We just had Jazlyn's Epi-Pen party. Every year when her Epi-Pen expires she picks the meal and dessert, her grandparents come over, and we have a fun night together. This year she wanted to make brownies. I've made many brownies before, but none of them were quite right. However, Jazlyn and I worked together on these brownies and they are absolutely perfect. They are moist, a little cakey, and so very good. Jazlyn wanted to add a layer of chocolate chips in the middle of them, which was a wonderful addition.
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 - 1/2 cup safe chocolate chips, optional
Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add the applesauce, oil, and vanilla then mix until thoroughly combined. Spread half of the batter into a sprayed 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top. Spread the remaining half of the batter evenly over the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
* If desired, you can omit the layer of chocolate chips.
* All of the ingredients can be halved then baked in an 8x8 baking dish.
My daughter, Jazlyn, is anaphylactic to egg, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts. When she was first diagnosed, I found it very difficult to find recipes and foods that didn't taste like "allergy" food. Over the last 12 years I have had a lot of fun developing and changing recipes so that they are safe for her. I love to share my recipes so that other families can realize how yummy "allergy" foods can taste. You don't have to sacrifice taste or your favorite foods, you just have to rethink how to make them. I made a promise to Jazzy that I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try. So far I have been able to keep that promise. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as we do.