Mario Lopez's Dark Chocolate Brownies

Aired May 16, 2011

Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spray a 9x9 square dish with cooking spray and set aside. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Transfer hot butter to a large glass bowl. Whisk in agave, applesauce, sugar, canola oil and vanilla. Whisk eggs one at a time. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Transfer mixture to a prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean from the center. Cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into squares.

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