Actually, brownie bites!

And, even more importantly, my tips for baking moist brownies (without breaking the calorie count), even when you’re a bad baker.

‘Cause I can’t be the only bad baker out there.  Can I?

Please tell me I’m not.

All of the uber particular details … and recipe specifications … and exacting measurements. Yikes!

I really don’t know why I even try.

Glutton for punishment?


Ever present, irritatingly incurable sweet tooth.

More likely.

And because I like to give my husband fodder for making fun of my kitchen in-abilities.

Is that even normal?

That I think it’s really cute when my husband makes fun of my ineptitude in the kitchen.

I guess it’s better than other possible ineptitude.

Aaaaaanyway … that wouldn’t be funny.  Let’s get back to my super moist brownie bites, shall we.

And my go-to for baking moistness.

Dun, dun, dun ….

APPLESAUCE!  Yeah, our products are more often than not in Dutch.  But, applesauce is applesauce.  Or, I guess I should say appelmoes is applesauce.  :)

Or plum baby food.  It works the same way.

Substitute equal parts applesauce or plum baby food for the oil it asks for in your recipe if you’re looking to save calories.

Or, if you’re like me, and see a recipe for a seemingly simple brownie recipe with only 3 ingredients but this little direction “do not over bake” and freak out.

Keep calm and just add applesauce.  :)

My friend Marilyn shared this awesome brownie cookie recipe that I knew I would love.  Because it’s a brownie and it’s a cookie.

But I also knew that little “do not over bake”specification would be my demise.

Follow Marilyn’s recipe, add 1/4 cup of applesauce, and give yourself a few minutes of leeway in this irritatingly exacting baking thing.  :)

I actually used these ingredients.
browniesBut you’ll have to get the brownie cookie recipe over at Marilyn’s.  And she just posted a 3 ingredient pumpkin bread, too.

With my trusty applesauce in hand I might just have to give it a try!

And tell me, what are your secrets in the kitchen?  Trust me, I can use all the help you can offer.  :)

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About Karah

I'm Karah and I'm so glad you're here! I'm a small town girl from the North East who finds myself moving around with my husband and pups every few years and constantly on a journey to make the most of every space we find ourselves in. That little space between what has been and what will be. It'd be so cool if you'd like to join us for the ride.
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26 Responses to brownies!!!

  1. I see baking with applesauce and things like that all over Pinterest, but I have yet to try it. I may just have to bite the bullet and go for it! Especially if it means slightly less guilt brownies ;)

    • Karah says:

      I started with the applesauce years ago for the calories savings … but quickly realized it gave me the extra leeway in baking time and I wasn’t screwing up as many baking recipes. I’ll take any help I can get. :)

  2. Great tip Karah! And I may need to try that recipe. My daughter is currently “nutella” for Nutella!



  3. Shoot, these look delish! My youngest could live on Nutella — he’s in the pretzles and nutella mode every day after school! Clicking over to check out her recipe!
    xo Heidi

  4. Jessica says:

    Great tip that I’ll have to try! I much prefer cooking in a pan on the stove than baking any day.

  5. Mmmmm. Now I’ll have to pop over and see the recipes, and possibly make one myself tonight while sipping some wine. Our weather has turned suddenly foggy and rainy, so I think it’s time for some red wine, a fire, and s’mores tonight!


  6. debbiewestbrooks says:

    Those look so good! I need to try them soon :)

  7. Dangerous! They look amazing. Your photography has gotten outrageously good lately.

  8. Amy says:

    Uh oh! I have a serious sweet tooth now!

  9. Such a GREAT tip!
    My mother-in-law told me that one a long time ago, and I was afraid! lol. But it’s one I’ve used many times now over the years. Very handy to know when you find you are OUT of oil, too. It really does make baked goods moister, and lighter.

  10. Great tip. I had heard of this before but wasn’t sure on the amount. Now I’ll remember that it’s equal to the oil =) Thanks!!

  11. These look AWESOME!!!! Going to try it out this week! I have heard it before but never tried and now that you give it the APPROVAL I will forge ahead : ) hugs and tons of hugs to my M&M furry pair!!!

    • Karah says:

      I seriously cannot believe that YOU have not tried this. Can’t wait to hear what you think. Have an awesome week … with your cooler weather. :)

  12. I have used applesauce in a lot of baking, but never in brownies. If I am doing a calorie swap thing I use yogurt in chocolate. The tartness of the yogurt just works amazingly with the chocolate. You might try baby food prunes just like you use the applesauce. Whoa, would I love to make some of these, but I’m saving up for Thanksgiving!

  13. Mel says:

    yum! i use applesauce in my muffins! must try the brownies. Stopping by from under $100 linky party

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  15. Marilyn says:

    Karah, I’ve got to try your spin on my recipe….applesauce sounds like a great tip! :D

Let me know what you think!