37-calorie (wheat) gluten free brownies = too good to be tasty

Author’s Note: I’d just like to point out that these brownies are only wheat gluten free. I am not at all an expert in all things gluten free, but it is my understanding that you’d have to use a different type of oat for it to be considered completely gluten free. But all of that doesn’t matter to me as much as the fact that I tried the recipe and I overall did not like it. I won’t make it again. I intended this to be a review of a recipe that someone else provided, not a gluten free cookbook. 

They looked like brownies, they smelled like brownies, but did they taste like brownies? That was the important answer I was looking for last night as I tried a new recipe that I found on Facebook for 37-calorie gluten free brownies. It was like my prayers to the food gods had been answered – until I bit into the first one.

The ingredients were simple enough, so I went to the store, bought everything I needed and came home eager to give them a try. I worked with my daughter to bake them.

They smelled good. Really good. My hope for their successful outcome was visibly noticeable. Even the batter was the right consistency.

I poured a small glass of milk to go with my treat, and by this time – I’m not gonna lie – my anticipation was at its limit.

They had a nice texture, a bit chewy – just how I like my brownies. They even had a decent flavor – sort of – kind of a dark chocolate flavor and not terribly sweet. It was the overpowering and instant aftertaste that bugged me. Maybe it was the stevia I used, but I can’t be sure. This was my first time using the product and I’m unsure about it. It reminded me a bit of a diet cola taste, but somehow more chocolate – though not necessarily in a good way.

The serving size was nice and big, though (no stupid 1-inch squares). They were easy and quick to make. I’d bet that in a sweet-fix pinch, they’d do the trick, but I recommend eating them with a small glass of milk. It helps with that aftertaste I mentioned.

Frosting or ice-cream might help too, but that, unfortunately, defeats the purpose.

I did actually calculate the nutritional value of the brownies and they are accurately advertised as 37 calories a serving. With 9 servings to a pan, that means you could eat the whole pan (not recommended) for just 333 calories. Anyway, here is the recipe – share it with your friends and give them a try yourself!

3/4 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup old fashioned Quaker rolled oats
1/2 cup Stevia (the kind that you can use for baking)
1 egg
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a square baking dish (8″ x 8″). Combine all ingredients into a food processor or a blender, and blend until smooth (about 1 minute). **Note, no matter how we tried, not all of the oats ground down. They were a bit chewy in the finished brownies** Pour into the prepared dish and bake for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 9 large squares.