Meal Makeover: Chocolate Chocolate Brownie Cups

I have had so much success with these brownies that I rarely go anywhere without taking them.

I truly believe that in the case of my cooking, tasting is believing.

They’re so moist and chocolaty, they often end up on me or even on my publicists' cell phone as we scurry to wrap up pretty platters of them. But we don’t mind!

I hope you’ll enjoying baking them as much as I do, and you’ll consider creating your own platters to give to people you care about. They’re sure to love them, and you’ll be doing them a huge favor saving them tons of fat and calories.

Note that they freeze extremely well if you want to keep them on hand for your children’s after-school cravings or your midnight sweet tooth.

With only 50 calories and 1 gram of fat each, you really can’t go wrong!

What you need:

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 egg whites

2 cups sugar in the raw

1/2 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (semi-sweet), divided

Butter-flavored cooking spray


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly mist 2 12-cup non-stick mini-muffin tins with spray.

In a large mixing bowl, using a sturdy whisk or spatula, mix the applesauce, vanilla, egg whites and sugar until they are well combined.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir the mixture until it is just combined and no lumps remain. Working in batches, fill each cup until it is just barely full. Sprinkle about one fourth of the chips evenly over the brownies in each of the tins. Bake them for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry (a few crumbs are okay).

Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and allow them to cool 5 minutes. Using a butter knife, gently lift the brownies from the muffin tins (if they are sticking, gentle run the knife around the edge of each cup).

Allow them to cool another 10 minutes. Repeat with the second half of the batter and the remaining chips.

Makes 48 brownie cups; 24 servings.

Each serving (2 brownies) has: 109 calories, 2 grams of protein, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fat, less than 1 gram saturated fat, no cholesterol and 139 milligrams of sodium

Devin Alexander has maintained a 55 pound weight loss for more than 16 years. She lives and eats her message: You don’t have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy. Devin is the host of “Healthy Decadence with Devin Alexander” on FitTV and has appeared on shows like "Good Morning America," "The View," and "Discovery Health’s National Body Challenge." Her cookbooks, “The Biggest Loser Cookbook” (Rodale, 2006) and “The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook” (Rodale, November 2008), which accompany the hit NBC show, have both spent time on the "New York Times" Bestseller List.