Good-for-you fudge brownies


By TERRI WINDOVER, Connect Weekly

Everyone loves brownies. Or they should. But we don’t love the extra pounds that come with over indulging in ooey gooey treats like this. So, instead of buying a bag of over processed ones designed by Satan in disguise as a baker, whip up a batch of these indulgent & moist fudge brownies. These are the perfect answer to that sweet craving, you won’t be left with that bitter taste of guilt for derailing your healthy eating plan.

Fudge Brownies
Plain or coconut cooking spray
2/3 cup mild honey
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
(For a change up I use blood orange flavor by Evoolution brand.)
1 large egg, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup pieces of walnut or pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
3. Place the honey in a large glass measuring cup. Microwave on high power until the honey is runny and just bubbling, 45 to 60 seconds. Add the cocoa and stir with a fork until well combined. Let cool to room temperature.
4. In large bowl, combine applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla. Whisk together well. Add the honey/cocoa mixture and whisk until smooth.
5. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and stir until no traces of flour remain. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
6. Bake until the surface looks dry around the edges of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it, about 25 minutes. Do not over-bake. Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool before slicing. (Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.) Like they’ll last three days but hey, we can dream right?

Makes 16 (2-inch) brownies

Macro Facts: Calories: 86.2, Fat: 2.2 g, Carbohydrate: 16 g, Protein: 1.3 g.
Terri Windover is a local personal fitness instructor and business owner of Define Fit. Instagram/Facebook: @terriwindover & online:

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