Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Skinny Apple Brownies
Moist and chewy blonde brownies chock full of chopped apples and walnuts.
If you’re like me and love apple desserts, I hope you give these simple apple brownies (AKA apple nut bars) a try.
The Skinny on Apple Brownies
I made only a couple of changes – using white wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour and decreasing the butter by half, which results in a slightly lighter and healthier apple brownie that, I believe, tastes as good as the original.
Although, the original recipe title is for “Apple Brownies,” since these days most of us automatically associate ‘brownies’ with chocolate, a more appropriate name might be “Apple Nut Bars.”
I adapted this old-fashioned apple brownies recipe from one of my favorite old cookbooks, Cooking Down East by Marjorie Standish, who has been called the Julia Child of Maine.
Her book is a collection of recipes for the kind of simple home cooking I grew up eating and am more drawn to with each passing year.
According to my calculations, each serving of these apple brownies has about 147 calories, *4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *6 Freestyle SmartPoints.
I hope you like these skinny apple brownies as much as we do. Enjoy!
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If you like these healthy apple brownies, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes including: Low-Fat Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Cookies, WW Slow Cooker Apple Cake, Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies, Crock Pot Apple Compote and Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cake
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Skinny Apple Brownies Recipe (AKA Apple Nut Bars)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 medium apples (peeled, cored, and finely chopped)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup all-purpose or white wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Position an oven rack in the center and preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Grease an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan. (Or for easy cleanup, since these apple brownies are a bit sticky, line a pan with foil and grease the foil.)
- Place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat it with an electric mixer on medium until creamy.
- Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy.
- Stir in the chopped apples and nuts.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Gently stir the flour mixture into the apple mixture. (The batter will be very thick.)
- Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Cut into 16 squares.
Source Cooking Down East by Marjorie Standish
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
This video demonstrates how to make another apple dessert – High Protein Low Sugar Caramel Apple Brownies:
More Apple Dessert Recipes Made Lighter:
- Fresh Apple Squares – a layer of apples baked between two layers of crumbly crust with 4 WW PointsPlus value from Eating Well
- Delightfully Baked Apples – filled with oats, cinnamon & brown sugar from Gina at SkinnyTaste
- Apple Pie Parfait – a simple decadent no-bake snack with cinnamon and Greek yogurt from Simple Nourished Living
- Red Hot Apple Pie in a Mug – Easy single-serve apple pie with only 3 WW SmartPoints and topped with Red Hots cinnamon flavored candy
- Mini Cinnamon Apple Tarts – warm, gooey, homemade apple pie filling in crispy wonton wrappers from EmilyBites
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