Healthy baking with applesauce

Jan. 7th, 2013

Baked treats can be heavy on the calories.  I have a neat trick to health-it-up, while still maintaining the delish factor.  Watch as I substitute applesauce for oil and make some yummy chocolate zucchini cupcakes!

Recipe:

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups grated zucchini
Couple shakes of salt
1 cup applesauce
3 eggs
2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 3/4 cups brown sugar (Or 1 1/2)

1. Melt unsweetened chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds to a minute
2. Beat 3 eggs with 1 3/4 cups brown sugar until it’s a pale mixture
3. Add applesauce and melted chocolate to egg mixture and incorporate
4. Don’t lick the chocolate off your fingers! It aint so good
5. Set aside wet ingredients
6. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
7. Slowly incorporate dry mixture into wet mixture
8. Set aside mixture.
9. Grate or shred 2 cups of zucchini
10. Fold in zucchini into mixture
11. Fill cupcake tin 2/3 of the way full
12. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  NOTE: In video I say 20 minutes, but I made a second batch and they were the perfect consistency at 25 minutes. (I think the applesauce adds some time to the baking)
Cupcakes!

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