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Mario Lopez's Dark Chocolate Brownies

Makes 9 large brownies - split one and save half the calories!

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • 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
PREPARATION

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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