Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Healthy (er) Brownie Cake

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm making some concerted efforts to eat a bit healthier.   One thing I'm trying to pull from our diet is hydrogenated oils.   Turns out they're horrid for you.  Like, really horrid.  Our liver has to work in overdrive to filter these bad fats (as well as processed foods and chemicals from soda, etc but that's a conversation for another day!)

The other night I was really in the mood for brownies (I said healthier, not that I was on a diet! ;)).  I found a recipe but altered it (a lot) and thought I'd share; especially since the brownie cake (I call it that because it has more of a cakey texture than brownie) turned out delicious and the kids love it too.

Brownie Cake
1-1 1/2 cups of sugar (depending on how sweet your tooth is)
1/2 cup butter
1/4 C coconut oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
3 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2  tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 C flour (I love the Eagle Mills Ultragrain flour)

2 Tb White Sugar
1 C semi sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 10 1/2 x 15 1/2 inch jelly roll pan with coconut oil.
2.  Cream 1 1/2 C sugar, coconut oil and butter.  Add eggs.  Mix cocoa, salt, baking soda, connamon and flour ingredients.
3.  Add dry ingredients to sugar mixture alternatively with applesauce.  Pour into jelly roll pan.
4.  Combine 2 TB sugar and chocolate chips.  Sprinkle over batter.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let me know if you have any questions!  Enjoy!

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