Cream Cheese Brownies
Ohh baby! I'm not gonna lie, I think I've out done myself with these guys. As I'm sure you guys know by now, I have a huge sweet tooth. It was the main reason why I gained 30 pounds after I retired from competitive swimming in my late teens/early 20's.
After I started macros I started to get really complacent with the food I was eating. It was easy, trackable and familiar. After I had been tracking for about 6 months, I started to get confident enough to branch out and create my own recipes. Mostly desserts, to be honest. Then today, as I was prepping some things for a Memorial Day BBQ, I thought it would be nice to make a dessert for all my friends. 90% of us track macros, so I wanted to make something that was decently healthy and include the macros on one of my favorite treats, so here you go!
The cool ingredient in these brownies is a chocolate Kodiak Cake mix. Almost an entire bag. (400g to be exact if you wanna get fancy with numbers.) I subbed out sugar for Splenda, brought in coconut oil and I even splurged and used FULL FAT CREAM CHEESE. I know. I know. But, that means you could use 1/3 less fat and make these macros even better!
Alright, enough dilly dallying! Lets get to the goods!
(For brownie mix)
- 400g Kodiak Cake Mix, chocolate
- 2 eggs
- 2T coconut oil
- water to desired consistency
(For cream cheese filling)
- 8oz cream cheese
- 1C Splenda
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix brownie mix, eggs, oil and water in a bowl until batter consistency is reached.
- Grease a 9x13 pan and pour batter in.
- Put cream cheese in a stand mixer and beat for 30 seconds until smooth.
- Pour in sugar and cream until smooth.
- Add in egg and vanilla, beat for 2-3 minutes until a smooth frosting is formed. (This process takes a little longer with Splenda. Be patient!)
- Dollop cream cheese into brownie mix and stir in slightly with a knife. This creates the really pretty marble pattern we all love!
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until brownies are cooked through and cream cheese has set.
This recipe makes 12 servings! Macros per serving: