The Story Behind the 1 SmartPoint Brownies (and the recipe too)

IMG_1938I have a serious sweet tooth. It’s a real problem, and I totally blame it on growing up in the ’80s when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considered fat to be a far greater evil than sugar (insert eye roll here).  Anyhow, a fat free culture was born in my youth; which is really just another way of saying that we became a bunch of sugar addicts. Thinking back on it, my most memorable “fat free” food was SnackWell’s Devil’s Food Cookie Cakes. Back then, SnackWell’s were considered innovatively healthy cookies because they were (and still are) fat free. Sadly, it wasn’t until much later that anyone paid attention to the amount of sugar in them, or in anything else for that matter.

So I was saying, my sweet tooth game is strong. I can go toe to toe with the best of them. A bag of potato chips is completely safe in my cupboard for months. I can leave salty snacks totally untouched. But good lord, do not let me near a container of Nutella because I don’t stand a chance.

With this knowledge about myself, I was on a mission to find something that that would completely satisfy my sweet tooth without sabotaging my weight loss goals this past holiday season. In November 2017, I came across a recipe on epicurious.com for “37 Calorie Brownies.” I thought to myself, “self: this sounds too good to be true, but it’s worth a shot.”  I proceeded to make the 37 calorie brownies and followed the epicurious.com recipe to a T. They were good, but they called for some ingredients that I don’t use very often (e.g., skim milk, Stevia) and their taste and consistency was just slightly off for my liking. So I played around with the recipe for a solid two months, and finally nailed it last week.

While I am not the creative genius behind the 37 Calorie Brownies, it was the epicurious.com recipe that was the starting point for my 1 SmartPoint Brownies. In the past couple months, I’ve seen a bunch of Weight Watchers friendly brownie recipes on Instagram. I’ve seen Zero SmartPoint recipes and other 1 SmartPoint recipes using protein powder, black beans and diet soda. But in my most humble opinion, my recipe is the original 1 SmartPoint Brownies recipe and it’s the absolute best!

As I’ve played around a bunch with all different ingredients, I feel really strongly that the ingredients listed here are the best ingredients to use. Therefore I do not recommend using substitutions of any kind.

If you make my 1 SmartPoint Brownies, please tag me @theunfrostedcupcake on Instagram and let me know how you like them!

xoxo, Danielle

The Unfrosted Cupcake’s 1 SP Brownies Recipe

Servings: 9

Serving Size: 1 brownie


  • 1/2 cup Quaker 100% natural whole grain old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Ghirardelli 100% unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup Swerve granular sugar replacement (buy on Amazon)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch fine grain Himalayan pink salt
  • 3/4 cup Fage Total 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Califia Farms plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 111g (single serve container) Mott’s plain unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 whole egg
  • PAM butter flavor nonstick cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Spray an 8 x 8 glass baking dish generously with PAM butter flavor nonstick cooking spray and set aside
  • Pour all dry ingredients into a blender and blend on high speed for at least one full minute (note: you want the old fashioned oats to become oat flour)
  • Add all remaining (wet) ingredients to the blender and blend together until all ingredients are mixed well (note: use a spatula to scrape the sides of the blender a few times)
  • Pour the brownie batter mixture into your 8 x 8 glass baking dish
  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the center is solid or a toothpick comes out clean (note: do not over-bake as the edges will burn)
  • Let brownies cool completely before cutting into 9 serving

Each brownie is 1 SmartPoint.  Enjoy guilt free!