No Pudge Double Fudge Brownies with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Happy almost- TGIF everyone! I don’t know about you all but I’m sooo ready for the weekend!

I’m ready to relax…read a good book…sip a few cocktails…eat some guacamole….lay by the beach…Ok ok so I really just want Spring Break… I’m over this whole winter thing. This may have been a mild winter but I still can’t strut in my flip flops down Michigan Avenue (Or trip my way down..can anyone really walk gracefully in those??)

But now I’m rambling! I have a more important story to tell you about how you should never go sky diving with me. Or go race car driving. Or do anything else that requires basic human survival instincts.

So I’ve always kind of thought of myself as someone with pretty good instincts, right? Like if I were in some death defying situation I would be the one with the freakish adrenaline rush, lifting the semi truck off the trapped kid? Right?

Wrong. Totally wrong.

How do I know this? The other day I accidentally dropped my cuisinart (yes, my food processor…my very heavy…very metal…food processor) off the top shelf of my pantry. So rather than using my hands to maybe try and save it from tumbling to its death, I stick out my leg. MY LEG. seriously??? In a split second decision my brain decides leg over hand to catch a heavy object??

I feel like I need to go throw around a baseball or something to remind my brain that hand eye coordination is kind of a key skill to keep around..

But long story (oops..too late… sorry guys!) short…I have nice a little golfball sized bruise on my knee and a super attractive limp to show for it.


So I might not be confident in my ability to dodge a bullet or catch a basketball but I am confident in the ability of these Double Fudge Brownies to cure my bruised knee… and pretty much fix anything else in life.

These brownies are killer. The King Arthur Flour baking book never lets me down. These are rich, fudgy, moist, chocolatey chip brownies, smothered in a creamy chocolate frosting.

And guess what..??

They’re 100% Whole Wheat and low fat!

The people behind King Arthur Flour are like baking gods. Usually when I substitute apple sauce for butter it changes the texture to be a bit gummy, almost spongelike? But these turned out to be this perfect balance between fudgey and cakey while still being super dense and richly chocolatey. Plus this frosting kicks butt. I want to eat this frosting on everything for the rest of my life.


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Yields 24 (2-inch) brownies


For the Brownies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1 /2 cups whole wheat whit flour
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
For the Frosting
  • 4 oz. semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 to 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Add the sugar and stir to combine.
  3. Return the mixture to the microwave briefly, until it’s hot and starting to bubble. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.
  4. Stir in the cocoa, baking powder, salt, and vanilla until combined. Stir in applesauce. Cool the mixture until you can test it with your finger: it should feel like comfortably hot bath water.
  5. Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth, then add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth. 
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake the brownies until a sharp knife poked into the center reveals wet crumbs but not raw batter, 30 minutes. The brownies should feel set on the edges
  8. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack; cover when cool. Let sit overnight before serving; this gives the bran a chance to soften, giving the brownies a more pleasing texture.
For the Frosting
  1. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave to melt until smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Beat butter and salt in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. Add about half of the sugar and beat slowly until well blended. Add vanilla and half of the milk and beat until fluffy. Add the melted chocolate, and mix until thoroughly blended. Add remaining sugar and milk alternately until they’ve been completely incorporated. Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.


  1. How do you know you’re a food blogger?

    When you’re willing to sacrifice a kneecap for your cuisinart!

    Injuries aside, these look FAB! Pinned!!!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      haha I figured my first kitchen injury would be something typical like a knife cut or something? Not a gigantic cuisinart toppling over me…! But it was sooo worth it, these brownies are too good :)

  2. Ok, it’s obvious that you don’t have children. What you want to do this weekend sounds divine and is something I haven’t done in years. ::sigh:: Maybe I’ll just have to eat these brownies to compensate for the fact that I’ll be playing Monopoly on the floor with a five year-old, eh?

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahah well do immature guy friend’s count…..? Prolly not :) But brownies are good! And monopoly’s fun! Only not so fun in my house, it always starts to gets personal when we steal properties…

  3. Wow! These look amazing, and I can’t believe they are fairly good for you in terms of indulgent treats :) Good job!
    And I hope your knee gets better – I know those moments, and I am not the smartest in them either. We all have our days…

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahah thanks! It was definitely one of those days, picture messy kitchen… flour all over my clothes…but sooo worth it! Brownies are always worth it :) And I’m fully recovered!

  4. Oh you poor girl. That sounds painful. Hope you have a speedy recovery. These would be a good way to console yourself. Super yummy, and nice spin making them more healthy.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Aw thanks! My knee’s feeling much better! Nothing a little ice couldn’t help :)

  5. Don’t tell me they are healthy.. they look like really tempting unhealthy ones :) Really great recipe!

    P.S. I hope your leg is already much better :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      haha thanks! I shouldn’t have told myself these are healthy… I keep sneaking one.. then two… then a piece of a third…

  6. I hope you get better my friend :( – but I am sure these are a sure fire way of getting you up and going :D
    You are the queen of desserts!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Whipped Baking says:

      hahah thanks! Chocolate seriously cures everything :) I just took a spoon to the leftover frosting and lazied around in front of the TV!

  7. Oh I soooo want to try these they look wonderful! I am sure they would make anyone feel better that has a bump on their knee. Don’t worry! We have all done something like that before. I have done silly things like that COUNTLESS times. haha

    • Whipped Baking says:

      hahah thanks :) That makes me feel better! I’m just never going to store heavy kitchenware on the top shelf ever again! Horrible idea…

  8. Kristina! This post is hilarious. I’m sitting at work reading your post, and I have tears in my eyes. Ouch, your poor leg; I hope it feels better. We’ve all done something like that. The brownies look amazing.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      haha thanks Jennie! I’m fully recovered :) Nothing a little sugar overload couldn’t handle..

  9. OMG those look so good! And I love the no-pudge factor :P. Your blog is so ridiculously adorable! I lovelovelove it!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      aw thanks so much Kayle!! These are my new favorite brownies, I need to get rid of them so I stop eating them!

  10. Oh no! You are so lucky you didn’t break your knee cap!

    What is the second ingredient for the brownies? Brown sugar? They look awesome!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      hahaha o no! Thank you so much for catching that! Yes… I totally meant brown sugar….I really need to start proof reading before I publish! I just get too excited :)

  11. These look so delicious! I LOVE frosted brownies so much, and I love these since they’re lightened up!

  12. You’d never guess these are healthier than your average brownie…they look decadent and delicious!!!

  13. What is a serving size and/or calorie breakdown? I’m sure if I eat it all it’s no longer “no pudge” :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hi Lisa! Great question! I’m so happy you brought that up, I completely forgot to post the serving size! This makes 24 (2-inch) brownies, so decent proportions! There’s about 9 grams of fat compared to the 15 grams in the original, you could get that number even smaller by substituting applesauce for all of the butter :) The consistency just won’t be as fudgy

  14. O. my. goodness! These look incredible! {as do many of your other recipes} This blog is sooo sweet {literally!} Definitely adding you to my Google Reader :) Thanks so much for your comments on my recipe as well… looks like we both love bakin’ up some awesome treats!

  15. o and I forgot to say… dropping a food processor on yourself TOTALLY sounds like something I would do. Or like dropping a knife and trying to reach out and grab it. yeahhhhh. Sorry about your leg :(

    • Whipped Baking says:

      omygosh ouch! I really hope you didn’t do that! And thanks for the sweet comment :) I can’t wait to try those cookies on your blog too!

  16. PS…someone gave me a hint on making rugelach….you need to pop them in the freezer for 10 minutes before baking (in addition to the chilling). I’m hoping this will solve my unraveling problem :/

    • Whipped Baking says:

      oooo good! thank you!! I’ll try that next time, they really were horrible the first time I tried, I got all excited because the cookbook pictures were gorgeous… mine… not so much :) Thanks for the tip! Your’s seriously look amazing on your blog!

  17. I was trying to be good this week and not make dessert after being so indulgent on vacation but I want one of these. Seriously right now I need one. They look fantastic. I know you called them no pudge but is that still the case if you eat the whole pan!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahah o I know! I need to start posting pictures of apple slices or carrot sticks, all the sugar thats running through my house right now is out of control :) And since I forgot to post the serving size… oops (24 2-inch brownies) I think that totally means that you can eat the whole pan for like zero calories? right..??

  18. Anytime I can enjoy a brownie without all the fat and intake a few things that are healthier than the standard makes it a good time. I like the applesauce in the batter as well as the almond milk topping. Well done!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Tina! I loved the almond milk in the frosting too :) It gave it a subtle sweetness, if you don’t like your frosting super sweet though I’d substitute in bittersweet for the semisweet chocolate

  19. These look great…and wholewheat and low fat too…does that mean you can eat double? :-)

  20. Yum! I love the no pudge brownie mix, but they stopped selling it at my grocery stores for some reason. Love that I can stil make it with this recipe.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Same here! We used to have tons of it too, I don’t know what happened to it? It was the cutest little box too, I loved the title :)

  21. Oh, your poor leg! Hope you’re doing better. These brownies are low fat? No way, they look too good!

  22. Trust me, we’ve all lost hand-eye coordination for the sake of falling kitchen objects! These brownies definitely sound like the perfect pick-me-up though =)

  23. brownies with creamy chocolate frosting?? these look AMAZING!

  24. Oh my gosh, perfect! I have a ton of leftover whole wheat flour and I wasn’t sure what I could do with it. Now I have found my answer – brownies!!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahah you should! Let me know if you try them, just be careful… these are seriously addicting :)


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