Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!)

Prep Time 7 min.
Cook Time 28-33 min. (plus cooling)
Total Time 7 minutes
Yields 16 two-inch brownies


  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 teaspoons granulated sugar for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir well with a whisk until ingredients are evenly combined and brown sugar is broken up.
  3. Add eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla, stirring just to combine and being careful not to overmix.
  4. Pour batter into ungreased 8x8 pan.
  5. Bake for about 28-33 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean with just a few crumbs. (A perfectly clean toothpick will yield drier, more cake-like brownies.)
  6. Remove pan to a cooling rack and immediately sprinkle brownies with granulated sugar.
  7. Allow to cool before cutting.


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