Eat your brownie and lose weight, too!

By: Aug 08, 2012
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If you are a fan of Dr. Oz, you already know that he’s a big fan of the Butt-Busting Brownie recipe.

It’s what diet fantasies are made of and it will seem like an oxymoron as it rolls of your tongue. Fortunately it’s all the rage and so when you tell people that you lost weight eating brownies, nobody will consider locking you away where nobody can hear your absurd utterances. In fact, if you are a fan of Dr. Oz, you already know that he’s a big fan of the Butt-Busting Brownie recipe.

There are few ingredient substitutions from your usual brownie recipe, some of which might have you scratching your head but it’s these ingredients that will help you lose the weight you have been having trouble shedding. You may remember the cayenne pepper diet? No? It’s the one Robin Quivers – Shock Jock Howard Stern’s sidekick lost a ton of weight using. Although it may seem crazy to drink a cayenne pepper juice, on the face of it, it really isn’t – well provided that you add some protein and vegetables to your diet.

Two culprits we women can blame on why we gain weight and hold on to it are: slowed metabolism, which means that things like sugar and fat have a greater chance of making it to our problem areas (hips, butt and thighs) and hanging on for dear life. Cayenne pepper raises metabolism naturally, and the other important ingredient, cinnamon, helps metabolize sugar, which keeps the female body from storing fat. By combining the two, you burn fat quicker, and whatever fat lingers flees the scene before it has a chance to become one with your butt!

To bust your butt the brownie way, you’ll need a few things:

  • A food processor (a blender will work in a pinch)
  • 13x9 casserole dish
  • Wax paper
  • Rubber spatula
  • 2 cups of cacao powder (that’s what chocolate is before it’s chocolate)
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of low fat milk 
  • 2 cups of raisins
  • 2 cups of oats

In your food processor or blender, combine the cayenne, cacao, milk, raisins and cinnamon until they’re puréed, and then forms a smooth paste. Add your oats to the mixture, and quickly pulse it so they’re distributed but not crushed.  Place the wax paper into the bottom of your casserole dish and with your spatula smooth the mixture onto the wax paper. Place in the refrigerator (no, not the oven), until it is firm. Cut into one-inch squares and serve.

If you are having difficulty with the idea of eating a no-bake brownie, here is an alternative recipe:

  • A food processor or blender
  • 13x9 casserole dish
  • Rubber spatula
  • 2 cups of cacao powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of soy, almond or rice milk (for a little sweetness, use vanilla soy)
  • 2 cups of raisins
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 2 teaspoons of agave syrup
  • ¼ cup of whole wheat flour (only needed if your mixture is too much like batter. Flour adds thickness, without altering the flavour).
  • Some people add a sugar substitute to give it more sweetness

Preheat the oven to 350? F/176?C. This time, you will combine all the ingredients except the flour and oats. After you have the same smooth paste as with the above recipe, add the oats and pulse just long enough to incorporate but not crush the oats. Add little bits of flour to get the consistency you need. Smooth into your casserole dish then bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let your brownies cool. Cut into one-inch squares and serve.

Nutritional Information
The most exciting part about these recipes is that you can all of this yummy goodness for extremely low caloric price of… 52 calories per serving! Other nutritional information includes:

  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 5 mg
  • Total carbs: 12 g
  • Dietary fiber: 2.0 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Total Fat: >1 g

Can you think of any other circumstance where you can have your brownies and eat them, too?