Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Salted Chocolate Brownies

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In addition to struggling with portion control, I also have another food based nemesis that always seems to get the best of me. And it’s name is chocolate. Now, add a dash of sea salt to said chocolate and I’m quivering at my knees and face planting into the cake, cookie or brownie batter.

I do have 20 pounds to lose, I am trying to control my portions and eat better, so I can’t just eat a bowl of brownie batter anymore and choc it up to a bad day (or a Tuesday). But, I’m not going to give it up. Elimination diets don’t really work and I’m not about completely cutting out a food group. So instead, when my craving came a-knockin’ last night for a sweet, salty chocolate brownie, I gave in. But did some magic in the kitchen first ūüôā

World? Meet my new love, skinny salted chocolate brownies.

We met last night and it was love at first bite. The brownie is SO FUDGEY, so¬†chocolaty, so rich and has just the right amount of saltiness. I can’t even talk about it, they are so good.

Aren’t they just the prettiest, most delicious looking things you ever did see? I found the¬†original¬†recipe for low fat brownies on Baking Bites and of course, had to make them salted. Honestly, is there a better combination than salt and chocolate? I don’t know how on earth I went so long before I tried this incredible combination.

Thankfully, I have a husband whose sweet tooth is even greater than mine so these delicious devils will be gone before I can eat them all. Even if he ate all of them, he’d somehow lose weight. Where as I gain weight just by looking at a french fry. Le sigh. But that’s another point entirely.

Skinny Salted Chocolate Brownies

Yields: 12 – 14 brownies
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: About 22 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk*
  • 1 -2 tablespoons water*
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt

*I remade these since many of the readers said it came out dry. The extra tablespoon of milk and water helped make it more fudgy.

How to Make Them:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8 inch x 8 inch glass pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and cocoa. Make a well with a spoon and set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, add chocolate and butter. Microwave on high for one minute, stir, and microwave for another 30 -60 seconds. Add sugar and mix until creamed. Add in condensed milk, egg, water, egg white and vanilla, stirring until fully combined. Pour the chocolate mixture into the well of the flour mixture and stir until there are no flour streaks.
  4. Pour batter into the greased pan. Sprinkle additional salt over the batter and bake for at least 22 minutes. Chill brownies for at least an hour so they firm up. Enjoy!

Nutritional information per brownie: 125 calories, 2 grams of fat, 31 grams of carbohydrates, >1 gram of fiber and 1.8 grams or protein. 

