No milk, no eggs, no fats: if you are sceptical like I am when trying “healthier” versions of consolidated myths, you will be stunned by these low cal brownies, which use the creamy consistency of the apple sauce to become as good as the classic type. It really is an option for the weight watchers.
- 800 gr Golden Delicious apples
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- juice of a half lemon
- 40 gr cocoa powder
- 100 gr self raising flour
- 1/2 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
- 60 gr caster or brown sugar
- 100 gr dark chocolate, knife sliced
- 70 gr walnuts, chopped
- 250 ml coconut milk
Prepare the applesauce: peel, deseed and quarter the apples, place in a heavy-based pot with the lemon juice, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and 2 tbsp of water. Cover with a lid and let cook over low heat for around 30 minutes, occasionally stirring. When the apples are almost reduced to a puréè the apple sauce is ready. Let it cool to room temperature, then weigh 250 gr and transfer in a bowl.
Spinkle over the flour and cocoa powder (using a sieve), sugar, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, chocolate, walnuts and coconut milk.
The mix should be on the running side; if you have a particularly thick apple sauce, add some water or extra coconut milk. Be careful to not overwork the dough, or the brownies will be tough once ready.
Line a square cake tin with non-stick baking paper and spoon in the mixture. Bake in the oven at 180° for 15-18 minutes until the surface is set but the inner is still a little soft. Let cool on a rack, then cut into squares and serve.