I loved a lot of things about attending BYU—the boys, hiking the Y, weekly devotionals, the boys—but one of my favorite things about BYU was the famous BYU mint brownies.
They featured a decadent chocolate brownie topped with fluffy mint frosting and creamy chocolate frosting. My metabolism was better then so I could get away with eating three or four mint brownies in one sitting. Now I can get away with about half a brownie.
But oh, how I love food, especially baked goods and especially all the baked goods you can find during the holiday season like double chocolate crinkle cookies, salted caramel butter bars and old-fashioned iced oatmeal cookies.
My hips love them too, which is why I'm game (more game than in years past) to try substituting sweetener alternatives for the sugar in baked goods like these low(er) calorie BYU mint brownies.
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Though not as rich and decadent as the original recipe, there is still a ton of delicious chocolate flavor in the brownie and more than enough sweetness in the frosting and ganache. Plus, the walnuts (optional) add a bit of protein making this almost as good a snack as a my favorite protein bites.
I'm totally kidding. Protein bites are definitely a healthier choice, but if you want (need) a dessert fix, these Splenda-fied BYU mint brownies are better for you than the full-sugar version.
If you're feeling like the holiday food fates are conspiring against you, SPLENDA® can help with your weight management efforts by reducing calories from full sugar. Swapping one cup of sugar with one cup of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener (Granulated) can save more than 600 calories.
In this BYU mint brownie recipe, I replaced 2 full cups of sugar with SPLENDA®, which means I saved 1,200 calories. If you do the math—and divide the brownies into 24 squares—you're saving 50 calories per serving. Leave out the nuts (1 cup chopped = 800 calories) and you're saving another 33 calories per serving.
That means you can have seconds and not feel the slightest bit guilty.
Printable recipe for low(er) calorie BYU mint brownies below. If you're not concerned about sugar and/or calories and want 2 full cups of sugar, go for it. I won't judge...though I may come over to try a bite or two.
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup baking cocoa
- 2 T honey
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated (or regular granulated sugar)
- 1¾ cups flour
- ½ T baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 5 T unsalted butter, softened
- Dash of salt
- 1 T light corn syrup
- 2⅓ cups powdered sugar
- 3 to 5 T milk
- ½ tsp mint extract
- 1 to 2 drops green food coloring
- 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 cup)
- 6 T salted butter, cut into 6 pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
- Melt butter over medium heat; whisk in cocoa. Allow to cool.
- Add honey, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in nuts.
- Pour batter into pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.
- Beat butter, salt, corn syrup, powdered sugar and 3 T milk. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Beat in mint extract and food coloring. Add more milk gradually until the consistency is a little thinner than cake frosting.
- Spread mint icing over brownies. Place brownies in freezer for a short time to stiffen icing. Remove from the freezer while preparing ganache.
- Combine chocolate chips and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds; stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring after each, until chips are completely melted.
- Spread ganache gently over mint frosting.
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