Friday, August 31, 2012

Almost Fat Free Fudge Brownies

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When I was kid I was a fat girl. After schooling in secondary school I always wanted to shred my body fat. Like other girls went for diet, eat less and avoid fatty food. With all those diet I still couldn't lose weight in my teenage years until married (lucky I have my hubby to like me :p).
I started good exercise habit after I worked in Hospital (as admin staff). The working environment and good colleagues company made me change. I exercised twice a day. Early morning when it was dawn I went for jog. After that rushed back home get myself clean and dressed up for work. After work I will join my colleagues for Aerobic session which organized by company (still in working premises). Sometimes I will head to company gym. I like the Steps exercise the most which I can step nonstop for 45 minutes! Incredible huh? I don't think I can do it nowadays :D If no Aerobic class, not heading to gym I will go swimming. Twice a day or at least once a day for 6 days a week!
After I resigned as staff from the hospital I couldn't live without exercise. I did my daily exercise although during pregnancy (exercise programme meant for pregnant lady). Exercised at home by doing Aerobic with the guide of video :P That's what I can do with small kids around. After years of exercised my body metabolism had increase and I able to maintain my ideal body weight. With the routine exercise I can enjoy dessert which is my favourite food.
I understand how hard I went through until today. Therefore I'm very concern about my food intake. I'm glad I can cook and bake for myself and family. Being a home baker I can control the fat and sugar level of my bakes. Whenever seeing recipes with low fat or low calories sure catch my eyes. Today I like to share with you almost free fat fudge brownies. These eggless brownies are suitable for those
allergic to eggs too as no egg is added.

Do you feel guilty of having brownies? If yes the name Almost Fat Free Fudge Brownies sound good right? Believe it or not no butter neither oil is added. Texture wise is there but is not as rich as butter version. Myself and my kids enjoy it after all this is healthy version of brownies with wholemeal added. It even tastes better after chilled. Hope you will give this a try.

Adapted and slightly modified from Eggless Cooking
1/4 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup almond flakes (original used 1/2 cup chopped pecans;or any other nuts optional)

100g semi sweet cooking chocolate
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup water

1. Line an 8×8 inch square pan with aluminum foil, with some extra foil hanging around the edges so that it is easy to lift the brownie.

2. With double boiler method melt chocolate until smooth when stirred. Leave to cool a bit before adding other ingredients.
*or heating in 30 second intervals in microwave. Stir well with a fork between each interval. Cook until chocolate is smooth when stirred.

3. Add in sugar then yogurt into the melted chocolate. Mix until combined.

4. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and nuts (if using) and stir roughly combined (at the stage where some flour still visible).

5. Add water in batches (about 3 times) and stir carefully until the batter comes together. Do not over mix. The batter is quite watery. Pour the batter into lined greased pan.

6. Bake in pre-heated oven 180C between 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
*I bake mine for 20 minutes.
*Start with the minimum amount of time mentioned in the recipe and increase the time in small increments if it doesn’t bake.

7. Remove the pan from the oven and leave it on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes carefully lift the foil and let the brownies cool completely before you can cut it. If you don’t use the aluminum foil the cooling time will be much longer.

Own notes:
* These fudge brownies still sweet for my liking if having directly. However it is perfect with a cup of bitter coffee. Do taste your yogurt sourness level. You might need to increase the quantity of sugar to sweeten the brownies.



  1. Wow, Vivian, I'm so impressed by the ingredient list here! It's so tough to make something decadent without adding a much of fat and sugar, but this sounds so good. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Vivian, for the plain yogurt, do you use the normal or fat free ones? This looks really good and having gained weight recently, I definitely want to try this out!

    1. I used homade yogurt. Low fat yogurt is used in the original recipe. Happy baking!

  3. Hi Viv,
    Love this almost fat free fudge brownies of yours. They look so good, fudgy and i like the added almond flakes.
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    Have a wonderful weekend..^^

  4. Hi Vivian - thanks for your comment on Blog Tips - I have put the pin it into a sidebar gadget so it is always there and you can use it to pin any post you have open (ie not just on your home page). You could put it into each post by copying the code in at the end on the html screen - but that is a lot of hard work - you may be able to find a way to have it appear automatically at the end of each post but I don't know how to do that yet! Maybe someone will explain it to us both. Have a great week.

  5. Hi Vivian,
    Your Fudge Brownies would just be a perfect treat for my afternoon tea. Hope you are having a fabulous holiday week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Hi vivian, is the plain yoghurt sweetened or unsweetened?

    1. It doesn't matter, use whatever you prefer. I guess mine one more on plain type.

  7. thanks for posting..

  8. Those brownies look so fudgy, I can't believe they're fat reduced! I'll have to try them out soon :)

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