your brownies are cooking too quickly lower the temperature slightly. Have a look at this article for oven temperature conversions which might help HERE
Lydia WallaceSunday 24th January 2021
Once they have been frozen how long do they keep once they’ve been defrosted?
HollyMonday 25th January 2021
Hi Lydia, Once defrosted they can be kept in an airtight tin for a couple of days. Hope that helps!
Roy HigginbothamTuesday 24th November 2020
Could I make this in a round tin don’t have a square one
HollyTuesday 24th November 2020
Hi Roy, yep a round tin will still work great!
SharanMonday 16th November 2020
Hi I really dislike the after taste of artificial sweetener -😜 what can you recommend as an alternative.
HollyMonday 16th November 2020
Hi Sharan, you can substitute the sweetener for caster sugar and adjust the calories accordingly. Hope that helps!
EloiseSaturday 24th October 2020
These are great but a little too cakey for me! How can I make them more fudgy?
HollyMonday 26th October 2020
Hi Eloise, the Chocolate Brownies should be slightly risen, with a little gooeyness in the middle. They won’t be quite as sticky as a full calorie version but they’re still really tasty. It’s best to under cook these brownies just a tiny bit, and leave them to cool in the tin, this carries on the cooking process so they’ll be just perfect!
ClareWednesday 13th May 2020
What is a choc shot and where can you buy them(uk)
Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 13th May 2020
Hi Clare, Choc Shot is a low calorie chocolate syrup. Choc Shot is the brand name for the chocolate syrup and is made by a company called Sweet Freedom. You can buy it from most supermarkets. Hope this helps.
Charlotte Reynolds-deakinSunday 10th May 2020
Could u use a flavoured choc shot such as salted caramel.
Sharon FitzpatrickMonday 11th May 2020
Hi Charlotte, although we haven’t tried these Chocolate Brownies with salted caramel Choc Shot, we think it should work. Let us know how you get on!
Amy TweedieTuesday 14th April 2020
Hi, ive made these before and they were lovely. wanting to add blueberries in to it next time. any advice so they don’t sink to the bottom?
Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 6th May 2020
Hi Amy, adding blueberries to the Brownies sounds interesting! We would recommend dusting the blueberries in flour before adding to the mixture, this may help. Let us know if your idea is a success!
KalliaSaturday 4th April 2020
What can i use instead of choc soc?
Holly LevellTuesday 12th May 2020
Hi Kallia, any low calorie or low sugar chocolate syrup would work for this Chocolate Brownie recipe
LouiseThursday 5th March 2020
What size tin do you suggest?
Sharon FitzpatrickMonday 11th May 2020
Hi Louise, thanks for your query. The cake tin recommended for this recipe is an 8 x 8 inch (approx) tin (step 1). Hope this helps and that you enjoy making the Brownies!
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