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Healthy Fudge Brownies

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If it were up to this Examiner, brownies would be considered their own food group. Because of this, the hunt has been long for a brownie recipe that is both delicious and slightly more nutritious than that stuff that comes in a box. After many attempts, this gem was discovered on PopSugar.

The changes made to this recipe are minor--dark chocolate chips, rather than vegan, were used for the simple reason that this Examiner is not vegan, and also chocolate. Additionally, the recipe has been doubled in order to fit into a more realistic pan size.

These brownies are spongy, delicious, and best of all--healthy! Plus, if you happen to BE vegan, the simple swap of leaving out the chips or using vegan ones is the only change you need.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Stevia in the Raw
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil (if this isn't something you keep in the house, you can use butter)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (again, if you don't keep this around, any milk is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 330 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In another medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (applesauce, coconut oil, milk, vanilla). The coconut oil tends to clump up a little bit when combined with the cold milk and applesauce, but it'll even out when baking, so don't worry about it.

Carefully pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips.

Spread batter (it will be relatively thick) into a 9'11' pan coated in nonstick spray. Pop in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until a knife inserted in the brownies comes out clean.

Let cool as long as you can, slice, and enjoy!

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