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Diet Cherry Soda Brownies

Fat and I have a love/hate relationship. I love fatty foods, because who are we kidding, everything tastes better with fat in it. But I hate the judgmental Thanksgiving-day marks my jeans seem to create on my belly after a day of eating all the things. All the THINGS!

To curb the cravings of fat-food and shame I found myself filtering through an unending list of Pinterest Pins where Kelly’s Diet Coke Brownies kept popping up. I heart me some Kelly. Darling is my healthy alter-ego, and in a perfect world I would have summoned all the knowledge, ability and willpower to crave all veggies and healthy all the time and dash these chocolate and carb cravings to the wind, much like she has in the most graceful and sassy of ways.

But I just love my chocolate. So of course, I was drawn to these brownies like a drug sniffing dog on a stash.

Too much? Well, that’s about the best way to put it. And they couldn’t be more simple. Two ingredients, whisk, bake, devour. It doesn’t get easier than that.

Required ingredients – 1 12oz. Diet Coke, or in my case Black Cherry Jones and 1 box Low-Fat Brownies Mix. Done.

The first try of these, with the Sugar Free mix, was an utter disaster. *stares blankly ahead* Sugar-Free brownies in themselves sound like an atrocity against human decency. Sorry to any diabetics out there… But it’s the ultimate of culinary oxymorons.

After cooking them an additional 7 past the required time the bottoms were left with a gelatinous goo on the bottom that didn’t resemble anything known to this world…They weren’t runny or seeminly underdone, just off.

*Confession* : I ate about 1 row of these before I decided it was what could only be described as a miserable failure and had to slide the whole lot into the trash and sulk in this diet baked good sadness… But don’t worry - I tried again.

After my third run to the stores of my own (no this is not an exageration…) I finally FINALLY found a Low-Fat brownie mix at Target. Why that wasn’t my first choice, don’t ask. It’s Target, they have everything… I went home and made these again with much greater success.

So into the large mixing bowl went the one box of brownie mix, and one 12oz bottle/can/vessel of soda. Mix, pour into greased 8×8/9×9/13×9 pan and bake according to package directions plus 5-10 extra minutes for good measure.

And Viola!

On top of the cherry soda brownies, it only seemed appropriate to make a Soda Fountain-esque dessert out of it – complete with whipped cream and a cherry on top.  These brownies were divine. They’re fluffy but not dry, caky but dense and fudgy as soon as they meet your tongue. It was a perfect win. These brownies don’t slice worth a damn, but just spoon a bit out of the pan and devour promptly. PMSy fabulousness.

The cynic in you will be pleasantly surprised. I promise. No more judgmental Thanksgiving tummy marks here!!

Remember: 1) Use Low-Fat brownie mix. 2) Sugar-Free brownies are a crime against baking. That is all.

Diet Cherry Soda Brownies

2 ingredients recipe for fudgy brownies for the chocoholic dieter.

Yield: 12 Brownies

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 Minutes

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Ingredients:

1 12oz. Can Diet Cherry Soda
1 box Low-Fat Brownies Mix

Directions:

Preheat oven according to brownie package directions. In a large bowl, whisk together can of soda and brownie mix until smooth. Pour into lightly greased or sprayed baking pan and bake according to package directions, adding an additional 5-10 minutes so toothpick comes out clean when inserted into brownies.
Allow to cool in pan, slice/scoop and serve with whipped cream and cherry on top for a soda-fountain like baked dessert.

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24 Responses to “Diet Cherry Soda Brownies”

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 17, 2012 @ 3:20 am

    2 ingredients…Seriously?! I don’t usually roll with boxed mixes (God that sounds so snooty, sorry) but I could definitely get on board with this! Cherry soda is my weakness. I never drink soda but if cherry coke is an option, I don’t even have to think twice.

