I found this recipe when I was looking for something light and relatively healthy to bake. I have to admit that until this point, I had never actually made brownies before. Crazy, I know. I guess I could just never fully justify it; there is absolutely nothing redeemable in most brownie recipes. So when I found this recipe that used applesauce and only a 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup butter, I figured I should probably try it. Just for moral reasons. 
The result was a definitely more cake-like and much lighter than most typical heavy chewy brownies. Thus, the name “Brownsies.” For me, I actually preferred them this way. But don’t take my word for it…
– 1/4 cup butter
– 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
– 1/4 cup white sugar
– 1/3 cup applesauce
– 2 beaten eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/3 cup cocoa powder
– 1/3 cup (wheat if you want to be good) flour
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350*. Grease and flour a 8-inch pan. 
Brown the butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add sugar and all the wet ingredients; mix well. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add to wet mixture and mix well. 
Pour into pan and bake for 20 minutes. 

To make a simple frosting, combine 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Spread while brownsies are still warm.

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