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Reduced Fat Brownie

Prune Baby Food Brownies

Brownies made with prune puree (prune baby food) or applesauce
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword ancho brownies, Prune
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 12
Author Anna
Cost 5


  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons prune baby food or drained applesauce**
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (95 grams)
  • 1/4 cup extra dark chocolate chips optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square pan metal with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Put the egg, egg whites, sugar, prune puree (or applesauce), vanilla , espresso powder and salt in a mixing bowl. With a whisk or a mixing spoon, stir well. Try not to beat any extra air into the mixture, just stir it. When mixed, add the cocoa powder and stir until blended. Stir in the flour. When flour is incorporated, stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Hold pan about 1 ½ inches from the counter and drop it on the counter a couple of times to release any air bubbles. You probably won't have air bubbles, but it's kind of fun to do anyway.
  • Bake on center rack for 27 minutes or until set (will still be shiny). Let cool completely, then chill if desired.


**To get six tablespoons of drained applesauce, start with about 12 tablespoons or 3/4 cup. Put a stack of paper towels on the counter. Dump the applesauce onto the towels and with the back of a spoon, spread it into a blog abut 1/3 of an inch thick. The moisture from the applesauce will drain into the paper towels. When you’re ready to use the applesauce, measure six tablespoons by scraping it off the paper towels. The point of draining is to remove some of the water trapped in the applesauce. Less water means less steam, less steam means less of a rubbery texture.
***Apple butter may also be used, but the brownies will have apple flavor. Another thing I’ve tested is a mixture of 3 tablespoons of undrained applesauce and 3 tablespoons of apple butter. That works well, too, and the flavor isn’t as apple-y.
I think the prune puree works best, though.