By Brooke Griffin


How many times have your kids begged you to pick up Cosmic Brownies at the store? No longer do you have to balk at the decision, because we’ve got a healthier copycat recipe you can make at home! You’ll choose these sweet, skinny treats every time over Cosmic Brownies. At only 142 calories (compared to 273) and 11 grams of sugar (compared to 23.5), you won’t need any more convincing.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15-18 minutes


    1 egg

    ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

    ¼ cup canola oil

    ⅓ cup skim milk

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1 cup whole-wheat white flour

    ½ cup cocoa powder

    ½ cup sugar

    ⅛ teaspoon salt


    2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

    3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips


    Preheat the oven to 350° F, and spray a small square (9x9-inch) or rectangular (7x11-inch) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

    In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, applesauce, oil, milk and vanilla.

    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.

    Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula, until completely moistened and combined.

Evenly spread the brownie batter in the prepared dish. The batter will be very thick and fudgy at this point. Make the top as smooth as possible with the rubber spatula.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

When cooled, cut into 12 even squares.

To make the ganache: In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the almond milk for 15 seconds, or until hot.

Add the chocolate chips and stir together until melted and smooth. Allow to rest and thicken for about 5 minutes. Evenly pour over the cooled brownies. Top with candy-coated chocolate.

12 servings | Nutrition Facts based on 1 brownie

Calories 142 | Fat 7g | Cholesterol 15mg  | Sodium 37mg | Fiber 3g | Carbohydrates 21g
Sugar 11g | Protein 2g  | Smart Points: 6