Low Fat Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies


I got the idea for these low fat peanut butter fudge brownies from Hungry Girl.  The Hungry Girl version is made with a box of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies Mix.  I have made the Hungry Girl/Betty Crocker version a number of times and they are quite good, but I did not have a box of Betty Crocker on hand and had no plans to go to a "regular" grocery store to get some.  Since I was going to Trader Joe's, I picked up a box of their Brownie Truffle Baking Mix and magic ensued.

These are ridiculously easy to make.  Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Then open a small can of pumpkin (15 ounces).  Libby's pumpkin is my favorite.  I have tried organic and Trader Joe's canned pumpkin and they are just too watery.

Anyway, mix together the brownie mix and the pumpkin and glop into a 8"x8" baking pan.  Then take a fork and drizzle on some Better 'N Peanut Butter (they sell this at Trader Joe's as well as health food stores and there's always online).  For some reason, Trader Joe's now only sells the low sodium version, but this set-back can easily be rectified with some sea salt.

Throw your creation into the oven for about 35 minutes.  Allow to cool and then refrigerate until cold (when eaten cold you cannot really detect much pumpkin flavor).  Then, enjoy.

They are a bit more fudge than brownie and are downright decadent and delicious and yet not that horrible for you.  If you had made the brownies in accordance with the Truffle Baking Mix directions you would have added two eggs and A FULL STICK OF BUTTER.  Instead, all you have added is some high fiber, alpha and beta-carotene rich pumpkin.  The mix itself only has 2.5 grams of fat per 2 inch brownie.  Not too bad.  There is 16 grams of sugar in the mix per 2 inch brownie which is more than I would like, but these are worth it.  The Truffle Baking Mix has little chocolate chips in it that run through the fudgey brownies adding some interesting texture and intense chocolate flavor.  Even those who do not appreciate low fat treats will adore these.

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