Heart Healthy Dessert

Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

Desserts and sweet treats don’t have to be off limits if you’re aiming for a heart healthy diet. Consider trying fresh fruit with low fat whipped topping or sugar free fruit sorbet. If you’re in the mood for something chocolate and decadent, then consider making these yummy brownies. Reduced-calorie butter, low fat cream cheese, and a calorie-free sweetener are the secret to making this fudgy treat become your new go-to dessert. Each square yields just 127 calories and 2.8 grams of fat per serving. Enjoy!


• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie stick margarine, softened
• 1 large egg
• 1 large egg white
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
• Cooking spray
• 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
• 1/4 cup “measures-like-sugar” calorie-free sweetener
• 3 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk


Preheat oven to 350°.

Beat sugar and margarine with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, egg white, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour and cocoa, beating well. Pour into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray.

Beat cream cheese and sweetener with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add milk; beat well. Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate mixture; swirl together using the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 squares.

Tip: Don’t use reduced-calorie or fat-free tub margarine in this recipe because those products contain water, which will make the brownies gummy.

Recipe courtesy of Health.com

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