Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes • Serves: 12
1 cup bittersweet, dark or semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter or canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
8 whole sheets graham crackers, coarsely crushed
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Whipped cream (optional
1.Preheat oven to 350°; spray 7½ x 10½-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In medium microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and butter in microwave oven on high 1 minute or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds; stir until smooth and cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla extract.
2.In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; stir in applesauce and chocolate mixture until just combined. Fold in graham crackers and peanut butter; spread in prepared dish.
3.Bake brownie 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool on wire rack and cut into 12 brownies. Serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.
Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 brownie):
411 Calories, 21g Fat (10g Saturated), 20mg Cholesterol,
155mg Sodium, 49g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 6g Protein
Substitute 1 cup coarsely crushed cookies or another variety of graham crackers for the graham cracker sheets.
Recipe can also be prepared in an 8-inch square baking dish; bake for 45 minutes and cut into 16 brownies.
> Substitute sunflower, almond or other nut butter for peanut butter, as desired.