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Applesauce Cocoa Squares

Author/Submitted by: Adapted from "500 Fat-Free Recipes" by Sarah Schlesinger
Servings: 16
Categories: Apples / Bars / Chocolate / Desserts / Low-Fat/Low-Cal

1  cup  all-purpose flour, unbleached
3/4  cup  sugar
1/2  cup  unsweetened cocoa
2  teaspoons  baking powder
1/2  cup  skim milk
1/4  cup  applesauce
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
3/4  cup  firmly packed brown sugar
1 3/4  cups  hot water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8-inch-square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. Combine flour, sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa and the baking powder in mixing bowl. Combine milk, applesauce and vanilla in separate bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Spoon batter into pan. Combine brown sugar, remaining cocoa and water. Pour over batter. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan.

2. Dessert will have a soft pudding layer under the baked top. Cut squares and then scoop the soft layer over the squares to serve.

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