I adore homemade sweets, but sometimes at-home bakers need help due to time and budget. And no one needs the help more than moms. Unfortunately, the ease of a box mix often comes with extra sugar and calories. This adds a challenge to the “keep your kids healthy” mantra. So when the health-conscious woman I babysit for baked brownies last night, I immediately wondered what mix she used.
Rather than reaching for Duncan Hines or Pillsbury, she paid a little extra for Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Brownies. At only 130 calories per serving (100 calories less than the typical mix), these treats provide the perfect cure for a chocolate craving.
Now of course, I wondered whether this was too good to be true. After all, many fat-free desserts turn out dry and flavorless. But by requiring yogurt instead of eggs and oil, Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Brownies maintain their moistness. The other thing that makes this the best box mix: you can make individual servings to avoid a brownie binge.