Fudgey Paleo Applesauce Brownies
Fudgey paleo applesauce brownies made with collagen! Easy decadent and healthy treat. Cakey and moist! Gluten free, dairy free, and naturally sweetened. Make ahead and freeze!
Ever had a craving for delicious fudgey brownies… and then you realized you were on the paleo diet? Hahahah, haven’t we all. But thanks to the invention of chocolate + coconut flour + applesauce + maple syrup you can still indulge a little.
These brownies are incredibly easy to make and are packed out with wholesome ingredients! When the cravings come you need a solid brownie there for ya. Snack time just got a bit more decadent.
Fudgey brownies with a hidden ingredient
So, are you ready for the secret ingredient in these brownies? One word: collagen (or gelatin). And it’s pretty rad! I have been baking with gelatin and collagen for a while now and I absolutely love it! Finding sneaky ways to get my daily collagen in has looked more like eating pizzas, smoothies, and brownies. I’m liken’ that!
Vital proteins collagen and gelatin is amazing! I include Vital Proteins collagen and gelatin supplements in at least one recipe daily, because it lines the gut, supports re-growth of joint tissue and can help relieve joint pain (which I can deff use!). Plus, it’s also used for building health in hair and skin. And no, you can’t taste it in the brownies! They don’t taste like beef. 😂
I love the added gelatin/collagen in this recipe because it adds a protein element that somehow justifies making brownies more often. And who can argue with that? Feel free to add more or less collagen/gelatin depending on your personal preference.
So, the difference between collagen and gelatin and does it matter which one you use in this recipe?
Well, collagen and gelatin have the same nutritional values and proteins. But the difference is that collagen has been heated at higher temperatures and treated with enzymes to break down the amino acids; making it easier to digest. The other difference between the two is that collagen will not gel up like gelatin. You can use either of these in this recipe and still get the same awesome health benefits! Go crazy and have fun with it!
I can’t believe I cranked out four blog posts for you guys tonight! Life of a food blogger means weird work hours; cooking 8am- 5pm on and off. Editing, answering emails, and writing blog posts 8pm- 11pm. I kinda like it. Because on my weeks off I don’t have to think about work; instead, I just eat all the fudgey applesauce brownies!!
P.S. You can also make these ahead of time and store them in the freezer for future snacking times… If they last that long.
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- 1/3 cup chocolate chips or paleo chocolate bar chopped.
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons palm oil shortening
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 3 tablespoons arrowroot flour
- 2-3 teaspoons collagen or gelatin
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- dash of sea salt
|Cook Time||35 minutes|
|Prep Time||5-10 minutes|
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 8" by 8" baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips, coconut oil, palm shortening, and cocoa powder over low heat until everything is melted and well combined. Stir on occasion to prevent clumping.
- In a medium/large bowl combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients then stir in the chocolate mixture. You can use an electric mixer to combine everything until smooth.
- Pour the batter into a 8" by 8" baking dish and bake on 350F for about 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Fudgey Paleo Applesauce Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Potassium 125mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Wow that applesauce is an interesting touch. They look wonderful (:
Can you just leave out the gelatin/collagen?
What can be used instead of the palm shortening?
You can use butter or try coconut oil. 🙂
This looks amazeballs! I am definitely going to make these 🙂 I’ve been adding gelatin to my son’s pancakes. So good for everyone 🙂
So you say almond flour in post but in the recipe says coconut. Which is better?
Hi Kerri! Oh my goodness, what a typo- thank you for catching that :). It’s coconut. I adjusted the post.
This looks amazing and I can not wait to make it! I am new to Paleo not to GF, but one problem I continuously come up against is with coconut. I am allergic to coconut and wonder what you think I could substitute for coconut flour and coconut oil, in regards to a Paleo diet? Thank you!!
You might be able to sub for almond flour, it would take probably 2x as much. And use butter or palm shortening in place of coconut oil. No promises that this will work because I haven’t tried it.
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the good work!
Is this 278 calories per brownie or 278 for all nine?
Hi Alexis, it’s per brownie. 🙂
These are the BEST paleo (or non-paleo!) brownie recipe I have tried, and I have tried several! I tried this one because my other favorite recipe uses almond butter and I wanted to find one with coconut flour instead. It is SO good!! I followed the recipe exactly, using a little over 2 teaspoons of the gelatin that comes in the red can. YUM!
Thank you Rennie!
Have you had any luck doubling these? I have made them several times and LOVE them, but want to make double for a road trip with the fam.
Hi there, I haven’t, but it should work!
I’m allergic to egg. What can I substitute for the eggs in this recipe?
Hi Pam, you could try a flax egg, but I haven’t tried that yet, so I cannot say how well it will turn out.
These are pretty tasty. I used Andes After dinner Mints because that’s all I had. Totally enjoying this. I cut into bite size pieces instead of squares. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.