Chocolate is something you just can’t deny yourself. It’s just wrong. And I will admit that I have been not denying myself like I mad woman all week. Stress, fatigue, it all lead me to the community candy jars at work, usually a good ol’ Charleston Chew does the trick. But when it “does the trick” a few times a day, I can’t help but think I could be fueling my body with a little more nutrients.
I am all about incorporating sweets into your daily diet without having to feel guilty about it, so I took advantage of this weekend and spent a little time in the kitchen working on this recipe.
It gives you the indulgent chocolate taste you want, but doesn’t weight you down. Fantastic.
I will admit it isn’t the same as your grandma’s ooey gooey, butter loaded brownies, but is a very good alternative when a chocolate craving hits instead of devouring a snickers. I would equate it to a fiber one brownie— you can tell its healthier, but more than does the trick. Plus, my favorite part… these pieces are pretty darn large, dare I say about TWICE the size of a fiber one brownie. The more the merrier indeed!
- 1/2 cup pureed butternut squash (may also sub pumpkin)
- 2/3 container 100cal greek yogurt (vanilla, pumpkin, or chocolate suggested)
- 1 Egg + 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup stevia
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup milk (I used cashew)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
For The Frosting
- 1/3 container 100cal greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan
- Combine squash, yogurt, and eggs in a bowl. Add in remaining ingredients.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle batter with chocolate chips.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
- Allow to cool.
- While cake is cooling, combine frosting ingredients and mix well. (This can be done right in the yogurt container)
- Once cake is cooled, frost and cut into 9 slices.
Now time to round out the weekend with a trip to the dog park with my boys and some pumpkin carving. Will the carving have something to do with Theo? I would say the chances are pretty good… I just can’t NOT be obsessed with this cute guy.