Earlier this week I posted a recipe that used applesauce and whole wheat flour as two of its ingredients and today I am sharing another recipe with those two ingredients… A brownie recipe. Granted these brownies were more like snack cakes, but, were delicious nonetheless. And truth be told, that’s all that really matters.
After making the batter I poured it into an 8×8-inch pan I sprayed with baking spray. I’ve come to realize that greasing your pan isn’t enough when it comes to making brownies. The addition of flour in the baking spray ensure that the brownies will not stick the pan when removing them. I then sprinkled the top of the batter with a walnut, chocolate chip and sugar mixture.
Next, I baked them in a 350 F preheated oven for about 30 minutes and after letting the brownies cool in the pan for a few minutes…
I removed them from the pan so they could cool completely on a wire rack…
Before slicing and enjoying them. As I mentioned, the texture is definitely more cake-like than brownie, and yes, I know that cake-like brownies are a thing, but, having had and made cake-like brownies, these definitely were not reminiscent of that. The brownies themselves aren’t overly sweet so the chocolate chips in the topping is a welcomed sweetness as is the crunch from the walnuts.
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 tablespoons cocoa powder*
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 unsweetened applesauce
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 chopped walnuts
1/4 chocolate chips (any type)
*I used a 50/50 combination of Hershey’s 100% Cacao / Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. The original recipe called for King Arthur’s Triple Cocoa Powder
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8×8 inch pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl combine the butter, cocoa powder, oil, sugar, eggs, applesauce and vanilla and using a hand mixer on medium speed beat the ingredients until well combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined.
Spread the batter in the prepared ban.
In a small bowl combined the ingredients for the topping and then sprinkle over the batter.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes, or until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a cake tester inserted about 1-inch from the sides comes out clean.
Allow to cool in pan before slicing them.
Recipe from King Arthur Flour