Bittersweet, soft and rich, chocolate fudge brownies are a popular dessert item. Brownies are very high in calories and fat, and are best left as an occasional treat.
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One cup of butter, four 1-oz. squares of unsweetened chocolate, 2 cups of white sugar, four eggs, 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 2 cups of chopped walnuts make 12 brownies, each of which contains 374 calories, including 198 fat calories.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends limiting your total fat intake to 30 percent of your total daily calories, and your saturated fat to 7 percent. For a 2,000-calorie diet, this works out to about 66 g of total fat per day and about 15 g of saturated fat, according to the Mayo Clinic.
One chocolate fudge brownie contains 22 g of fat, 13.3 of which come from saturated fat. This means that it contains one-third of the total daily fat recommended for the average person and nearly all of the saturated fat.
For healthier brownies, replace the eggs with eight egg whites or 2 cups of egg substitute, reduce the sugar by one-quarter and substitute the butter for 1 cup of applesauce.