Made with whole-wheat flour, these decadent-tasting brownies have a beautiful marbled cheesecake topping. Cutting them into bite-size pieces helps to keep the calorie count in check.

Marialisa Calta
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2004


Recipe Summary

2 hrs


Cheesecake topping
Brownie layer


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 7-by-11-inch brownie pan or baking pan with cooking spray.

  • To prepare topping: Place cream cheese in a small mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and beat until smooth. Add egg, flour, yogurt and vanilla; beat until well blended.

  • To prepare brownie layer: Whisk whole-wheat flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl. Place egg, egg whites and brown sugar in a large bowl and beat with the electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add oil, coffee (or tea) and vanilla; beat until well blended. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed just until well blended, stopping once to scrape down the sides.

  • Scrape about half of the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Slowly pour the topping evenly on top. Drop the remaining brownie batter in large dollops over the topping. Draw the tip of a sharp knife or skewer through the two batters to create a swirled effect.

  • Bake the brownies until the top is just firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Coat a knife with cooking spray and cut into 24 bars.


Make Ahead Tip: The brownies will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. (Alternatively, bake brownies in an 8 1/2-by-12 1/2-inch foil pan, wrap well and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.) Bring to room temperature and cut into bars shortly before se

Ingredient Note: Dried egg whites are convenient in recipes like this one because you don't have to figure out what to do with 4 egg yolks. Look for powdered brands like Just Whites in the baking aisle or natural-foods section or fresh pasteurized whites in the dairy case of most supermarkets.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

100 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 16.2g 5% DV; dietary fiber 1g 4% DV; sugars 12.4g; fat 3.7g 6% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 3.5mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 39.8IU 1% DV; vitamin cmg; folate 1.6mcg; calcium 9.6mg 1% DV; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 10.3mg 4% DV; potassium 47.3mg 1% DV; sodium 50.1mg 2% DV; thiaminmg; added sugar 12g.

Reviews (19)

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  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
Outstanding brownies Wow! Made these - and they're GONE. I did change it a bit - for Cocoa powder - I used 1/2 Cocoa and 1/2 Dark Chocolate powder. Will definitely keep these on the DO MAKE AGAIN List! thanks Pros: Healthy flavorful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used the third less fat cream cheese and dark cocoa powder instead of the unsweetened cocoa powder. These are really good! I made them for a Memorial Day BBQ no one could tell they were actually good for you! To get the real flavor of the topping warm first makes a big difference. I couldn't stop eating them. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made these Memorial Day using the Splenda and Splenda brown sugar substitute for us. They were delicious! Very moist and chocolatey they were absolutely perfect. I've made other brownies using the substitutes that my husband loved but this one he said was the best of all! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Really nice but canola oil said to be poisonous to humans! Lovely idea and recipe. They work really well with gluten-free flour too- very healthy in fact! In terms of the above use (preferably 100% pure) olive oil!;) Pros: very nice with cheesecake as well as brownie Cons: Canola oil is poisonous to humans! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made a batch of these brownies today and they were so good! I will definitely make these again. The whole-wheat flour gave them a bit chewier texture and next time I will add a bit of shredded coconut to the brownie base....yum. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delectable Brownies This was the very first time I made brownies from scratch and I was looking for a healthy recipe. With some healthy recipes the taste is sacrificed. That was not the case with this recipe. It was absolutely delicious!! I did bake the brownie 5 minutes longer to battle the gooeyness and they were superb. My favorite part of this recipe was dragging the knife through the batters to make the swirls. I believe you could make a specific shape based on what the occasion is. Pros: Delicious Delicious and Delicious!! Fun to Make Rich Cons: Long Prep Time Bit Crunchy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Swirled-Cheesecake Pudding Brownies I followed the recipe carefully yet my brownies came out so soft that they're too messy to pack in a brown bag or eat with the hands. But they're so pretty and delicious that I want to keep this recipe in my recipe binder. My suggestion? Serve these brownies with a fork and call them pudding brownies. Pros: Delicious; very pretty Cons: Too soft and messy to eat with hands Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Uhhh isn't the whole point of making an EatingWell recipe the fact that it's healthier for you? Using a boxed mix kind of defeats the purpose. For pete's sake this isn't exactly a difficult recipe! And with 1 1/2 cups of sugar how could these not be sweet enough? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These came out GREAT! I am not much of a Betty Crocker so next time I just may use prepared brownie mix instead of using the cocoa. ( I like my brownies really Sweet) THe topping came out AMAZING And they were Delicious!!!!! Def. Easy Fast and GOOD!! I recommend. Read More