Last Updated on September 29, 2020 by Corinne Schmitt
Loyal readers know that I am entrenched in a friendly game of recipe tag with Susan at Organized 31. For the past month we have been going back and forth with new cookie recipes. We decided to move on to brownies and Susan’s first batch was a healthy makeover of packaged brownie mix. So, in response, I’m doctoring my own box of brownie mix and pairing it with one of my favorite brownie accompaniments—peanut butter.
I know, these brownies look ridiculously indulgent. My original, non-healthy, recipe is indeed decadent. However, with a few tweaks, this version has almost half the calories, 1/3 the fat, and less than half the sugar. The healthy version also boasts 4 grams of protein per brownie, and more calcium and fiber than the decadent version.
The Secret To Making Healthy Peanut Butter Brownies
The secret to “healthifying” the brownies is to substitute egg whites for the eggs and avocado for the oil. I replaced the peanut butter frosting that I usually make with butter, powdered sugar, and peanut butter with a lighter, fluffier version made from Fiber One 90 Calorie Instant Pudding (lower calories, more fiber and more protein than regular pudding mix), Cool Whip, and Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter.
Healthy Peanut Butter Brownies
- 1 box Betty Crocker brownie mix
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 egg whites
- 1 ripe avocado mashed
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 2 1.1 oz pkgs Fiber One Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
- 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup Cool Whip Lite
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray bottom of 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- In large bowl, combine brownie mix, water, egg whites, and avocado. Stir until mixed well. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 24-26 minutes at 350°. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
- In large bowl, mix milk and pudding mix until well blended. Add peanut butter and mix well. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread pudding mixture on top of brownies. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of frosting layer.
- Cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.
9 thoughts on “Healthy Peanut Butter Brownies”
Thanks so much for sharing your post at the Pintastic Pinteresting Party. These look delicious and it is very hard to believe they can be healthy. I don’t think I had ever heard of substituting avocado for oil. Very interesting. Of course, my favorite way to eat avocado is to cut it in half, remove the pit, grab a spoon and dig in! Love it. Thanks again.
Those look amazing! Thanks for sharing this post on our Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party. I can’t wait to see what you share next week with us!
I didn’t know Fiber One had pudding. A great way to sneak in avocados! I’d have to make it during the week when my son wasn’t there so he wouldn’t know what was in these brownies!
I actually think the healthy version sounds better! I can’t wait to try this recipe and I’m pinning to my “Healthy” board. Thanks for sharing!
I wouldn’t have believed these were healthy until I read the ingredients! Great list of ingredients and I love that they are “secret”!
Just make sure you really mash up that avocado. The riper the avocado, the better, since it will break down more completely. My son is very suspicious if he spies anything green in there!
These look delicious! What a great idea to substitute avocado for the oil. Have to try it out.
These look delicious and will be a much easier “sell” to my kiddos. Does this mean that I’m tagged back already?!
Yes, you’re tagged, but don’t rush! I don’t know how many “healthy” brownie versions I’m going to be able to come up with.