This Weight Watchers Brownie recipe is perfect when you need something sweet, and the calories are lower than traditional brownies.
Dark chocolate is my preference when it comes to chocolate anything, and these are the perfect chocolatey treat!
Pair this with a cup of tea at the end of the day. Prefer a cookie, instead? Choose a couple from this list of Weight Watchers cookies! This Weight Watchers snack is my favorite.
🖤 Why We Love this Recipe
First of all, the preparation time for this great brownie recipe is just 20 minutes. That's a win!
I don't really care for traditional milk chocolate brownies, so when I found this recipe for amazing brownies in an old Weight Watchers cookbook, I thought it would be so much better with dark chocolate chips.
Besides the decadent flavor of dark chocolate, it's usually more healthy, containing less fat and sugar than milk chocolate.
The WW Points are still the same either way, so if you prefer milk chocolate, you can certainly replace it with your preference. Just be careful to count the extra points if you choose something with nuts or fruit.
These dark chocolate Weight Watchers brownies come out to 6 Smart Points per serving, or 3 Points if you use Stevia or Monkfruit sweetener for a low sugar version.
Watching your point values throughout the day is a healthy way to make you can have a fudgy brownie at the end. Learn more about the Weight Watchers program here.
In fact, unless I'm having a really low point day where it doesn't matter, splitting one serving of these dark chocolate brownies in half is all I really need, and I can save 3 points. Win-win.
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- Ghirardelli Dark chocolate chips
- Vanilla Extract
- Light margarine
The other ingredients are items you probably have in your fridge and pantry, like eggs, all purpose flour, salt, and sugar.
Be sure to read why you should use Ghirardelli chocolate chips to make dark chocolate Weight Watchers brownies!
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Weight Watchers Brownie Recipe
Scroll all the way down to see the exact measurements for these sweet treats as well as detailed instructions.
Preheat your oven to 350º.
Prepare an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or use parchment paper. This 8 inch paper with handles makes it easy to remove the brownies!
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler over water that is simmering.
Once the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and gently stir until smooth.
In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar on high for about 7 minutes until approximately three times the volume.
Continue to beat adding in vanilla and salt.
Stir in margarine with a wooden spoon.
Add flour to the wet ingredients and stir until the mixture is smooth.
The most important ingredient in Weight Watchers brownies; slowly stir the melted chocolate into the bowl.
Gently stir until well combined.
Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. Make sure to smooth the top so it's an even layer.
Bake 20 minutes. Check with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, they are done. Keep checking so you don't overbake.
Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack so heat doesn't continue to cook the brownies.
Best Chocolate to Use
Everyone has their reasons for their favorite chocolate, but according to Cook's Illustrated, the best baking chocolate is Ghirardelli Chocolate Bittersweet Baking Chips. These chips are slightly bigger so they give more chocolate in every bite of these Weight Watchers brownies.
When choosing a dark chocolate bar, Ghirardelli also was the favorite. These chips are the same chocolate that is used in the chocolate bar - just easier to distribute in baking.
Just walking down the aisle of your grocery store where they stock chocolate can lead you down a rabbit hole. No longer are there just Hershey bars like when I was a kid.
Now you can buy chocolate with pepper, coffee crunch, pineapple bits, orange peel, and so much more. Why not add one of those flavored chocolates for a twist? Though delicious, this will increase the Points value.
For ideas that won't change the Points, try these brownies with an extract to change up the flavor.
Peppermint extract would be fun over the Christmas holidays and won't add to the Points. You could even top with crushed up sugar free candy canes.
Strawberry extract would be delicious and you could add a slice strawberry on top. You could do the same thing with blueberry extract.
Pick up a variety of extracts so you always have them on hand.
You can reduce the Points by using a sugar substitute. Try Stevia in place of real sugar. The amount is 1 teaspoon of Stevia for 8 teaspoons of sugar, so you would only need 3 teaspoons of Stevia. It's plant-based and my go-to for sugar replacement. You can also try Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener. I've tasted this and like it, but I'm not sure about the ratio. Some say it's 1 to 1, and others say 2 to 1. Try it in a glass of iced tea or coffee to see what you think. It's also natural. Both will reduce the Points to just 3 per serving.
You can absolutely freeze these brownies! In fact, this bag of chocolate chips is easily enough to double or even triple the batch. The price is great, so why not stick a batch or two in the freezer to pull out another day or when you have company?
You could deliver a batch of Weight Watchers brownies to a friend who has a love of food and needs some cheer.
Making more batter is easy. and once the batter is made, it's simply baking another batch.
More Delicious Weight Watchers Recipes
You'll find a lot of Weight Watchers recipes on this site. As I've said before, when you write about travel and food, everywhere you go your hosts are asking you to try everything...and I do! The problem is that when I get home and get on that scale, yikes!
I just go back on the Weight Watchers Points plan. With so many fantastic recipes out there, you don't have to think about what to eat.
When it comes to dessert, these brownies really hit the spot. But you'll find over 30 Weight Watchers desserts recipes right here at Food, Fun & Faraway Places. In fact, I even have a list of just Weight Watchers chocolate recipes! I have a bit of a sweet tooth!
Start the day with this list of Weight Watchers breakfast breads. I love bread, like these mixed berry scones that are just 5 Points!
So many people are on other plans that don't allow bread, and I could never do it long term.
Try these Weight Watchers Wraps for an easy lunch you can take to work. The Thai Chicken Wrap is my favorite!
Speaking of chicken, for dinner, you can choose one of these delicious Weight Watchers chicken recipes like the ultimate comfort food, Weight Watchers Chicken Pot Pie. It's a fantastic recipe the whole family will love.
For seafood lovers, this is the best Weight Watchers shrimp recipe! For those of you who crave pizza, we've got Weight Watchers pizza recipes - and you've got to take a peek at these Weight Watchers Italian recipes! So yummy!
If you're more in the mood for soups, you can whip up this Moroccan Chicken Soup or use your Crockpot to make this Slow Cooker Chili.
You can even serve up Weight Watchers appetizers at a party! Remember, these are just better for you recipes that everyone will love.
I can't wait for you to try these Weight Watchers brownies. Enjoy!
More Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes
Dark Chocolate Brownies
- ¾ C dark chocolate chips
- 4 eggs room temperature
- ½ C sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ C margarine reduced-fat
- ¾ C all purpose flour
- Preheat your oven to 350º.
- Prepare pan by spraying with nonstick cooking spray
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler over water that is simmering.
- Once the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and gently stir until smooth.
- In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar on high for about 7 minutes and approximately three times the volume.
- Continue to beat adding in vanilla and salt.
- Stir in margarine.
- Stir in flour until mixture is smooth.
- Stir the melted chocolate into the bowl until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake 20 minutes. Check with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, they are done. Keep checking so not to overbake.
- Cool in the pan on a rack so heat doesn't continue to cook the brownies.
This post first appeared on Food, Fun & Faraway Places in April 2021.
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