    • Megan replied: — April 17th, 2012 @ 3:24 am

      It’s not snobbish at all. They’re always good, never fail (unless it’s sugar-free mix apparently), but I always prefer my own cake recipes to a box. This was just too easy not to try hahah Half the pan is gone… Fine, 3/4. :)

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    Baking Serendipity — April 17, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    My mom made those low fat brownies for so long…until she discovered there was trans fat in them and freaked. I like the idea of cherry soda involved though!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 17, 2012 @ 4:50 am

    Oh my – what a combination. Like Gina said, I’m not really into box mixes either but I will definitely give this a try! :)

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    Kathryn — April 17, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    I’ve made low fat brownies before with mayo rather than eggs/butter and they were surprisingly delicious. Love the idea of the cherry flavour here.

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 17, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    Seriously… mix and soda? Awesome. So doing this… like with in an hour after I run to the store.

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — April 17, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    I’ve always been curious about the soda cakes and brownies – I think you’ve just given me the final shove I need to actually do it :)

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 17, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    I admit I’m not huge on diet soda, but I’m with Sally above me – I adore the idea of adding soda to brownies (or other baked goods). Think a saspirilla would work in brownies? hmmm…cherry cola will probably be better. :)

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    Emily @SageRecipes — April 17, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    These are perfect for when you need a quick dessert! They look so light and fluffy!

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    Cassie — April 17, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    This is just too brilliant. Cherry and chocolate is flavor perfection. I love you for this!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 17, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    What a hilarious recipe and a delicious looking result! I’ve been seeing these here and there but part of me belives it’s too good to be true! Time to get in my kitchen and find out for myself!

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    DessertForTwo — April 17, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    Sounds wonderful! Have you ever tried Peas and Thank You’s double chocolate, single chin brownies? So yummy too!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 17, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Kelly is the best! Such a great blog, wish I had her will power.
    And I’m with you on the anti-sugar-free brownie sentiment. A way long time ago I was all about Splenda (NOOOOO longer) and a guy friend of mine who hates splenda said, “They call if Splenda because that damn aftertaste Splend-a-long time in your mouth!” Truth.
    BUT, This look so good, they wouldn’t Splend-a-long time in my kitchen before begin devoured.

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    Maureen — April 17, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    Seriously?!?! Couldn’t you make something with 20 ingredients so I would NEVER be tempted to make it? ;-) I am pretty sure I have both ingredients hidden in the back of my pantry waiting for me to use them!

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    Kat — April 18, 2012 @ 1:05 am

    I LOVE that you rocked the box mix. True story: The Family Secret Brownies are a box mix from ALDI with 1/2 bag chocolate chips stirred in and then you frost them with chocolate frosting from a can while they’re still hot.

    Honesty. I have it.

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    Amrita — April 17, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    Two things brought me here – Cherry Soda and brownies!

    And yes yes, we all like to make our own cakes from scratch and they’re healthier tastier and what nots and whatevers, but sometimes a cake box is the answer to all the problems. Especially when those times involve late nights, girl talk, chocolate cravings and cherry soda.

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    katie — April 18, 2012 @ 5:08 am

    YUM! I never thought to use soda. These look too easy and too tempting!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 18, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    What a great idea with the cherry flavor! I am a sucker for brownies and cherry coke. I am trying these very soon!

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    Kelly — April 18, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    These look fabulous!!!! I bet diet cherry is amazing and so glad they turned out!! :)

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    Kirsten — April 18, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    Girl, you are killing me with these! My favorite low-fat brownie mix is called No-Pudge and you make it with yogurt. LOVE. I always keep a box in case of emergencies. Totally going to try it with Diet Dr. Pepper.

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    katie@thehillcountrycook.com — April 23, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    oooohhhh loving this! This could have endless possibilities!!!! Gotta try this for a quick chocolate fix!!

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    Barb — February 9, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

    I am so trying these! Also love your sense of humor!

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    Courtney — May 21, 2014 @ 6:10 am

    We do a 2-ingredient box mix brownie using a can of blackbeans. Dump the whole can into a blender without draining, purée that, then stir into a box of brownie mix. So easy and I swear you don’t taste the beans!!

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