Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Last week I posted a workout, this week i’m posting a decadent, chocolate dessert.This is where the balance comes in people. Most individuals assume I don’t EVER eat “unhealthy” foods like desserts, cheeseburgers or cocktails. This could not be further from the truth. The key is, I don’t eat these things in mass quantities, every.single.day. I eat a cookie when I feel like it and keep the side of fries more often then not when dining out. This prevents me from feeling deprived and overdoing it whenever the opportunity presents itself. I encourage everyone to listen to and acknowledge their cravings instead of constantly trying to ignore them. Doing so prevents you from overeating and keeps you happy! So there you have it, I give you permission to “treat yo’ self” every now and again.

The perfect start? These brownies! I inadvertently made them a wee bit healthier by subbing some of the butter for applesauce. I had no intentions of lightening this recipe up, but I ran out of butter…so in comes the applesauce. Did you know, when baking you can sub half the butter or oil for applesauce or yogurt to cut down on the calories and fat? There literally is no taste or consistency difference. Don’t be fooled, these are definitely still considered a dessert, but remember, everything in moderation! Enjoy!

Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients:

Brownie base:
1/4 C butter, softened
½ C applesauce (one small container)
1 C sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ C cocoa powder
½ C flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 C dark chocolate chips

Frosting:
1 C powdered sugar
¼ C butter
½ C peanut butter
½ tsp. vanilla
1 T milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together the butter, applesauce and sugar until smooth. Add in the vanilla extract and eggs, then mix to combine.
Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, mixing till just combined. Stir in the dark chocolate chips.
Bake in an oiled 9×9 baking dish for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
Meanwhile, to make the frosting beat together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, milk and peanut butter.
Layer the frosting over the brownies and spread it out evenly. Cut into pieces.

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