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  1. Posted by Lauren on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    my morning just got better! Holy yum :D
  2. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    Oh wow, I looove salted brownies, and these look wonderful! I also need to get rid off a bit of holiday pudge, so I'm right there with you. :) Looks awesome!
  3. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    I really need to start experimenting with salt, these sound delish!
  4. Posted by Melissa Maki on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    I love this reipe.  I am a huge fan of the "salted" movement!  Thank you!
  5. Posted by Jennifer on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    MMMM! I am not a big chocolate fan (I know, crazy, right?), but I am in love with brownies. I haven't tried chocolate with salt before, or caramel with salt (which I've heard a lot more of), but I'm willing to try- I'm sure it's amazing!
  6. Posted by Jenne Kopalek on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    Yum! I love salted caramel anything!
  7. Posted by The Elegant Eggplant on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    YUM!!! I too have a portion control and chocolate weakness. These are great.... healthy and delish!!! Love salted chocolate :)
  8. Posted by Guest on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    What's skinny about white flour, butter, sugar, chocolate, condensed milk, and eggs?
  9. Posted by Kelly on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    Ohh muh gaw!  These look amaaaazing!!  I'm definitely making these this weekend :)
  10. Posted by Bake Your Day on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    salted brownies are this recipe sounds fabulous!
  11. Posted by Shari, The Saucy Gourmet on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    I lost 20 pounds last year, but I found 6 of them over the holidays.  I like you can NOT go on an elimination diet (okay, I can eliminate hot dogs and jello, yuck)  I can't wait to try these brownies, I LOVE chocolate and salt.  Oh no, now I am craving chocolate covered potato chips, I think your recipes will be MUCH healthier
  12. Posted by Stephsbitebybite on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    oh my godh! I think these are going to become my new favorite treat!!! These look so chocolatey and so decadnet...but not :)
  13. Posted by Laura Healthy Jalape√Īo on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    Your title doesn't even make sense and yet, it's true. These look amazing and the calories aren't that bad when compared to an original recipe. Loooooove it!!!
  14. Posted by Maris Callahan on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    I am ready to run into the kitchen and make these now!
  15. Posted by Eliot on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    Hmmmm---interesting.   I will have to give this a go!
  16. Posted by Rebecca on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
     I saw this recipe origionally in pinterest, and it has no refined sugar in the recipe. These look really great, but it says to use 1 cup of sugar. I was just wondering because I would really inerested in making this recipe.
    • Posted by Claire Gallam10 on
      Sunday, January 8th, 2012
      The original recipe has 1/2 cup of reg sugar and 1/2 cup of brown. I didn't have any brown sugar so I just one regular cup. Honestly, you could easily just use brown and forgo the regular sugar all together.
  17. Posted by Charissa on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    Wow. These look SO amazing!
  18. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Saturday, January 7th, 2012
    I have the same problem. Love chocolate. Especially at night. These brownies look so fudgey and super yummy!
  19. Posted by Anonymous on
    Sunday, January 8th, 2012
    I've had the biggest brownie craving and I think with one bite of these it could be satified- just need an oven ahh!!
  20. Posted by Baking Serendipity on
    Sunday, January 8th, 2012
    My husband has weight to lose too and keeps complaining that my baking doesn't help! I definitely need to give these brownies a shot :)
  21. Posted by Heidi @ Food Doodles on
    Sunday, January 8th, 2012
    These look fantastic!  I love that crackly top!
  22. Friday, January 13th, 2012
    Love these!  I agree that completely eliminating something from your diet does not work - it only makes you crave something more! 
  23. Posted by Vicki V on
    Saturday, January 14th, 2012
    Your recipe says condensed milk.  That means evaporated, not sweetened condensed, right?  These look fudgy yet crackly and delish!
  24. Posted by Renaeca on
    Saturday, January 28th, 2012
    I just made these and they are delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe.
  25. Posted by Jenn Wannabeskinny on
    Saturday, February 4th, 2012
    Hi, this recipe looks fabulous!  I don't suppose you know if this would work with applesauce subbed in for the butter?  Trying to make them even skinnier :P 
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, March 31st, 2014
      It would be very different!
  26. Posted by Marzbhatnagar on
    Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
    Soo was this dry for anyone else?  Mine came out dry.  My son said dont ever make these again, but again he is not watching what he eats, as I am.  I can eat these, but were a bit dry.  I followed the directions..
  27. Posted by Angie@Angie's Recipes on
    Sunday, April 1st, 2012
    These brownies look HEAVENLY!
  28. Posted by Jill on
    Friday, March 15th, 2013
    I made these with just 1/2 cup a sugar and part almond meal, part flour. I also just used a regular egg instead of egg white. I added a handful of chocolate chips into the batter at the end. They came out really delicious. The chocolate salty flavor is really appealing.
  29. Posted by Jill on
    Friday, March 15th, 2013
    Yes they were slightly dryer than I prefer, but adding extra chocolate chips compensated for this.
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  33. Posted by Cara on
    Sunday, March 30th, 2014
    This recipe as is comes out very thick and dry, more so than many cookie recipes. Before putting it in the pan I added water and got it to a consistency similar to a brownie mix recipe. Had to bake longer but came out great.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, March 31st, 2014
      Hi Cara!

      I remade these the other day, and I added an extra tablespoon of milk and about two more tablespoons of water to make it a bit more fudgy. I updated the brownies to reflect this!
  34. Posted by Becky sadler on
    Friday, January 16th, 2015
    I don't get how this recipe is "skinny". If u used margarine instead of butter or applesauce instead of butter & adding sweetened condensed milk is definitely not skinny.
  35. Posted by lorraine on
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
    Looks amazing. The only issue I have is when I put it into my fitness pal app it calculated the calories at 201 per bar and not 125. I stated it was for 14 servings as well. I checked the amounts that populated in the app. Any thoughts as to what happened?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

      Oh no, I don't! However, this is an older recipe, so it probably needs some reconfiguring :) I'll do that today and hopefully it all matches up!