Applesauce Brownies Recipe - Delicious and Easy-to-Make

Applesauce Brownies

Applesauce Brownies Recipe - Delicious and Easy-to-Make
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20-30 minutes | Servings: 16 or more squares


Applesauce Brownies
Applesauce Brownies

Applesauce brownies offer a delightful twist on the classic chocolate brownie by incorporating applesauce into the batter. This not only adds a subtle fruity flavor but also makes the brownies moister and slightly healthier by reducing the amount of oil or butter typically required. Perfect for those looking for a guilt-free treat or a way to sneak more fruit into their diet, these brownies are easy to make and delicious to eat.


The concept of using applesauce as a substitute for fats in baking recipes dates back to the World War II era when rationing made ingredients like butter and oil scarce. Home cooks had to get creative with their limited resources, and applesauce became a popular alternative due to its natural sweetness and moisture. Over the years, this substitution has been embraced by health-conscious bakers and those catering to dietary restrictions.


How to prepare

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C).
  2. In a bowl, combine the oil, applesauce, and cocoa.
  3. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and stir into the mixture.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased and floured (or wax paper lined and sprayed) 9-inch square pan.
  7. Sprinkle the nuts on top (it still tastes good if you forget).
  8. Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes or until the top is set but the edges are not dried out.
  9. Insert a toothpick into the center, it should come out clean.
  10. Cut into 16 or more squares.


  • For vegan applesauce brownies, substitute the eggs with flax eggs or another vegan egg replacer.
  • Add chocolate chips or chunks to the batter for extra chocolatey brownies.
  • Swirl in peanut butter or caramel before baking for a flavorful twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

For the best applesauce brownies, consider the following tips:

- Use unsweetened applesauce to control the sweetness of the brownies.

- If you prefer a fudgier texture, reduce the baking time by a few minutes.

- For a richer chocolate flavor, consider adding a tablespoon of instant coffee or espresso powder to the batter.

- Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature to achieve a smooth batter.

Serving Suggestions

Serve applesauce brownies as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. They also pair well with a cup of coffee or milk for a comforting snack.

Cooking Techniques

The key technique in making applesauce brownies is to gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together to avoid overmixing, which can lead to tough brownies. Baking at the right temperature and checking for doneness with a toothpick are crucial steps.

Ingredient Substitutions

Replace all-purpose flour with a gluten-free blend for a gluten-free version.

- Use coconut sugar or a sugar substitute to reduce the glycemic index.

- Almond oil or melted coconut oil can be used instead of vegetable oil for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Batter can be prepared a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Allow it to come to room temperature before baking. Baked brownies can be frozen for up to 3 months, tightly wrapped.

Presentation Ideas

Cut brownies into unique shapes with cookie cutters for special occasions. Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with a simple glaze for an elegant finish.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair applesauce brownies with a dessert wine like Port or a sweet Riesling. For non-alcoholic options, a glass of milk or a latte complements the chocolate flavor beautifully.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to a week. Warm briefly in the microwave before serving if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

A single serving of applesauce brownies contains approximately 150 calories, making it a relatively low-calorie treat compared to other desserts.


Each serving of applesauce brownies contains approximately 22 grams of carbohydrates. The primary sources of carbohydrates in this recipe are flour and sugar, providing energy for the body.


These brownies are lower in fat compared to traditional recipes, with about 5 grams of fat per serving. The use of applesauce significantly reduces the amount of added oil, making them a lighter option.


Each serving of applesauce brownies provides about 2 grams of protein, mainly from the eggs and a small amount from the flour and nuts.

Vitamins and minerals

Applesauce brownies offer a range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E from the vegetable oil, iron and magnesium from the cocoa powder, and various B vitamins from the flour. The nuts add a boost of selenium and healthy fats.


Common allergens in this recipe include eggs, wheat (gluten), and nuts. Those with allergies should take caution or make appropriate substitutions.


Overall, applesauce brownies are a healthier alternative to traditional brownies, lower in fats and calories but still rich in flavor and texture. They provide a modest amount of proteins and are a good source of certain vitamins and minerals.


Applesauce brownies are a delightful, healthier alternative to traditional brownies, offering a moist texture and rich flavor with fewer calories and fats. This recipe is versatile, easy to make, and sure to satisfy any chocolate craving.

How did I get this recipe?

I can't forget the moment I stumbled upon this recipe for Applesauce Brownies. It was a warm summer day, much like today, and I was visiting my dear friend Margaret. Margaret was known for her delicious baked goods, and on that particular day, she had a batch of these brownies fresh out of the oven. The sweet smell of apples and chocolate filled her cozy kitchen, and I couldn't resist asking for the recipe.

Margaret smiled and handed me a stained index card with the handwritten recipe for her Applesauce Brownies. I thanked her profusely and promised to give them a try. Little did I know that this recipe would become a staple in my own kitchen for years to come.

As I read through the ingredients and instructions, I couldn't help but marvel at the simplicity of the recipe. Applesauce in brownies seemed like an odd combination, but Margaret assured me that the result was nothing short of mouthwatering. I couldn't wait to get home and start baking.

The next day, I gathered all the necessary ingredients and set to work in my own kitchen. The smell of cinnamon and chocolate filled the air as the brownies baked to perfection. When they were finally done, I let them cool before cutting into squares and taking my first bite.

The taste was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The applesauce added a subtle sweetness and moistness to the brownies, while the chocolate provided a rich and decadent flavor. I knew right then and there that this recipe would become a favorite among my family and friends.

Over the years, I have made these Applesauce Brownies countless times, each batch as delicious as the last. I've shared the recipe with anyone who would listen, spreading the joy of this delectable treat far and wide. It's become a tradition in our family, a recipe that is passed down from generation to generation.

I often think back to that warm summer day at Margaret's house, where I first discovered the magic of these brownies. It's amazing how a simple recipe can bring so much joy and nostalgia, connecting us to the past and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

As I continue to bake these brownies, I am reminded of all the people and places that have influenced my cooking over the years. From Margaret's kitchen to the countless cookbooks and cooking shows I've devoured, each recipe has left its mark on my culinary journey.

And so, as I take another bite of these delicious Applesauce Brownies, I am filled with gratitude for the joy and comfort that baking has brought into my life. It's not just about the food, but the memories and connections that each recipe represents. And for that, I am truly thankful.


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