When you need something sweet, these Weight Watchers Brownies are perfection. Dark chocolate is my preference when it comes to chocolate anything, and these are just so good! Pair this with a cup of tea at the end of the day.
I don't really care for milk chocolate, so when I found this recipe for brownies in an old Weight Watchers cookbook, I thought it would be so much better with dark chocolate chips.
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, pineapple bits, orange flavoring, and so much more. It's crazy!
Besides the decadent flavor of dark chocolate, it's usually more healthy, containing less fat and sugar than milk chocolate. The 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 brownies come out to 6 Weight Watchers Points per serving. Simply save a few calories throughout the day so you can have a sweet treat at the end.
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.
What You Need for Weight Watchers Brownies
You'll need an 8-inch pan to make this exact recipe. Be sure to read why you should use Ghirardelli chocolate chips!
The other ingredients are items you probably have in your fridge and pantry, like eggs, flour, salt, vanilla, and sugar. I don't always have light margarine, so that is one to add to your list if you have everything else. I usually have all the other ingredients, including chocolate chips.
Recipe for Weight Watchers Brownies
Scroll all the way down to see the exact measurements for ingredients as well as detailed instructions.
Preheat your oven to 350º.
Prepare an 8-inch pan with nonstick baking 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 until approximately three times the volume.
Continue to beat adding in vanilla and salt.
Stir in margarine.
Stir in flour until mixture is smooth.
Slowly stir the melted chocolate into the bowl.
Gently stir 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 you don't overbake.
Cool in the pan on a rack so heat doesn't continue to cook the brownies.
Best Chocolate for Weight Watchers Brownies
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.
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.
Can You Freeze Brownies?
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?
Another thought is to deliver a batch of dark chocolate brownies to a friend who needs some cheer. Making more batter is easy. and once the batter is made, it's simply baking another batch.
More 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 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 recipes for Weight Watchers desserts right here at Food, Fun & Faraway Places. In fact, I even have a list of just Weight Watchers chocolate recipes!
So many people are on other plans that don't allow bread, and I could never do it long term.
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!
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 brownies. Enjoy!
- 3/4 C dark chocolate chips
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 C margarine, reduced-fat
- 3/4 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Saturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 5g