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Take one box Duncan Hines Family Style Chewy Fudge brownie mix and one can pureed pumpkin.  Mix together.

Spray 9 x 13 pan with PAM or the like, and pour in the batter, spreading to edges.

Bake at 350° as directed on package (I had to bake mine for ten minutes longer than directed on the package).

Cool.

Slice into 36 pieces.

While the texture is a tad more dense than regular fudge brownies, they definitely have that ooey gooey thing goin' on!

You don't taste the pumpkin at all.

Each piece has 7.22 calories.

Once you slice them, you can easily freeze them.  They freeze really well.

Enjoy!  :)

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I never thought I'd like the combination of pumpkin and chocolate, but at Thanksgiving my sister in law made a chocolate chip pumpkin pie with a chocolate cookie crust and I loved it. 

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

So with calories that low I could maybe slice into 18 big ones? Laughing

I've made these and my calories were still around 80 or so a piece...I'm assuming 7.22 was a typo :P, but if not please share your secret!!

Hungry-Girl came up with this recipe. And I agree, they are tasty and dense. I made mini cupcakes and couldn't leave them alone!

You can do the same thing, and NOT cook the brownies, and make "fudge" for the holidays too. Make sure to refridgerate.

haha omg x17star17x...thanks to your post I realized what I did wrong a YEAR ago...I made the hungry girl fudge and it turned out so nasty....it's because I baked it and not that it wasnt edible, but when you're expecting fudge and it's not it is disappointing!  I'm def going to try again this year doing it the correct way :)

Heh, I'm sure Hungrygirl is flattered, but substituting pumpkin for eggs in brownie mix has existed... well... probably since brownie mix. My mom used to do it way before Hungrygirl got Hungry; sometimes she'd use nonfat yogurt too.

I was in the store yesterday & saw "No Pudge" brownie mix that is basically the dry ingredients in any brownies, but the instructions say to use nonfat yogurt instead of eggs and oil.

It's all about marketing, right?

Healthier or lower calories ? Shoot, brownie mixes and cake mixes are full of sugar and additives.  Is it not possible to have a brownie, one real brownie the way it is meant to be cooked and enjoy ONE brownie ?  I took me a while to retrain my eating patterns and stop at just one.  If me, Miss Piggy (160 lbs. previously) could do it, I am sure you can to.  IF you want a lower calorie brownie, use egg whites and egg substitute, but it just won't be the same.  Try to retrain to eat just one serving/portion of sweet treats if you are actively dieting.  Once you have dropped all your weight, you are going to have start eating again in a healthier manner, so, doesn't it make sense to start tretrating the mind to eat right portions vs. some scary conconcotions of "healthy".  Brownies are brownies and not a pumpkininy mess.  It does get nasty.  No pudge brownies, ha, joke.  Yeah, "fat free" mix with fat free yogurt is NOT a brownie.  Just my opinion.  Learn portion control before callig someting "healthy" which is a lower calorie knock off. 

I have a box of Duncan Hines spice cake mix.  Yes you still get all the sugar that's in the mix, but you don't add the 3 whole eggs and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil.  Serving size is 1/12 of a box - 180 calories for the dry mix with 25 calories from fat.  Prepared according to package directions it's 270 calories with 110 calories from fat.

I did the math for a can of pumpkin.  With 3.5 servings per can at 40 Calories a serving, that comes to 140 for the whole can.  1/12 of a can would be 11.6 calories.

So the total for 1/12 of the cake or brownies or whatever would be 197, rounded up.  That's a savings of 70 calories.  Not much.

I don't know what it would be for a brownie mix.

I'm not a big fan of these cake mix concoctions because of the high sugar and the additives in the mix.  However, I'm about to make 12 cupcakes using the spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin because I'm really busy and need a dessert to share.  I'll just dust them with powdered sugar instead of icing.

okay, claire, a can of pumpkin 15 oz. is roughly 3.5 servings and 140 calories. oil and eggs using the recipie analyzer here in 1/3 cup oil and three large eggs is 857 calories.  Hmmm, lowfat, healthier ---? 140 cals for canned pumpkin vs. 857 cals for oil and eggs is quite a calorie savings.  If you like pumpkin (like me) use it  !!!   I adore pumpkin.  Like you for example like to use it making spice cake muffins for conveinience sake. It takes as much time to open a can of pumpkin and empty it as it does to measure some oil and crack eggs.  I tried that spice cake pumpkin before and the result was a very not good cake mix with gooey results.  Perhaps underbaking, I don't know.  Bottom line I am getting at is don't use the pumpkin so you can eat more because you "saved" like 700 calories using pumpkin vs. eggs and oil; I am simply saying things taste much better the way they are supposed to be made and eating the one serving.  "Moderation is key" in everything.  Have a great day : )

Oil/Eggs combo:

Calories 857 Calories from Fat 788 % Daily Value* Total Fat 87.6g 135% Saturated Fat 14.1g 70% Cholesterol 635mg 212% Sodium 210mg 9% Total Carbohydrates 1.2g 0% Sugars 1.2g Protein 18.9g Vitamin A 15% • Vitamin C 0% Calcium 8% • Iron 15% Nutrition Grade C- * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

 

1/3 cup oil (view) 3 large eggs (view)

Original Post by playergirl:

Healthier or lower calories ? Shoot, brownie mixes and cake mixes are full of sugar and additives.  Is it not possible to have a brownie, one real brownie the way it is meant to be cooked and enjoy ONE brownie ?  I took me a while to retrain my eating patterns and stop at just one.  If me, Miss Piggy (160 lbs. previously) could do it, I am sure you can to.  IF you want a lower calorie brownie, use egg whites and egg substitute, but it just won't be the same.  Try to retrain to eat just one serving/portion of sweet treats if you are actively dieting.  Once you have dropped all your weight, you are going to have start eating again in a healthier manner, so, doesn't it make sense to start tretrating the mind to eat right portions vs. some scary conconcotions of "healthy".  Brownies are brownies and not a pumpkininy mess.  It does get nasty.  No pudge brownies, ha, joke.  Yeah, "fat free" mix with fat free yogurt is NOT a brownie.  Just my opinion.  Learn portion control before callig someting "healthy" which is a lower calorie knock off. 

