Apple Nut Brownies are a delicious homemade brownie you are gonna love! How do you make healthy brownie recipes – add fruit and bake from scratch!
Apple Nut Brownies – OH MY!
Some of you might look at this recipe kind of sideways and think, “apples? In brownies? Who is she kidding?”.
But, hear me out, because it definitely works and they are definitely delicious!
A Perfect Brownie for Fall
If pumpkin had to pick a partner to dance with, it would probably be the apple! And, that is exactly what these Apple Nut Brownies remind me of.
Just imagine the warm and comforting flavor and aroma of apples and cinnamon twirling around in your kitchen!
Apple Nut Brownies – Ingredients Needed
Most of the ingredients needed for this recipe are probably already in your cabinets!
- All-purpose flour
- Butter, melted
- Ground cinnamon
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Granulated Sugar but other sweetener works well like monk fruit, stevia…
- Nuts, chopped
- Apples, peeled and diced
What are the Best Apples For Baking?
For this recipe, I would use either honeycrisp or pink lady apples mixed with granny smiths!
It gives you the perfect balance between sweet and tart, plus these apples all hold up well when baked. It also works out that this recipe uses about 2 good sized apples.
Why do Brownies Get Hard?
When making brownies, you can prevent the edges from getting hard. It is matter of not leaving the pan of brownies in the oven to cook too long.
If your brownie recipe has a cake texture (rather than a dense fudgy consistency), it’s done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Avoid dark-colored baking pans, which can cause the edges to brown too fast.
Why are My Brownies Flat?
When you beat the eggs and butter you incorporate air into them, and the flour stabilizes the air bubbles.
But, if too much air is in the mixture for the amount of flour, the brownies “over-expand” as they bake, then collapse, or cave in, as they cool and the unstable air bubbles deflate.
Is Baking Powder Necessary For Brownies?
No. Brownie Purists (also known as fudge brownie lovers), never use a leavening agent of any kind.
What makes brownies more chewy?
There are several things that affect whether or not your brownies will turn out chewy or cakey:
- More brown sugar increases moistness due to the addition of molasses.
- The addition of oil helps keep the brownies super moist.
- This recipe has fewer eggs than the cakey version which helps create fudge-like texture.
- The baking time is slightly less than the cakey brownie. Underbaking keeps the brownies soft and chewy.
Are Brownies Supposed to be Chewy?
Because the batter is quite dense, I suggest beating it vigorously with a wooden spoon to ensure a smooth, even texture.
A chewy brownie is moist, but not quite as gooey as a fudgy one.
Different Ideas for Serving the Apple Nut Brownies:
These blonde brownies will be delicious as is, but they can also be elevated to some delectable heights! Here are a few ideas, just to inspire you.
- Drizzle some homemade caramel or chocolate sauce on top.
- Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream ala mode. Check out my Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream!
- You could also break one up and make an amazing Apple Nut Brownie parfait!
Combine the delicious taste of apples and nut to make a delectable treat!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 8 x 8 baking pan with nonstick coating.
- Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and egg until pale - about 2 minutes.
- Add nuts and apples, and stir by hand to combine.
- Add the flour mixture, and stir to combine.
- Pour batter into baking pan, and bake about 25 - 35 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into 12 bars.
These are delicious alone or served with
- vanilla ice cream
- a dollop of whipped cream
- chocolate or caramel sauce drizzled on top.
If you have friends or family coming over that can’t have nuts, here’s some alternate recipes you can try:
- Paleo Chocolate Chip Brownies
- Keto Peppermint Brownies
- Paleo Pumpkin Brownies
- Diabetic Brownies
- Gaps Brownies
- Coconut Flour Brownies
How would you eat your Apple Nut Brownies?
Leave a comment – I would love to know!