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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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.

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  • 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.

  • Bake in preheated oven until brownies are just set in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • 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.

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Best Brownies.

Nutrition Facts

114.9 calories; 1.7 g protein; 15.1 g carbohydrates; 36.6 mg cholesterol; 89.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (28)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2012
These were absolutely delicious! I will make these brownies again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/13/2012
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. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2012
These were absolutely delicious! I will make these brownies again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2012
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/28/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/13/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2012
Turned out super but I did use 4 tablespoons of butter in frosting instead of 3. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2013
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2014
Loved it! I used organic coconut sugar instead of white sugar and whole wheat pastry flour and I doubled the batch it is a cake brownie which I like! Unfortunately I followed the recipe and put in 3 T of cocoa in the icing which was to much I should have used the 2 T that was recommended further in the recipe! Other then that it was awesome!! Read More
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