Chocolate Lovers Go Ahead and Eat Your Heart Out!

By: Jodie Shield, RD

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  Looking for a killer chocolate dessert that won’t murder your diet? This quick and easy Chocolate Brownie recipe is a staple at my house.  Thanks to the applesauce the brownies are virtually fat-free – yet chocolaty, gooey and delicious.  I love them because they’re healthy; my family loves how they taste.  Check out my Are You Ready for Valentine’s Day? post for quick tips about cooking with chocolate. Au chocolat!  

Recipe Make-Over Results

Original Recipe Revised Recipe
227 cals 119 cals
3 g protein 4 g protein
36 g carbohydrate 26 g carbohydrate
9 g fat 1 g fat
2 g saturated fat 0 g saturated fat
9.5 mg cholesterol 0 mg cholesterol
175 mg sodium 168 mg sodium
1 g dietary fiber 2.5 g dietary fiber

Heart-Healthy Chocolate Brownies

 Makes 16

Prep Time = 10 minutes

Cooking Time = 30 minutes


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 (18.3-ounce) package of your favorite brownie mix
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large egg whites


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2.  Coat 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray.
  3.  Combine brownie mix, water, applesauce, and egg whites in large bowl.  Beat about 50 strokes by hand.
  4.  Spread batter in prepared pan.  Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middles comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.


For more Valentine’s day desserts, check out some of the recipes I analyzefor the Chicago Tribune Food Guide Section.  Not all of them are heart-healthy, but everything in moderation – even chocolate!

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(12) Readers Comments

  1. Jodie — this looks yummy, but why does yours have so much more sodium? (Could this be a typo?)

    • Jodie

      Carol – good catch! It was a typo. Just changed it to the correct amount of sodium.

  2. These look delicious, but how are they fat free?? All the brownie mixes I was looking at have plenty of fat . . . any recommendations?

    • Jodie

      Sorry to hear your having trouble finding a mix. Try some of the specialty stores or online. I found several brands made by, Krusteaz, Reiley Foods, and Betty Crocker. Good luck!

  3. This sounds delicious, minus the fat – we cannot go wrong with that!

  4. Perfect idea! I love using applesauce as a replacement in cookies! I will have to try brownies next time.

  5. Quick, easy, delicious…I can’t wait to try these!

  6. This looks delicious! A classic dessert with a healthy twist!

  7. Im looking for a ‘homemade’ choc mix because Krusteaz has a lot of sugar. I know I can use Splenda to replace that but I would need a choc mix for the brownies. Any suggestions?

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