These low calorie fudgy Hershey brownies will knock your socks off.
You might want to save this recipe to your low calorie dessert indulgences. Because this recipe is so delicious and satisfying but won’t cost you 300-400 calories that a usual brownie does.
Yes, you saw that right. Each of these brownies only has 60 total calories per brownie!
Read on to learn how to make them yourself at home.
Why You Will Love These Low Calorie Fudgy Hershey Brownies
- Only 60 calories per brownie!
You seriously will not believe that these brownies only have 60 calories.
They have even less calories than the low calorie keto box mix brownies you can buy in the store.
- One bowl recipe
No mixer required here. This recipe comes together in no time.
I always jump for joy when I see that a recipe is a one bowl recipe with no mixer required.
Yes, I get excited when I do not have to lug the mixer out, wash the bowl and attachments, and then lug it back.
That might make me lazy, but I love mixing batters by hand.
This recipe only requires a bowl and a spoon, that’s it!
- Real Hershey’s chocolate
This recipe uses genuine Hershey’s chocolate inside. I only use Hershey’s cocoa powder when baking.
This recipe uses the Special Dark version to ensure that you get a very chocolately dark fudgy brownie.
You do not have to use the dark chocolate cocoa powder though if you don’t want to.
If you want to use regular cocoa powder, feel free to do so.
- No box mix required
I personally do not like boxed brownie mixes AT ALL. I just feel like they never end up tasting the same as homemade brownies do.
I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but I can always tell when a brownie comes from a box mix.
Not these! These brownies are homemade but with a healthy low calorie spin.
The ingredients in these brownies are pretty easy to come across. You might already have some or most of the ingredients laying around with the exception of a few.
- Unsweetened apple sauce
Unsweetened apple sauce is the base of this recipe. It only contains 100 calories in a single cup and has no added sugar.
Unsweetened applesauce is a great replacement for butter in baking recipes. It helps keep the brownies moist without the added calories and fat.
- Swerve artificial sweetener
Artificial sweeteners are a game changer for me.
I like swerve because it does not give any funny after taste. You also can get many different varieties of swerve such as confectioners, brown sugar, and regular granulated, all at zero calories per serving.
- Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
I love using Special Dark cocoa powder. It gives that deeper chocolate flavor and color that you just do not get with regular cocoa powder.
I definately recommend using the Special Dark cocoa powder in this recipe over regular.
- 1 egg
I do use one egg in this recipe for structure, moisture, and texture.
Let’s face it, eggs are healthy. A normal sized small egg only contains 80 calories. When divided amongst the serving sizes of this recipe, that only accounts for about 7 calories per serving.
- Vegetable oil
I do use a very small amount of vegetable oil in this recipe, which ends up adding up to 10 calories per brownie.
We want a moist brownie, not a dry brownie.
If you really want to save on calories, you can try the recipe leaving out the oil and see how it comes out for you.
- All purpose flour
This recipe uses a very small amount of flour. This adds up to about 10 calories per brownie that comes from flour.
- Baking powder
The baking powder used in this recipe is used just to provide a little bit of lift to the brownie, but not much.
You do not need anymore than the amount called for in the recipe. You do not want the brownies to rise TOO much, as we want to keep them moist and fudgy.
- 1 regular sized Hershey chocolate bar
What is a Hershey’s fudgy brownie without the…well….Hershey bar.
I use the Hershey bar divided up into its 12 pieces just to add on top out of the oven.
This adds about 16 calories per brownie.
If you want to leave this off to save on calories, by all means go ahead! It’s your brownie after all. I do like the chocolate on top though.
How To Make Them
This is a very simple recipe to make.
The first thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 375 degrees and prepare your pan by either spraying it with a light spray of non-stick spray, or line just the bottom with parchment paper.
Next, put your one cup of applesauce into the bowl and add the artificial sweetener. Mix until combined.
Next, add your egg and mix until fully incorportated. You can also add your oil now too and mix this in until fully incorporated.
Now it is time for the dry ingredients.
Add your 1/4 cup of flour, baking powder, and Special Dark cocoa powder to the bowl and mix until fully incorporated and no streaks of flour remain.
There is no need to overmix. When the batter comes together and there are no lumps of flour and everything is merry, you’re good.
Transfer the batter to your pan and bake for 18-20 minutes.
The brownies are done with puffed slightly and they look set. A toothpick should come out with just a couple crumbs on the end.
You do not want to overbake these brownies. It is perfectly fine if they are a tiny but underbaked. They will continue to bake a bit after you take them out of the oven.
Let the brownies cool completely. You want to avoid cutting these brownies while they are warm as they might not cut as easily.
Cut into 12 equal pieces and now you can enjoy!
Tips For Success
- Use a smaller pan for thicker brownies
This recipe uses a 7×7 cake pan because since the amount of batter the recipe makes is a tiny bit smaller than a normal brownie recipe, I want to end up with a thicker brownie.
Of course, if you do not have a 7×7 cake or brownie pan and only have an 8×8 or bigger, you can still make these, they will just not be as thick.
It’s best to use the smaller pan if you have one for the best end result.
- Don’t skip on the egg
Unless you are absolutely allergic to eggs, I would not leave out the egg in this recipe.
The egg is responsible for adding a richness and some moisture to the batter.
I have not personally made this recipe yet without the egg, but typical recipes use two eggs so we are saving calories by only using one egg.
- Don’t forget to add the baking powder
This recipe only requires a teeny tiny amount of baking powder so it might be easy to forget to add it in.
But, the baking powder is important in this recipe because it requires a tiny bit of lift to the brownies when baking, but not too much that theyre super cakey.
- Don’t overbake the brownies
These brownies should not take any longer than 22-23 minutes to bake.
If you overbake them, they might end up being hard or dry.
Take the brownies out of the oven when they are set and a toothpick comes out with just a couple crumbs on the end.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I freeze these brownies?
These brownies can be frozen. You can freeze these brownies up to 2 months.
I would not freeze them past two months as the texture might be affected by long freeze times.
Can I make these brownies even lower in calories?
Of course you can! You can make any alterations to this recipe you want to. If you want to save on calories, the first thing I would do is exclude the chocolate bar on top.
You can also try making the recipe without the oil or egg, although I have not personally tested this.
One other thing you could do is sub out a different type of flour such as almond flour or arrowroot flour.
Do these brownies need to be refrigerated?
No, you do not need to refrigerate these brownies. They will be fine on the counter at room temperature as long as you keep them covered and sealed.
If you plan on keeping them on the counter past a few days, you can refrigerate them to keep them fresher longer, but refrigeration is not required.
Other Low Calorie Recipes to Try: Low Calorie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Low Calorie Sour Cream Vanilla Cake
Low Calorie Fudgy Hershey Brownies- Only 60 Calories!
- 1 bowl
- 1 7×7 cake pan
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup Swerve artificial sweetener granulated use whatever you like
- 1/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder or whatever kind you like
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 Hershey bar I used a Special Dark bar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare pan with non-stick spray or parchment paper.
- Add applesauce and artificial sweetener to bowl.
- Mix until combined.
- Add egg and mix until fully incorporated.
- Add oil and mix until completely incorporated.
- Add your 1/4 cup flour, Special Dark cocoa powder, and baking powder to bowl and mix until fully combined. Do not overmix.
- Transfer batter to pan and bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs.
- After brownies cool completely, cut into 12 equal pieces.
I really think you’re going to love these brownies. They’re very fudgy and oh so chocolately.
It is great to be able to enjoy a brownie and have it be not so guilt inducing. No guilt here!
If you tried out this recipe, let me know how you liked it in the comments!