Applesauce Brownies? Eh..not so great

@Rollo1 (16686)
Boston, Massachusetts
May 7, 2016 4:52pm CST
Some days you just need some kind of treat. Well, I need some treat, at least, even if you insist on eating just raw foods and vegetables you just yanked out of the ground with your own two hands. And I would be perfectly happy with an artery-clogging cupcake, twinkie or ring-ding. But I don't have any of those, and so I decided to bake some brownies. I feel guilty about making a treat or dessert that The Man can't enjoy, however. So, I tried to make it a healthier snack. That means lowering fat and cholesterol. I substituted egg beaters for the eggs. And I substituted applesauce for the oil. I have used applesauce instead of oil in muffins and bread pudding and it was very nice. But it doesn't work in brownies. Brownies are meant to be fudgy, not apple-y. While they don't taste bad, the apple is really noticeable. Chocolate/apple cakes, that's what they are. The Boy has a friend over who doesn't seem to notice that these brownies taste like apples, because he has eaten about half the pan by himself. I thought they were moist and had a nice texture, but they weren't quite brownies. Have you ever ruined a favorite recipe by trying to make it healthier? I wonder if it isn't better to just make the thing you crave and get it over with rather than have something disappointing that doesn't satisfy the craving.
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@NJChicaa (44942)
• United States
7 May 16
I've always been suspicious of the applesauce substitution and now you have validated me! hahaha
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@marlina (76664)
• Canada
7 May 16
Now, you have 2 people who did it.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
Well, I like it in other things. Just not in brownies... so far.
@Corbin5 (113162)
• United States
7 May 16
I tried I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to replace butter in a recipe, and believe it, it does not do as well as butter.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
Of all margarines, I think that one is the one that I can't believe is supposed to taste like butter. I don't think it does. I use stick marg in some recipes - it subs well for butter in cookies.
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@pgntwo (21963)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 May 16
@Rollo1 Using margarine instead of butter does affect the taste though, take Scottish shortbread as an example - better with butter!
@jaboUK (54871)
• United Kingdom
8 May 16
I never do any baking - I just get what I want from the shop.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
I like to make something when I feel an urge. But sometimes, I would rather buy it. Depends on my mood.
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@marlina (76664)
• Canada
7 May 16
I did try apple sauce instead of oil in some muffins and didn't like them.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
I don't mind it in muffins, especially if they are plain or apple muffins. It works alright in raisin bran muffins, too. But I didn't think it mixed well in the brownie.
• United States
7 May 16
My aunt used to make up batches of brownies but put zucchini in it. I am not sure if she replaced any of the other ingredients, or cut back on any of them though. They were very delicious and you couldn't tell that zucchini was in them at all. I wonder if a different flavored apple sauce would have tasted better? You know they have cinnamon flavored, berry flavored... I bet cinnamon flavored applesauce might have given it more of a nice kick.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
Thank goodness my mother never thought of zucchini brownies, but she used to add wheat germ to cakes.
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• United States
8 May 16
@Rollo1 For the most part, we've always been more Southern Traditional with our baking. No short cuts / healthy choices are added into the things my family bakes. I can't bake for anything myself though.
7 May 16
Surely there's no point in eating brownies if they're healthy?!
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
Well, I do try to include everyone in the tasty treats. Unfortunately, this did not turn out well. I guess I will stick to unhealthy but tasty desserts.
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@TRBRocks420 (81147)
• Banks, Oregon
7 May 16
I have never tried that, sounds like a healthier option though I guess.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
It is lower in fat and cholesterol, but perhaps not worth it.
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@pgntwo (21963)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
7 May 16
Sometimes the original works best, hang the healthy stuff for a while.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
I don't mind experimenting, but because it's experimentation, there are the occasional failures.
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@pgntwo (21963)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 May 16
@Rollo1 If at first you don't succeed...
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
@pgntwo If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
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• United States
8 May 16
I actually have a chocolate apple cake that I absolutely love. I only make it at Christmas but I haven't made it in a long time. I may have to try that substitute! Except I'll use real eggs.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
If you are already doing apple in the cake, then the applesauce would blend well.
