Apple Brownie Squares
Updated: Feb 1
I thought about the surplus of apples in my kitchen and remembered this apple recipe – a family favorite on my mom’s side. This recipe is from my late grandma. Now I don’t know if it’s an original or if it was adapted from elsewhere but it was saved on an index card in my mom’s junk drawer for years. You know, that’s where all the good stuff is hidden!
The Fall Holidays are literally around the corner and my family cooks + eats according to the foods we prefer. Well, my husband loves a traditional meal occasionally so we’ll have a few staples to remind us of ‘back home’. Since it’s just the three of us here on the West Coast and because we don’t like to travel with 3M other people on the major holidays, we stay home.
Preparation: Preheat oven to 325°.
2/3 cup oil
2 eggs, room temp
3 cups peeled, diced apples
1 T vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar (see note)
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup walnuts (optional, choose your favorite)
Notes: I used coconut oil. If your coconut oil is solid, heat it until it liquefies then cool slightly before using. You can easily cut back the sugar amount to 1 cup especially if you're using sweeter apples.
Always use organic ingredients when possible. I've made this recipe using prepared gluten free flour and it works perfectly!
Grease and flour a cake pan.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and oil until foamy. Stir in the apples, sugar, and vanilla extract.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and stir apple mixture into flour mixture.
Here’s where you’d add the optional 1 cup nuts.
Spread thick batter into prepared cake pan.
Bake for 40 minutes. You may need up to ten more minutes in the oven. The top should spring back when touched lightly.
Cool for ten minutes before cutting into squares. You may move the apple brownie squares to an airtight container for up to 3 days or you can leave them in the pan (uncut) and cover.
The apple brownie squares are moist and full of flavor! You can pair it with ice cream if you'd like but they're darn good on their own!
This recipe can be prepared for an upcoming fall holiday or anytime really! It is a keeper. I hope you enjoy!
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(This recipe was originally published on my first blog at iconveyawareness dot com in January 2016.)