Healthy baking with the family

  August 29, 2011  |    Blog

Growing up, we used to love baking goodies with our Mom. Now, we really enjoy baking treats with Tammy’s kids. It’s always a special time spent in the kitchen.

Next time you bake with your little ones, why not try healthier substitutes which taste great and add nutrients to their favorite treats?

Want an easy, delicious swap? Use prune puree in place of fat for denser brownies or use applesauce instead of fat for a more cake-like brownie texture. If using prune puree (baby food works great!) just use half the amount you would use of oil or butter, and the applesauce can be substituted at the same amount. Even just partially substituting these ingredients while still including some fat can really help to not only increase the vitamin and fiber content, but also lower the calorie and fat content. Try it the next time you bake at home and teach your kids some healthy cooking habits!

Healthy Chewy Brownies


  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup turbinado or date sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white
  • 1 container (2.5 ounces) prune puree (1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray pan with a non-stick spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring an inch of water to a simmer over low heat. Place chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl; set bowl over pan. Stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat. Immediately whisk in sugar, egg, egg white, prune puree, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, ground flaxseed and cocoa. Stir into chocolate mixture. Fold in walnuts into batter.
  4. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until top is firm (a toothpick inserted in center will come out with a few moist crumbs), about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. Cut into 25 squares.

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories: 96 kcal
Water 5.71 g Carbohydrate (63%)15.66 g Protein (6%)1.48 g Total Fat (31%)3.46 g Monounsaturated0.89 g Polyunsaturated0.88 g Saturated1.48 g Cholesterol11.02 g Dietary Fibre1.01 g Vitamin A 43.09 IU Thiamin 0.03 mg Riboflavin 0.05 mg Niacin 0.32 mg Pantothenic acid 0.08 mg Vitamin B6 0.01 mg Folate12.67 mcg Vitamin B12 0.03 mcg Vitamin C 0.07 mg Vitamin E 0.06 mg ATE Calcium 27.23 mg Iron 0.73 mg Magnesium 17.58 mg Phosphorus 49.19 mg Potassium 87.79 mg Sodium 63.29 mg Zinc 0.26 mg Copper 0.12 mg

What kind of substitutes do you like to use in your baked goods?

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