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Healthier Best Brownies Recipe

Healthier Best Brownies

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"With so much chocolate flavor in the brownies and in the frosting, you'd never guess this version is actually healthier than the average brownie!"

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Original recipe makes 16 brownies Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
  2. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in white sugar, eggs, applesauce, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until brownies are just set in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Combine 3 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and confectioner's sugar in a bowl; beat until smooth. Frost brownies while they are still warm.
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  • Editor's Note:
  • This recipe is a healthier version of Best Brownies.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 09, 2012

These were absolutely delicious! I will make these brownies again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 13, 2012

The brownies tasted ok but there are some issues. You need to double or triple the recipe. It came out about 1/4" thick. I would reduce the egg and add more sugar. If this is supposedly 'healthier' I don't know why it adds butter to the frosting. It hardens when cooled. The ingredients list calls for 3 T cocoa but the instructions call for 2 T. I only used 1 T and that was fine. It was so runny (greasy from the butter) that I had to add another 1/2 cup powdered sugar.

Jun 27, 2012

These turned out YUMMY! Due to allergies that my daughter has, we made a few substitutions. I used Crystalized Fructose instead of sugar, Shortening instead of Butter, Brown Rice Flour instead of wheat. For the brownies, I used 1 tsp Maple syrup instead of Vanilla and I replaced the tsp of vanilla with 1/2 tsp Mint extract in the frosting. The frosting was a bit dry when mixing, so I added a small amount of applesauce...worked GREAT!

Jun 28, 2012

These brownies are pretty good! I prefer chewy brownies, these are cake like brownies. I added 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, and did not use the frosting. Instead of using an 8 inch pan I used a muffin pan, the mix made 9 muffins, baked for 14 minutes.

Jul 31, 2012

This was the best and the healthiest brownies I've ever had. But my family didn't really want to use sugar. So I replaced the 1/2 cup of sugar with 5 tablespoons of honey and it turned out GREAT! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I will make it again and again.

Jun 14, 2012

Turned out super, but I did use 4 tablespoons of butter in frosting instead of 3.

Jun 14, 2012

I made these yesterday to use with Williams Sonoma ice cream sandwich molds. I made 2 batches, one almost eactly as written and one with coconut oil instead of butter(I ran out of butter). The only change I made was to cut he sugar a tad. I used between 1/3 and 1/2of a cup of sugar. Both recipes were excellent! I never make brownies because I can't eat something that requires so much butter.

Feb 18, 2013

I was a little iffy with the ingredients, not sure if they'd turn out to taste like regular brownies. But when I shared them with my brother and his friends, as well as classmates and co-workers, they all love them! I made them for Valentine's day as a little sweet treat. ;) I didn't make the frosting, I bought it instead because I didn't have the time to make the frosting! But this is my now go-to recipe for 'healthy' brownies!


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  • Calories
  • 115 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.1 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 89 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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