100 calorie banana brownies

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Preston has a crazy sweet tooth; something that is a challenge when we are trying to eat healthy and stay within our goals. Added sugar can wreak havoc on your diet, your goals, and your health, so it is important to find yummy treats that satisfy the craving for sugar without consuming too much. 

The solution? Super healthy, 100 calorie, banana brownies!

These “brownies” actually look more like a blondie… because they are yellow, but you could certainly add in coco powder for a more chocolatey appearance and taste. Either way, the texture is just like an ooey-gooey brownie and they are sweet enough to satisfy any dessert lover. Preston goes through them faster than I can ripen bananas!

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Collect all the ingredients

Ingredient Amount Calories
Almond Flour 1/4 Cup 160
White Flour 1 Cup 125
Baking Powder 1 tsp 0*
Salt Pinch 0*
Stevia 2 tsp 0*
Sweetened Applesauce 1 Cup 100
Nonfat Milk 2 tbsp 11
Vanilla extract 2 tsp 0*
Chocolate Chips, Semi-Sweet Toll House 3 tbsp 250
Mashed Banana 1 110
 *Some calories 756
 Per 1/8 batch 🙂 94.5

The original recipe that I adapted is from Amy’s Healthy Baking. This is a really cool blog with healthier baking ideas. I find things I like and then reduce the calorie content even further.

Combine the dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and stevia. You can substitute various flours to meet your needs; I reduced the amount of regular flour from the original recipe and added almond flour to increase the protein content and provide a little nutty flavor. 

You can also substitute honey, agave, or real sugar in place of the Stevia. Remember to add the additional calories of those sweeteners. If you use honey, combine that with the wet ingredients in the next step.

Mix in wet ingredients

Once the dry ingredients are evenly mixed, begin adding the wet ingredients. I dump everything into the bowl and then mix. The banana can be pre-mashed, but I found throwing it in whole and then mixing it resulted in the same consistency. 

If you want to save a few more calories and added sugars you can opt for unsweetened applesauce; however you may need to increase the amount of Stevia or honey. I chose to balance that with sweet apple sauce. I increased the amount to 1 cup because I eliminated the yogurt and the oil from the original recipe. The texture was still dense enough and the brownies held their shape well without those ingredients.

 

Top with chocolate chips and lick the bowl

Incorporate the chocolate chips and then sprinkle a few on top once it is in the pan. I used an 8×8 baking pan for easy squares. Feel free to lick the bowl because there are no eggs in this recipe!

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Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes

The banana can make it difficult to tell when the brownies are done because they remain so gooey. We like our baked goods a little more on the raw side, so start with 20 minutes and keep baking until they are as cooked as you like. The texture will not be cakey because the wet ingredients are so dense compared to the amount of flour. You can insert a knife or toothpick into the center; if it comes out clean then you are good to pull them out! The high water content will retain heat once they are out of the oven and finish the baking process while the pan cools on the counter.

Store in the fridge and enjoy

Don’t try to put these in the freezer. Preston tried that with the first batch and they literally froze because of the water content. Just store them in the fridge so they don’t mold on the counter. I recommend putting them in the microwave for 10 seconds to recapture the fresh-out-of-the-oven flavor!

Xoxo,

Hayley

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