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Better (for You) Brownies

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: revised by Susan Reid

Better (for You) Brownies Recipe

This moist, deceptively rich brownie has a deep chocolate flavor, yet it boasts a third the fat of a typical brownie recipe. For a fudgier texture, chose oil instead of butter.

At a glance

sixteen 2" brownies
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or King Arthur Premium 100% Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Do ahead: Place a strainer lined with a coffee filter over a bowl. Put the applesauce in the filter and let it drain for 4 hours; it should shed 1/2 cup of liquid.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" square pan.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, vanilla, sugars, and butter (or oil). Stir in the drained applesauce.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa, baking soda, and flour.
  5. Gently add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until uniformly mixed. Stir in the chips (if using).
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake the brownies for 28 to 30 minutes, until they appear set and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove them from the oven, and cool in the pan before cutting.
  8. Store, well-covered, for 4 days at room temperature, or freeze for up to a month.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2" brownie, 32g
  • Servings Per Batch 16
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 109
  • Calories from Fat 27
  • Total Fat 3g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 6mg
  • Sodium 60mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 21g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 16g
  • Protein 1g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.