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
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

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  • 85g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    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
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 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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23rd Oct, 2013
Mayo is a lot healthier than butter
10th Jul, 2013
I made the buttermilk by myself by adding 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice(or white vinegar) to 1 1/2 tbsp of milk and left it to rest after mixing them both, I used soya milk. Also, I reduced the caster sugar as it was too sweet to my taste the first time, and added lots of walnuts, choco chips, and mini marshmallows! It was fantastic and everybody loved it at school :D
10th Jul, 2013
Wonderful recipe! It was a life-saver once, and now its a regular! :) The best brownie recipe to rely on no matter how skillful u are!!!
25th Jun, 2013
Have been making these for ages now...they are so good. Much better than anything have ever bought in a coffee shop....stay moist for ages too.
16th May, 2013
These are great, made them many times and nobody can tell the difference, because I'm on a calorie controlled diet i made them even healthier, i substituted the 100g of caster sugar for 50g of trivia baking sweetener(only 100 calls), i didn't have muscovado so used caster sugar to replace that, no buttermilk so used natural yogurt, and i used sainsburys light mayonnaise, after working it all out each brownie in my version has just 128cals in and still delish, to their disappiontment i limited the kids to 2 each, i know for a fact if i didn't they would have eaten them all
11th May, 2013
a-mayonnaising! lol :)
10th May, 2013
You would never guess that a) these were low fat and b) they contained mayonaise! Tasted more like a normal chocolate cake than a brownie but it did make a nice change and creates some interesting conversation when you tell people what is in them!!!
10th May, 2013
HI CloClo i used just milk choc in mine and they still turned out delicious so feel free to add milk choc if u want to!
10th May, 2013
i didnt put any mayo in it coz didnt have any but hopefully they will turnt out just as good! they r in the oven so i cant wait 2 taste them!
29th Apr, 2013
It isn't fat that's bad for you it's sugar. There are 150 grams of sugar in this recipe as well as the sugar contained in the chocolate. I'd like to try this, but cutting down drastically on the sugar. I've tried a number of your flapjack recipes where I've cut the amount of sugar back as far as possible and they still work well.


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