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Whole-Wheat Brownies


These brownies get a healthy boost from whole-wheat flour and applesauce, while cocoa powder plus 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate make them nice and fudgy.

  • Yield: Makes 16

Source: Everyday Food, September 2010


  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish; line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, applesauce, and egg. Place butter and 6 ounces chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pot of simmering water; stir until melted. Stir chocolate mixture into sugar mixture. Stir in flour mixture. Pour into pan and top with 2 ounces chocolate.

  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Use parchment to lift cake from pan and cut into 16 squares.

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  • MS11200916
    14 AUG, 2017
    Yes, these look lovely and I will make them, but I would love to have the nutritional info also so I may track them in my daily tracker. Thank you!!
  • MS10906395
    21 AUG, 2015
    recipie looks great. I will try it. However, every time I try to get a recipie, I get double speakers at the same time. Can you fix this problem. It is disconcerting at the very least. thank you.
  • Lori N
    20 JAN, 2014
    These sound great & I'm going to make them. Just would like to have nutritional info for them...especially carbs.
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  • viva009
    23 JUL, 2013
    chocolate cake
  • donalducky1223
    10 JUL, 2013
    Looks delicious. How much more If I taste it? Thanks for the recipe anyway. how can i buy instagram followers online
  • luvleehair
    21 APR, 2013
    I agree with other comments that these are not "brownnies", but i think it makes a delicious chocolate cake. It's soft, moist and fluffy...and it makes me feel even better that it's made with whole wheat flour!
  • seasonal_sensations
    12 FEB, 2013
    I just tasted them and I agree with the rest of the comments, this is not a brownie. This is cake. It's not fudgey, it doesn't even taste that chocolatey. It's light and fluffy instead of chewy and dense. I've never had a problem with recipes from this site but this was a HUGE disappointment.
  • seasonal_sensations
    12 FEB, 2013
    I haven't tried the brownies yet, but there's one thing that's glaringly obvious-- they're way too thick. I think there might be a typo when the recipe instructs to use an 8 by 8 cake pan, because they're twice the size as normal brownies. More like a cake than a brownie. Probably explains a lot of the complaints in the comments. I think it would be better to use an 8 by 12 pan to get the right thickness and moist to chewy ratio that you'd expect from brownies.