Recipe by Junebug
The original recipe for these brownies was submitted by Chef Karen =^..^=. I tried this recipe for the lighten up game. I substituted the butter with an equal amount of applesauce to try to lower the fat content. WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT is what you add in. Like 1-2 cups of chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, m&m's, nuts, raisins or whatever you like. I did not include any in this recipe so you would what the nutritional values were before adding in whatever floats your boat! The original recipe had 180 calories and 9.9 grams of fat.
Top Review by globallady
Another way to reduce the fat content (without diminishing fudgy flavour) is to substitute "baby food prunes" for the applesauce. I don't know why, but the prunes totally enhance the chocolate flavour - and would contribute a bit of fibre as well. A friend regularly makes this brownies when her young son is a bit "irregular" and she finds giving him a couple of brownies at snack time is a lot easier than coaxing him to down some fibre beverage or swallow some medicine -- and the prune brownie has him back on track within a day or so. Also if you sub 2 eggwhites for the eggs, I would guess the cholesterol and fat content would come down...heck, by that point this recipe would surely be "Health food", right?
- 1⁄2 cup applesauce (or a little less)
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking oil.
- In a medium bowl mix applesauce and cocoa until the cocoa is dissolved.
- Add sugar and mix well.
- Add eggs one at a time until well combined.
- Stir in vanilla, flour and salt until you can no longer see the flour.
- Do not overmix!
- Fold in WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT.
- Put in pan and bake for 25 minutes.
- Do not overbake or your brownies will be dry. If you do the toothpick test it should come out with moist crumbs.
- Cool completely and cut into squares.