I love making brownies. They’re easy to make, easy to grab, and easy to love. You know what I love even more? Making a healthier, lighter version of them. Although it took multiple attempts, I’m finally pleased with the brownie recipe below that incorporates my favorite fall fruit, apples!
The recipe uses only one tablespoon of oil. This brownie is not the typical highly decadent and dense brownie, it’s like it’s lighter little cousin. A great dessert to enjoy on a chilly day with some hot spiced cider.
Kids will definitely enjoy these little guys and they can have fun helping too. Since they’re not overly sweet, I recommend sprinkling some powdered sugar on top. Enjoy!
- 3 organic red apples (such as Gala apples)
- 3 ounces vegan chocolate
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 375F. Peel apples and chop them into large chunks. Place apple chunks into food processor (or blender) and blend until you reach an applesauce-like consistency, adding a tablespoon of water if needed.
- Place chocolate in a small bowl and microwave on high for 1½ minutes or until melted. Assemble two large bowls, one for wet ingredients and one for dry ingredients. Place applesauce, chocolate, and oil in one of the large bowls and mix well.
- Place flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in the other large bowl and mix well. Stir in the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour batter into a 8x8 pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
Looking for a different apple recipe?
Try my Mostly Apple Crumble recipe.