Monday, April 16, 2012

Applesauce Brownies

I have had  a lot going on this weekend.  My nieces came out from Chicago to see their Grandpa, my brother is here from Colorado, until Thursday, and my other brother came from Chicago to see our Dad yesterday.. We had a mini family reunion of sorts.  My Dad in is a nursing home about 25 miles from me, so I have been back and forth a lot in the last few days.

 My brother from Chicago is in remission from Leukemia,and had a heart attack, almost a year ago.  I knew that I just wanted to whip up some brownies for the chocolate lover, but they had to be healthy. I have made baked goods with applesauce before, but it has been awhile.  I found this recipe for Applesauce Brownies on Jessie @ The Messie Kitchen. These brownies are almost vegan, if it weren't for the half cup of mini chocolate chips. They are egg free, oi free,  low sugar, and I used unsweetened applesauce. I did use AP flour though, because I keep my whole wheat flour in the freezer, and I didn't have time for the Whole wheat flour to come to room temp. You can whip these babies up and bake them, in the less than 30 minutes. There are very few dishes to wash, Christiane:)

These brownies are so moist and chocolatey, but not overly sweet.  Everybody loved them, and I will be making these again. If you don't want them so healthy, you can add a nice chocolate glaze, or a bit of powdered sugar.  Maybe next time I will use some chopped dark chocolate, instead of the mini chocolate chips, or natural peanut butter would be good.  The possibilities are endless, enjoy!

Applesauce Brownies Adapted from TheMessie Kitchen

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/2 Cinnamon
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1.Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray or oil an 8 x 8 baking pan.
2. Mix applesauce, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and pinch of cinnamon together.
3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the applesauce mixture. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips
4. Spread in prepared pan and pour caramel sauce over top. Bake 25-30 min, until center is firm and not sticky. Cool completely before slicing


  1. These look delicious! TY for entering my giveaway--I just want to make sure that you signed up for Tropical Traditions newsletter, you can't enter without it! Please leave a comment saying you did so on my post. Thanks so much :)

  2. The best thing about the food blogging world is that there is something there for anybody. I am glad you came across this recipe and by the looks of it I do not think anybody missed all the fat and sugar! In fact, they probably would not even believe you if you told them. Based on that I want to enjoy some of this chocolatey goodness without all the fat-who wouldn't. Delicious post! Nice to have the family popping in, which I know you are always ready to pull out some goodies for! Happy Monday.

    1. Tina,

      These brownies taste so rich, and good, you wouldn't even know that they are low fat, and egg, and almost dairy free. If you make them, let me know, how they will turn out.

  3. nice one Becky, both my sons would love this one!

    1. Claudia,
      I know that your sons would like these brownies.

  4. I like how you threw in there weren't many dishes to wash, lol. Glad you are keeping busy. These do sound good, I approve of anything chocolate.

    1. Gina,
      These brownies don't taste healthy,so that's one of the good thing about them. And, they are almost a one bowl brownie:)

  5. These look deliciously moist and chocolatey! One of my favorite chocolate brownie recipes uses applesauce too :) You don't' even miss the butter! Yummy recipe!

  6. Kristina,
    You don't miss the butter or oil in this recipe, and they are so moist and chocolaty.

  7. Fabulous recipe, Becky! I'm filing this one away for when I have company that needs a healthier dessert.

    1. Lizzy,
      these brownies taste so good, and even my husband, who needs to eat healthier, but doesn't always like the "healthier foods", loves these brownies. That a good testimonial!

  8. I do love recipes like this. It always amazes me when I bake it and taste and the butter or oil or eggs are not even missing:)I am sure your family enjoyed this and hope your dad is doing ok. xx

  9. I love how moist and wwonderful these brownies look - definitely a healthier alternative :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. How did I miss this light and luscious moist brownies?...actually I didn't, but that's the day I got my hands injuries, but I'm back to grab your recipe.
    Thanks Becky, for sharing, and caring:DDD

  11. Fabulous! lookin brownies - I adore that they're healthy too...but no one else would know huh? GREAT! Thanks for linking up to Weekend Potluck - please come again soon.

  12. The directions talk about pouring on caramel sauce but I don't see that in the list of ingredients or the picture. I'm confused!


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