Tonight I had a hankering for brownies. I had a mix in the cupboard but didn’t want full fat. I was out of black beans but I did have applesauce. I’ve heard that a lot of people swap applesauce for oil when making cakes and other baked goods so I did a little online research and sure enough, found you can do it with brownies too. The posts I found suggested doubling the amount. If your mix calls for ¼ cup of oil, use ½ a cup of applesauce.
1 box brownie mix
¼ cup water
1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
Preheat oven to 325 and grease a cake pan. Mix your ingredients according to the directions. Bake.
I decided to get crazy and mix up a serving of PB2 and add a little peanut butter to half the brownies for some fun flavor. PB2 is a healthier version of peanut butter (40 calories versus 190 and minimal fat). You take two tablespoons of the powder and mix with 1 tablespoon of water. I mixed that together and added a few dollops to the brownies.
The batter tasted normal and they looked fine when I put them in the oven. I baked for the required time and took them out. They looked a little “bubbly”. Like there were little mini air-holes in the batter. They taste pretty good. Obviously not the same chewy consistency of normal brownies but like brownies just the same. And I knew they were so much healthier for me. I think next time I would bake them in an 8x8 pan instead of a 9 x 13 so they were a little thicker.