No Pudge! Original Fat Free Fudge Brownie Mix copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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No Pudge! Original Fat Free Fudge Brownie Mix

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In 1995 pediatric nurse Lindsay Frucci discovered a way to make chewy, fudgy brownies without any of fat. Today you can find her brownie mix boxes in thousands of grocery stores and specialty markets throughout the country. All you have to do is add some nonfat vanilla yogurt to the dry mix and bake. The brownies that emerge from your oven are good, but the mix can be pricey. One box of No Pudge! Fat Free Fudge Brownie Mix will set you back around four bucks, which seems like a lot when you consider that boxes of regular brownie mix from larger brands such as Pillsbury or Duncan Hines contain similar ingredients but sell for roughly half that. So I spent a week burning through gobs of cocoa, sugar, and flour in hopes of discovering an easy way to re-create that tasty mix at a fraction of the cost of even the cheapest brownie mix on the market. After much trial and error, I finally nailed it.

I tried many batches with Hershey's and Nestle's cocoa, but eventually decided the best widely available unsweetened cocoa powder for the task is the stuff made by Ghirardelli. Before you assemble this clone recipe, you'll also want to track down baker's sugar, which is a superfine sugar, and some powdered egg whites (health foods stores or cake decorating suppliers carry this). Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and when you're ready to make the brownies, simply mix in 2/3 cup of nonfat vanilla yogurt, just like with the real thing. In 34 baking minutes (same as regular minutes, but they seem much longer) you'll have one plate of amazing fat-free chocolate brownies ready to eat.

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Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/3 cup cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups baker's sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 1/2 cup Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons powdered egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
To make the brownies
  • 2/3 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
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      1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and store in a dry place until you're ready to make brownies.

      2. To make the brownies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

      3. Spray an 8x8-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray.

      4. Combine 2/3 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt to the mix and blend with electric mixer for 1 minute, until the batter is smooth and shiny. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 34 minutes. Cool and slice into squares.

      Makes 16 brownies.
      Tidbits: The finished brownies freeze very well. Just slice the brownies and store them in zip-top plastic freezer bag in your freezer. Thaw for 10 to 15 minutes before eating and they taste as good as when they were just baked.

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Score: 5.00. Votes: 5
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Jun 2, 2009, 22:00

These are the best brownies I have ever had!

Mary Ellen
Sep 2, 2008, 22:00

I have had the original and these are exact! This is delicious and easy. I can't wait to make Christmas presents from it and no one will know it is fat free.

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