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Birthday Brownies!

I celebrated a birthday yesterday, ending in “O”  So in honor of this special day, I am posting a delicious brownie recipe.  You can choose to make it either in the original, moderate or low fat versions.  All are delicious!  If you do not have apple sauce consider substituting pumpkin or Greek yogurt instead!


Serving size and frequency of eating are important factors in deciding when to change sweet baked products. This example offers the alternative of replacing margarine with applesauce.


Original                                       Moderate                                    Low Fat

½ cup margarine                           ¼ cup margarine                          Omit

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce                ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup sugar                                     1 cup sugar                                  1 cup sugar

1 egg                                                 1 egg                                              2 egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla                         1 teaspoon vanilla                        1 teaspoon vanilla

¾ cup flour                                    ¾ cup flour                                       ¾ cup flour

¼ cup cocoa                                    ¼ cup cocoa                                     ¼ cup cocoa

¼ teaspoon baking powder         ¼ teaspoon baking powder          ¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt                               ¼ teaspoon salt                               ¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup chopped pecans                   ¼ cup chopped pecans                   Omit

Spray a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick spray coating; set aside. In mixer bowl, combine applesauce, sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Pour into pan and bake at 350 °F for 20 to 25 minutes.

Yield: 16 servings

Approximate nutritional values per serving:

153 calories                                    117 calories                                     78 calories

9 grams fat                                     5 grams fat                                      0.2 grams fat

49% calories from fat                  34% calories from fat                   3% calories from fat

13 mg cholesterol                         13 mg cholesterol                          0 mg cholesterol

Herb Infused Sweets for your Sweetie!

Valentines Day is a week away.  Recently, I came across this unique candy recipe with rosemary.  This herb-infused brittle might be one way to sweeten my sweetie for this romantic day!  Enjoy! Denise

Walnut Rosemary Brittle with Sea Salt

1 cup of sugar

1/3 cup of water

pinch of cream of tartar

1 cup of walnut halves

2/4 teaspoon of dried rosemary

Sea Salt Crystals

1. In a medium pot, combine sugar, water and cream of tartar.  Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.  Cover the pot and let it boil approximately 5 minutes undisturbed.  Remove lid and examine color of the molten sugar.  When the mixture turns amber, quickly add walnuts and rosemary, gently stirring to incorporate.

2. Pour brittle onto a silicone baking sheet (Silpat) or buttered cookie sheet.  Spread candy thin with a buttered spatula to achieve glass-like texture.  Top with a light sprinkle of sea salt crystals while candy is still warm.

***Remember it is OK to enjoy specials treats from time to time, just do so in moderation!