Executive chef Nancy Maslonka of Medical City Hospital prepared these heart-healthy snacks for your Super Bowl party on News 8 Daybreak Saturday, February 2.

Super Duper Chocolate Brownies


  • 1 box brownie mix (replace oil with same amount of applesauce)
  • 1/2 t espresso powder
  • 1 t vanilla extract


  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 T vanilla extract


  1. Make the brownie mix according to the package directions but replace the oil with an equal amount of applesauce and add espresso powder and vanilla extract.
  2. Bake according to package directions and allow to cool.
  3. To prepare the frosting, puree the avocado pulp in a food processor until completely smooth.
  4. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.
  5. Process until smooth and all combined. You may need to stop the processor from time to time and scrape down the sides.
  6. It will be a soft frosting for the brownies.

Three Bean Turkey Chili


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 t minced garlic
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz tomato puree
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1/2 t ground unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt/pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Optional garnish - low fat sour cream, diced green onions and shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat large saute pan on medium heat and add a thin layer of olive oil.
  2. Let oil heat through for a minute or two and then add ground turkey.
  3. Break up the turkey into smaller pieces while it is cooking.
  4. Cook the turkey all the way through and drain it in a sieve.
  5. Return pan to heat and add a bit more olive oil and let it heat through.
  6. Add the carrots, onions, celery and garlic; stir from time to time while cooking vegetables on medium heat until slightly softened.
  7. Add the turkey back to the pan with all of the beans, tomato puree, diced tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, chili powder and cocoa powder.
  8. Stir gently and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Reduce heat allow chili to cook for 2 hours.
  10. Garnish with low fat sour cream, diced green onions and shredded cheddar cheese.

Hummus with Dippers


  • 1 14 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 t lemon juice
  • 1 T good quality olive oil
  • 1 T low fat sour cream
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Place garbanzo beans and garlic in a food processor and process until it is fairly smooth.
  2. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, sour cream, cumin, salt and cayenne pepper.
  3. Process until smooth. Adjust salt and lemon as needed.

Serve with assorted dippers such as carrot sticks, pretzels, pita chips or broccoli florets.

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