Cookbook author and pastry chef Marisa Churchill lightens traditional brownies with thick Greek yogurt instead of butter, and egg whites rather than whole eggs. (This recipe has 130 calories and 8 grams of fat per brownie.) If you want to use a sugar substitute here, Churchill says to replace up to a 1/4 cup of the sugar with several tablespoons of a natural sweetener. Watch more of her brownie-making tips in this CHOW Tip video.
Nonstick pan spray
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoonscanola oil
1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek-style yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2egg whites from large eggs
1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the center position. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with pan spray.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt; set aside.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat just until warm. Use a whisk to stir in the sugar until it is evenly moistened. Add the yogurt and vanilla, and stir until thoroughly combined. Stir in the cocoa powder, several tablespoons at a time, to make a thick, dark paste.
In a small clean bowl and using a clean whisk, beat the egg whites just until they are very thick and foamy. Whisk the whites into the chocolate mixture just to combine. Fold in the flour mixture until streaky, then fold in the chocolate chips just until combined.
Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the top has formed a crust and a knife inserted into the center still comes out with wet crumbs on it. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and it let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting.
To serve: Cut the brownies into 4 even strips one way, then 4 the other, to make 16 brownies.
Store any leftover brownies at room temperature, tightly wrapped in plastic film, for up to 4 days, or overwrap with foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Thaw individual frozen brownies at room temperature.
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Reprinted with permission from Sweet & Skinny by Marisa Churchill. Copyright 2011. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.