- 1/4 cup applesauce (I used homemade, which was already slightly sweetened)
- 3/4 cup white sugar (For a healthier alternative, I used 1/3 cup honey + 1½Tbs of sugar)
- 2 egg whites (I used flax... 1¾ Tbs + 5 Tbs water)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted (this can be interchanged with oil, if you wish)
- 1/4 cup buttermilk (If you don't have buttermilk, you can always use ¼ milk + ¼ tsp vinegar or lemon juice...)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coffee flavored extract (I actually used coffee grounds, & it worked fine)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I omitted this, and doubled the whole wheat flour)
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional - I used mini chocolate chips)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional - I didn't do this!)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Grease an 8x8 inch square pan.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the applesauce, white sugar (honey/sugar), egg whites (flax), and butter until smooth. Mix in the buttermilk, vanilla extract and coffee.
- In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa, flours, baking powder and salt;
- Combine into the sugar mixture, just until incorporated.
- Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the brownies look like they are pulling away from the sides.
- Cool, and cut into squares.
**Note - due to the flax seed and other substitiutions - this recipe makes more of a dense, flat brownie, rather than a fluffy, cake-like brownie... **