Lowfat Kumquat Brownies

Lowfat Kumquat Brownies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

In my house, we love fruit. And in my baking, I love to sneak it into my goodies. And the family always loves it! You can never go wrong with hidden vitamins in pastries and baked goods! I realize I’m shouting, but this is exciting!

Lowfat Kumquat Brownies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My favorite substitution is applesauce in cake mix.

Lowfat Kumquat Brownies | Famished Fish, Finicky SharkQW

But we’ve had an abundance of kumquats at our house this season. So crazy me decided to throw those into some baked goods too! Brownies in particular.

Lowfat Kumquat Brownies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And after pureeing these sweetly bitter citrus fruits into pulp, I discovered they were a perfect consistency to use as an applesauce substitute for the oil in my brownie mix!

Lowfat Kumquat Brownies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My husband said these were the best brownies he’s tasted. Something about combining citrus and chocolate is just perfect. And they were so moist with a deliciously fudgy consistency.

Lowfat Kumquat Brownies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay, so I threw away the package to this brownie mix and I have no idea what the ingredients were or the bake time, but just follow along the package directions of your brownie mix of choice (we used Betty Crocker), skip the oil and add 1 cup of pureed kumquats (seeds removed) instead. You’ll still use the eggs and water that is called for on the package. Follow the baking directions as noted and viola!

Lowfat Kumquat Brownies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

That’s really all there is to these citrus spiked brownies. And a generous dusting of powdered sugar, of course!

What is your favorite fruit to throw into your baked goods?

You may also enjoy Vegan Carrot Raisin Cookies

Get Mugged by Chocolate-Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug

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I’ve been mugged. By chocolate and mug cakes and brownies galore. Mug cakes are all the rave right now. Mix a few things in a mug and zap it for a minute or two in the microwave and get a delicious treat out of it?! Sure! I’m especially into testing out the many protein mug cakes for my finicky shark for a great breakfast treat. I’ve seen a few on Instagram I can’t wait to try!

Maybe these mug creations were inspired from the simple microwave lava cake mixes and muffins that are famously sold in grocery stores. Either way, I’m pretty hooked. I came across this super simple brownie mug recipe on Pinterest while looking for a gift ideas for my sons’ teachers. Of course, after calculating the nutrition on this and recipe testing, I came to the conclusion that applesauce works great in this recipe, as well as scaling it back in half! So one great recipe and crafty idea from Pinterest turned into these yummy Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug.

Quick Ingredients:
2 Tb all purpose flour
2 Tb granulated sugar
1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tb semi-sweet chocolate chips
pinch salt
1 Tb unsweetened applesauce
1 Tb water

On a side note, if you mix a whole lot of this for gift giving as I did, measure 1/3 cup, plus 2 Tb mix and add 1 Tb each of applesauce and water for each mug brownie.

First get your ingredients together.

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Next, mix them all inside a  microwave safe mug. None of that fancy stuff with gold foil trim, this brownie will cause enough sparks to your taste buds.

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If you are feeling daring, sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top of the mixture.

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Microwave this on high heat for 60 seconds. This will get you an almost lava like consistency. For a slightly firmer brownie, but just as fudgy, make it 90 seconds.

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Dust it with some powdered sugar. You know you want to.

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And scoop some out for a fancy bite.

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Or run a knife around the inside of the mug and turn it over on a plate so you can dress it with some whipped cream. Oh yum!

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Now for my craftiness…I wrote on some mugs with a Sharpie Oil Based Pen, then I baked the mugs for 30 minutes at 350. Make sure you get the oil based or ceramic pens because regular Sharpie will stay on in the dishwasher, but it will rub off after a soak in the sink, go figure. But for a quick Christmas gift, it can work on a short time schedule with no time to shop for ceramic pens. Which is what I did-doh! (But I went back for the good pen after the holidays and it works like a charm!) After that I made a quadruple batch of brownie mix, placed it in a zip bag with instructions, shoved that into the mug, topped it with a 4 oz container of applesauce and topped that with a fresh mug brownie. Then I wrapped it up with plastic wrap and viola-gifts for teachers. See, don’t you just love Pinterest?

Finicky shark tips? My boys have requested these several times since first making these 6 days ago! Two fins up!!

Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 1

Per Serving 244 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 52 g

Protein 3 g

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Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 7

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tb all purpose flour
  • 2 Tb granulated sugar
  • 1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tb semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tb unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tb water

Instructions

  1. In a microwavable mug, whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Add applesauce and water and mix well.
  4. Microwave for 60-90 seconds, depending on desired consistency.
  5. Garnish as desired with powdered sugar or whipped cream.

Notes

Microwave this on high heat for 60 seconds. This will get you an almost lava like consistency. For a slightly firmer brownie, but just as fudgy, make it 90 seconds.

What are you wrapping for your child’s teacher this Christmas?

You may also enjoy Hot Coco Cocoa or Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies