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Healthy Whole Wheat Walnut Brownies


Yes, you read it correct! The words healthy and brownies in the same line! Super cool, right? Struggling with a massive sweet tooth, eating healthy has always been challenging, especially when there are these delicious baked goods continuously staring at me. So, instead of controlling myself (and failing, of course) each time I ate a brownie or a cake and throwing away my weighing scale, I decided it was time to do something serious about it.

These cake-y brownies are the perfect combination of deliciousness and those pair of really hot distressed jeans. They are made with whole wheat flour (atta) and contain no butter and oil. Music to your ears, right? Plus, they have applesauce, which technically counts as eating fruit. Tee Hee!

At just a little over 100 calories, these brownies are a good way of curbing your craving without adding numbers to the weighing scale. Since I am not a fan of honey in baked goods (it is an acquired taste), they do have a little sugar in them but you can easily replace it with ½ cup honey, if you want to make them even healthier.

(Images by Mana Vidyalankar)


3 medium sized apples, cored, peeled and chopped into 1inch pieces
2-3 tablespoon water, at room temperature
¼ tsp fresh lemon juice
A pinch of salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup brown or castor sugar (or ½ cup honey)
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
5 to 6 walnuts, lightly chopped (optional)


First make the applesauce. Take the chopped apples and place them in a large saucepan. Add water, lemon juice and salt, lightly stir and put over medium heat. Let the water boil and then, reduce it to low heat, cover and let it steam for 20-30 minutes. Keep checking and stirring occasionally to make sure the apples does not get burnt. After 15-20 minutes, take a fork and squish a piece of apple, if it easily goes through (like a consistency of mashed potato), your apples are done. Transfer it to another bowl and let it cool for 10 minutes. Put the soft apples in a blender and pulse it 2-3 times, till you get a smooth puree. Let it cool completely before using it.
Adjust the oven rack to the middle or lower third position and preheat it to 180 degrees Celsius. Line the bottom and sides of an 8 by 8 square baking pan with aluminum foil, making sure that some of it is hanging by the sides (this is done so that you can easily lift the brownies after they are baked). Set aside.
Take a large mixing bowl and add the cooled applesauce and sugar. Whisk it till it combines and becomes smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly between each egg. Add vanilla essence.
Next, fold in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, until completely incorporated. Add chopped walnuts, if using. Do not over mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothen it with a spatula and bake at 180C for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs (make sure its not goopy batter).
Allow the brownies to cool completely before lifting them out of the pan. Cut into neat squares and enjoy! They will stay fresh for about a week in an airtight container. During hot weather, keep them in fridge and warm in microwave before eating.

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