A brownie recipe from The Office’s Jenna Fischer

The Office is my favourite sit com. Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam Beesly, receptionist-turned-sales-rep, was the cover girl for Self magazine’s February ’09 issue. Read all about Jenna and the magazine’s get-healthier-and-happier challenge she participated in.

There’s also behind the scenes video of her photo shoot and of the brownies she baked in mini muffin cups, plated with rose petals and brought to the shoot.

Here’s her brownie recipe prepared in an 8-inch square pan.

Double Chocolate Brownies

(Makes 12 brownies)

Butter-flavored cooking spray
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8 x 8 inch non-stick baking pan with spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, using a sturdy whisk or spatula, mix applesauce, vanilla, egg whites and sugar until well combined.

Add flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder and salt. Stir mixture until it is just combined and no lumps remain. Pour it into the prepared pan. Sprinkle chips evenly over the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry (a few crumbs are okay), about 20 to 22 minutes.

Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Cut into pieces.

Nutrition Information: 88 calories, 2 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat, less than 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 133 mg sodium

Tip:
* Adding espresso powder makes these brownies richer and more chocolatey tasting without adding calories.

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