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Low Calorie Brownie Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey yall! Have a good weekend? Darn those Packers…am I right?!?! We were soooooooo rooting for them to go to another Super Bowl. The end of that game was complete craziness! We are enjoying one more day off although my day started off with a bang today and I feel like I have been going a mile a minute. If you are searching for something to soothe your sweet tooth….but you don’t want to kill your diet…these low calorie brownies are just the ticket. Make some this week and see for yourself….

Did you know that your typical 2-inch square brownie will cost you about 250 calories? If I told you you could have the same size square brownie and save a hundred calories and not compromise any taste would you try it? Usually something like that would be too good to be true…but seriously these brownies are just a decadent as any other brownie you’ve ever eaten. That’s called winning my friends.

low calorie brownie recipe @cleverlyinspired (7) My friends at all white egg whites invited me to try a recipe for brownies telling me they are at least half the calories of a regular bakery brownie. (and bonus..they gave me a coupon to pass along..$0.50 Off AllWhites Egg Whites) . I really didn’t believe them.  I would try it and it would taste like a healthy brownie…which are usually not worth eating.  You will never miss what is missing in this dessert. And I will show you an easy way to make your brownie into a heart….perfect to make for your sweethearts on Valentines Day. The brownie comes together really easy mixing the dry ingredients and adding in wet….no brainer.

low calorie brownie recipe @cleverlyinspired (5)    Simple ingredients always produce the best outcome…and this recipe is no different. Here is what you will need to make this heart shaped brownie for the loves in your life:)

 

Low Calorie Brownie Recipe
 
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp.salt
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ⅓ cupAll Whites
  • 2 Tbsp.canola oil
  • 2 squares (1 oz. each)
  • semi sweet baking chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch circle baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. I always use parchment liner too which will make it easy to take out of the pan.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until well mixed. Stir in applesauce, Better'n Eggs, canola oil, melted baking chocolate and vanilla just until well mixed; careful not to over stir. Place foil on one edge and spread  brownie mixture into prepared pan around the foil creating a "heart" shape. Sprinkle with miniature chocolate chips.
  3. Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not over bake.

 When the brownie is done baking….let it cool a bit. Take out the foil piece and shape up your heart with a paring knife. Powdered sugar and berries will cover up any mishaps:)

low calorie brownie recipe @cleverlyinspired (12) You can find lots of other low cal recipe ideas on the AllWhites Egg Whites on Pinterest. And AllWhites Egg Whites Favorites. A great way to start your 2015… getting healthy!!

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low calorie brownie recipe @cleverlyinspired (8)   Even better with a little fresh berries to decorate the top:) low calorie brownie recipe @cleverlyinspired (10)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Choco-Caramel M&M Crisp Cookie (Easy Christmas Cookie REcipe)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

For the past 4 years I have shared with you a few cookies that I love to bake this time of year. My friends and I gather every year to exchange cookies. My kids loved it because we all get to taste our favorite cookies and I don’t have to bake them all! It is really the best of both worlds. And it wouldn’t be the holidays without a new cookie to share.

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The reason I love this cookie is its very quick and if you’re limited to baking time this cookie crisp pulls together really quickly. It kind of reminds me of a Samoa without so much chocolate. I found these M&M baking chips that are available at Target right next to the fabulous packaging by Glad which makes it really easy to package these cookies up for your favorite neighbor and friends.

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Tie on a bow with Christmas ornament and your gift giving is complete. I’d like to include a little printable that has the recipe on it in case the recipient would like to recreate this cookie. You can print this one out below and you’ll be all set . Basic RGB

Target has a great display of glad products along with the M&M’s to make your shopping easy. The display looks so festive I couldn’t pass it up! Raise your hands if you ever have gotten out of target for under $50? If so you are my hero!

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Choco-Caramel Crisp (Tracie Stoll)

12 graham cracker rectangles

2 cups tiny marshmallows

3/4 cup butter, cut up

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ C mini M&M baking chips

1/3 C chopped peanuts

1 cup flaked coconut

Directions

Line a 15x10x1-inch pan with parchment paper or foil. Grease foil, if using. Arrange graham crackers in a single layer in the pan. Sprinkle with marshmallows.

In a medium saucepan combine butter and brown sugar; cook over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Spoon over the graham crackers, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with nuts, chips and coconut..

Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Use foil or parchment to lift uncut bars from pan. Cut into 3-inch squares; cut each square in half diagonally.

Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week. Makes 30 cookies.

If you are looking for more inspiration to use up those last few m&m’ baking pieces…here is another fabulous recipe for your family holiday movie night….

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Uber easy recipe…and makes a nice gift topper too in these Glad holiday containers:)

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What you will need for the Santa’s Snack Mix:

  • 8-10 cups popped popcorn
  • 2-3 cups Holiday shaped pretzels
  • 1 cup red and green Holiday sprinkles
  • 1 package DOVE® Chocolate Candies
  • 2 cups peanuts
  • 3/4 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 package M&M’s® Holiday Baking Minis and/or M&M’s® Holiday Mint Candies

Preheat the oven to 325. Add the peanuts, popcorn, and pretzels in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt butter, vanilla, sugar, and corn syrup over low heat until melted and smooth, stirring constantly.

Pour over the ingredients in the bowl. Toss until all covered.

Spread the popcorn mix on a baking tray or cake pan (may want to use two pans). Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with 1/2 cup Holiday sprinkles, stir. Sprinkle with M&M’S ® candies, stir again.

Place DOVE® chocolates in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir.

