Friday, January 12, 2018

New Year, Same Old Me

by Aunt Bess from Honey-Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson

Do y'all make New Year's resolutions? I don't. I gave them up years ago when I decided I'm not so bad just as I am. I've made it 82 years just fine, thank you very much. And if I take a notion, I might just go 82 more.

If you look at my boards on the Pinterest, then you probably have an idea of how much I like my desserts. That said, it wouldn't hurt me to cut back a teensy bit after overindulging over the holidays.

It's a good thing for me that my great-niece Amy Flowers, who runs the Down South Cafe, has a whole lot of recipes--even ones for healthier dessert options. Now, I have to admit, that when Amy brought these up to the house, I thought they were just brownies. Then after I bragged about how good they were, Amy told me they were only 95 calories apiece.

So, here's the recipe (she got it from Delish) so you can make your own "healthy" brownies:

Healthy Makeover: Brownies


1 tsp. instant coffee powder or granules
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ c. all-purpose flour
½ c. unsweetened cocoa
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
¼ c. trans-fat free vegetable oil spread (60% to 70% oil)
3 large egg whites


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 8" by 8" metal baking pan. In cup, dissolve coffee in vanilla extract.

On waxed paper, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

In medium bowl, whisk sugar, vegetable oil spread, egg whites, and coffee mixture until well mixed; then blend in flour mixture. Spread in prepared pan.

Bake 22 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in brownies 2 inches from edge comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on wire rack, about 2 hours.

When cool, cut brownies into 4 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 4 squares. If brownies are difficult to cut, dip knife in hot water; wipe dry, and cut. Repeat dipping and drying as necessary.

Happy New Year to all of you from all of us in Winter Garden!


  1. I love Aunt Bess and her Pinterest boards! My favorite—People I’ve Outlived!

  2. They do sound so yummy. I bet they are as delish as your books are amazing.

  3. These brownies sound delicious!! I always use unsweetened applesauce in place of oil in mine.

  4. The brownies sound great & I'm a big fan of your books.