I love chocolate, and growing up the sweeter the better. But as I got older my tastes began to change, and now I’m a fan of deep dark chocolate.
I’ve tried a lot of brownie recipes over the years, and one thing they had in common was way too much sugar. You know the kind with refined white sugar that makes your teeth hurt. Well I’m here to rescue you with a great recipe that I’ve developed. It’s very low in fat, has a more adult taste-read not too sweet and a nice tart tanginess from the yogurt. The contrast between the Cocoa, sugar and yogurt work really well. To get the best results, please use the ingredients I spec here as these worked best.
Keep in mind, not everyone will fall in love with this recipe, the tanginess can be quite a surprise to brownie lovers, but I have come to love these, and the best part is I don’t feel guilty eating them. Think about it using fat free yogurt instead of 14 tablespoons of butter-Bonus !
Pre heat oven to 325f, if using glass lower the temp to 300f.
Using non stick cooking spray grease a 9”x9” ovenproof baking dish- I used Kelapo brand Extra virgin coconut oil spray. If you don’t have this on hand, a half teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil spread with a small napkin or piece of paper towel will work.
14 Tbs Zoi brand non fat plain yogurt
½ Cup plus 2 teaspoons Cocoa powder (Dutch process is best)
1 Cup organic sugar, I use organic evaporated cane juice, it’s unrefined and has a tiny bit of molasses in it
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons real Vanilla extract
½ Cup flour
Pinch of sea salt
Optional 1 ½ Cups toasted chopped Pecans
At 325f toast the pecans on a lined cookie sheet for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once at 5 minutes, remove and let cool then coarsely chop if you so desire.
Combine eggs and yogurt and mix, next add the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla salt and flour. Mix thoroughly and finally add the nuts if using them.
Bake at 300f in glass, or 325f if using metal for 40-50 minutes. The edges will firm up and the center will still appear soft. Depending on your oven you can continue to bake a little longer if you choose. After fully cooling, the brownies will firm up with a truffle like consistency around the outside edge and a creamy center. You will need a fork or spoon for the center part, as the yogurt give the brownies a beautiful creaminess. The decadent mouth feel of these will fool your senses, it’s like eating something so rich and yet minus all of that fat. Please let me know what you think-Enjoy