It's the time of year when we long for those fattening comfort foods. But when you're trying to win at weight loss, is the guilt worth the pleasure? On the Dec. 24 episode of "The Doctors," Lisa Lillien (also known as "Hungry Girl") explained how to have your comfort foods and lose weight too with her recipe makeovers.
Lisa says that the key to guilt-free comfort food is simple: Swap out fattening ingredients for diet versions. The recipes that she demonstrated are from her book "Hungry Girl to the Max!: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook" (click for details).
“For those of you who don’t know, brownies are my guilt food!" Dr. Travis confessed to Lisa. She used her Death by Chocolate Brownies recipe as an example of how to swap ingredients. In it, unsweetened canned pumpkin provides moistness and texture in place of butter. In addition, Lisa uses diet versions of chocolate pudding and chocolate syrup. The result: While one traditional brownie can contain as much as 300 calories, Lisa's version has just 174 calories.
• 1 sugar-free chocolate pudding snack with 60 calories or less
• 1/3 cup chocolate frosting
• 2 tablespoons light chocolate syrup
• 1 box moist-style devil’s food cake mix (15.25 to 18.25 ounces)
• One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
• 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
3. In a medium bowl, mix pudding, frosting and syrup. Cover and refrigerate.
4. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix cake mix, pumpkin and chocolate chips. (Batter will be thick.) Spread mixture into baking pan.
5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
6. Let cool completely.
7. Evenly spread pudding mixture over brownies.
8. Refrigerate until topping is set, about 15 minutes.
9. Slice and enjoy! (Refrigerate leftovers.)
Serving size: 1 brownie
• 174 calories
• 4g fat
• 288mg sodium
• 33.5g carbs
• 1.5g fiber
• 19.5g sugars
• 2g protein