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Zero-Added-Fat, Half-the-Sugar, Twice-the-Chocolate Brownies

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  • Cutting the sugar by half leave chocolate as the star in these healthy brownies.

    Cutting the sugar by half leave chocolate as the star in these healthy brownies.
    Courtesy of Don Mauer

 

½ cup all-purpose organic flour

½ cup sprouted whole wheat flour

2/3 cup natural, unsweetened cocoa

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

½ cup drained unsweetened applesauce (from ¾ cup undrained)

1 cup granulated sugar

24 packets stevia (organic preferred)

4 ounces 85-percent dark chocolate, chopped

Place a wire mesh strainer over a bowl deep enough to keep the strainer's bottom from touching the bowl's bottom. Add ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce. Set aside.

Place the oven rack in the center position and begin heating the oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly spray the bottom and sides of an 11x7x1½-inch baking pan with vegetable oil. Set aside.

Add the flours, cocoa, salt and baking powder to a medium mixing bowl and whisk or stir until well combined, about 20 seconds. Set aside.

Add the eggs to a large mixing and whisk until lighter in color and bubbles begin forming, about 20 to 30 seconds. Add the vanilla and ½-cup drained applesauce; whisking until combined, about 20 seconds. Add the flour/cocoa mixture along with the chopped chocolate and stir and fold with a large rubber spatula until the dry ingredients are just moistened, about 25 to 30 seconds.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 28 minutes, or until the brownies just pull away from the pan's sides. Cool on a rack for at least 90 minutes and then cut into 15 squares. Serve.

Nutrition values per serving: 147 calories (29.2 percent from fat), 4.8 g fat (2.7 g saturated fat), 25.6 g carbohydrates, 15.9 g sugars, 3.1 g fiber, 3.6 g protein, 42 mg cholesterol, 105 mg sodium.

Don Mauer

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