Healthy brownies

Michele Borboa, MS

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Brownies are kid-friendly desserts that are traditionally high in fat, sugar and calories. These Better for You Brownies get a healthy makeover with applesauce, less sugar and whole wheat pastry flour. Add them to your repertoire of healthy dessert recipes!



  • 1/2 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, white whole wheat pastry flour, sugar and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together applesauce, eggs and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir only until moistened. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with chopped nuts.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until desired texture is reached. Less time will result in a denser chewy brownie while more time will result in a cake-like brownie. Let cool slightly then invert onto a cutting board and cut.

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Michele Borboa, MS
Michele Borboa, MS is a contributing editor for specializing in health, fitness, and all things food. She is a veteran health and fitness professional, personal chef, and mom in Bozeman, Montana. She is also the author of the time-saving cookbook Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy (Fair Winds Press, July 2011). You can contact Michele at or give her a tweet at