Monday, 7 October 2013

Brownies



I made these brownies with high hopes that they would curb my craving for chocolate, and if i'm honest they do as they are very chocolatey!
I will say though if you're not a fan of the aftertaste you get from sweetener, then maybe you should give these a miss.
These are not gooey like a regular brownie but they are moist.
I personally won't be making them very often as i would prefer to use my syns on savoury foods, but for someone with a sweet tooth they are great!!
They would make a great dessert, served with fat free creme fraiche and berries.

The whole batch comes to 47.5 syns on extra easy, i managed to make 25 out of mine so they worked out at just under 2 syns each.

Preheat oven 180c, 360f, gas mark 4.

Spray a 20cm x 20cm tin with frylight and line with parchment paper.

Ingredients

400g butternut squash peeled and diced
100g 70% dark chocolate, chopped (26 syns)
4 medium free range eggs
70g sweetener (I used stevia as it is meant to have less of an after taste and doesn't make you crave more sugar, like the unnatural ones do)
75g cocoa powder (13.5 syns)
2 tbsp plain flour (7 syns)
2 tsp baking powder (1 syn)

Method

Put the butternut squash into a large microwave proof dish, splash with some water, cover with clingfilm and microwave for 10 minutes on high until the squash cuts like butter. Drain off any excess water. Add the chocolate to the dish, it should melt from the heat of the squash, with a hand mixer, whisk until its a puree.
In another large bowl whisk up the eggs and sweetener until it is light and fluffy, then fold in the cocoa, flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt.
Fold in the chocolate mix and pour into the tin, bake for 20 minutes, let it cool before removing from the tin.






15 comments:

  1. thanks for the honest share... what type of sweetener did you use? I note that some ppl say that truvia is better than canderel etc

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    1. I used canderel stevia, but i have been told that xylitol is very good and doesn't have the aftertaste, so i will try that next time. You can find it at Holland and Barrett.

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  2. Will give it a go. Thank you.

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    1. They went down very well at my Slimming World group last night, so obviously not as bad as i thought lol

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  3. I would like to point out that as there is no sugar in these Brownies they don't last long before they go off, so i recommend eating them within 2 days and keeping them in the fridge.

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    1. I haven't tried it, but i think, they may keep longer if you do, just take them out when you want them x

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    2. thanks Rachel, one more q.. how many tablespoons is 70g sweetner

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    3. i would say about 4.5 tbsps.

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  5. Do you think you could swap the butternut squash for bananas? Only because i have no squash in the house. Your recipes look simply amazing. Very glad i stumbled across your blog :) x

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    1. I don't see why not but bear in mind it will add more syns as cooked bananas are synful x

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  6. I made these today and took them along to my Slimming World group tonight. They went down a storm and loads of people asked for the recipe! I gave them your website address and said how fab your site is.
    NB I used xylitol which I've never used before. I'd rather not sweeten anything as I hate the taste of artificial sweeteners, but you're right - the xylitol didn't have any kind of aftertaste.

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    1. So glad everybody liked them. Just a word of warning, since making these with xylitol i have found out it isn't synfree, so please becareful. If i remember rightly it has the same syns as sugar. Sorry if this has caused you a problem and i dearly hope it hasn't caused a gain.

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  7. is the butternut squash overpowering or a subtle taste??

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    1. You can't taste the butternut squash x

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