While out and about Saturday, CC bought the ingredients for these brownies - which only consist of a family size brownie mix (use only the mix) and a 15 oz. can of pumpkin. She even tracked down the closest baking pan she could find which were individual little bundt cakes. But over the weekend as I plugged this into the WW recipe builder, I could not get anywhere close to 4 sp; it was much much more! I pulled out the recipe we had gotten at the meeting and relooked at it, it was then I first noticed that it was a points plus recipe - not a smart points one; but at second glance I realized the servings for this recipe was 24! TWENTY-FOUR....that meant something very very tiny; what we were served was at the least a double serving! When I changed the serving size on the builder to 24 servings....wow, I got 5 sp.
I texted the sad news to CC who was very depressed since she loved these and had been eating them all weekend - she was able to make 8 mini bundt cakes and well....that was pretty high points. I told her to shake it off and if she loses this week, well then continue eating them and counting them as 4 sp, lol!
None-the-less, I did some research and came across a homemade brownie recipe at I Am Baker. There's lots of brownie recipes there, but I chose the Homemade Brownie Mix one. You can make this up and keep in the cupboard and just add the wet ingredients when you're ready to bake! The recipe makes 9 brownies and if made exactly as is comes to 11 sp each - YIKES!!!!
So I opted to "lighten" it up. I've come up with three variations, all of them start with these basic ingredients:
1/2 cup of baking Stevia
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour ( I used white)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
With recipe #1, I added a 1/2 cup eggbeaters, 1/4 cup butter (melted) and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. 4 sp SECOND PLACE
With recipe #2, I added 1/2 cup eggbeaters and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. 2 sp WINNER
As a reminder - none of these will taste like the store bought brownies, however, if you have a sweet tooth - they'll definitely do. As far as the taste test - #1 and #2 both are tasty, but I'm partial to #2 because it has the less points. At present #3 is still in the oven, I'm thinking a full can of pumpkin was way too much; perhaps 1/2 a can would be better. Anyhow, hubby chose #2 as his favorite also. If 3 ever gets done, I'll let you know!!
Anyway, with this I was able to take off #16 on the #The Goal 30; and I realized #20 was exactly the same as #16 - so I changed it to "Lighten a recipe"....so I was able to mark both off!