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Skinny Fudge Brownies

It’s an exciting day in the kitchen today! Why, you ask? I made you brownies–guilt-free brownies! It’s always a good day when brownies are involved.

Go ahead, I’ll wait while you read that title again. Yup, it says skinny! I know it’s uncommon to relate brownies with the words skinny and guilt-free, but I was on a mission to make it happen.

Skinny Fudge Brownies

It took me three attempts to get this recipe perfect, but it was totally worth the effort. The first attempt came out too dry. The second attempt yielded a rubbery brownie (yuck!). The third attempt was guilt-free brownie perfection.

Yeah, I had to crack the eggs three times, measure the ingredients three times, melt the chocolate three times, and, the worst part, wash the dishes three times. What can I say, I do it out of love…and the fact that I refused to lose to a batch of brownies.

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I recently had the pleasure of baking with Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar. Zulka specializes in all-natural sugar made directly from the cane plant. Unlike traditional refined sugar, Zulka products retain naturally occuring colors and flavors that are traditionally removed during the refining process.  The result is a more natural sugar that tastes like you’re biting into fresh sugar cane.


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Zulka was nice enough to send me a big bag of their Morena Pure Cane Sugar for me to bake with. Man, have I been doing a ton of baking lately. I’ve been knee deep in mixing bowls, and my kitchen has been dusted in a thick layer of flour for days. I’ve been using my Zulka sugar in just about everything I bake:  cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and even iced tea. It tastes amazing and bakes up nicely. I’m going to make it my go-to sugar for all of my baking needs.

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These brownies taste amazing. They’re fudgy, yet light in texture. The Greek yogurt produces a subtle tang, which is just lovely. They have a crunchy top and crisp edges.

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They’re everything a brownie should be, only half the fat and calories of a regular brownie. Winning!

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I mixed in a generous handful of mini chocolate chips to give the brownies that extra boost of chocolate flavor. The chips melt slightly, giving the brownies a creamy center. They’re so good!

I bake my brownies in the Wilton Nonstick 12-cavity Brownie Pan. Yeah, it’s another pan, but I happen to adore this one. It separates the brownies into perfect portions, creating consistent squares. The best part:  all four edges are crunchy, not just one or two sides. All you have to do is grease the pan with some baking spray, and they pop out easily with the help of an off-set spatula or butter knife. Viola, brownie perfection!


My family and friends adore these brownies. I get texts informing me that they’re out of brownies and could I please replenish their stock. Ah, the life of a food blogger.

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And now for the giveaway! Zulka was kind enough to provide me with one bag of their Zulka Morena Pure Cane sugar to give away to one lucky reader.

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***The giveaway is for one bag Zulka Morena Pure Cane sugar. The giveaway is for U.S. Residents only and will run from Thursday, May 2cnd to 6:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday May 10th. The winner will be chosen at random drawl and will be notified via email. The winner will have 2 days to respond before another winner is chosen.

Skinny Fudge Brownies

Recipe Type: Brownies
Author: Jennie
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 12
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup + 2tbs. white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cavity brownie pan or 9-by-9-inch square pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler until smooth. Take off the heat and allow the chocolate to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and the eggs until slightly pale in color, about 1 minute. Whisk in the melted butter, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract until combined. Whisk in the chocolate.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour and salt until just combined. Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  5. Transfer the batter to your prepared brownie pan. If using the 12-cavity brownie pan, bake for 16 minutes, and if using the 9-by-9-inch pan, bake for 18 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool before removing from the pan.

Disclosure:  I received a bag of Zulka Morena Pure Cane sugar for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

63 Responses to “Skinny Fudge Brownies”

  1. #
    Toni — May 2, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I already use zulka for everything…I have for several years. It pains me to think about using GMO beet sugar. LOL


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    Toni — May 2, 2013 at 7:36 am

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    Toni — May 2, 2013 at 7:37 am

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    Susan — May 2, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I think brownies are one of those dessert that can be skinnified and still taste really good, it’s all that chocolate! I have a bag of Zulka at home too and just haven’t broken into it yet. I’m hoping this weekend will be my chance. I’m dying to try it out (and perhaps your brownies too!) :-)


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    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — May 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I love that these are skinny, but still contain real sugar. That makes my heart happy!


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    Dawn Lombardo — May 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

    These are DELICOUS!! Make them today!!


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    [email protected] — May 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

    You did an amazing job with these brownies Jennie! I’m going to have to try these soon!


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    Christy Cummins — May 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I would definitely make brownies with that sugar. I’m also going to have to get one of those pans! I love the corner pieces of brownies so I usually use a muffin tin, but I like the square shape better.


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    Christy Cummins — May 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I already follow you on Pinterest.


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    I already like you on Facebook.


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    Christy Cummins — May 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I just liked Zulka on Facebook.


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    CORDELIA — May 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Those brownies look soooo good…I’ll have to borrow ur recipe and def make those!


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    Jenny — May 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I’d make chocolate cake


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    Jenny — May 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm

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    Jenny — May 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I follow on Pinterest


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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — May 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    These are awesome! I’ve been wanting a guilt-free brownie!


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    Kate | Food Babbles — May 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Love that you lightened up brownies yet they don’t seem to be missing a thing!! These sound wonderful. I’ve also been hearing air about Zulka. I can’t wait to give it a try!


  23. #
    Meghan Finley — May 2, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try this but didn’t know if it would taste as good. I think you’ve convinced me


    • Meghan Finley replied May 2nd, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      And I forgot to mention I’m totally making these brownies :)


  24. #
    Juli B. — May 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I think I would have to try the brownies, or maybe a pound cake…..


  25. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

    These look SO good!!!! Zulka is sending me a bag to review too and I cannot wait!


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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — May 3, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I love the edge pieces!!! I have to get this pan. More edges!! Yesss….. and skinny? Wow! Love it.


  27. #
    Julia — May 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Brownies are my favorite dessert by a long haul…I don’t stand a chance against them…if there’s a brownie in my house, it’s being digested in my stomach, that’s how things work round here. ;) Love the recipe!


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    Baker Bettie — May 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Oh my god, I NEED one of those brownie pans. A pan that gives you a corner brownie with every one?! Corner brownies are the best part. I’m so adding that to my wish list!


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    [email protected] & Trinkets — May 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I’ve been eyeing those square pans. Those sharp edges and those corners… Sorry, I get overly excited over geometric shapes.

    Those brownies sound amazing! Fudgy AND guilt free? Sign me up.


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    Kristina — May 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    haha looks like Zulka got a hold of both of us :) I LOVE the little brownie pans, need to get my hands one. These sound perfect Jennie, I love your skinny version!


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I need that nifty pan! Brownies are a weakness for me, so I love your skinny recipe!


  32. #
    Terra — May 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Your determination paid off YAY!!!! Your brownies look so moist and DELISH:-) I love sweet treats with no guilt, bonus!!!! Hugs, Terra


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    Debbie Bray — May 5, 2013 at 12:49 am

    your brownie recipe


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    laurasmess — May 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I’m not entering the competition but I just wanted to say that your brownies look delicious! I just made some totally fattening blondies today and I’m sitting here at my computer feeling sick (we had a pizza night and I think two bits of cake has exceeded my stomach quota!) wishing I’d made your healthy ones instead! Bookmarking this for the next indulgence. Thanks for sharing!


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    Margot C — May 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    With the Zulka Morena Pure Cane sugar I would probably make a classic yellow cake.


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    I would bake banana bread!


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    Anyway, I love Zulka sugar! I would definitely use it to bake THESE brownies!


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