One diet that has been proved to be one of the best around at the moment is Slimming World. Both my mum and nan have been on this for the past few months and you can already see amazing results. Although you are allowed 'syns' -things which aren't so good for you, the equivalent of Weight Watchers' 'points'-, they try to have as few as possible. So, as Christmas came and went and the healthy routine returned, the tin of leftover chocolates became a diet 'no-go-zone'.
Despite the discovery that they could have 4 flying saucer sweets for 1 syn (our house is full of them now), the craving for chocolates amidst the post-Christmas blues remained. I searched around and found a recipe for these low-fat chocolate brownies.
The main thing is swapping the sugar for a sucralose-based sweetener, and using whisked egg whites as a light raising agent. Here are the ingredients:
- 6 eggs (separated)
- 150g Splenda (or other sweetener)
- 60g cocoa powder (not hot chocolate)
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- Fry Light
First of all, preheat the oven at 180ºc, spray a baking tin with Fry Light and line it with greaseproof paper. Then whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks, sweetener, vanilla essence and cocoa powder. Try to use a good quality cocoa powder as it makes up in taste for the lack of sugar. Whisk it until it is all combined well. The mixture can get quite tough- if this happens keep adding bits of the egg white until it becomes smoother and easier to whisk. Next, gently fold in the rest of the egg whites, pour into the tin and bake for 25-30 minutes.
|Not sure how many syns 'reindeer' are.|
When done and left to cool, I made a frosting to go on top. For this I used 4 tbsp of Quark (free on the Slimming World diet), 2 tbsp of cocoa powder, 2 tbsp of sweetener and 1 tsp of vanilla essence. Although the icing is of course optional, when on the brownies it is virtually free of syns so you may as well take advantage!
This mixture made roughly 25 brownies when cut into fairly small squares, making each one 0.5 syns on both a red day and a green day- hardly anything seeing as you're allowed 5-15 syns per day!
Although brownies still can't be deemed good for you, this is probably the closest you'll get, especially on a diet. But for half a syn per brownie with icing, it's a far healthier way of suppressing a sweet-tooth on this Slimming World diet without using up all of your daily syns.
Happy New Year!