These applesauce brownies are actually an old family recipe from my husband's German grandmother. Grandma's original recipe however required twice the oil, two eggs, and one-third more sugar, but when made with store bought applesauce I thought it might be possible to cut back on some of grandma's original ingredients and still achieve a moist and delicious brownie, and I was right! With half the fat of the original and less sugar these are a great alternative to traditional brownie recipes and provide a healthier version for the kids (if they will suffer the walnut additions.) Of course if the kids refuse nuts completely, that simply means more for the adults and with less fat and sugar, you don't even need to feel guilty about eating the entire batch. At my house however, I find that those chocolate chips on top are too hard to resist and even my pickiest kids can be caught devouring a brownie or two.
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons cocoa
2 cups cinnamon applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
Topping: 2 Tablespoons sugar, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together sugars, cocoa, applesauce, oil, salt, and vinegar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add flour and baking soda. Mix until combined.
- Pour into greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Stir together topping ingredients and sprinkle over the brownie batter.
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.