Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Eggless double chocolate fudge Greek yogurt brownies

These super fudgy double chocolate brownies contain no eggs or butter! It's replaced by Greek yogurt,which adds a ton of moisture and protein to these decadent bars. It's one of my favorite brownie recipes to date!

Hi - Captain Obvious here, but I have a sweet tooth. I'm pretty sure that I got that from my dad. He used to tell me this hilarious story about when he was little. Growing up in Taiwan, my dad's family was poor. He was the oldest of 5 kids and did what he could to keep he and his sisters happy. Sometimes, though, a kid has to go to extreme measures to satisfy his sweet tooth.

Since money was scarce, food vendors would often bargain for other items in exchange for their goods. One such valuable resource was the tub of an empty toothpaste container. I don't know the significance behind this, but perhaps the vendors were able to sell the toothpaste containers to a manufacturer for a small profit (early recycling, perhaps?).

On one sunny day, the candy vendor came around town. My dad's ears perked up when he heard the man pushing his cart down the street. Desperate for a sugar fix, my dad looked around to see if there was any spare change available. Seeing none, he did the next most logical thing. He went into the bathroom, squeezed out all the toothpaste into the sink, and traded the empty tube for some candy.

When my grandmother found out what my dad had done, she gave him a punishment that he can still remember very clearly. While my dad loves his sweets, he has significantly cut back on ones containing eggs. He has been extremely vigilant about his cholesterol intake since he experienced a minor heart attack a year and a half ago. Since then, I've tried to look for eggless recipes that he can enjoy while still satisfying his sweet tooth.


Don't get me wrong - this is not a healthy recipe, but it does not contain eggs or butter. It still includes sugar and chocolate. You can make these slightly healthier by swapping out the all-purpose flour for white whole wheat flour (but you may need to increase the liquids by adding a bit more Greek yogurt).

These double chocolate fudge brownies are rich, chewy and a chocolate lover's dream. You would never guess that they don't contain butter or eggs and are made with mostly Greek yogurt. I'll have to make a batch of these for my dad when I see him next. Hopefully this time, he won't get in trouble (with my mom) for eating this chocolate-y treat!

Eggless double chocolate fudge Greek yogurt brownies
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips, divided (I used a mixture of dark chocolate chunks and semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Generously grease or line a standard 8"x8" pan (with parchment paper or greased aluminum foil) and set aside.

In a small bowl, microwave ½ cup of the chocolate chips in 15 second increments until melted. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, vanilla and Greek yogurt until well combined. Add in the melted chocolate until mixture is uniform. Add in the dry ingredients until a few streaks remain. Fold in ½ cup of the chocolate chips until no streaks remain (do not over mix the batter).

Transfer the brownie batter to your prepared pan and smooth out the top. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips on top.

Bake in your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. The brownies will appear underdone when you take them out from the oven. DO NOT over bake these! Allow the brownies to cool completely and store them in the refrigerator. If you can wait, these brownies taste best the next day.

Yield: One 8"x8" pan; about 16 brownies

Source: Barely adapted from Little Dairy on the Prairie

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