Rich and Chewy Low Fat Brownies

"Amazingly rich and chewy, you would never know these are low fat. I have people asking me for this recipe whenever I make it. The applesauce is the secret ingredient in these delicious brownies! One suggestion I have to make them fudgier is to use a very high quality cocoa. I usually use Watkins or Epicure Selections and found a big difference from that and the kind you can buy in the store. It makes them a real dark chocolate in the middle and they are rich and chewy! This recipe also doubles well and will fit into a 9x13 pan."
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16 brownies




  • Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl using a hand mixer. Add egg whites, applesauce and vanilla.
  • Mix all other ingredients in a separate smaller bowl and add to the wet ingredients in the large bowl. Do NOT overmix!
  • Spray 8x8 dish with PAM and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. ENJOY!

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  1. These are incredible! I used this recipe to make my first ever batch of brownies from scratch (no more boxes for me!) and they were FANTASTIC. I LOVE using the applesauce (no sugar added kind). They came out moist and choclatey and actually got better the next day and the day after. They seemed to get moister and moister. This is my goto brownie from now on.
  2. Ummm WOW. I'm really fascinated with low fat brownie recipes now because the texture completely changes overnight. At first these had the slight texture of a spongecake (which was still actually really intriguing and tasty) but the next day, they had developed this great, classic fudgy/moist texture of a regular brownie. Delicious! I cut the sugar down to around 1 1/2 cups, and kept everything else the same, and they're just wonderful! This could actually be my favourite brownie recipe now, which says a lot since I've already had a favourite recipe for quite some time. But this one is just so rich and chocolatey, AND healthier. Thanks!!
  3. This unfortunately, is possibly the worst recipe I have ever tried. I love brownies, and I really wanted these to satisfy that deep craving. I followed it step by step, with the addition of chopped walnuts and although they look absolutely beautiful, the taste was horrid. Total waste of ingredients!
  4. I've made these brownies several times and my daughter says they are her favorite! I always frost them, which probably isn't as healthy as the recipe. But one thing I wanted to add is this last time I made them, I only had 1-1/4 cup of sugar. I always felt that 1-3/4 cup seemed like a lot. The sweetness was just fine with less sugar.
  5. When everyone in the house loves these besides the person who is always on a diet (ehemm), you know they're good! I too made the same adjustments by cutting down the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and adding some chocolate chips which I think is a must and makes it taste more like an actual brownie. It has a very moist texture like most brownies with a slight cake-like consistency. To make it easier to grab quickly, I bake them in a cupcake pan and they come out perfect. This way you can get an exact calorie count as well if need be. I gave it 4 stars because I think the recipe should call for chocolate chips and doesn't add that much more fat to the recipe. Who doesn't love a smidge more chocolate?!!!!


  1. I made these with a few variations and they came out pretty good. Not as dense and chewy as I like my brownies but definitely not cakey either. I substituted brown sugar for some of the white sugar as well as decreasing the overall amount to 1 1/4 cups (3/4 cup white, 1/2 cup brown). I also did not have applesauce on hand so I used vanilla yogurt instead and it came out fine.


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