We have finally experienced a break in the 100 plus degree heat wave, so it was time that I bake a few things in the oven while I can. Besides a frittata, I made a version of brownies for the weekend. I really wanted to include hulled hemp seed in a baked treat and decided that I might as well try it in brownies. For me, I didn't even taste the hemp seed in the brownies and if you didn't know it was added you may not even know either. The applesauce is a great substitute for butter or oil and can make your cookies or muffins lighter and fluffier. These brownies turn out a little dense compared to cake-like brownies, almost but not quite fudge-y. It is a larger batch, so you may have to cut ingredients in half if you prefer to try a smaller batch of these brownies
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup hulled hemp seed
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
3 cups light or dark brown sugar
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup no-sugar added applesauce or homemade applesauce
1 or 2 cups of chopped walnuts (or other nuts of your choice)
1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (less if you prefer)
1. In a bowl measure and add first 5 ingredients together. Mix with a whisk.
2. In a separate bowl add sugar, eggs, applesauce and vanilla. Mix together.
3. Add wet ingreidents to dry ingredients and stir together.
4. Add nuts and chocolate chips if desired. You may use any type of nuts or chocolate chips. Or even add more nuts if you like nutty brownies add more nuts.
5. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
6. Place batter in a greased baking dish about 9 x 12 or larger.
7. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
8. Cool and serve. Enjoy!