The ultimate makeover: Chocolate brownies

The ultimate makeover: Chocolate brownies

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 12
Angela gives these rich treats a makeover, with a magic ingredient to reduce the fat content...

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per brownie

  • kcal191
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.28g
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  • 85g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, chopped into small pieces
  • 85g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 50g light muscovado sugar
  • ½ tsp coffee granules
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 100g mayonnaise (I used Hellman's)


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour enough water into a small pan to one-third fill it. Bring to the boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Put the chopped chocolate into a large bowl that will fit snugly over the pan without touching the water. Sit the pan over the water (still off the heat) and leave the chocolate to melt slowly for a few mins, stirring occasionally until it has melted evenly. Remove the bowl from the pan, then let the chocolate cool slightly.

  2. Meanwhile, lightly oil and base-line a 19cm square cake tin that is 5cm deep. Combine the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda. Using a wooden spoon, stir both the sugars into the cooled chocolate with the coffee, vanilla and buttermilk. Stir in 1 tbsp warm water. Break and beat in the egg, then stir in the mayonnaise just until smooth and glossy. Sift over the flour and cocoa mix, then gently fold in with a spatula without overmixing.

  3. Pour the mixture into the tin, then gently and evenly spread it into the corners. Bake for 30 mins. When a skewer is inserted into the middle, it should come out with just a few moist crumbs sticking to it. If cooked too long, the mix will dry out; not long enough and it can sink. Leave in the tin until completely cold, then loosen the sides with a round-bladed knife. Turn out onto a board, peel off the lining paper and cut into 12 squares.

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Comments (231)

karenchilman123's picture

These brownies came out beautiful. I used very low fat Hellman's Mayo as well, which I wasnt sure would work but it did. I cut the brownies into 9 slices and served them with ice-cream. Definitely wouldnt know mayo was added to the mixture and will definitely make them again soon.

gunsnrosesxx's picture

When I tried them it was the first time I was ever making brownies. They turned out great in shape and smell, but they tasted a bit bitter. I might try the same recipe but add cheese on top next time:)

jharrison21's picture

I used low fat natural yoghurt instead of the butter milk as didn't have any in but it worked great. I haven't told a soul about the mayo ingredient and nobody has commented (even my dad, my most ruthless critic!!) Yummy!! Where is the need to make the full fat version when this one tastes so good?

jharrison21's picture

I used low fat natural yoghurt instead of the butter milk as didn't have any in but it worked great. I haven't told a soul about the mayo ingredient and nobody has commented (even my dad, my most ruthless critic!!) Yummy!! Where is the need to make the full fat version when this one tastes so good?

vivienmary's picture

Have tried these the next day when cooled, and I have to say that they are pretty good, was very surprised, told my husband that they had got mayo in them, hasnt put him off though. I am working my way through Angela's alternative low fat recipes as my husband is at slight risk of developing diabetes, and I have high cholesterol, so hopefully it will help us both? I bake these cakes, cut them into portions and freeze them, and only have cake at the week-ends, so that should help as well? Many thanks for all these great alternative recipes.

vivienmary's picture

Mmmmm........ not quite sure how I feel about these Choc. Brownies! Didnt tell husband what was in them as I know he wouldnt have eaten them if I had told him before! Just cant get my head around Mayo in cake? Didnt have buttermilk so improvised with sour cream + milk, recipe certainly worked fine, and the overall texture and taste was great, so dont really know what I am complaining about? Will eat another piece tomorrow and decide then, as I dont think they had cooled down quite enough! I also used Hellmans Light.

rachel_94's picture

These tasted great; they were a sort of mix between chocolate sponge and brownie, and were lovely and moist! However they lacked that heavy, dense texture that I so love about full fat brownies... I may well make these again, but I'm not going to abandon my favourite (unhealthy!) brownie recipes either :)

beasajjad's picture

These brownies were fantastic. Made with my kids, very easy and delicious. They are a family favourite.

nicolep's picture

I love baking but have been on a bit of a health lately. Thought I would these for a treat. They are excellent. Lovely rich chocolate taste. Will definitely be making again. I didn't have buttermilk, I used one tablespoon low fat natural yoghurt and one tablespoons semi skimmed milk. They were fab and half the calories nearly!

pinkstar100's picture

These have a higher fat and calorie content than the original recipe? You can't say they are low fat, people trust this site!

graceemma's picture

So they're nice but not as nice as other recipes? :s
I really want to try them but I'm looking for a rich sweet fudgy brownie, is this recipe right for me? Or could anyone reccomend another.
Thank you xx

ljp1968's picture

Absolutely yum, although don't tell people they've got mayo in until AFTER they've tried them! My daughter made them at school as part of a 'healthier food project'. The teacher was very impressed!!!

purplemeerkat's picture

When I saw this recipe I was a bit doubtful about using mayonnaise, but it works really well! I personally prefer gooey brownies, and these are light, fluffy, crumbly brownies but I loved these. I used the recommended milk and lemon because I couldn't find buttermilk anywhere. (I also found these brownies better the day afterwards).

workingmom's picture

Can I replace full cream fresh milk for buttermilk since it only use 2 tsp. Will it make a lot of difference?

toffeemaker's picture

absolutely gorgeous. I replaced the mayonnaise with Dulce de Leche (merchant gourmet) and they really were lovely and moist. will make again.

amyblyth__'s picture

These are amazing! The family can't get enough of them! You wouldn't believe that they were low calorie!

onedirectioner's picture

do you think i could leave out the coffee and dark chocolate and just use 150 grams of normal sugar?

isaacswirky's picture

I made these brownies for some realations and I was extremely dissapointed. I followed the instuctions precisely and the mixture looked great. Then I put it in the oven. It says to put it on for 30 mins. I thought this was too much so i only did it for 28mins. The brownies came out burned (i put it on 180C) and it almost fell apart. This wasted my time and im angry as my relations were looking forward to eating them.

anjkrish's picture

my dad's and husband's birthday falls on the same date.. usually we celebrate it together.. but this time my dad fell sick so my parents could not come over to my place.. i could not travel too.. so we decided to make the same recipe.. that is when i came across this recipe.. both my dad and husband are great fans of chocolate..
this is when my husband came across this app called LiveAlbum..
my mom and me made the browny simultaneously.. i shared this recipe with her through phone.. i took photos of each stage of my preparation and the photos got shared as and when i took it.. Miracle!
Dad and my husband loved the browny.. keep giving us wonderful recipes..


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