I love when I get visits on my site from friends who aren’t food bloggers. Last week, our computer tutor emailed me that he and his wife made my butternut squash risotto. And this week, one of Larry’s colleagues emailed me a recipe for low calorie brownies that I renamed “skinny” brownies.
Not much of a baker or chocoholic, I immediately thought of the February Chocolate Blog Hop coming up with the theme being chocolate. After a little research, I discovered the recipe was called “Amaretto Fudge Brownies” from the Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook.
For me, the combination of amaretto and chocolate didn’t set off any fireworks, but adding orange liqueur and orange zest sounded pretty good. Orange and chocolate is a favorite combination of mine. I substituted decaf coffee crystals instead of espresso. Grand Marnier was my choice for the liqueur and I added fresh orange juice.
Somehow, I knew my pan of brownies would fall short of the 16 promised in the original recipe. Even so, they weigh in under 150 calories and are low in fat and sodium. Larry ate four, so I guess they passed the taste test.
Thanks to Susan for including me in the blog hop!
Yields 12 brownies
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup all-purpose unbleached white flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 3 tablespoons orange liqueur
- zest of one organic navel orange
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tablespoon instant decaf coffee granules
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with the oil.
3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
4. Using a large bowl, whisk together the egg, egg white, liqueur, orange zest and vanilla.
5. Stir in the sugar, melted butter and orange juice. Mix well.
6. Add the cocoa and coffee granules.
7. Add the flour mixture and the walnuts. Stir gently until just blended.
8. Pour into greased dish and bake for 18 minutes. Cut into squares when cooled.
Those look great, who can say no to a skinny brownie, will try these!
I was pleased that they came out moist with so little butter. Thanks –
I love low-fat baked goods for the same reason Larry does, I can eat 4 of them at a go!
My kind of guy!
I would call this the oxymoron brownie. I love all of the orange in it!
Me too – and you can really taste the orange.
Never thought I’d hear skinny and brownie in the same sentence! Great idea, I also love the chocolate orange combo! Can’t wait to try these!
Jayne, is it snowing in London for real?!
i didn’t think the word skinny and brownies could go together but it looks like they can and they can be down right delicious brownies too! These are awesome! Glad to be in the bloghop with you
Thanks – love the blog hop!!
Wow – coffee + orange + chocolate brownies? That are skinny? Definitely need to try these out.
I’m hiding these from myself – does that make sense?
I am sure these would be fab. GREG
Thanks, Greg, Hope you are recovering from the doggy poo detective trauma 😉
Never thought of putting oranges into brownies. Looks great!
Thank you, Samantha – try it out sometime…
These look absolutely perfect, Liz!!! Orange and chocolate is a fabulous combination. I’m so glad you made these for the chocolate bloghop!! Yay!!!
Thanks, Susan, you would like these, I think…
Chocolate and Orange are like love and marriage 🙂 These look delightful Liz! Congrats on blog hop too. I get all the emails, but have not been able to join yet.
Hey, Wendy, let me know when you do – I’m still a bit lost -as usual;)
Yum, yum, yum. There are nothing skinny about this recipe. Abundant brownies maybe… Thanks, Liz, for all the inspiration.
Hi, Elizabeth, There are only 2 left…
yum, and skinny food makes you feel better about eating like 4 at once LOL
Hey, Sue, guess are were right..
Did you say skinny! I’m in! Bookmarking your recipe. 🙂
Thanks, I’m going to make these again – one tiny brownie left now…
Hi Liz – I wanted to let you know I awarded you the Liebster Award today on my blog in my newest post. It’s one more way to let you know how much I enjoy your blog!! Go check out the award on my site!
Susan, I was just sitting here when your new post came up – thank you SO much. Now I have to figure out how to move the award onto my blog 😉 You are so sweet –
And these are SKINNY?! Woah, I need to make these ASAP!
They were a big hit – let us all know if you try them? Thanks for your visit!
Orange liqueur in brownies… heaven!
Next time I might try Cointreau…
Who can resist a brownie? And with Grand Marnier? I’ll take a dozen, thanks!
skinny or not, i love brownies!
sending #chocolatelove your way 🙂
yay for skinny brownies! i have such a weakness for them. 🙂 sending some #chocolatelove to you!
Thanks, the blog hop is so much fun, especially #chocolatelove. Already thinking about greens for March, though.
Hi there, would you mind awfully posting the original recipe, for those odd people like me who really like the sound of the Amaretto version?! Many thanks if you do
On vacation -will do so upon our return in a week or so.
Thank you, I hope you enjoy the vacation and I look forward to the recipe
I lost the original recipe, but I would omit the orange juice, orange zest and Grand Marnier – substitute 3 tablespoons of Amaretto instead…Good luck!
I will try that out, fingers crossed! Thanks