… That Actually Taste Good
This month, I have made an amazing dessert discovery: applesauce brownies.
I will be the first to tell people that many “healthy alternatives” don’t usually taste like the full throttle version. Look – spaghetti squash tastes great, but you’re not going to be fooled that it’s actually spaghetti when you pour tomato sauce on it.
But… these gluten-free applesauce brownies are pretty convincing. They taste like the real deal, but with only a fraction of the sugar and fat.
Here’s how you make them:
Gluten-Free Applesauce Brownies Recipe
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Combine, in this order:
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 2 droppers liquid stevia
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch baking soda
- 4 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Spray coconut oil into a pan to coat the bottom and sides (I use a glass sheet pan), and pour in the brownie mixture. Cook for 20-30 minutes, allow to cool, then slice into 8 servings.
They’re gluten-free, and the nutrition facts per brownie are:
- 110 calories
- 4 g fat (only 2 g saturated fat)
- 18 g carbs
- 3 g protein
- 3 g fiber
- … and only 7 g sugar!
If you compare to a common gluten-free brownie mix like King Arthur, these applesauce brownies have 10 fewer grams of carbohydrates and less than half the sugar per brownie. If you wanted even less sugar, you could leave out the mini chocolate chips.
Tasty, easy to make, and good for you (no, really)!
This may beg the question… why make something “healthier,” rather than just enjoy the regular version in moderation and/or less frequently?
For someone like me who has a sweet tooth, I find it extremely helpful to have lightened-up versions of sweet treats on hand. I know many of my clients feel the same way.
This way, I can still enjoy the full-on version of desserts and treats infrequently, but still get the taste of sweetness that I appreciate on a regular basis – even if the sweetness is simply applesauce in stealth mode!