Baking: Cakes, Cookies, Muffins: Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bites with Walnuts

At under 100 calories, these bite-sized brownies have been transformed, guilt-free by this Recipe Makeover!
Per serving: 86 calories and 3.3g fat.
Saves: 38 calories and 4.6g fat!

Author: Walnut Marketing Board/California Walnut Commission - www.walnuts.org
Date: December 26, 2012

Suggestions: These freeze well and are great for take-along snacks or for a dessert tray.

As a food gift, package and tie with a bow!

Serves: 24 person(s)
Yield: 24 x brownie bites

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

    To produce a treat that is under 100 calories, Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bites replaces the whole milk and the higher amount of butter with unsweetened applesauce. This keeps them moist without the added fat.

    And, by cutting out half of the amount of nuts and adding raspberry jam, these mini muffins are max in flavor with minimum calories.
  Recipe Makeover

    1 Tbsp butter
    2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 egg white
    1 tsp vanilla
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup chopped California walnuts

  Traditional Recipe

    1/2 stick butter
    5 oz extra dark chocolate, chopped
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 jumbo egg
    2/3 tsp baking powder
    2 1/2 Tbsp sweetened cocoa powder
    5 oz all-purpose flour
    1 tsp salt
    1/4 cup whole milk (3.25% fat)
    4 oz pecans, chopped

Directions:

    In glass bowl, melt butter and chocolate in microwave, pausing to stir once, until melted and smooth, about 1 minute.

    Stir in applesauce, jam and sugar until well blended. Lightly beat egg with egg white and vanilla. Stir into chocolate mixture. Gently stir in flour and walnuts.

    Use light cooking spray to grease mini-muffin pan. Spoon batter into pan, filling to top. Bake in 350F oven until tester comes out clean, about 10 to 12 minutes.

    Let cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to rack and cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

MakeoverTraditional
Calories:86 cals124 cals
Kilojoules:358 kJ518 kJ
Fat3.3 g7.9 g
Carbohydrates13.7 g11.6 g
Protein1.3 g2.0 g
Cholesterol9.0 mg17.0 mg
Sodium10 mg138 mg
Saturated Fat1.0 g2.9 g
Fiber0.5 g1.4 g
Calcium8.0 mg19.0 mg
Total Sugars9.4 g6.2 g

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