The Pumpkin Brownie Dilemma

At our Weight Watchers picnic, one of the desserts were these awesome brownie (made in a pan that made them individually and gave a well in the middle) filled with sugar free Cool Whip and drizzled with sugar free chocolate syrup.  They were wonderful and only 4 smart we thought.

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, 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

With recipe #3, I added a 15 oz. can of pumpkin  2 sp   FAIL

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" I was able to mark both off!