These are fantastic, really more of a cakey brownie, so I suppose you could call it applesauce cake if you want. A bit better for you than traditional brownies and kids love them! The nutrition facts are at Calorie Count!
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
1 T pure vanilla extract
1 cup applesauce
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease and flour an 8x8 inch baking pan.
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Remove from heat and add the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and applesauce. Beat well by hand with a wooden spoon.
In a small bowl, mix the flour cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda.
Stir the dry mix into the liquid mix. If using pecans, add them here and stir.
Pour into the prepped pan and bake for about 25 minutes or so. Stick a knife in the middle to test for doneness. If it comes out clean, it's done. Another method to check is to lightly touch the center. If it sinks or feels liquid, it's not done. If it springs back to the touch, it's done!