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Healthier Fudge Brownies

These Healthier Fudge Brownies are low fat, low sugar, and whole grain but you would never know! They are rich and chocolatey, and they make the perfect healthy treat!

These Healthier Fudge Brownies are low fat, low sugar, and whole grain but you would never know! They are rich and chocolatey and make the perfect healthy treat! - from RecipeGirl.com

So here we are at the first of a New Year, and if I had to guess I’d say you’ve probably had your fair share of indulgent treats by now.

Maybe you’re looking for a healthier treat that’s still decadent to bring to that dessert table, or maybe you’re stockpiling recipes to see you through those New Years Resolutions — and these Healthier Fudge Brownies are here for you!

These Healthier Fudge Brownies are low fat, low sugar, and whole grain but you would never know! They are rich and chocolatey and make the perfect healthy treat! - from RecipeGirl.com

I was a little nervous about how these would turn out, but they turned out so well I just couldn’t believe it. I really couldn’t believe all of the healthy swaps and reductions I’d made, and they were still dense, rich and fudgy.

I swapped the butter for a combination of coconut oil and unsweetened applesauce, I drastically reduced the sugar from my favorite recipe, and I use 100% whole wheat flour. A sprinkling of chocolate chips is all you need to make these the perfect healthy treat for the New Year!

These Healthier Fudge Brownies are low fat, low sugar, and whole grain but you would never know! They are rich and chocolatey and make the perfect healthy treat! - from RecipeGirl.com

These brownies make just one 8×8-inch pan, but they are so good you may want to indulge a little more! If you’re baking to share, feel free to double the recipe and bake in a 9×13-inch pan. Or store some extras in the freezer for when those chocolate cravings hit!

Yield: 9 to 12 bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Healthier Fudge Brownies

These Healthier Fudge Brownies are low fat, low sugar, and whole grain but you would never know! They are rich and chocolatey and make the perfect healthy treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup refined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large Eggland's Best eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line an 8x8-inch pan with foil or parchment paper. Grease lightly with non stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla and eggs.
  3. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, and sugar until combined completely.
  4. Spread into the prepared pan, sprinkle chocolate chips on top, and bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out almost clean. The brownies will still be glossy on top in the middle, but look dry at the edges and the toothpick may have some moist crumbs.
  5. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature before slicing.
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

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Ashley Fehr

Ashley is a high school English teacher turned food blogger and mom of 2 beautiful girls! She shares easy, healthy, family-friendly meals and the occasional decadent dessert (what is life without a little dessert?!) on her blog The Recipe Rebel.

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3 Responses to “Healthier Fudge Brownies”

  1. postedJan 2, 2017 4:55 AM

    YUM!

  2. postedJan 2, 2017 3:57 PM

    What a great recipe! Today, I endured making a double batch of Toll House cookies with my family, and didn’t even lick the spoon! Now even I can have a treat! 🙂

  3. postedOct 3, 2017 11:18 PM
    Matthew J

    I feel I must mention, coconut oil is saturated fat and very bad for you. Many think that because it’s plant-based it’s healthier — it is not. It’s as bad as any other saturated fat.

    From the American Heart Association;

    Several studies found that coconut oil — which is predominantly saturated fat and widely touted as healthy — raised LDL cholesterol the same way as other saturated fats found in butter, beef fat and palm oil,” said the American Heart Association advisory, which published in the journal Circulation.

    Just FYI.

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