Fresh blueberries are a wonderful summertime treat because they’re in season! July is National Blueberry Month. Why not celebrate by whipping up a batch of these blueberry brownies? Blueberry and chocolate perfectly complement each other, and bonus, this recipe is naturally low in fat, so you don’t need to worry about your waistline!
Low Fat Blueberry Brownies
Adapted from Food.com
1 cup applesauce
½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries or ¼ cup dried blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. The pan can be made of any material you desire, such as glass or aluminum, though keep in mind that glass always takes a bit longer in the oven than aluminum.
Stir together the applesauce, sugar, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl with a wooden spoon until well combined. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat and all-purpose flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and stir with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are combined well. Add the chocolate chips and stir. Don’t stir the batter any longer than you need to because that will cause the brownies to harden as they’re baking.
Fold in the blueberries using a rubber spatula until the blueberries are incorporated throughout the batter. Be as gentle as possible to prevent the blueberries from bursting. Transfer the batter to the baking dish using a rubber spatula.
Place the baking dish in the center of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the batter starts to pull away from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the edge comes out clean. The center should be slightly undercooked but still firm.
Keep in mind that if you use a glass baking dish, it could take the brownies a bit longer. However, to be safe, begin checking the brownies around the 25-minute mark, no matter what kind of baking dish you use.
After the brownies are cooked, remove from the oven and let cool on the counter. Don’t cut the brownies until they’ve completely cooled. This should take about 2 hours.
Nutty Blueberry Brownies. Omit the chocolate chips and add ½ cup walnuts, pecans, or almonds instead.
Blueberry Brownie Sundaes. Bake the brownies as usual. Place brownie in a glass dessert dish and top with ice cream. Add any toppings you want such as dessert sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and chocolate sprinkles. Instead of chocolate sauce you can use blueberry sauce for an even richer blueberry flavor!
Berry Brownies. If you don’t have blueberries on hand but still want to make this recipe, you can substitute them for any kind of berry you desire.