Baking with Children Easy Low-Calorie Brownies

Baking with Children Easy Low-Calorie Brownies

You can whip up a batch of brownies in no time! The ingredient amounts are very easy to remember and since these brownies are made with cocoa powder they're nice and low-calorie.

Ingredients: one 18 cm tray

Cake flour
100 g
Margarine (unsalted if you have it)
100 g
Light brown sugar (or white sugar)
100 g
Cocoa powder
50 g
Vanilla oil (or vanilla essence)
a few drops


1. Line a brownie tray with baking paper.
2. Melt the margarine in a microwave (this usually takes about 3 minutes).
3. Add the cocoa into the margarine a little at a time and mix until smooth.
4. Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and whisk them for 3 minutes.
5. Gradually mix the sugar into the eggs well.
6. Add the vanilla oil to the eggs and sugar, then pour the cocoa mixture from Step 3 into the bowl too. Combine well.
7. Sift in the cake flour.
8. Then fold in the cake flour using a rubber spatula.
9. Pour the brownie mixture into the pan and even out the surface (the mixture should be quite firm). Bake the brownies in an oven preheated to 160°C for 25 minutes.
10. Once the brownies have cooled, cut them into slices and serve.
11. I think that these brownies are relatively sweet, but since they're made with just cocoa they may have quite a mature flavour.
12. When I take these to children's parties I usually coat them in white chocolate that's been melted in a bain-marie.
13. I also sometimes cover them in chocolate sprinkles.
14. Unsalted margarine is ideal for this recipe but lately I've found myself using a low-calorie spread that's been on offer at the shop.
15. For my friends with a sweet tooth, I tend to add 50-70 g non-melt chocolate chips into the mixture as well.

Story Behind this Recipe

I found the original recipe for these brownies in a children's recipe book. Since then I've modified bits and pieces and have been making these brownies for over 15 years now. I use it a lot for when I have to bring something to parties or when baking for my kid's kindergarten outings.