 I agree that sugar isn't "healthy" & low cal certainly doesn't mean "healthy," but brownies made with pumpkin are delicious. They're super fudgy.

I'd much rather eat a delicious fudgy brownie that is around 100 calories than a brownie that is around 400. I make trade offs. When I really want something fantastic for 400 calories I go to my pastry chef friends' restraunt for something more than a simple brownie.

okay carley, freshbakedpi (how did you get a name change?) I can appreciate your honesty ... you were honest.  I can also see the value of every calorie when actively dieting and the vues expressed by claire on calorie savings being null. Prepared packaged cakes/cookie/brownie mixes aren't made much "healthier" by using a fruit/veggie puree substitute; just lower in calories.

  Just for kicks, I checked the brownie mix I have in the cabinet.  It does have walnuts and suggests that the box makes 20 brownies ( I have yet to cut them that tiny, maybe 16 is what I get ) @ 120 dry or 170 prepared (with eggs and oil) calories.  So dry with pumpkin ( an entire can ), that is 127 calories, only a savings of about 43 calories vs. what it is made prepared with eggs and oil is 170 cals.  Assume that 16 is realistic in what is cut up turns the values to 213 cals with oik and eggs vs. 159 prepared with pumpkin, a savings of apprx. 54 cals.  Whoot!

   If at a party and brownies were all that was served, would a non actively dieting individual turn down a "real" brownie  or have that one peice or serving?  As for 400 calories, well, how big do you cut the brownies or how many servings would you have ?  - More than one.  100 calories, less than one.  That was my point.  Try having only one serving. 

I hope no one is offended too much and I'll get off my self proclaimed high horse.  Thank you for your honesty freshbakedpi and claire, I see your point as well. 

The brownies/cakes, etc ... I have tried substituting for lower calories made a lesser quality finished product.  That's just me; perhaps I just don't know how to cook/bake with substitues.  Personally, I don't want to sacrafice "quality" for a calorie number now and have only one serving of the real thing.

I'm not an "active dieter."  I'll never "go on a diet" again.  What I've done is change my bad eating habits for good ones that will last me the rest of my life, not just for now.  There will be no "going off my diet" because that's not how I think of it.  There is also no "cheating on my diet" because there is nothing to cheat with - I eat everything, just very small portions of the bad stuff.

I make almost everything from scratch and control my portions of the goodies.  If I'm served a dessert, I eat 3 bites and that's it.  It's worked so far, but my results may be too slow for some people.  My weight chart is in my profile along with a history of how I did it. 

I make awesom muffins but it's time consuming and requires careful, precision measuring, mixing, and baking.  Sometimes things need to be done in a hurry, but, as you know, that doesn't make them better.

You can apply for name changes! It's in the FAQ!

It's more than just calories for me... I'm not a total health/calorie nazi, but I have to limit sugar for medical reasons. I actually enjoy just pumpkin mixed with cocoa powder & stevia & microwaved. It's awesome! Not for everyone, for sure. But for me, it's just another way to eat vegetables. Why not? People put marshmallows on yams, you know?

Anyway, to each his/her own. I would never, ever ask my friend to use anything but the finest in her fantasmical pastries. For them, there is absolutely no substitute. Un/fortunatly I cannot have them often.

Sounds good, that pumpkin dish you microwave.  A new way to eat the pumpkin!  Yuk!  Marshmallows on yams - bah.

Much respect to you all.  I think I was referring to the general population (not those who can't tolerate fat/sugar/medical reasons) when writing.  All too often people mistake healthy with lower calories; not always the case. 

Again, much respect and thanks for the new pumpkin idea : )

really want healthier brownies?

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Black-Bean-Brown ies/Detail.aspx

I changed the recipe up though. I don't have oil in my house but EVOO and that wouldnt taste good. I used omega 3 Becel margarine instead. Used 1 teaspoon of Stevia instead of sugar (they weren't that sweet.) 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. Didn't add the chocolate chips but did use 1 semi sweet square of Baker's chocolate, shaved. Add 1/2cup to 1 cup of walnuts! I liked them but my friend said they were bad. I didn't taste the beans really but she 'definitely' could. she's nuts.

I made them again and really changed the recipe. Used egg substitute instead of eggs, stevia again, margarine again, walnuts again, and added ground flax seed, and protein powder. Cut into 9 it was 125cals, 4g healthy fat, 11 carbs (5g fiber), and 6g protein - roughly as I don't completely remember. Think I under cooked them though.

  

I was following another Black Bean Brownie recipe that called for ricotta cheese, which I didn't have so vanilla lf yogurt was substituted and eliminated the milk. Didn't have the pudding so used 1/4 c cocoa and used egg beaters.  My mess of 32 brownies calculated to 55 cal each and taste pretty good to me.

If pumpkin takes the place of egg and oil, I'm going to try that with the beans for sure.

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