Okay… so maybe my “Better Than a Boyfriend Brownies” were just too good, but your body can’t afford the unhealthy ingredients? Here’s my modified version of the brownies, so you can be single AND skinny! Healthy substitutes for the most unhealthy ingredients~


  • 1 cup of Stevia instead of 1 cup of Sugar

The original recipe calls for 2 cup of sugar. However, substituting 1 of the cups of sugar for Stevia (since it is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar), provides just enough sweetness while not hindering taste (Leslie Beck). Stevia is a no-calorie sweetener and is also more natural for a healthful, sweet, taste so your brownies still taste just right!

  • all natural peanut butter in place of dulce

Peanut butter is a rich source of protein and is also filled with nutrients such as vitamin E, decreasing risk of heart disease as it dissolves fatty acids. Also filled with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, peanut butter lowers cholesterol (Organic Facts). Plus, who doesn’t love a good chocolate + peanut butter mix? Reese cups are my absolute favorite!

  • Canola Oil, not butter

Substituting Canola Oil in place of butter is a healthier option as it high in “good fats” and lowest in “bad fats” (Jenn Dyck). Canola oil is very low in saturated fat levels. Since Saturated fats raise LDL in your body, canola oil is a much healthier option instead of butter because LDL needs to stay low (Canola Council). Canola oil also has zero trans fat, promoting healthy cholesterol levels. Substituting Canola Oil for butter was probably my hardest switch up since Paula Deen and my mother have always been sticklers for some butter in EVERYTHING, but I honestly couldn’t tell a difference in using Canola Oil instead of butter…but I know my body is much happier!


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, cream together Canola Oil, Stevia, sugar and brown sugar for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Swirl in 4 ounces of peanut butter into batter. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour, cake flour, cocoa, and salt until mixed together.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into 9 x 13 pan and spread evenly.
  6. Bake for 28-36 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Servings 16.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18 g 28 %
Saturated Fat 5 g 23 %
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 47 mg 16 %
Sodium 1275 mg 53 %
Potassium 177 mg 5 %
Total Carbohydrate 43 g 14 %
Dietary Fiber 3 g 13 %
Sugars 29 g
Protein 4 g 8 %
Vitamin A 1 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 3 %
Iron 10 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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