How To Lighten Up Your Brownies

by How To Mommy on 04.13.11

Ever since having the Black Bean Brownies, I’ve been craving a “healthy” new brownie recipe.

Well ladies (and gentlemen), I have found it. Cheesecake Brownies. Doesn’t sound healthy, right?

It is! Instead of the eggs and oil you use pumpkin!

I know…adding a vegetable and taking out the fat. I’m in.  Here’s the recipe:

Cheesecake Brownies


  • 1 (18 ounce) box Pillsbury Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 6 ounces fat free cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Splenda granular (see note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon powdered french vanilla fat free non-dairy coffee creamer (see note 2)
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (see note 2)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ X 13″ baking pan by coating it with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix and pumpkin. Stir until completely blended (the mixture will remain very thick).
  4. Using a spatula, spread batter into pan and set aside.
  5. Dissolve powdered coffee creamer in the water.
  6. Combine softened cream cheese with Splenda, coffee-creamer mixture, and vanilla extract. Mix vigorously until completely blended, smooth and lump-free.
  7. Spoon cheesecake mixture over the brownie batter, and use a knife to swirl it into the batter. (Don’t worry if your swirl isn’t perfect — your brownies will taste delicious no matter what!)
  8. Place pan in the oven, and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow to cool, and then cut into 16 pieces.

*Note 1* I don’t like using Splenda in recipes for the kids, so I replaced this with 1/6 cup (just don’t fill the 1/4 cup all the way) Agave Nectar. It’s an all natural sweetener.
*Note 2* If you have liquid sugar free/fat free coffee creamer, use 2 tablespoons, omitting the powdered creamer and water. Also, you can omit this and just add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

I hope you enjoy these brownies as much as I do!  Let me know what you’ve done to lighten up your dessert recipes!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ava @ Lipstick and Rattles April 13, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Thank you for visiting! I need to try this recipe , looks really good. Following back from the blog hop.


2 Kelsi @ Modern Mom Redefined April 13, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Hi there! I love your site!!! I can’t wait to try this, YUM! I’ve been looking for something that both my hips and my lips agree on!! =)

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3 Chrissy April 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Cute Blog! I’m a new follower! I would love for you to stop, take a look at my blog, and follow back as well! Thanks!


4 may April 18, 2011 at 2:01 AM

nice blog,following you from blog hop.hope you you follow me back at.
looking forward to read more of your post.thanks


5 Elizabeth @Our Life October 20, 2011 at 8:25 AM

I can’t even talk about how good these look…. I think I know what we are having at our house this weekend!!


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