What could be better than brownies that are almost, sort of, kind of healthy? I chose this week’s project, from Sept Everyday Food.
I cheated in two ways on this recipe, ok I actually cheated many ways. I used sweetened applesauce, since that was what I had. I also forgot to add the baking powder! Eek. I never mix my dry ingredients separately, I melted the chocolate in the microwave, and I forgot to reserve 2 oz of chocolate to put on top, so it all ended up in the brownies.
Despite that, I think I liked these. Actually, the more of them I ate, the more I liked it. The first one tasted a little weird. Dude Martha said he didn’t like it because it tasted like dark chocolate. Teen Martha said it tasted like wine. Mr. MarthaAndMe doesn’t like chocolate (I know, but I married him anyhow). Which left me alone with a pan of brownies. A dangerous situation. Thank goodness they were almost, sort of healthy. The texture is weird and they were very moist – not really cakey and didn’t really get that crunchy, crumbly thing happening that you get on top of brownies or at the edges. It didn’t stop me. Let’s just say I took care of the brownie situation so no one but me could get hurt (I actually froze some for a later chocolate fit).
I think I would probably not make this again though – I would rather have regular brownies given the choice. But it was fun to try.
6 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup flour
1/2 whole wheat flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
8 oz semisweet chocolate
Use an 8 inch square pan. Mix dry ingredients. Mix sugar, applesauce and egg. Melt butter and 6 oz choc in a double boiler. Stir into sugar mixture. Add flour mixture. Sprinkle remaining 2 oz chocolate on top. Bake at 350 for 40 min.
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I really like these. I am still eating mine at the moment (my first piece – not the whole thing! – but give it time!). The first bite is a bit strange with the applesauce, but I think these are a winner. My results are up: http://www.perfectingpru.wordpress.com.
Thanks Brette for a great pick.
Thanks Pru. It’s nice having you join in most weeks. I’m glad you enjoyed these. They are weird at first, but then you forget they are different.
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Good afternoon!! Just saw your post on the whole wheat brownies. By any chance, did they print the calories, fiber and fat grams?? Maybe then I would have a reason to make them.
201 calories, 9.2 g of fat (55 g saturated fat) 2.3 g protein, 31.2 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber. That is if you cut it into 16 servings.
Thank you Brette for picking this recipe. I made them late Monday evening, ready to take to work with me on Tuesday. I loved those brownies. Easy to make, soft and moist and full of chocolate flavor. Fewer calories too! A winner. Off to sleep now. Goodnight!
Glad you enjoyed!
Maybe a man without a love of chocolate is a bonus. No need to share!
Oh, I LOVE recipes with whole wheat flour. Am eager to try this one. But sugar AND applesauce? That seems like a lot of sweetener. What do you think about using some agave for part of the cup of sugar?
The applesauce is supposed to be unsweetened, but I didn’t have any to use, so I used sweetened. I’m sure you could use agave.