Quinoa Brownies for Serious Chocoholic Dieters (no flour, no oil)

Hit by an intense and unceasing chocolate craving? Fear not, these brownies will come to the rescue.

They are moist, rich, and chocolate-y to the nth degree.

They’re also healthy, chockfull of protein, and good for your diet.  Plus, a cinch to make.

Sounds impossible? Read on!

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Better-For-You Brownies

We're made with chocolate chips, and we're delicious!

Were made with chocolate chips, and were delicious!

My first gluten-free, sugar-free brownie success (and dear Deity of Cooking, may there be more)!  Without chocolate chips, these brownies are cake-like and have a light, satisfying chocolate flavour.   With chocolate chips, these brownies are richer, moister, chewier, and just downright fabulous!

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Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

    • 2/3 cup rice flour
    • ½ tsp. xanthan gum
    • ½ cup sweetener (Note: Weight Watcher points for this recipe are based on the use of artificial sugar.)
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • ¼ tsp. or less salt
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 tbsp. coffee
    • ¼ cup soft margarine
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
    • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
    • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. In bowl, mix flour, xanthum gum, sweetener, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In larger bowl, beat butter, eggs, vanilla, and coffee mixture for about 1 minute. (Butter will be broken into small bits.)
  3. Add applesauce to liquid ingredients and beat until blended.
  4. Gently beat in flour mixture.  Batter will be thick and springy.
  5. Add in chocolate chips, if using.
  6. Spray 8 x 8″ pan with cooking spray.
  7. Spread mixture evenly in the pan.  The top will be uneven.
  8. Without chocolate chips, bake 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until outside edges are firm.
  9. With chocolate chips, bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until outside edges are firm.
  10. Cool and cut into 12 servings.

For Weight Watchers:

  • Without chocolate chips, 2 points per serving on the Points plan and 2.5 points on the PointPlus plan.
  • With chocolate chips, 3 points per serving on the Points plan and 3.5 points on the PointPlus plan.

(Adapted from “Double Chocolate Brownies” in Lighthearted at Home by Anne Lindsay.)