My name is Lindsay Frucci and I am a brownieholic. I love thick, fudgy, chewy brownies. I hate fat. In my food or on my hips, fat is something I like to live without. Since most thick, fudgy, chewy brownies are loaded with fat this created quite a problem. Were brownies without guilt a possibility? In January of 1995, I decided to try and find out. Since my family and I had already tried and rejected several commercially available fat free brownies (they either tasted like fruit or had no taste at all), I decided to see if I could come up with my own fat free brownie recipe. During the next few weeks, I made and threw away more pans of brownies than most people make in a lifetime. Fortunately, we were having some remodeling done on our home at the time and the two builders who were doing the work were only too happy to be my "official" taste testers. They took their mission very seriously, carefully evaluating every batch of fat free brownies for taste and texture. By the time the remodeling was done, I had a recipe for fat free brownies that were chewy, very rich and fudgy, and, best of all, FAT FREE I knew that I wanted to turn the recipe into a company, but with a background that included pediatric nursing and being a Mom, I had absolutely no idea how... Enter my local SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) office. There, I was incredibly lucky to be connected with two wonderful gentlemen who had had extensive experience in the food industry. With their expertise and guidance, No Pudge! Foods was begun. FAT FREE Original Fudge Brownie Mix first appeared on the shelves of a few New Hampshire stores in August of 1995.
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Pure Cane Sugar, Unbleached Wheat Flour, Dutch Cocoas, Egg Whites, Cornstarch, Wheat Gluten, Natural Mint Flavor, Salt & Baking Soda.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray an 8 x 8 inch metal baking pan with cooking spray. Put mix in large mixing bowl. Add 2/3 cup (5-1/3 ounces) nonfat vanilla or french vanilla yogurt (you can use plain yogurt, just add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract as well) and mix to blend. The batter will be very thick. Once the dry mix is incorporated, stir well for about a minute until the batter is smooth and shiny. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 34 minutes. Yield: 12 to 16 brownies. 1. High Altitude Directions: Increase oven temp slightly to 360-365 degrees F. Add 2 tablespoons of flour to the mix and mix per package directions. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. 2. If you like your brownies more cake-like reduce the yogurt to 1/2 cup (4 ounces) and add 1 egg white. Bake as directed. 3. Lactose intolerant or simply out of yogurt? Try substituting 2/3 cup of applesauce, fat free sour cream, silken tofu or soy yogurt for the 2/3 cup of vanilla yogurt. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, mix and bake per package directions. 4. Tips for cutting: When the pan is no longer hot, stick it in the fridge until chilled. Then run a sharp knife or pizza cutter under Hot water and cut, rinsing under Hot water after each cut. Single Serving Recipe: The brownies are so rich and fudgy that you're afraid you might eat the whole pan in one sitting? No problem. Make them one at a time using our single serving recipe. In a small, microwaveable container, mix 2 tablespoons of your favorite No Pudge! mix with 1 tablespoon of fat free vanilla yogurt. Stir until smooth and shiny and then pop in the microwave and cook on High for 1 minute. Top with fat free whipped topping or frozen yogurt for a delicious treat!
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