Top of the afternoon to ya! It’s rare I post in the afternoon, but I figured I’d check in 😀
This morning was tres productive. I was up by 8 and made a delicious berry protein smoothie and lesson planned the morning away for Monday’s class. By the time I finally glanced at the clock it was nearly noon — game time! Unfortunately, my Illini fell to #1 Ohio State (Have I mentioned lately how much I hate Ohio State? Well, I do.). Fortunately, I did get in an awesome elliptical workout during the second half — 5.36 miles at level 7 (of 10) in 60 minutes. I was movin’!
Mr. Prevention said he was going to go shoe shopping (and didn’t ask me to go with – hallelujah!) and I decided to make a brownie recipe I saw this week. As most of you know, I have been hitting the weight loss plan pretty hard and things are going well. I have certainly had a few splurges, but I was craving a homemade splurge 😉
1/2 (4 oz) cup natural applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
4 packets truvia
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chip (I didn’t use mini, no biggie!)
non-stick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 inch cake pan with non-stick spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, using a sturdy whisk or spatula, mix the applesauce, vanilla, egg whites, sugar, and truvia together.
Add the flour, wheat germ, cocoa powder, espresso powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Stir the mixture until it is just combined and no lumps remain. Pour it into the prepared pan.
Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Quickly remove from oven and sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips and then return to oven and cook for 8 to 10 minutes more, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.
Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and allow them to cool 5 minutes. Cut into 9 equal brownies.
Nutrition Information (per brownie): 117 calories; 2.6 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 182 mg. sodium; 23 g. carbohydrate; 2.9 g. fiber; 3.3 g. protein
Result: Delicious! I’m surprised at how little flour is in this recipe, but it works! To knock down the calories a bit more, you could use wheat bran in place of wheat germ. But they are low in calories and fat and contain some fiber — not too shabby for a brownie. Quick & easy, too! Enjoy!
Mr. Prevention told me to “save my appetite!” for date night! I’ve held off at just 1 brownie! 😀 We are going to The Melting Pot tonight. I’ve never been to a fondue restaurant and I’m pretty excited! I might even wear some cute heels and bat my eyes a little 😉 This married gal can still flirt…I think. 😉
Question: Have you ever been to The Melting Pot? Any recommendations?
Have a great evening,