Applesauce is the secret ingredient that keeps these yummy chocolate brownies dense and chewy even without all the butter you would expect to find. We've used whole-wheat pastry flour for added fiber and nutrients and loaded the brownies with plenty of chocolate chips to keep them rich and satisfying. You won't even miss the 20 grams of fat we've lost in the makeover. Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2005

Patsy Jamieson
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

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  • Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler over barely simmering water. (Alternatively, place in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on Medium, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.)

  • Whisk flour, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl.

  • Beat egg whites, eggs and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer. Add applesauce, oil and vanilla; beat until blended. (See Variation.) Add the chocolate-butter mixture; beat until blended. Add the flour mixture and mix just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

  • Bake the brownies until the top springs back when touched lightly, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into bars.

  • Variation:

  • For a mocha flavor, in Step 4 stir in 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Wrap in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Ingredient Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour, lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. You can find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.

Easy cleanup: Dessert pans can be a headache to clean. Skip the soaking and scrubbing by lining your pan with parchment paper before you bake.

Nutrition Facts

148 calories; 6.5 g total fat; 3.1 g saturated fat; 26 mg cholesterol; 48 mg sodium. 106 mg potassium; 20.8 g carbohydrates; 1.9 g fiber; 15 g sugar; 2.9 g protein; 66 IU vitamin a iu; 6 mcg folate; 22 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 27 mg magnesium;

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