Heart Healthy, Whole-Grain Brownies


¼ cup Organic unsweetened applesauce
¾ cup Organic white sugar
2 egg whites
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup soymilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
½ tsp. Stevia
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
½ cup Organic chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch square pan. (For V-day, I used a heart-shaped muffin-tin pan, and reduced the baking time by 7 minutes).
In a medium bowl, stir together the applesauce, sugar, egg whites, and coconut oil until smooth. Mix in the soymilk and vanilla extract.
Combine the cocoa powder, whole-wheat flour, Stevia, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; stir into the sugar mixture just until incorporated, being careful not to over mix.
If adding walnuts or the chocolate chips, fold in now. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don’t overcook, because you want the brownies to remain moist.
Cool, and cut into squares. Enjoy.


Finding a good, healthy brownie recipe is surprisingly hard to come by. Usually, when a recipe says “healthy” it tastes that way too, and brownie recipes are no exception. In honor of Valentine’s Day this week, I decided to make some brownies for my husband. He definitely loves his sweets so if I can make something that is also good for him, I’m all over it.

This recipe uses whole-grain flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut oil instead of butter, less sugar, and still has the consistency and taste of “pure-bred” brownies. To say these brownies are heart healthy may be taking it a bit overboard, although when compared to traditional brownies, they are actually pretty good for you. Plus, they are full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats; not stuff usually found in baked-goods.

Too good to be true? Try them for yourself. Now, you tell me.




Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 10:46am

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