Nut Butter Brownies

These are extra-moist brownies that are whole grain and have no added oil.  The nut butter and applesauce give it a fudge-like texture for an extra-special chocolate treat.

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cook time:30 minutes

Yield: 12 brownies

  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 6 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nut butter 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan semisweet chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flax meal and water. Let stand for 2 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, blend the coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, nut butter, applesauce, and flax meal mixture until smooth.
  • In a third bowl, combine the flour, baking cocoa, baking powder, and salt.  Add the wet mixture and stir to combine.  
  • Fold in the vegan chocolate chips.  
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a wire rack before slicing.