Repeat until melted and smooth. Drizzle over the popcorn. Sprinkle with remaining sprinkles. Let cool approximately 10-20 minutes (may put in refrigerator so chocolate hardens more quickly. Once cool, break into chunks.

Store or give as a gift in your favorite Holiday Glad packaging!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Homemade Apple Chips with Cinnamon Sugar whipped crème

I was invited to participate in a really fun blog hop this fall. Over 75 bloggers are participating. All sorts of fun fall inspiration from recipes to projects you name it…all things fall!

We call it #FallHarvestIdeas and it is a celebration of all things FALL!!!homemade apple chips with cinnamon sugar whipped creme @cleverlyinspired (4)

 

I decided to try a new recipe that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Apple chips with homemade whipped cream . Yum yum yum! I made homemade whipped cream not too long ago. It could not be any easier and taste so much better than the store bought brand.

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All you need are 4 simple ingredients. The trick to making homemade whipping cream stand up and stay for awhile in your fridge is the addition of powdered sugar. I added some cinnamon and it is the perfect complement to these apple slices.

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One thing I learned when I made the apple slices is you should use parchment instead of the baking racks. If you are going to use the baking racks then be sure to spray them with cooking spray. Several of mine stuck to the baking sheet. When I do it again I will definitely use parchment and flip them halfway during the cooking. I got mine super thin by using a mandolin. I found this KitchenAid one at Costco for $14 and I use it all the time. If you don’t have a mandolin just slice as soon as you can. They may take a little longer to cook.

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I hope you can pop around to see some of the fabulous fall ideas….from crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more…we have you covered for Fall inspiration!

 

Homemade Apple Chips with Cinnamon Sugar whipped crème
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 large apples (I like honeycrisp)
  • cinnamon to dust
  • Whipped creme:
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 2 T powdered sugar
  • ¼ t cinnamon
  • ½ t vaniila
  • cinnamon & sugar to dust
Instructions
  1. Slice apples as thin as possible and place on parchment lines cookie sheet.
  2. Bake 1.5 hours on 250 until golden and crisp.
  3. Meanwhile make whipped creme"
  4. In a large metal bowl whip creme and sugar until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold in vanilla and cinnamon.
  6. Keep in fridge until ready to serve
  7. Dust with cinnamon sugar.

 


Check the gallery below and visit some of my blogging friends to see their awesome ideas!!

Be sure to go searching on your fav social channels for #FallHarvestIdeas ….we will be lighting it up all day today!!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Lil Party Punch Mocktail

  • I thought this sweet little treat would be a perfect little kiss to end summer. Since my kiddos start high school next week….our summer fun is coming to a close. Boo. Though they both seem excited and ready for the new adventure….hoping we hold onto that enthusiasm for awhile:)
  • Yes, you could just open a package of these new Starburst sorbet bars and serve them straight from the box…and friends and family would love them…they would say..”these are a great way to end a summer meal….or wow, these are refreshing…or can I have more?” Yes, they are a crowd pleaser. Yummo on their own— but I wanted to give you another way to serve them up…that would make them a little more special…a little dressed up…a perfect way to end a summer evening on your patio with friends. (holy run on sentence…sorry…) lil party punch mocktail (2) It really isn’t a recipe. It really is this simple. Get yourself a fancy ice cream glass or a champagne flute. Cut up the Starburst sorbet bars into even squares. Place in the bottom of your glass. Top with sparkling soda water (I used berry flavor and it was great!) Garnish with a fresh cut strawberry and a cut summer straw. Light, delicious and perfect for summer….served up in one sweet little glass.

 

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  • These bars are perfect to take to the beach or park. They taste just like the favorite fruit chews that you love…all wrapped up in a sweet little bar…get this…only 70 little calories too:) #winning! Dessert for the win!
  • Search on your favorite social media #StarburstSorbet for some more inspiration!
  • lil party punch mocktail (4) Starburst Sorbet bars comes in a pack or 4 at most major retailers…make yourself a mocktail….or a cocktail:)

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Bomb Pop Cupcake Recipe (summertime recipes)

It is the one popsicle my kids agree on….the bomb pop popsicle covers all the bases. Cherry, lemonade and blueberry….all wrapped up into one delicious popsicle. They scream summertime fun. I wanted to come up with a cupcake that had all that summertime goodness. The bomb pop cupcake was born. I shared this recipe about a year ago on another blog…but I never got around to sharing it with you here. I worked in some fresh raspberry syrup…along with a fluffy lemon cupcake….it taste just like a bomb pop—even without a blueberry. You could add a fresh blueberry on the top though…I went with raspberry…either would work though.

Don’t these look summery:)

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You can top them with these little homemade flags….just print out on your home printer…cut up and tape to some festival straws:)

 

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Bomb Pop Cupcake Recipe (summertime recipes)
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • Frosting:
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Additional fresh raspberries, for garnish-if desired
Instructions
  1. Make the cupcakes: Heat oven to 350° F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to rack(s) to cool completely.
  5. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the raspberry buttercream frosting. In a food processor or blender, puree the raspberries. Pour raspberries through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing on solids, to eliminate the seeds. Place butter, half of the powdered sugar, and raspberry puree into mixing bowl. Beat over low speed until well-blended. Add the other half of the sugar, increase speed to medium. Mix until light and fluffy.

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There is nothing like fresh lemon zest in a fluffy homemade cupcake….very easy and it makes all the difference. You can make the cupcakes a day ahead and whip up the raspberry buttercream the same day. If you aren’t feeling that adventurous—just add the raspberry syrup into some store bought frosting. If it is too thin…thicken with powdered sugar.

 

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Go bake up some summertime….:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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