Friends of Lemon Sugar Series: More Fudge Less Pudge Brownies

I am excited to bring you the first of many guest posters on Lemon-Sugar!  Erin at The Spiffy Cookie is an amazing cook, baker and person.  She’s a lot of fun to read, follow and has a ton of fabulous recipes on her site.  I mean, cake batter puppy chow?!?  Are you kidding me?  Amazing. I’m honored to have her contribute today, and ask that you all go pay her a visit and tell her I sent you.  Thanks again, Erin – take it away!

Hello Lemon Sugar readers! To confuse you my name is also Erin, but I hail from The Spiffy Cookie and I am very luck to be guest posting here today. I recently tried her Gnocchi with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce and it became an instant hit. Then after seeing her Peanut Butter Cookie Cupcakes and Blueberry Muffins with Maple Butter, I could only hope that my post could hold her normal readers’ attention.

Have you ever heard of No Pudge brownie mix? It’s a quite delicious mix which only requires the addition of a carton of fat free vanilla yogurt, and viola you have fat free brownies! For a no-fat brownie they are pretty awesome too – nice and fudgy. As a result they quickly became my favorite boxed brownie mix, especially when adding toppings or other goodies mixed into the batter. Makes me feel less guilty when I shove Reese’s peanut butter cups inside.

Unfortunately, grocery stores around me stopped carrying this brownie mix. I haven’t the slightest idea why because I bought it on the reg. Guess fat free brownies don’t have much of a place in the South(?). As a result, any time I am out of town and find boxes lingering at other grocery stores I stock up. In desperate times I have even contemplated purchasing a stock-pile from Amazon. But then one day I found a recipe for homemade No Pudge brownies.

This homemade version is as close to a replica as I could have hoped for. I think they may be even better since they were made with whole wheat flour. Oh how I love making homemade versions of store-bought items. This means I no longer have to demand grocery store outings whenever I am visiting friends in other cities!

Now that I have an unlimited supply of fat-free brownies at my finger tips, what are your favorite mix-ins or toppings for your brownies? Sometimes I like to just spread a little peanut butter straight out of the jar on top. Or Nutella. Or Biscoff. Or any other nut butter known to man, or yet to be invented because there are varieties popping up all the time. So spread on brownie + nut butter lovers.

In case you were unaware, Erin and I are both dessert contributors to at the beginning of every month. Be sure to check us out!

More Fudge Less Pudge Brownies
Yield:  16 brownies

3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (all purpose flour can be used)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups fat free vanilla yogurt (I used Chobani Greek Vanilla Yogurt)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8-inch pan with nonstick cookie spray, set aside.

2. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add in yogurt and vanilla. Stir well to combine. The mixture is fairly dry and thick, and will take a bit of work to fully combine.

3. Spread evenly into prepared baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool then enjoy!

Source: Adapted slightly from Love From The Oven.

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  • Pru @ Perfecting Pru

    These look so, so good.

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    They used to stock the No-Pudge-Fudge in my college grocery store! I feel like I would probably counteract the “health” by dumping a ton of candy and/or chopped-up cookies in these…but hey, baby steps, right? 😉

  • Renee

    These look delicious. Moist and chocolaty!!! Yay for less pudge :) BTW, cute site!!!

  • Living The Sweet Life

    Fat free brownies – – Erin, you’re KILLING ME!! These look fantastic.

    Also, Lemon Sugar … your blog is gorgeous :) It’s been added to my daily reading list.

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    @Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray Oh I totally love adding all sorts of full-fat things to these brownies.

  • Baker Street

    Great to see Erin here! These brownies are to die for!

  • Tracey

    I’ve never tried the No Pudge mix, but this homemade version looks pretty fantastic – especially smeared with a little peanut butter :)

  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    Now I know what pudge means. Nothing :) At least I don’t feel stupid any more.

    Lovely to meet you Erin. If Erin says you’re a great cook, I certainly believe her. I’m off to have a wander through your blog.

    Can’t wait to try these brownies!

  • Emily

    I have seen those mixes in the store but never tried them out. Didn’t know the magic was in the yogurt. So glad to have a “real” recipe. I am going to see if my husband will be able to taste the difference.

  • Gina

    Love your blog! New follower, please follow back, Thanks