• United States
8 May 16
@Rollo1 No fresh apples, actually the recipe name is Quick Applesauce Cake. But it calls for a half cup or so of Cocoa. I love the two flavors together! But then, I have used applesauce in recipes before and thought it was great. So what do I know?
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
@Jeanniemaries I have used it in other things but this is the first time I tried it in brownies. It's a good sub in many recipes but this one didn't work well for me. It's about experimenting till you find what you like, I guess.
@euphie (580)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
8 May 16
I know that some places make healthy brownies using beetroot but not sure how well this would work... I haven't quite been able to bring myself to try them!
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
The beetroot probably replaces the sugar, which is another whole area of healthy baking. it's very complicated.
@euphie (580)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
8 May 16
@Rollo1 I'm not sure but it's not something I think appeals to me to be honest. I'm more an everything in moderation kind of person
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
8 May 16
Maybe one of these other subs would work better, applesauce is on there, but so are other ones
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
Oh, I can never get those sites to work for me with their slideshows, etc. I did try.
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• Centralia, Missouri
8 May 16
@Rollo1 I dont like em myself, but they use em alot, going to message you the list, I figure more research can be done if some look like a good idea! and a few actually really do
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
8 May 16
I went looking for an unbaked brownie recipe for you. If you skip the ganache (and this isn't really a ganache, that should be cream based) this might work The problem is that a brownie just isn't right without a crisp crust.
Simple, raw vegan brownies studded with raw walnuts and cacao nibs! A 5-ingredient coconut oil chocolate ganache is optional but recommended for a fudgy, decadent finish. A healthier vegan, gluten free dessert!
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
They look interesting - like a no bake fudge. I do love anything with a dollop of frosting on it and I love dates. I would eat those brownies. However, coconut oil is really high in saturated fat, and tropical oils in general are not recommended for the "heart healthy" diet that The Man has to follow. It's not easy to find recipes that follow all the rules he has set down for him. Sigh.
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
8 May 16
@Rollo1 I went to a vegetarian restaurant in Amsterdam which had a range of 'raw' vegan cakes. They were OK but not brilliant.
• United States
8 May 16
I don't bake anymore. I buy a package of small chocolate Bundt cakes with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips on them. I cut them in half and freeze all but one piece. I eat about one each week. Total decadence.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
Your daily requirements for chocolate must be very low. Mine are slightly higher. But the good news is that chocolate has a lot of health benefits. That is, if you believe everything they tell you and only for today because tomorrow the healthiest thing you can do today is the thing that tomorrow they will say is deadly.
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• United States
8 May 16
@Rollo1 I do believe chocolate is healthy. I buy dark chocolate bars, cut them into small pieces and place them in a plastic container in my pantry. A square a day, just like with apples and oranges.
@just4him (124124)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 May 16
At least someone likes them. Maybe you added too much applesauce. It doesn't sound too bad.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
Applesauce is a 1:1 substitute for oil, which makes it easier to use as a sub in recipes. I think it just didn't mix well with the chocolate.
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@just4him (124124)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 May 16
@Rollo1 That could be.
@Fleura (7194)
• United Kingdom
8 May 16
I haven't had that experience yet but I think you're right, just have a little treat rather than be left unsatisfied and snacking on all sorts of other things as well!
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
If you don't satisfy a craving, it just keeps getting worse, I think.
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@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
8 May 16
I think applesauce taste good in brownies. I have noticed you need to add less applesauce as it called for oil. I cut it in half. I make many recipes to a healthier version. It is trail and error til can get the right taste.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
They probably could have used less applesauce as they were very, very moist.
@Juliaacv (32380)
• Canada
7 May 16
I cannot be fooled by that trick of substituting applesauce as an ingredient either.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 16
It blends in some things, but it definitely sticks out in a brownie.
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@OKennedy (1144)
• United States
8 May 16
Not exactly but sometimes I start out thinking sweet then I end up doing savory
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@Vjvals (925)
• Roseville, California
7 May 16
Yes better to make what you want to satisfy the craving
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@jstory07 (69221)
• Roseburg, Oregon
7 May 16
I like the fudge brownies that I make they are really good.
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