Fast and Easy Low-Fat Brownies

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Use your favorite brownie mix to go from zero to brownies in 20 minutes.  This recipe adapts a store-bought, oven-cooked mix to make moist, low-fat brownies that take five minutes to cook in your microwave.  Substituting fatty oils with applesauce, you can enjoy healthy brownies without sacrificing that chocolaty taste you love!  It's so easy a college student can do it.

Total Time: 20 minutes
Preparation:10 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Cooling, Cutting and Cleanup: 5 minutes

You only need three ingredients:

1.  Brownie Mix: Any box of your favorite brand (*optional: use a sugar-free brownie mix for a low-calorie option)
2.  Egg(s): Use number directed on the box (*optional: substitute 1/4 cup of egg whites per egg for a fat-free option)
3.  Applesauce: About 1 cup depending on the amount of oil required for your mix (*optional: use a no-sugar added brand)

Nuts: Give your soft brownies a little crunch
Frosting: For an extra sinful brownie

Cooking Items:
1.  1 Mixing Bowl
2.  1 Plate: Large, deep (at least 3/4 in.), microwaveable; paper, plastic, glass, or ceramic, but not metal; must freely rotate in microwave
3.  1 Microwave: With turntable; Note: It is extremely important that the batter can rotate freely to ensure even cooking
4.  1 Measuring Cup: 1/2 cup or 1 cup will do
5.  1 Spoon: For mixing and pouring batter
6.  1 Knife: For testing while cooking, and cutting when finished
7.  Napkins for serving and cleanup

What a great idea...
I never thought the applesauce part would work, but it does...
....genius (:
scoochmaroo4 years ago
Great idea!
cairparavel4 years ago
I wondered if you could replace whole eggs with just whites, or something like "egg beaters" has anyone ever tried that?
gemmaflower4 years ago
So yammy.
iweld4 years ago
Instead of applesauce, you can also use yogurt!
Follow the directions with the eggs and water as normal, but replace the amount of oil with the same amount of yogurt (flavored or unflavored) and they turn out great in the microwave. More fudge-like and less cake-like than with applesauce.
iweld4 years ago
Delicious! I was skeptical about cooking a batch of brownies in the microwave, but they turned out very spongy and moist!

I couldn't even tell they were made with applesauce.

I love that I can use any brownie mix I'd like and it only took me 15 minutes.
Wworld (author)  iweld4 years ago
I'm glad you like them!
thingy4 years ago
I add applesauce or pumpkin all the time in place of oil.

To replace the eggs i use non-fat yogurt.

The consistency is a little different but the kids still love them and they are fat free.