Chewy Apple Brownies

Chewy Apple Brownies

I love making brownies. They’re easy to make, easy to grab, and easy to love. You know what I love even more? Making a healthier, lighter version of them. Although it took multiple attempts, I’m finally pleased with the brownie recipe below that incorporates my favorite fall fruit, apples!

The recipe uses only one tablespoon of oil. This brownie is not the typical highly decadent and dense brownie, it’s like it’s lighter little cousin. A great dessert to enjoy on a chilly day with some hot spiced cider.

Chewy Apple Brownies

Since they’re not overly sweet, I recommend sprinkling some powdered sugar on top. Enjoy!

Chewy Apple Brownies
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Serves: 6 people
  • 3 Gala apples
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate (at least 60% cocao)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or gluten free flour
  • 1¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Peel apples and chop them into large chunks. Place apple chunks into food processor (or blender) and blend until you reach an applesauce-like consistency, adding a tablespoon of water if needed.
  3. Place chocolate in a small bowl and microwave on high for 1½ minutes or until melted.
  4. Assemble two large bowls, one for wet ingredients and one for dry ingredients. Place applesauce, chocolate, and oil in one of the large bowls and mix well.
  5. Place flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in the other large bowl and mix well. Stir in the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  6. Pour batter into a 8x8 pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Enjoy!


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  • Jun Belen

    If this is what eating healthy is all about then I’m so all over it!! I’ve never thought of putting apples in my brownies but it just makes so much sense… applesauce is a healthy substitute for fat. I am so going to try this recipe! Thanks, Trish!

    • Trish

      Aren’t apples wonderful? Thanks, Jun!

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    Who would have thought that a brownie could be healthy? I bet the the apples make it super moist and you used the Ghiradelli that you talked about at dinner – and dark chocolate – I am craving something sweet right now and wish I could pluck that brownie from the screen. Hope you are doing well! Enjoy the week!

  • Liren

    Trish! This is perfect! My little guy is turning 5 this week, and he wants something chocolatey, but without frosting for his party. I’m going to try this out for his birthday party – thank you so much :)

    • Trish

      @lisa @liren Thanks for reading, guys. Liren, let me know how they go if you try them.

  • Camala – CC Recipe

    I am very intrigued by these Apple Brownies, they sound delish, I am a decadent, rich brownie fan but these sound like a delicious dessert!

  • Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Adding apple to brownies is such a great idea. Having some with hot spiced cider is an even better one :)

  • Roxan

    A healthy brownie? I love it!

    • Trish

      @camala @conor @roxan Thanks for reading, guys!! Happy Fall!

  • Thomas Andrew

    I’ve never had apple brownies, but it sounds like a match made in heaven!

  • Aldy

    Amazing,What a interesting recipe!!! Apples are my favorite fruits. I have to say I’ve never tried apple brownies, but it sounds so tempting. Have to try it!

    Have a great day!!! :)

  • Nutrition to Kitchen

    beautiful pictures and recipe, Trish! Perfect topic for you as a featured health editor :)

  • A Little Yumminess

    This looks so good…hard to believe there is applesauce in it!

  • Vera

    how FANTASTIC!!! apple brownies – YUM

  • Amy

    These brownies sound wonderful! I love that there is so much apple to them, and that you made your own apple sauce instead of simply buying it! I bet they would be great with some spiced apple cider :)!

  • betty

    love this healthy version!

  • betty

    love this healthy version!

  • betty

    love this healthy version!