Applesauce Brownies

Ok, so I had a wisdom tooth removed and I needed to eat soft foods for a few days.  One of the foods I bought was a big jug of applesauce, which was great.  But my mouth healed pretty quickly and I still had some applesauce left over, and I was kind of applesauce’d out at that point.   So I started to research what I could do with the rest of it.

I found a few ideas, but this one was the most interesting.  I played with the recipes a bit, and ultimately came up with this one. 

It turns out that applesauce makes really moist, tasty chocolate brownies!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ t baking powder
  • 1/8 t salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 ½ oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, brought to room temperature
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 t vanilla
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
  • Nuts*

*  Optional.  I personally don’t like nuts in my brownies so I didn’t use them, but if you do, do maybe ½ to ¾ a cup chopped nuts

Directions

Butter and flour an 8” x 8” or 9” x 9” pan and set it aside.

Pour the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and whisk together until well combined and set that aside as well.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the shortening and unsweetened chocolate together.  I’d say zap it at 15-second intervals and stir each time until the chocolate is almost completely melted and then take it out and keep stirring until it’s totally melted.

Once it’s all melted add in the sugar, eggs, applesauce and vanilla and mix until well combined.

Get your dry ingredients, add them to the shortening mixture and mix until that is also well combined.  Finally, pour in the semisweet and butterscotch chips and mix with a wooden spoon until evenly distributed.

Pour your batter into your prepared pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Move to a wire rack to cool completely.  Makes 9-16 brownies, depending on how generous you are with your cuts.

Enjoy!

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After workout brownie treat!!

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