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How to Lower the Fat in a Brownie Mix

author image Jennifer Loucks
Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
How to Lower the Fat in a Brownie Mix
Substitute applesauce for the oil in brownies to make them healthier.

Lowering the fat content of a brownie mix lets you can enjoy an occasional brownie while following a diet or watching your calories. Substituting part or all of the oil in a brownie mix makes them lower in fat, and leaves you feeling less guilty after having one for a treat. This healthier version may alter the texture, making them puffier and not quite as chewy, but the lower fat and calories are worth taking the time to adjust the mixture.

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Step 1

Read the package instructions for making the brownies to determine the amount of oil required.

Step 2

Substitute one-half of the oil with no-sugar added applesauce for reduced-fat brownies, or replace the full amount of oil with applesauce for low-fat brownies.

Step 3

Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to combine. Pour the batter into an oiled cake pan and bake according to the package instructions.


Step 1

Determine the amount of fat and number of eggs required to make the brownie mix.

Step 2

Substitute 1/2 cup of fat-free yogurt for 1/2 cup of oil and two eggs. Adjust the amount of yogurt to match as the oil and egg requirement as close as possible. For example, substitute 3/4 cup of yogurt for a mix that needs 3/4 cup of oil and three eggs. This substitution does not work for baking in a microwave, or “light” brownie mixes.

Step 3

Mix the ingredients with a spoon, until combined. Pour the brownie mix into a prepared pan and bake using the package instructions.

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